Some of you may have noticed a slightly new look to the blog, a new title and even an a new etsy shoppe.
Things are a changing around here, and a fresh start is being made on several fronts.
Over 4 years ago I struck out on my own as an Interior Designer and founded Storia Di Vita Design. A year later I added Craft Artist to my repretoire and opened my first Etsy Shoppe - Storia HOME, followed by Storia VINTAGE.
From January 2006 - September 2008 I worked myself to the bone and into a lot of debt.
I had some really great successes and some not great ones. I learned a lot about myself, about what I loved and didn't love, about what I wanted for my family and for my life and what I didn't.
I met some lovely people. I made mistakes, I hit some home runs. I chased my design dreams with all my might.
By September of 2008 it became very apparent that I needed a J.O.B. outside the home.
The economy had taken it's toll on my design business, the bills were piling up and I could not seem to break through to the "other side" of the craft business (i.e. licensing.)
And so by a wonderful miracle I found a part-time job at our local library.
And it was good. It was like a soft-opening. A toe in the water of the "working world" that I had not really been a part of since having my babies.
I balanced the library, my banner business and the odd design job alongside growing responsibilities at church and of course spending time and caring for my family.
And by last June I was worn out. Smooth out.
And then again, another miracle. A new job at my kid's school.
Finally we would all be on the same schedule.
And because the job was part-time I would still have time to work on my banners and do some design work.
But slowly I begin to pick-up more hours at the school.
And I found that I loved being there.I found that I loved my job at the school and
I found that I didn't love making banners quite so much anymore.
And I was shocked.
And suddenly it became very clear hat it was time for a new start. A new, fresh start to everything.
The time has come to pack up the Storia box, wrap it all up in tissue paper, and tie it closed with a beautiful bow. The time has come to start fresh.
And so without further adieu I would like to introduce the Jolly Goode Gal Blog and the Jolly Good Shoppe.
The blog is the same, only now you can get to it by typing in http://jollygoodegal.com or my old address.
Most everything on the blog will remain the same and will be filled with the things of my life; kids, books, Sweet Man, cooking, decorating, faith thoughts, crafty moments and occasional melt-downs.
The new Etsy Shoppe will feature a small selection of my Krafty Kits, Puny Postcards (coming soon) and the occasional Special Release creation or 2 as inspiration and free-time allow.
I might get back to the glitter one day, but for now I am just trying to keep things simple.
Sharing my days with my family and friends more than my to-do list.
Simple, Found and Shared.
These are the Jolly Goode Gal words to live by, and that is what this blog will aspire to be.
A recording of the simple moments found & shared.