The Blissful

The Blissful

Oh my dear blogging friends, I am so delighted and privileged to be able to share with you a wonderful French-inspired shop in Canton, Ohio and its equally wonderful proprietor, Abby! The shop is appropriately called The Blissful! Can you imagine a more dreamy name? I love it!

The Blissful is a lifestyle boutique of French-Inspired Finds & Furnishings Established in 2005, the shop will launch online commerce at its website in January 2008. Isn’t this the most exciting of developments?! Now not only can we be delighted by her charm and wit but we can actually shop directly from her website! That is blissful for us! Be sure to check out her website, it is really a fabulous design!

Now I know many of you may have had the pleasure of visiting The Blissful blog, and you have experienced for yourself how simply charming Abby is! She is one of the people I connected with during my first couple of months of blogging. She has been a voice encouragement to me, both personally and to other women who are working hard in their businesses. Her other blog is actually designed for women entrepreneurs, particularly other shop-owners, although I find her experience, advice, wisdom applicable to my business as well. The entrepreneurial blog, called A Boutique Industry, can be found here.

The Blissful

One of the things I really like about Abby is her dedication to making her dreams come true. I know we’ve discussed before that we should be creating the life we want (not just waiting for it to happen spontaneously!), and Abby is a superb example of doing just that. She has given up her home in pursuit of her dream and is doing everything it takes to make that dream a reality. You’ve got to admire that dedication! But if I was her, I would just move right in to the shop! Yeah, that would be very cool!

I snipped this little bit right off her blog (copyright of The Blissful!) so you could have a glimpse into her life right now with the holidays coming:

This is the time of year that strikes both exhilaration and trepidation into the heart of every retailer. It’s the beginning of the holiday season. If you’ve been out shopping lately, you’ve noticed this! The time is drawing nigh when, along with my fellow shop owners everywhere, I will begin burning the candle at both ends. Lord, let it be a scent I like.

I woke up spontaneously at 5:42 AM today, with one thought running through my head: oh my gosh, we have so much to do to get ready for the holiday party! Now just three weeks away, I have yet to mail the invitations, finalize my schedule of hostesses, firm up my menu (plus buy ingredients, prep recipes, and schedule baking days), conceptualize window displays and new holiday displays and how to zhuzh all the everyday displays in order to accomodate new seasonal merch and new everyday merch, plus figure out what the heck I’m going to wear! On top of this, we are still running the store, checking in new arrivals on a daily basis, etc., etc. The last week of October, we’ll be closed for four days before the party (well, three actual shopping days and one Sunday, on which we’re always closed) so that we can transform the shop into a holly bough-bedecked, glitter glass-encrusted, mercury glass ornament-adorned, twinkly light-spangled, hot chocolate and Joie de Noel-scented confection of wintertime merriment.

The Blissful

What fun to get a peek in to the life of a shop-owner! One thing I have noticed since blogging is that shop-owners are so friendly and fun, I think that must be a prerequisite!

Abby also shared with me what her customers are looking for right now now that fall is underway:

This is the time of year when my customers are starting to nest in earnest. They are picking up those furnishings and home accents they may have had their eye on for quite some time, wanting to complete the rooms in which they’ll be hosting parties and family get-togethers. People are more and more in search of the perfect fall or holiday candle. Spicy and food-related scents, such as Black Ginger or Crème Brulée, sell well for us at this time of year. I also see my customers purchasing more hostess gifts—a special set of drinking glasses, a cool serving tray, gourmet items, one of our great cutting boards, or a pretty apron.

The Blissful

I love shopping, wouldn’t it be fun to be one of her customers? If you live in Canton, Ohio, you are lucky indeed! I hope that you will visit The Blissful blog, and in January become a customer of her online shop. Even now she says if you see something on her site you want, you can give her an email and see what can be arranged! It is so great to be able to support other creative women in business!

Thanks Abby for sharing your blissful dream with us!

All photos copyright The Blissful. Used by permission.

Finally! Fab 40

Finally! Fab 40

Thank you to the four wonderful people who presented me with this award. I really am greatly touched to be thought of and enjoy each of your blogs, and you, so much. You are all special and deserve the award back again:

Kathy’s Cottage

Lavender Hills Studio

Pear Street Studio

Vintage Pastiche

Ok, there is no way to choose people for these awards. I would make a lousy judge on American Idol. I’d pick everyone. How can you decide who makes you smile? Well, the truth is, you all do. And many times with these awards I have just given it back to everyone because everyone deserves it.

This time, since I was honored to receive this award four times, I am taking advantage of how many people I can nominate and I decided to make a list. And while there are DOZENS more that make me smile, I had to think of a way to stop at 40! That was really tough, so I decided that at the moment I started this post on Sunday, I would look back at the 40 previous commenters on my blog. Sure enough, each of them had made me smile! Perfect!

I took just that list of 40, minus the four ladies who gave me the award, and used that for my list. The people on the list made me smile because not only did they take time out of of their day to say nice things (and we all like nice comments!) but I have visited their blogs and been touched or inspired by what they do. Yes, they all made me smile. Those 40 and so many more.

Commenters are special and when you do leave a note, you not only brighten someone’s day but you show your caring heart and allow the blogger to know you are out there hearing them. You are all commended today for being people who do that!

I want to honor these 40 here, for each of them has something special and unique to offer. And in turn, I hope you will visit them and encourage them. And I hope they will pass on the award to 10 others.

If you have just received this award, as many of you have, you can just let people know in your post that you received another one (you still deserve to mention it, it is still an award no matter how many times you receive it!), but don’t feel an obligation to pass it on again unless you want to.

Lastly, I am also touched by people who left comments but did not share a blog address. They are not included in my list but they have not gone without notice. I appreciate each one.

Here we go! Be sure to visit them and congratulate ’em for being smile-inducing commenters!

  1. A Haven For Vee

  2. Esther Sunday

  3. Neutral Dwelling

  4. Sweet Cottage Dreams

  5. Cre8tiva

  6. Sophie Honeysuckle

  7. A Nurse’s Walk

  8. Flea Market Queen

  9. An Indian Summer

  10. Photos-City-Mine

  11. My Bella Colle

  12. Somewhere in Time

  13. Little Red House

  14. Scrap To My Lu

  15. Reflections on Radiance

  16. The Feathered Nest — Manuela

  17. Rang-decor

  18. A Thing For Roses

  19. McMaster & Storm

  20. Poof You’re A Frog

  21. This is Glamorous

  22. Design for Mankind

  23. Moonlight Musings

  24. Paris in Autumn

  25. Becoming Home

  26. Sophie Rose Designs

  27. Cozy Egg

  28. Nunnie’s Attic

  29. Back Porch Musings

  30. Essemia

  31. Celebrate Creativity

  32. Artful Creations

  33. I’m A Little Teapot

  34. Bittersweet Punkin

  35. Eight Crazy

  36. Farmhouse Style

  37. Ramblings From An English Garden

  38. Counting Your Blessings

  39. Brilliant Asylum

  40. Bunny Rose Cottage