My name is Anita, I live with my husband and circus of a family in the middle of an Alabama cotton field. I'm a self taught DIY-er. Which means, I usually mess it up before I get it right, BUT I'm always willing to try. I want to spend this next year pulling together all the things I have and love to make my home a more finished product.
I was going to wait, but I stink at waiting. Even with all the other exciting things going on in our lives, there's now one more! I have
news… BIG news… The good kind.
started my blog last December with the intent of pulling my home together into
a finished product. After the surprise of
a new sewing machine for Christmas and some well-placed Christmas cash from
family I opened my booth at Firehouse.
Though I loved being there, it was quite the drive and being sick for a
spell didn't help. So, I packed up and
brought it home with the intention of finding another booth closer to
home. We have several stores around town
that offer booths, but there was
just nothing available.
I had been on their waiting lists since June before I left Firehouse and decided to find a small warehouse space to use
for storage and workshop in the meantime. I knew I
wanted to be close to the town square. I
drove around scouting for empty buildings, peeking in windows and pulling more
than a few cockaburs out of my shoes before it was over. I came across a small “for rent” sign on the
side of a building and called. The fella
told me where the key was and that I could let myself in and take a look. *Did I mention I live in a small town? J
However, it wasn't really what I was looking for, so I thanked him and
moved on. He called me back less than a
day later to say, when he got back
to his office, he had an email from the lady who rents the front half of the
building as a photography studio. She
had decided to move her studio back to her home and she would be vacating the
building in less than a month. I went
back and looked with only a fraction of a thought that I should open my own store. After talking with my husband, parents, kids,
co-workers, friends, neighbors and the checker at the Hometown Grocery, I convinced myself that I could do this.
With the help of my sister-in-law we will be opening
Cotton&Kudzu on October 2, 2014
in Athens, Alabama.
just a Google shot of the storefront as it is now.
We will offer antiques, painted pieces,
linens and a variety of vintage goodies. It's only a 400 sq ft space in front, but it's just enough. I'll have 2 rooms in the back for storage and workshop. Like my booth, I will stock my store with what I love with the hopes
that others will love it too.
I can't wait to take another step in this journey. As always, thanks for reading!