Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gooseberry Patch

I know by heart the story of how JoAnn and Vickie began their company after numerous chats over their adjoining neighborhood fence printed inside of all their published books. I read it again as though a greeting from old friends knowing that I live just streets away from where they met and that for a time I was a member of the Gooseberry Patch family.


Imagine a place to work where offices have window sashes hung with aprons for curtains, walls of lavender and yellow, spring green and robin's egg blue. A real front porch for your supervisor to supervise and shelves upon shelves filled with vintage inspired wares to sell. Magical, simply magical.


I learned so much as a Personal Shopper whose job it was to describe and assist customers with their purchases. I might say things like, "If you are getting our latest Christmas cook book then you must get our vintage inspired cookie cutters. They are as cute as can be and are wonderful stored all year round in a glass jar on your kitchen counter."


It was my job to know 101 additional ways to use items you just knew you could not live without. It is from my time with Gooseberry Patch that I have a blog cute as can be to share. I was surrounded on a day to day basis by the most creative people and artist I have ever had the honor to know. I absorbed every single detail of every moment there because it was all so inspiring.


"Welcome to Gooseberry Patch, my name is Elizabeth." is how I began each call from a customer. A smile in my voice, sincerity in my heart to share with others my love of all things Gooseberry Patch. Today I welcome you!


24 comments:

Angela said...

Elizabeth, you never cease to amaze me!! I love everything you make, but I do think these are my favorites ever!

Suz said...

Oh, my gosh, E. I love that bluebird on the stand. He is one of your cutest, cheeriest pieces ever!!!
Thank you so much, my friend, for your notes of support. I have missed so much here and will try to take a peek today. Things are just rather upside-down and inside-out! I know you understand!
Hugs,
Suz

A Vintage Chic said...

Such an adorable bluebird, Elizabeth, and I'm so excited to read your interview on Friday! One of my favorite places to visit...I wonder if you ever answered the phone when I placed orders some years ago...?

I hope your day is filled with every wonderful thing, my friend!

Julie

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Hi Elizabeth! I will love to see your interview on Gooseberry Patch this Friday. Another fantastic creation from you!

I finished my red, white and blue crocheted throw...you were my inspiration.. as I mentioned before.. I would drool over your red, white and blue throw photo on your sidebar every time I visited your blog. Now I have my very own!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How exciting! I will BE there! Will it be on their blog? I have it in my list of favorites! Hugs! ♥

Sandy said...

Elizabeth,
WONDERFUL!!!!! I cannot wait until tomorrow! :):) I can only imagine how fun it was to work there...it is such a shame that they no longer sell the wonderful items they did, now it is basically just cookbooks! I got rid of all of my catalogs just before they quit printing them! When I got new catalog in the mail, it was like Christmas!!!!! I am so happy for you tht you get to be with old friends again! :)
Your photos as usual bring big smiles to my face!

The Garden Bell said...

Gooseberry Patch... Am I surprised, not one little I=O-TA. You are a perfect fit. Now, I know where you get it and where they get it. Make sure to pop by the garden tomorrow...he-he....

Free Pretty Things For You said...

oh E your masterpieces just take my breath away!!

I Loved your last post too!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What fun and a walk down memory lane for you Elizabeth! Your snowman and bluebird are just adorable; I'm sure Gooseberry Patch was lucky to have you, too!

Lisa said...

Ooooh! How fun and I can hardly wait to read all about it!
Your bluebird is so cute (along with everything else you make!).

Pieceful Bits said...

Oh how fun!!!! I will be back tomorrow for sure.
(~~)
Julie

p.s. cottage on its way tomorrow, thank you

Miss Rhea said...

Eeeek !! So totally SWEET !!!! i love your birdie, as everything, as usual. You have SUCH a gift sweet friend to spread Joy and Whimsy :) Hugs :) :) :)

Gooseberry Patch said...

Oh Elizabeth, this post really warmed our hearts here at Gooseberry Patch. We were so glad to have you as part of our team and are doubly glad to reconnect through the wonderful world of blogging. It's our pleasure to feature you tomorrow! :)

Valarie said...

Elizabeth, you must share a how to on the cute little bird. You made me smile on a very bad day.
xxoo Valarie

barncat said...

I do miss getting their wonderful catalog in the mail. I'll be sure to pop over there tomorrow to read your interview, how exciting!

Nan said...

Today I got the foam balls to make this snowman. Oh my I see you have done a gorgeous blue bird...it's just the sweetest E. The eyes on your snowman are painted so perfectly I'm thinking my might turn out wonky but I will try one. Thanks E you are just such an inspiration to us all I so look forward to your wonderful posts!! Check my blog for Kalen's latest 'take'. Nan

Cindy said...

Aww..Elizabeth..I will find time tomorrow to read it!! yes I will! The grand girls love your pretty blog..they said it made them happy to see your little dolls you made.I was keeping them entertained by teaching them about blogging..lol

Love the Bluebird.
Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

May I have your autograph..smiling!!

Bettsi said...

I'm looking forward to it! Love the new little snowman, btw.

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

The bluebird is adorable!!
I also LOVE gooseberry Patch and get their christmas book every yerar--plus the others that I've collected!

i can't wait to read your interview!!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh Elizabeth! How wonderful for you! I am off to read your interview! Twyla

She'sSewPretty said...

This is so exciting. Our sweet E being featured by one of my all time favorite stores. I have ordered from Gooseberry Patch more than once and do remember how sweet the sales lady was...Maybe it was you!? LOL I'm excited for you Elizabeth...love and hugs!

The Garden Bell said...

Hey miss-ie... don't forget to email me your address in all your excitement and singing.....

thegardenbell@gmail.com

I was totally excited when I saw your number come up. In fact, 5 of you are on my must see daily list. Glad to have a new one to nurse along in blogland.

Hope to get out in the post tomorrow. Snow on the way here tonight, so who knows. Guessing to you by late Saturday.

Weekend Wishes Lizzie-
Kate

Cora said...

Congratulations on GBP feature!! You are truly a gifted artist yourself. I love the little bluebirds! You have the job all of us dream about!
Merry Christmas!

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