Literary artist, Amias, along with vintage jewelry designed by Edith Boswell of "Edie-B's", were both highlighted gift giving ideas at the holiday festival.
"Lott Furniture" is an historical feature on Front Street here in Meridian. It is located next door to us at "Around The Corner" and they invited a couple of friends down to jam while out on the sidewalk shoppers ate, drank and danced their way through our store! Oh, and that is Tracey, our "helper", strolling down the block. They are all pretty cool catz!
Our "Wreath Party" was a huge success last night!
Dena Perkins whipped out some fabulous holiday wreaths dabbled with colorful bows, fantastical balls and lots of glittery BLING!
As I rolled out of bed this morning I glanced down at my bed sheets and they were covered with pink and gold glitter. As I opened my eyes, prisms of light bounced off of the glitter that had settled upon my lower eyelashes, blinding me momentarily. AND, I have a slight headache from the um, egg nog. It's still a bit warm around here for a beverage as sultry as that. Think I'll stick with water, lots of it, today.
Today we will begin preparations for the "Block Party" we're having this friday. Most of the lights are hung outside in the trees all the way down the block so it looks a bit like Hollywood Boulevard in Florida. Hmmmmmm, who's idea was that I wonder!?
Anywhooooooo, I'll be back later to hopefully post something exciting and or fun. Right now I am going to go and insert an IV for my coffee.
Each of you have a blessed day and know that I have prayed for your safety in travel if you are doing such this year!
I have so missed being in front of my computer and visiting all of your wonderful blogs!
I haven't left many of my usual "wordy" comments yet because I have like a month of posts to catch up on.
I feel like a drug addict who has escaped rehab to get my "fix" from all my friends through the brilliance and wonderment of your posts!
Let me soften that one just a little bit, I have missed you all and am all over the place this morning. Reading, laughing, thinking and sipping my cold coffee. I'll leave little stones as comments so that you'll know I've visited. Odd thing to do to living breathing blogs since I do that when I visit the graves of my loved ones. But that's what I'll do, none the less.
Hmph......living, breathing blogs.
Yup, that's fitting too, I suppose.
"Around The Corner" has become a huge success and I am just loving being out there with people like yourselves. I think a part of me forgot what all goes on everyday with each and everyone as individuals in the "outside" world. People who are so talented, lovable and unique. I suppose that's why we've gone from being considered a "Gift Shop" to being commonly referred to as a "Unique Boutique". I take that as a compliment coming from our customers and the community.
Just across the street from our boutique is the train station. Union Train Station to be exact. Am-Track runs through twice a day with it's path beginning in Montgomery, Alabama and running to New Orleans. It then runs the opposite direction in the evening dropping off all sorts of colorful and enigmatic people visiting Meridian for various reasons. We serve home-made refreshments and both warm and cool refreshing beverages all day, at no cost, to our shoppers. Our decision to do this has welcomed many a person and several delightful gatherings of strangers, who otherwise, paths' would not have crossed. This creates a delightful experience at the end of the day with our daily sales totals booming. 90% of our customers are women so the conversations and learning are priceless. We are starting a cook-book in honor and memory of our Grandmother, Iva Lee Crenshaw, that has become of great topic for sharing recipes of old. If any of you would like to contribute, please do so! Frassypoo is also doing this and I think it is such a wonderful way for us to share our heritage and the tasteful memories of our pasts
Everyone should visit Tassy over at her blog, Card Making And Me. I have not forgotten about you darlin'. We are about to commission you to design personalized labels and logo for us. I apologize for leaving you hanging like I have! I'll send you an email with a few requests! You too are too, uniquely talented!
And of course, Amias, my dearest friend is selling her book, "Mind Locks", like hotcakes around the corner!
Thank you each for your friendship and love. Your prayers are much appreciated and are the direct result of our blossoming blessings. So, till a later date, "Toodles" and feel free to check out some of the photos that Morgan, with her MySpace page, so sweetly put together for us! Just click on the post below for the direct link.
Wishing each of you a blessed and wondrous day!
Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper.
"Is your daddy home?" he asked.
"Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with him?"
The child whispered, "No."
Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?"
"May I talk with her?"
Again the small voice whispered, "No."
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked,
"May I speak with the policeman?"
"No, he's busy", whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer.
Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the phone, the boss asked,
"What is that noise?"
"A helicopter " answered the whispering voice.
"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
Again, whispering, the child answered, "The search team just landed a helicopter."
Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked,
"What are they searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle...
2. I am HORRIFIED of those silver "ice-sickles" that some people put on their christmas trees.
3. I love coconut but refuse to eat it shredded.
4. I like my coffee cold and my tea hot.
5. I will only eat peanut butter and jelly if the two are mixed together before being spread over bread.
6. I collect the bones that my cat and my dogs drag up.
7. I am not comfortable unless wearing a, pearl, "something".
8. I never say to anyone that "I am sorry..." simply because I am NOT. I do though, apologize quite often for any mistakes or misunderstandings caused by me.
9. I detest the usage of the word, KIDS. They are children.........not baby goats!
10. I like to build fires year round. Reguardless of the 104 weather in the summer months here.
11. I do not like eggs that taste like eggs.
12. And finally, I like an oyster served in a shot glass coverd with tarter sauce and douced with beer.
SCORPIO - The Intense one. Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive. Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Can be self-centered at times. Both Passionate and highly emotional.
LIBRA - The Harmonizer. Nice to everyone they meet. Can never make up their mind. Have their own unique appeal. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful and generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Gives into easily. Are consided to be renound procrastinators. Very gullible.
ARIES - The Dare-devil Energetic. Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge but will lie to others without blinking to protect their self image. EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and having a sharp wit. Outgoing. Tends to loose interest quickly and is easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.
AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart Optimistic and always honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique. Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.
GEMINI - The Chatter-box who is both smart and witty. Outgoing, and very likely to tell your business to whom ever will listen. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express themselves. Argumentative and outspoken. Likes change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. A Major gossip. May seem superficial or inconsistent, but is only changeable when called "on the carpet". Beautifully physically and mentally.
LEO - The Boss. Very organized. Needs order in their lives and prefers to being in control control. Like boundaries and sets them with others frequently. They have a tendency to take over everything.
Again, bossy. Like to help others. Highly social and out going. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. considerd to be loyal and loving. Doing the rig ht thing is important to Leos. They are both mentally, and physically attractive.
CANCER - The Protector. Moody, overly emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others Um, in other words...."Co-dependant". Easily hurt, but also very sympathetic.
PISCES - The Dreamer. Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Do not care at all for details. Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Said to be good kissers. Beautiful to the eye.
CAPRICORN - The Go-Getter. Patient and wise. Practical and rigid. Ambitious. Tends tobe good-looking but is well aware of this. Humorous and funny. Can be a bit shy and reserved . Often leans towards pessimists. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be unfriendly at times. And ohhhhhhhhhhhh, do they hold grudges. Like competitions. Usually get what they want be cause they are "whiners".
TAURUS - The Enduring One. Charming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has plenty of endurance. Solid beings who are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty (sometimes OVERLY.) Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard and passionately. Expresses themselves emotionally.(Over and Over and Over!) Prone to have a ferocious temper and throws tantrums on a regular basis. Determined. Indulge themselves often with things they probably cannot afford. Very generous.
SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky One Good-natured optimist. Doesn't want to grow up (Peter Pan Syndrome). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing. Doesn't like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn't like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined in tight spaces or even tight clothes. Doesn't like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out. Probably the only sign who truly cares about other people, honestly.
2. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
6. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me
7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.
10.Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
11. Try "NyQuil", the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
13. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
15. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16. Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it!
17. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.
18. Procrastinate Now!
19. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
20. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
21. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance .
22. Stupidity is not a handicap. So, could ya' park elsewhere!
23. They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24. He who dies with the most toys is still,nonetheless, DEAD.
25. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
26. Ham and eggs...A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
27. The trouble with life is there's no background music.
28. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
29. I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on!
30. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!
31. Life is too short and friends are too few!
November 1-7, 2007
The story behind Around the Corner goes much farther than the reopening of a loved and respected home accessories boutique in downtown Meridian. It is a story of character and dedication and above all the love and respect these four women have for one another. They are four sisters of the heart working together and loving their new lease on life. "We're all family," said Suzanne H. Crenshaw. "Cousins and sister-in-laws, but we go far deeper than that."
Around the Corner's journey to rebirth began about 6 months ago when Dawn Dobbins, with Wrangler and Lott Furniture called Crenshaw, Susan Harwell and Gina Miller and asked them to come help with a 'project' downtown. "No one could have told us a year ago that we'd be here," said Crenshaw. "We were each fighting our own private battles when this opportunity came along."
Those battles included loss of a spouse, personal battles with cancer and more. "I had been home for a year," said Crenshaw, who had worked for 19 years as a hairdresser. "So when Dawn called and asked me to come downtown I dropped everything and went to work. It's been so much fun."
The four women were strong women of faith who had succumb to the options they were given. "We each did the best we could," said Crenshaw. "Even when we were so sick we couldn't hold our head up we'd still call each other and pray and share communion. We would pray and share a devotion. That's all we had for close to a year."
"Working this store has been a blessing for each of us," said Crenshaw. "It's been amazing, a miracle really. We were all isolated for different reasons when Dawn approached us with this opportunity. All of the sudden we were dressing up and wearing make-up and it's like "We're back!"
"It's as though a dark cloud has been removed when this opportunity came along. And here we are, out in public together, working together. We're so excited about it. We come to work everyday early and hate leaving at the end of the day. We love it. And we're now closer than we ever thought we could be. It's been wonderful."
"We celebrate life everyday," said Crenshaw. "The minute my feet hit the floor I say 'Thank you God! for another chance," said Crenshaw. "My life is so different now, and I'm so grateful that we're all able to be here and that we're able to be apart of life in downtown Meridian."
The four women gathered with friends and family to celebrate the ribbon cutting for Around the Corner on Monday, October 29. "Around the Corner is an asset to downtown Meridian," said Mayor John Robert Smith. "We are so proud to see them open and look for great things from them."
"This is a place where women (and men) can gather and meet and spend time enjoying their lunch hours. We love meeting and talking with new people," said Crenshaw. "Every morning we have doughnuts and coffee and every afternoon we have wine and cheese."
Susan, Gina and Dawn each had extensive backgrounds in home decor and interior design. "They are very knowledgeable about what's coming into style and how to shop at market," said Crenshaw. "And we're all artists in our own ways."
"We really want to support local artists," said Crenshaw. "We're proud to carry jewelry by Edith Boswell, artwork by local architect Joey Horn, wreath design by Dena Perkins as well as written works from Amias, a native of the Mississippi Delta." Around the Corner also carries framed photography by Crenshaw as well. "Hand made items have such quality," said Crenshaw. "There's so much of you in every piece you create. There's that extra touch when it's unique and one of a kind."
"We want to encourage and compliment other local businesses as well as other local artists," said Crenshaw. "We have such a treasure trove of talent here. Around the Corner believes in supporting local first and foremost."
Around the Corner is open Monday through Saturday, 10-6. They are located in the heart of downtown on historic Front Street. For more information call 601-693-1186.