Heart Treasures Boutique

Throughout the years, I have pursued several home business opportunities. My favorite by far has been my own Heart Treasures Boutique. I enjoy crafting and my boutique gives me a creative outlet that I can share with others. When I lived in Okinawa, Japan I started doing craft fairs on the military base we were stationed at. I made a lot of Diaper Cakes, Baby Quilts, and a few other things. For a year or two, I was the go to person that people ordered Diaper Cakes from! When I lived in Minot, North Dakota, I continued to do to craft fairs. I still made Diaper Cakes but also added Hair Bows and Bow Holders. It was in North Dakota that I established my the business name of “Heart Treasures Boutique.” I already had this blog which is “Heart Treasures” and you know (if you have been following me for awhile) that “Heart Treasures” comes from the Bible verse: Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I thought that the same theme could be applicable for my business as well and a reminder that everything I do should be to please the Lord.

In the past four + years of living in New Mexico, I never really pursued my boutique business. The craft fairs that I heard of were way too expensive for me to have a table at and I could not really find an interest in the Diaper Cakes and Hair Bows like I had in other locations. I still kept all of my supplies and made gifts on occasion for people.

One thing that is popular here is vendor shops. There are several shops in town where vendors rent a small space inside a larger shop and put their inventory items in that space. This past March, my dad and niece came to visit and I took them to one of my favorite vendor shops (Main Street Crafter’s Mall) that also has an awesome sandwich shop (The Lunch Box). We were walking through the store after lunch and I came across an empty space that was available for rent. I talked to the staff and decided that day that I was going to start renting that space! It was a spur of the moment decision for sure!

My dad helped me build a shelving unit to put in the space while he was in town!

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After my dad and niece left, I started working on the booth more. I loved the black but painted the trim to lighten it up a bit. I also pulled out my racks and hooks from storage and installed them in the booth.

When my new sign arrived, I was so excited!

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It took me a few weeks to get inventory in place. I worked hard making bows and bow holders, sewing blankets and burp cloths (new additions to my business), and collecting items and books from around the house that have been waiting for a purpose (most of the books are brand new!). I am continually working on new items to add to the inventory. I also rearranged the booth several times before I was satisfied with the set up!

These are the latest photos I took of my booth!

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I am so excited to see how this endeavor plays out. It is a dream in the future to have a store front gift shop (after we retire from the military and intend to live in the same place for longer than a few years). This is a small step towards that dream. It is nice to have everything that stays in one location! That is much easier than carting everything to and from a craft fair!

If you are interested, I would love for you to like and share my business Facebook page:

Heart Treasures Boutique

If you live in the Clovis, New Mexico area, stop by the Main Street Crafter’s Mall! Check out my booth as well as the other great booths (as well as booths available for rent)!

Pre-Arrival Package

I want our Japanese exchange student, Noriko, to feel as welcome as possible when she comes to the USA. I am in the process of organizing her room so she is comfortable in our home. I am also putting together a Welcome Basket with items that hopefully will make her feel special. (Maybe that will be a future blog post once I finish it!)

We have been communicating with Noriko by email on almost a daily basis but I wanted to also send her a small package in the mail. It isn’t much but hopefully it will help her feel more connected to us and the USA before she comes.

03Noriko’s will celebrate her 17th birthday this month before she arrives to the US. So I included a birthday card with a short message and a couple of family photos.

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I also wrote a letter to Noriko’s parents in an effort to hopefully make them more comfortable with having their daughter spending the year with us.

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I found and printed out several pages and made a little book for her.

1. Welcome (to our) Home.

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2. Map of USA with New Mexico, Iowa, and Delaware outlined.

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3. Map of New Mexico with town where we live circled.

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084. Maps and state information of New Mexico, Iowa, and Delaware. I have included Iowa and Delaware because I am praying that we will have the finances available to go see our families while Noriko is with us. It would be a good experience for her to see other parts of our beautiful country. And if we visit Delaware, we may be able to take road trips to Washington DC and New York City!

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Overall, I hope that this will give Noriko and her family a better idea of where she will be staying and possibly visiting. I truly want her to be happy while she is with our family!