Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy, Happy, Happy

Today's post is brought to you courtesy of the Rolling Stones:

I have been a Stones fan since high school, mainly because they were my boyfriend*'s favorite band. This comes in handy now-a-days because my son also likes the Stones, so it's something we can both enjoy on the drive to school. And we turned up the volume today, because you only turn 15 once:

Happy Birthday, Jack Garrison -- faithful member of rhubarb reign's creative team and my all-around favorite son. It's gonna be a good day!
In addition to the birthday excitement, I have a bunch of things to be happy about today. Joe and I set a new sales record for December at Kane. WOW! Many, many thanks to all of our excellent customers for making that possible.

Sales were strong in all categories, from holiday handmades to furniture, big and small. Smalls did well, as did industrial. We didn't sell much art or paper this month, but blew through all of our Christmas. Excellent! We'll get to work tomorrow for Grayslake.

But until then, I'll be sippin' hot chocolate laced with these excellent marshmallows. If you have a Williams-Sonoma nearby, I suggest you stop reading right now and go get yourself a box. They are amazing, practically guaranteed to induce happiness.

And I'll be wearing this excellent new skirt, purchased from our friend and customer Cheryl Herman at Panache in St. Charles (IL).
(It is part of the Cutest Outfit Ever, which I'll be sporting tonight at Jack's party. Cheryl was nice enough to stay open Saturday so Joe and I (along with our pal Diane) could get a peek at her newly redesigned interior. It is stunning. Every bit as cool as Anthropologie, but much more personal. A smart blogger would have thought to bring her camera along. Hmmm. Guess I'll just have to go again in January (with Christmas money)! And to do a post. Wish I could figure out a way to visit all our customers' stores next year, so that I could share them with you. So much creativity out there! )

And I'll be turning up the Stones, working on Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. Happy, happy, happy! xo

*One of the many dangers inherent in small town life is that you have a greater chance of running into old boyfriends. Last time I saw this one in particular was at church a couple years ago. He looks EXACTLY the same, while I look like a green grape speeding towards raisin-hood. This is not a topic that can be included in my Happiness post, so we will cease discussion now. (:


8 comments:

Annie said...

oh that's hilarious! I also live in a small town and run into my exes way too often! Better yet - my husband does too and has long conversations with them - nice eh!

katie said...

tell Jack I said Happy Happy 15th!

Anita said...

We had a great December Kane too- very positive! Snuggling in at home for the blizzard and finishing up soe things that did not make it to Kane ...cause I just ran out of time. Ever happen to you?

Happy Birthday to Jack...I have a 15 year old daughter...hmmm,

Kathleen said...

Happy Birthday Jack Garrison! 15! I can't even believe it!! How can that be if I am only 29?

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies! I passed the b-day comments on to Jack. xo

Halo Hill said...

I want to see the skirt! I am grape-ish myself. Ugh. Well, things could be worse!

Hugs and thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Sheila

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

YOU ARE SO FUUNY! YOU ARE NOT A RAISIN TO BE.( NOW IF YOU HAD A 43 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AS I DO, THEN YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CALL YOURSELF A RAISIN.)
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT DUPAGE.

HUGS, JUDY

ann at greenoak said...

I LOVE THE SNOW man in the frame...or whatever he is.....
and i got that 18th century book you described....very nice....
the raisin comment really hurt!!! better than the alternative...
.you look great....
ann