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Welcome and thank you for taking time to read and share the experiences and happenings
at  Barberry Row  and  Heirlooms  and in my life.
I trust they will be a blessing and encouragement to you.
Sincerely,  Sherelyn


Blog #1  thru to Blog #22  have all been written here on my web site,
but since then subsequent blogs can be read on my blog site -

(to access older blogs  -  go to 'Archives' at the bottom of the blog page)

-  or  -   alternatively they can be read as PDF documents.     To access  PDF's  :  click here


Blog #7  -  31 May 2013  :  Below     (25 years ago)

Blog #7

Thursday, 31 May 2013 ~

May is always a memorable month for me and this year of 2013 is a very special and memorable month, as on the 30th of May it was twenty five (25) years since the beginnings of a significant event in my life.  After seventeen (17) years of being a stay-at-home mum, Keith and I purchased and received the keys to a shop - and I became a retailer (!), changing the products and emphasis of the existing business to one that suited myself and I changed the name of the business to Expressions. The signage was in the shape of a gift tag which reflected to me the lovely, gentle and important things of life - gifts to give and beautiful cards to express ones love and sentiments for any and every  occasion (congratulations, sympathy, thanks, etc.)

Note:  As we were living in the South Island at this time, this little shop was in Mosgiel -
a small town with a population of about 10,000 situated about 15 minutes drive south of Dunedin.


Having to go to work every day
and no longer having the freedom to choose what I did in a day
was a HUGE adjustment to my life.

The hardest aspect was that
I could no longer go into the city
of Dunedin to purchase the needlework supplies I required for my favourite pastime ~ cross stitch.

I began thinking
that there must be other
local ladies who had
the same dilemma
and so the thoughtful seeds
of adding a needlework area
into the shop were planted.



These thoughts became a reality
over the following Labour Day Weekend
as Keith and I rearranged the shop and set up a needlework area.

I then began teaching
and having get-togethers for everyone who loved to stitch
(at our home in the evenings)
and having weekend exhibitions to showcase everyone's work.

I made so many lovely friends over that time
and many of these wonderful ladies
are still lovely, faithful friends today.

Five years later ~ May 1993 ~ the shop was sold as we were returning to live in the North Island.

My passion for needlework and sharing this wonderful pastime was a desire that I wished to continue and so another dream was instilled within me - a little cottage that would exclusively house everything to do with needlework.

However, with selling the business, I also had to sell the 'Expressions' name and so had to choose another.

Heirlooms  - was that choice - because whenever we create a needlework piece, we are mindful that it will become the heirloom of tomorrow.

We first moved to Taupo, then to the United States for several years, and then to various locations in the Hawkes Bay.

As we were not permanently settled in a home during these years, wherever we were living became my 'temporary cottage'.
I would set up a room in the house with all my needlework supplies that I had available for purchase
and my door was always open to anyone who wished to visit.  I also provided a mail-order service.
(Whilst I was living overseas in the States, Melissa continued the business for me from her home)


To date, my dream of a needlework cottage has not been realised
(I know it will be one day)
but I am loving
having a temporary cottage
in our present home.

Being able to share my home
and my passion for needlework
with everyone
who comes to visit
is so rewarding and fulfilling.

A true blessing.

Bye for now.     Sherelyn

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