I was born in Marrero, Louisiana in 1976 and
I lived in the New Orleans area until 1988
when we moved to Memphis, Tennessee to be closer to family.
As a child, I was always very fond of the arts in general.
I was in drama classes, art classes, dance classes, vocal classes, gym classes, etc.
My goal was to become a professional singer someday.
After graduating high school in 1994,
I worked several odd jobs, helped run a music store,
and auditioned in 1997 to perform at the local amusement park (Libertyland).
I performed there for 2 seasons and then moved to Nashville (on a whim) at the end of 1998.
I worked as a cocktail waitress at the Wildhorse Saloon for a couple of years and was able to perform on stage with some local and nationally known musicians.
Singing was my passion.
I left Nashville in 2000 and drove (my tiny little silver Mazda MX3) to Jacksonville, Florida
where I lived on and off for a couple more years.
From there it was always back and forth between Tennessee and Florida -
I could never seem to make up my mind!
It took me 10 years (and 3 colleges), but I finally graduated from college (University of Memphis) in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English / Professional and Creative Writing.
My dreams had evolved and I really wanted to write for a magazine some day
or get my masters and teach other college writing courses.
I sang with several bands between 1997 and 2006.
I performed mostly in local bars and many of the casinos in Tunica, Mississippi (AKA...Little Vegas).
It was at one of these casinos where I met my husband in 2003.
I had a blast singing during this time (felt like a rock star),
but had to end it all when I became pregnant in 2006.
(I didn't think that the smoke from the bars and casinos would've been good for my unborn child - haha!)
That was the end of an era for me and also a time to grow up, I suppose.
Responsibilities set in and I was suddenly a wife and a mother.
Life was MUCH different!
How did I end up as a shop-keeper?
Well, I've always loved visiting antique stores. They always brought me some sort of peace.
When my husband and I relocated to Colorado in 2007, I was so bored and had no friends yet.
He told me about an antique store he had passed in the nearby town of Castle Rock.
I hopped in the car and headed that way.
I asked if there were any spaces available for rent and voila! - the rest is history!
It has been a wonderful outlet for me and has allowed me to remain a stay-at-home mom while earning some extra income on the side.
(I only have to work in the shop once a week!)
Although I'm hoping to eventually get back to my singing roots,
I'm really enjoying being a part of this world of vintage and antiques.
I learn something new about this business everyday!
Blogging has brought me a great deal of inspiration
and has connected me with other women who share the same love for vintage and home decorating.
Now you know my background...thanks for taking the time to get to know me!