Finally….the doors to The Simple Owl Shop are open, rather the virtual doors, and I am so very excited and nervous all at once! I have been planning this for a long time and without knowing it I have been so afraid to make this step. The product was delivered ages ago, the shop was ready to go…. but I kept holding back. I know it goes against everything I preach, but this time my nerves were getting the better of me!
What finally did push me over the ‘finish line’ was support from my husband, family and friends. In particular, there was a fellow shop keeper named Penny Morgan, who made a huge impression on me. She is the master mind behind the fabulous gift shop ‘Morgans of Rathmines’. We had a chance meeting at a trade show in the UK where she quickly and rightly identified me as a total novice, despite my best efforts to appear like I knew what I was doing! She brought me through the ropes and put me in the right direction. I am so grateful we met that day!
Deciding what to sell was not difficult for me. I LOVE paper, bit of a problem really! I bought what I liked, what inspired me and what I would use. I am a firm believer that a few key pieces at a party, can carry any theme or provide the wow factor! I love note books and before any big project, a trip to the stationary shop is my first port of call! I am very lucky to be married to a man who loves to forage and he is our resident jam maker! He likes to keep things plain and simple, and I cant wait to use some of the pretty jam pot covers on sale in the shop!
Don’t forget, if you are looking for some inspiration, a theme or party advice, just leave a comment and I will get back to you!