So The Ironstone Nest is officially open in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin as of this past Saturday, June 22nd. We had our Grand Opening party and it was a huge success. So many fantastic people came out for the evening and the interest in the wonderfully versatile MMS Milk Paint line was piqued.
I will have antiques and furniture for sale in this new space, and hours for each week that it will be open will be posted on the Shop in Person page and on The Ironstone Nest Facebook page (in fact it will be open tomorrow, June 25 from 9 am until 12 noon). It will also be open during workshops, of course, and I plan to hold occasional sales there by removing the workshop tables and turning it into a retail space for a weekend here and there. I am really very excited about the possibilities and all of the wonderful people I look forward to meeting.
However, I CANNOT take all of the credit for it. It’s true when they say “it takes a village” because it certainly did to raise this baby.
I’d like to thank Dan from All Clear Plumbing for moving that PVC pipe that just wasn’t aesthetically pleasing and was smack dab in the center of my Milk Paint Display wall:
I mean it just had to go. And for hooking up the cast iron Kohler sink we purchased on Craigslist. You were fast, prompt, friendly and knowledgeable and I’d recommend you to any and everyone in the area.
I’d like to thank Scott and his crew from Feiner Electric. When the company I’ve used several times in the past suddenly dropped off the earth, I was frantically looking for another electrician and happened to drive by Feiner Electric one day. I had never seen their company before, but I gave them a call and Scott came out the next day and completed the work 2 days later. Not only did they move outlets, add outlets, install sconces and new pendants, but they were kind enough to stand on ladders holding lights while I made up my indecisive mind about which light fixture to go with:
I’d also like to thank Atlantis Taverna for providing the yummy spinach pies during our Grand Opening. We’ve known the owners, Beth & Telly, since the hubby and I we were dating. They’ve watched our family grow and have become beloved friends of ours.
I’d like to thank Amanda from Alluring Blooms for supplying 3 gorgeous flower arrangements to decorate the Nest for its big night. I am so madly in love with her work. Her style is so “me”. She was also kind enough to surprise me with a breathtaking corsage to wear:
I’d like to thank A La Crate for taking my words and my vision and bringing them to life on the display wall chalkboard. I want to be encouraging and inspiring to everyone that visits The Nest so I wrote the words, told Sarah that I’d like some classic font and some script, flourishes and banners and she made it happen. A La Crate is a one-of-a-kind company that rents vintage items for weddings and events, and they’re also known for their fab chalkboards. Thank you for your creativity, Sarah, and your beautiful smile.
I’d also like to thank Jen from Costumes with Character for hosting the entire event with humor, poise and a crafty way of getting any and everyone to dress up in the props for the photo booth.
I’d like to thank my mother-in-law for offering to drive the 8 hour round trip to take care of our kiddos for the day so we could accomplish last minute tasks and enjoy ourselves for the night. Thank you so, so much for coming down.
I’d like to thank Andrew of AW Artworks for providing the 3D Before & After photos of past projects I’ve done, the wrapped canvases, as well as the t-shirt worn by the hubby, and for helping design the aprons for The Ironstone Nest. The aprons are FREE when you come to a workshop and his craftsmanship is superb. Thank you so much, Andrew.
My dear friend, Lisa, of Sommers Breeze Antiques also offered her assistance to help host the event. I’ve admired Lisa for years and finally had the opportunity to meet her a couple of years ago when I went to my first (and her first) Junk Bonanza. We’ve been friends ever since and she is honestly one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met.
I’d also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Danielle of First Moments Photography for giving me this incredible opportunity. I had been in discussions with another woman in the area for a couple of months to open a retail space. Danielle knew this and thought maybe I could join in with her at her studio. We got to talking and here we are. I met Danielle a couple of years ago (some of you have heard the story before) when I was driving by and saw a drool-worthy chair in her front window. She was so new to the space that no signage existed and since I’m not shy, I went right in and said “Hi, I love your chair. Is it for sale?” Turns out it was a prop for her photography business and although I was disappointed, we struck up a conversation and, eventually, a friendship. She is one of my biggest fans and strongest encouragers. She always knows what to say and tells me like it is. I admire her as a business owner, mom, friend and woman. If you’ve never met her, you should. I adore you, Danielle, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship, this opportunity and all of the fun adventures together yet to come.
By the way, when I arrived in my new space one day, “the chair” that started it all was sitting in the corner. She gave it to me as a gift and a reminder of how it all began. How sweet is that?
I also need to thank her for tirelessly working with her husband, Christopher, to help get the space ready. Since we share some of the space, they worked right alongside me in the bathroom in to the wee hours of the morning, gutting it, stripping wallpaper, hanging new wallpaper, laying new wood floor and installing a new sink. I know it was exhausting, but you did a fantastic job and you should be very proud of yourselves. It looks amazing!
I’d also like to thank my sister-in-law, Kim. I couldn’t have asked for a better in-law than Kim. We’ve come a long way in our relationship and I adore you and respect you tremendously. Your selfless offers to help me by laboring at the studio or watching our kids so we could work did not go unnoticed. I’m so thankful for your many hours of painting, and placing vintage book pages with me at midnight while still cracking jokes. Not to mention your to-die-for cupcakes that you made well into the night after working your other job so The Ironstone Nest could have cupcakes for everyone to enjoy. I am grateful to know you, happy to call you my friend, and blessed to call you my sister. If you ever decide to open a shop, I owe you countless sweat hours. You are amazing!!
And last, but certainly not least, is the hubby. Every time I hesitated in doing this, he immediately came at me with words of encouragement and list of reasons why I should. He worked countless hours at The Nest and although the vision was mine, every nail was his, every new shelf was built by him, every screw in the wall is there because of him, the furniture was moved by him, all of the MMS Milk Paint color swatches are meticulously placed on the wall because of his careful measurements.
I absolutely could not do what I do without him. I mean that literally. I’d still be working on it for weeks otherwise. He nailed and hammered while I worked right alongside him. Or he worked while I watched the kids, or vice versa. He is my rock and my right-hand man. There are not enough words to express, truly, how much I adore him and how grateful I am to him for all of the sweat hours he put in to making my vision come to life. So many times he got frustrated, but he kept going, right there with me, helping me reach the goal. There’s no one else I’d rather walk this journey with other than him. Thank you for who you are and for all you do for me and for our children. You. are. incredible! Period.
Thank you, also, to Miss Mustard Seed and Homestead House for being a support to The Ironstone Nest and of me as a retailer. It is truly an honor to be a part of the family. I’m proud to carry the line and I appreciate all of the folks I’ve met so far and I look forward to all of the friendly faces I have yet to meet, by way of a paint sale or a workshop.
Away we go . . .
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