I just remembered something. Living in San Francisco, with the whole wide world at my fingertips and not much money to spend. Everything was an adventure and everything around me was magical. I was working and going to school, and I decided that every dollar that I spent needed to be on something wonderful. It was a beautiful time in my life. I lived for a while with a book collector and our hallways were lined, waist high, with books. Beautiful editions of mostly antique and vintage books. My walls were covered in pink fabric and I had dark blue velvet drapes- my very first big sewing project. We lived around the corner from a bustling little street that had everything I could possibly want for.
When I had a bit of money to spend I liked to walk up the street and buy myself a very few truffles from the chocolate shop. I would take them home and make myself some tea and sit in the dark little kitchen and savor each one while looking out the window that peeped out onto everyone else’s back windows. Or sometimes I would go down to the Ferry Building and walk down to Miette for a couple of macarons and eat them on a bench, looking out at the water. What I was after when I did these things was just to soak up all of the sweet little joys that life has in store. They are small moments, but they were times that I stopped and savored without pressure to do anything more than just enjoy myself.
And I realized that that is why I do what I do. That is why it’s so important to me to make small, affordable delights for others to enjoy. Because the impact of looking at these sweet little earrings in the morning, or opening a drawer to find a bright bow looking up amongst your collection of treasures is an important moment and it has the ability to make your day brighter, more precious. I want to give people the sweet, sweet joy that only a small treasure can bring.
I’m so happy that I remembered all of these feelings, because this year we will celebrate 10 whole years of being in business! It all started when I lived in San Francisco, enjoying my little treats from here and there. I never want to forget how special the small things really are.