Thursday, March 26, 2009


O.K. so what have I been up to lately... well being a mom... we know how busy that job is.. late nights around here.. I have been painting, organizing, making custom orders & refreshing my home studio.. I will post pictures when it is complete.. My kitchen is almost finished and I found the best Hungarian handy man who has helped me beyond words!!! The good news.. Verbena will be expanding with more room and will reopen after spring break with a new look & more space.. my mom who had the room cross from me is moving into larger space around the corner ( Mademoiselle Edie Gourmet) she will continue with her Charcutarie, cheese & chocolate shop and will be adding garden & antiques. I will be keeping my current space and taking over her old space in the Marion Block Building. Now I will have the room needed to spread my wings... Also my studio upstairs from the store we will be introducing ....Verbena's Salon....(A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). The salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical salons of the 17th century and 18th century, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings among like-minded people of a 'set': many 20th-century salons could be instanced.) I feel there is a need for a place where the younger girls can go, get creative & learn some of the exciting new & old crafts out there. Also a mom of a Special needs child I will offer creative classes for some of my sons classmates and their friends. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time and it is finally happening...a special place created to gather kindred spirits wanting to learn or teach a new craft, some of the classes we will offer are what we call our special project classes teaching sewing for the young girls or their moms, jewelry making the old fashioned way, painting , knitting & crocheting, piquette mosaic art, etc... so this is what I have been up to.. it will be a challenge but my heart is in it and have the support & help from some special & talanted friends who will be a part of this journey.. my sign up sheet is growing long.. so here it goes. Any questions feel free to contact me for details... (this picture is the inspiration for my studio)Ixoxoxo Laura


Sophia Rose said...

It all sounds so lovely. I do have to make a trip to Ocala soon. I want to see your store in person so bad.

Ainosofia said...


- ainosofia - (finland)

The Vintage rabbit said...

How exciting for you Laura!!! Can't wait to see all the pictures!!!

Andrea Singarella said...

Congratulations on your growing business! I love your idea of the salon and a place to share ideas and teach young women. Very important and very inspiring!!

starrynightimpressions said...

Hello Laura,
I was just reading the Somerset Life and your personal packaging hint with the burlap is just sooooo darling! I just had to check out your blog too, and I'm glad I did.

rochambeau said...

Your new space, Salon and your mom's new place all sound great Laura.
It is really wonderful that you can have some classes for your son and his friends.
I was wondering if you know Amanda, The Queen of the Carnival? She also has a special needs son. I think you two might appreciate and enjoy one another!

Sending you all the blessing that the flowers have to offer!!

The French Bear said...

What a wonderful idea, how nice of you to do something with the younger people!! I love your shop and your style!!! I'll be back to see more!
Margaret B.

Marie Antionette said...

You are a busy bee dear,Just came by to say hello,and Happy Easter!!!
XXOO Marie Antionette

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Good on you Laura!!!!,

Your keeping our wonderful old skills and traditions alive and mixing people at the same time in just good conversation. In this funny world we live in, I think alot of people have actually forgotten how to communicate and just be with people in groups.

Not me of course - I love chatting with everyone in my town. Then I hide away for a couple of days to be with myself, all good company. Ha Ha......

Good luck with your new venture, how nice for you to spread out and create.

One day I will come over, not for many years though, (I have to get my kids through school first) but I will make a special trip to your town. It sound quite unique.

Have a happy Easter with your family.

xxxx & a Easter bunny hug,

FrenchGardenHouse said...

It all sounds wonderful! Hope you are doing well, sweet friend,
xo Lidy

Counting Your Blessings said...

Hi Laura. I love the photo at the top of this post. It's been one of my favorites for years. It's in my "dream" scrapbook. :) I love your ideas for the shop. You have such incredible talent! I'm off to peek around some more. Have a beautiful evening.

Blessings... Polly

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

So funny I have been thinking about you, wondering how you nice to hear from you.

I am so happy to hear your business is doing great & growing. I just love the window...