Aug 21, 2006

Elizabeth House loses its gem!

For those of you who have had the pleasure of getting to know my right hand, right foot, and even left foot for that matter, Sharon, then you will understand my extreme sadness of seeing her leave the Elizabeth House family. Sharon has been working on developing her own online business, She is a very talented paper artist that designs and makes custom cards and journals. Her fine items are sold at Elizabeth House.

What is so ironic about her decision to work on her card business full time is that she told me it was my blog that inspired her to leave! After she read my "Dream, Plan, Do" posting, she told me decided right then that she needs to "shit or get off the pot" as my delicate little flower of an employee so colorfully said. She had been planning this venture for some time and now is the time to just "do it" as the phrase goes. So she is.

While I will miss her greatly, I am so very happy for her! I have no doubt that she will be a huge success along with her business partner, Anne. I might have lost a gem of an employee, but I gained so much more: a business collegue and the opportunity to have had some influence on a very talented woman taking a chance to live her passion. And that is what Elizabeth House is all about. To inspire others to step out and live their passion. And what a great honor to have inspired someone that I admire greatly. Because Lord knows, her guidance, counsel, and compassion have done more good than words can describe.

Sharon knows that no matter what, she always has a place within the Elizabeth House family. I hope she will be able to help out on special events, such as my annual Christmas Open House, held the first Friday of December. This photo was taken at our last open house, in which Sharon and I shared and celebrated with an entire bottle of pear wine, upstairs in my apartment, before we went down to the store to "do our thing" with our wonderful customers. I had champaigne punch during the open house, and by the time this photo was taken, we were happy!

So, that leaves me without a gem. Elizabeth House is in need of someone to at least attempt to fill Sharon's shoes. No one will really, but a close fit would make this business owner very happy. To see the job duties and requirements, please visit Craig's list at for details. If you know of anyone who may fit the bill, please pass along their name.

Sharon will be "sparkling" at EH until mid September or so. Stop by and wish her well. Oh, and get on her website and order some stuff...the woman is trying to make a living, dang it! And I already know that Sharon would want me to tell you all that the website is under construction and it "isn't the real thing yet." Yes, Sharon we get that. :-)

from my house to your house,


1 comment:

nitawatson said...

Just got back home from St. Louis visit. On Friday I talked with Mel at your shoppe on Manchester. You were in a photo shoot and Mel told me that you had just gotten back from your Chicago location. I'll try to be brief....I visited your store in summer 2005. I looked around the shoppe, felt completely "comfortable" and then went back home.(Marietta, GA) Having a space in an antique shoppe for 5 years, I couldn't get over the similarities in your store and my "space" in a shoppe in Marietta, GA. I love old things. This passion has increased year by year for almost 30 years since my mothers death. My mothers decision to love old things was born out of necessisty. With 7 kids, she had to make $$ stretch. With this acquired knowledge, my mother went to yard sales, thrift stores, and whatever to provide. Shortly before her death in 1971, I remarked to her, "Mom, why do you buy old things when you could buy "new" things?" She then said, " Well, for one thing the "old" things have been "loved" before. Since then my love for the old things has grown year after year. Your shoppe excites me by the affirmation that I have not been crazy all these years. Old things are truly items that have been "loved before". I am so glad that my son has given me reason to find you there in St. Louis. Thank you, Nita Watson

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