Thought I'd better start at the beginning and tell you about the store.
I started my business, Treasures from the Heart, 25 years ago. I taught (and still do teach) decorative painting classes. Over the years that has run the gamut from oils, to country, to roses, stenciling, pen and ink, and anything else in the painting realm we could think of to do. I have painted and sold for many years in this area, and love to share what i have learned with others.
The store is a new adventure. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and May 1st, with much help and support from family and friends we opened the doors to our little gift shop.
It's in an unlikely industrial area, but I know people who love gift shops will find them wherever they are.
I have always loved collecting things, and was running out of room to put all the things I like.
Now all those lovely tea cups, signs, and collectibles have a new home and we've added tea cozies, sachets, soaps, candles, and a wonderful array of hand-crafted gifts by local artists
I'm surrounded with beautiful things.
My other love is garage sales, and that is where I find some of the vintage and cottage decor for the store. I love picking up some piece of furniture and giving it the shabby look, or hand painting roses on a box, or making an old doily into something beautiful again.
We are almost ready to open another room, which will be filled with rustic kitchen ware, and another area for little girls furniture and accessories, and furniture for her doll to use too.
We are already making plans for our Holiday Faire in Nov/Dec. which will include a wider variety of hand-crafted goods.
So, that is the condensed version about my store.
I am having a ball meeting new people as they come into the store, new crafters as we learn
together, and new areas of creativity as I venture out into the world fabric and lace, Victorian purses, and fancy candles.
Hope you will come by soon, and enjoy the store with me.
With gratefulness to the Lord for this wonderful opportunity.
Barbara Jean Simmons
Treasures from the Heart
90034 Prairie Rd
hours: Thursday- Saturday 12-6