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So, it's Friday, and like many other small town workers, I checked my bank account this morning and was satisfied to see another $300 or so for a hard week of part-time work. In my spare time, I'm grinding away at my freelance writing business, as well as this little blogging job I try to keep up with, although I've been letting this blog slip through the cracks, lately. Hopefully, with new month, and the coming of the last half of this year, I'll be able to do a better job of juggling my responsibilities.
One of those responsibilities will be writing weekly blog updates for the new 'Small Business Friday' series, as well as the upcoming "Direct Sales Review" series. As the title may have made you guess, this is the first blog post in the Small Business Friday series. Each week, we'll be featuring a new small business. We'll start out in my hometown of Hartford, Kentucky, and we'll move across the map from there!
Today, I want to introduce you to a hidden little gem in the small town of Hartford, Kentucky. A town that I've grown to love very much over the years. This little shop is called "OmaDarlings", and it is a darling little place, for sure. This shop is run by a woman that is a grandmother, but whose name is actually also Oma. I stopped by for the first time this past spring with my mother and grandmother, whom I call "Oma" (the German name for grandmother). My grandmother has been very adamant lately about teaching me to sew, quilt, knit, and such hobbies. She tells me it is a dying art form, which I truly believe. Of course, I would much rather take up pottery or painting than do something that is considered such a "boring" skill...or so I thought.
OmaDarlings sheds a new light on what I previously considered a boring skill. The glittery fabrics and the shiny machines caught my eye before I ever walked in the door. The tye-dye buttons and butterfly clasps were much different than the brown buttons and blue jean patches that I'd watched my mother work with when I was just a child. Suddenly, there was a new spark of hope for the dying art as I walked through the door, and I could see it in the eyes of all the children that sat in the pictures hanging around the store. They were learning a craft, something other than the drawings they'd been taught to copy in middle school, and something about it gave them more freedom of expression.
If you've been looking for some way to wind down at the end of the day, or you're searching for a route to find the meaning of life, I'll never fail to suggest art to you. Like in all good things, you get out what you put in. So, if that coloring book just isn't doing it for you, anymore, maybe you should reach a little deeper, try a little harder, and challenge yourself a little more. Working with cloth and fabrics is not only an art, it's a survival skill, it's also a professional skill, and it's a stress reliever. A hobby that could make you pocket cash, chill you out after a long day of chasing after your children, and possibly even save your life one day is something you can't afford to pass up.
So, if you're looking to live your life a little slower, if only for a week, you can travel down to Hartford, Kentucky, take a class at OmaDarlings, eat some dinner at Taco Bell in the neighboring city of Beaver Dam, where you'll find me smiling behind the front counter, and top off your night with a $3-6 dollar movie ticket at Cinema 33, which I'll be featuring in the next installment of this blog series. It'll be the most relaxing and fulfilling vacation you've ever taken, almost as if you're stepping back in time in order to prepare yourself for a leap towards a brighter future.