Good Evening Everyone!
Tonight, I wanted to share with you all the incredible journey I've been on lately! Why sometimes paper crafting had to take the back burner so that I could come home and just veg! It's been quite an undertaking and it's finally here.... Our Breast Care Center Boutique. Tonight, we had the big kick off event showing off the New Breast Care Center to the many donors who generously gave of their time and money (millions!!!) to make this a reality for one of our hospitals.
I was honored with the task of taking a gorgeous space and creating a boutique that would not only carry items of inspiration, but post surgical garments, scarves, and informative books to name a few for breast cancer patients, their families and friends.
We had a month to plan and conquer. This may mean nothing to you, but I feel this small sense of pride for getting the store up and going in this crazy time frame. From purchasing merchandise, getting it priced, stocked, merchandised...to hiring someone to run the store, training them, setting up the credit card machine, cash register, purchasing sacks, totes, tissue paper, staples, stapler, calculator, tape dispensers, pens, pencils and fixtures...You name it... We were still opening boxes 10 minutes before the event tonight and some of our merchandise hasn't even arrived yet....But you know what?... the store is open and has merchandise on the shelves.
I have learned so much along the way. I never thought that I would find myself behind a desk ordering post surgical bras and camisoles... Learning why there are breast drains, how they work, why the drains are there and why drain pockets in garments are so helpful. How to locate lumps in your breast and to learn that not only women develop breast cancer but men as well.
I'm honestly proud to be apart of this amazing group at the hospital and to be so much more aware of breast cancer and what breast cancer survivors go through.
Taking the day off tomorrow to breathe...
Have an awesome night!
The Gentleman Crafter