Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love your job

and you will never work a day in your life.

So, for Valentine's week, I am featuring someone who loves her new job.
Meet Julie Petrella.A graduate of George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania, you will notice she is not behind a desk, and you cannot miss that smile...she is now doing what she loves. She recently opened Home Made down the road from me.

For those of us who are sole proprietors of brick and mortar shops, it is, in many cases, pure love that draws us to the business. Unlike a co-op, we are the CEO, CFO, manager, clean-up crew, maintenance, supply clerk, and, unlike a web site, if you are not there, you are not selling. In this fast paced-there's an app for that-world, we tend to forget the people. So, when I meet someone who is special, I just have to feature their shop. She lives above the store, and, with the help of family and friends has created a welcoming interior. Some of the walls have been chalkboard painted, and check the striped ceiling!
Julie has stocked beautiful yarns and fabric.


There is no comparison to buying quality yarns and fabric...and, if you are going to take the time and put in the effort, don't you want to use the best? Just look at the colors of these felt squares...you will not see that richness in a big box craft store, not to mention the feel of quality.
She also carries unique patterns and supplies...































































One of the specialty products she carries is Eucalan...a no-rinse laundry detergent.

There are patterns and projects around also.

Speaking of projects, she has a class schedule...check her blog...
http://behomemade.com/studio/classes/
Here is a creative project in the works...a bulletin board out of wine corks...think you need to get some folks to help...cannot imagine if you were to drink all that wine that you would need a bulletin board for reminders because you probably are not functioning for a long time!
Here is a small finished board...not too many wine coolers here...

So, if you are in the area, please stop in...she opens at 11 AM...closed Mondays...
You can take a class or host your next special event in her craft studio. Even if you don't sew, knit, or crochet, just stop by for that smile...and to soak in the colors of the artisan...remember...small shops built this country not the big boxes...

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

1 comment:

Judy said...

What a great neighbor you are Susan - The pictures of the new store look so inviting - I will be down to visit the last week in June - I can't wait!!!