And then came the glorious day when trumpets sounded and a light shone down from the sky, bathing the Greenleaf webstore in a white glow........the Brimbles had been re-released in laser cut! Be still my heart! I danced around a little while, sang a few choruses of "Happy, happy, joy, joy" and danced around a little more. Napoleon thought I'd flipped but he often thinks that so after looking up from his nap with one eye still closed, he sighed and went back to sleep. Sometimes that cat exhibits a serious lack of enthusiasm.
On the other hand, I got a Brimbles into my hot little hands faster than a cheap dress comes off on prom night! I opened the box and did the "junkie-inhale" of the wood smell and spent a great deal of time petting the wood and murmuring softly to myself. Yes, it was a dream come true.
Sarah Ann observed all this quietly until her patience reached it's end and then commented, "Lovely. Now do you want to stop acting the fool and build the damned thing?"
I sent pictures of my Great Grandmother to Gina Gagnon of Lone Wolf Miniatures and had her create a custom doll for me. Gina did a fabulous job and my mini Sarah Ann is the spitting image of my Great Grandmother. But you can see why it was so important to me that Wise Ways Emporium be absolutely perfect. The RGT just wasn't cutting it, but the Brimbles.........ah, the Brimbles is everything I wanted and more. It's a fitting home for a tribute to my heritage.
Aaaaaaaaaaaanyway, since the Brimbles is laser cut, it didn't take long to build it. That was fortunate because Sarah Ann started packing up the store as soon as I picked up the first piece of wood and she'd moved half the inventory into the store before I even had the roof on! And I wonder where I inherit my lack of patience! LOL! Since Brimbles has more space, we were able to expand the research room upstairs and add a garden outside. I think that Great Grandma would have liked that a lot. We also added lights and even made some glowing crystal balls and some lovely sea shell lamps. All in all, I think it's the perfect emporium for witches and wizards with a large inventory, a nice space to research or just hang out, and a little bit of humor thrown in for good measure.
So without any further ado, welcome to the Grand Re-Opening of Wise Ways Emporium!
Sarah Ann is thrilled with the exterior of the shop.
Finally a place for a rocking chair and her geraniums!
The Rose of Sharon cutting that she put in is taking hold nicely.
The garden is her pride and joy! You can even see the famous Balm of Gilead tree growing next to the porch.
I'm not sure if she bought the bullfrog bird bath or if it's someone we used to know. It's probably better not to ask.
Napoleon swears that he's not going to eat the fish. He's just counting them to make sure they're all there. Nope, wouldn't even think of eating those little bitty fish. He just wishes I'd get the hell out of there with the camera so he can get on with "counting" them.
I really love the Goddess statue in the garden.
Come on inside and look around!
Upstairs is the research room.
There's a really nice converstation area where customers can sit down and relax a little bit with a cup of tea (or something stronger), listen to some music and read or chat with friends.
Downstairs, the morning sun pours thru the windows just before opening time.
This is Sarah Ann's favorite time of day as she prepares for her customers. On the wall behind her, you can see the picture taken of her on the day she received the deed to her land.
There has been lots of new inventory added to the store. This month's special is on apples. Sarah Ann keeps a basket of them on the counter. If you want to put a spell on them, that's entirely up to you. Even without the spell, they're delicious!
Somehow a litter of ginger kittens has gotten into the store and the little fellows are everywhere. One of them is falling off the counter by the candles and another one is batting parchment scrolls around on the table. One has taken up residence in the chairs upstairs and there's another chasing a mouse at Sarah Ann's feet behind the counter. Good thing she likes cats!
Maharet and Percutio have stopped in to do some shopping and visit with Sarah Ann. Maharet has been considering a new scrying mirror and I think that today she's made her final choice. Napoleon has been insisting on the one with the cat frame and I think that's the one she's finally decided on.
Percutio seems a little puzzled about why this plant keeps calling him "Seymour". (Just a word of caution, please don't feed the plants at Wise Ways)