Back to the lovely little lampshade shop in Small Town, Vermont, summer of 2001. I bought a lampshade, and I absolutely LOVE it! An antique French fabric with a sweet little bird for a finial.
But if you read part one, you know that it wasn't all about the beautiful fabrics and fabulous lampshades. It was her story that inspired me most. Since I was the only one in the shop that day (imagine that!), I had to ask: "How in the world did you get into this? Did you just love lampshades your whole life?"
Nope. It wasn't about the lampshades at all. It was about her love of flea markets and fabric. She grew up going to flea markets and fell in love with vintage fabrics. And you know how it is when you fall in love with something: you buy it again, and again, and again with no idea what you're going to do with it all!
Sure she made some crafty things over the years with all the crazy amounts of fabric she had collected, but lampshades? Who could have imagined?!?! It was an idea that came about in an unexpected way (a gift from her husband inspired her) and at an unexpected time (after years and years of collecting vintage fabrics). That's what inspiration is: an unexpected gift at an unexpected time!
So why do I share this story above all others at the start of my new blog? Because I walked away that day with a burning question: "What is my lampshade in life?" It took a few years to find the answer, but when I found it, I just KNEW. My business found me just the way lampshades found Judy Lake. A lifelong love coupled with a few God-given gifts equals a business that I love.
So my question for you today: What is your lampshade in life? If you haven't discovered it, what do you love? I'd love to hear from you, so leave a comment!