I have been completely overwhelmed by YOU this week!! All of YOU!! Ever since announcing the new shop, I have received emails, notes, messages on social media… you guys and gals have been so sweet with all of your support, your kind words, and your encouraging words!! I’ve had fellow shop owners offer support and guidance. I’ve had other creatives reach out and propose ways we can work together! I’ve had people offer to paint, work, whatever I need!! And for that I am oh, so thankful!! Ya’ll make this journey all the more fun!!
But there was one person in particular, that I just can’t go another day without sharing!! Miss Liz from Junktion Alley brought tears to my eyes this week with one of the kindest gestures I have ever witnessed!!
Long before I ever knew I would be opening my own shop, I spotted Junktion Alley on my Facebook timeline. Say what?? How did Junktion Alley find little ‘ol me? And even left a comment!! Have you seen the followers she has on Facebook?? Yeah. Little ‘ol me. But I was so excited that she had found me and hoped that she would stick around. Fast forward several months and I announced the Rusted Roots Junk Adventure… and Junktion Alley wanted to go!! At that point, I still didn’t know who this Junktion Alley person was… but I knew we were a kindred spirit!! Junkers at heart!!
A couple days later, I got an email from a gal named Liz! Liz is the mastermind behind Junktion Alley!! And mastermind she is!! She creates uh-mazing upcycled jewelry. Necklaces. Bracelets. You name it. I have admired her work for some time… even tried to win some of her jewelry on Facebook, but to no avail….
Can you imagine my surprise when Liz out-of-the-blue sent me an email telling me how much she liked my work and wanted to send me a necklace!! Woot woot!! I would love that!!! I couldn’t imagine what she would create… but secretly hoped for a spoon necklace!! I just love ’em!! I got a package in the mail just a few days ago… in it were three… THREE… little black and white boxes! My heart skipped a beat!!
This was the first thing I pulled out…
Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! She read my mind!!! A beautiful spoon necklace!! Just what I wanted!! She told me to whisper my dream into the little heart locket and hold it close to my heart. Is she a doll or what?? Or she said I could put a little pink or blue crystal inside… as we are hoping to start a family soon. She knows me all to well!! It feels good to know that people really are reading this here little blog… and I am making friends half a country away!!
Then I opened the second box…
Oh my heavens… are you kidding me?? It has a truck and a cowboy boot!!! ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME??? Another spoon necklace! I could not believe my eyes. How thoughtful is that?? I knew she had made this necklace just for me!! You see, Liz does a Gyspy trip each year, much like my Rusted Routes Adventures!! So the ‘Wander’ charm was simply perfect!! Okay, so I had a new favorite!!
Until I opened the third box…
Oh my rusty-lovin’ goodness!!! A rusty old key… and the word ‘Believe’… and you see that little charm? Can you tell what it is?? It’s a little vintage camper!! If ya’ll follow the blog, you know what that’s all about!! Liz sent me one of the sweetest notes you will ever read the day I shared my defeat over the little turquoise camper. You know what… I’m gonna share a little bit of what she said, because frankly I think we all need a cheerleader every now and then… and maybe one of you could use this today!! She said…
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS! You are going to make it in this junk world! Your fun spirit, fabulous ideas, and amazing ambition are going to take you so far! I just know it! So, you make me a pinky promise right now, young lady… NO GIVING UP! You are much too strong and determined to allow a little set back keep you from achieving your dream! Each challenge that jumps in our way is just an opportunity to show the world how strong we are!
Hang on. Let me grab my tissue. Is that not one of the sweetest messages ever?! To have support like that from a complete stranger is something I don’t and will never take for granted!! From that moment on.. I knew I had a friend! Someone who would have my back on this journey no matter what, even half a country away!!
I can’t make this stuff up… the same day I received that email from Liz was the day I received the call that I had been approved for the building where we will open our new shop!! No joke. The same day!! And get this… just four days later, I got a text message from the owner of the turquoise camper and the other buyer backed out!! So the camper is back on the market and I am in talks with her about buying it!!! No joke!! I can’t make this up!!
It’s a true testament to NEVER GIVING UP, believing that all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), and having friends near and far who support you!!
Thank you for the necklaces, Liz! But more than that… thank you for your support, your kind words, and your encouraging role in this junkin’ journey!! And to the rest of you out there… THANK YOU too!! I get giddy with every comment you leave.. every like on Facebook. Just knowing you’re there, makes the journey worthwhile!!
Full Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated for writing this. Liz sent me the jewelry out of the kindness of her heart with no expectations. I couldn’t help but share her work and her sweet soul with all of you!