THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU.
I write this blog to thank each and every one of you who have taken
the time to write over the past few months.
Your words of wisdom, words of encouragement, words of belief.
Words to the future where Rachel Ashwell and Shabby Chic has a home.
There have been many a night when I have come home and doubted
everything. Doubted my abilities, doubted my judgement, doubted me.
I even doubted some of your comments, but then i would read another,
and another, and another and decided that you can't all be wrong.
So I thank you for being my reality check.
That Shabby Chic did make a difference to the lives of many.
The beauty, the flowers, the pink, the white, the sparkle.
All part of the Shabby Chic world.
On this journey we have all been on together, I think we
all know home can be anywhere...it's in our hearts.
As I reflect back onto my career .... it's priceless.
Gathering treasures at the flea markets was always my core
Popping into one of my stores was the time I was able to see
how all the avenues of my creativity come together.
Brainstorming in my design studio with my team is where we all
enjoyed exchanging ideas.
Travelling from China to Europe, developing new product, challenges
for sure, but adventures and dramas.
Shabby Chic has been the rhythm of my existence for twenty years.
My car is on auto pilot to my office my brain is always designing.
Wherever I go, I see beauty and possibilities in most anything.
I see ruffles and sparkles, color and patinas, floppy fabrics and
Like us all I rip up magazines, see something in a film, a hotel room,
something by the side of the road.
And then I hear a song....
Music takes us all through so many stages in our lives..
My little nano ipod has been all over the world with me.
Glamorous lovely hotels, and less than nice places.
Music carries me.
To be able to identify feelings from songs, is so comforting.
The last few days, songs have found me,
giving me the words I have needed.
With the recent events with Shabby Chic, and the 5 month
mark of my mum leaving, there were many songs,
flowers and friends that have supported me, prayed for Shabby Chic..
"Sometimes gods greatest wishes are our unanswered prayers."
(With all stores closing my prayers were not answered, and I
am so very sad. I do trust that one day I will understand why
things are happening the way they are.)
(And yes it hurts... it hurts because I love my stores,
I love my employees, I love my artisan vendors, I love my customers,
and things are broken for the time being.)
"Breathe in breathe out"
(When I cannot think of anything else to do.)
In order to regroup I am having to let go.
No matter what you see happening, and however little,
faded and tattered I become, please know that it wont be
long before I come back.
"Cracks cracks everywhere, that's how the light gets in."
I will write soon.
Someone close to me had to leave,
my mum needed to leave and
all Shabby Chic Stores are dimming their lights.
But still I have the crown jewels.....
I have hundres of comments from all of you. I continue to print them all.
They are all so very special. Some have caused streams of tears, and small smiles.
The jewels sit safetly on a solid gold band .....for I have the knowledge
that my childrens character has been forever changed.
They have never experienced the world without Shabby. Its a beauty
and strength they assumed came with breathing. They have learnt the
fragility of everything. Consequently they understand life,
just a little bit more.......
An email to me from my daughter Lily-
I just wanted to say I have been thinking all day about Shabby,
and I can't believe it. Its just so so sad. But I want you to know
that I am so proud of you. You have made such an amazing and beautiful
creation and while it is so sad that Shabby wont be around anymore,
nothing is forever, and its just time for Shabby to say goodbye.
It got us through these 20 years. You should be so proud of what you
have done and excited about whats next. Your so talented, kind and
hardworking. Me and jake, as always will be there to hold your hand
every step of the way.
Lots of Love, Lily"
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Monthly Archives: March 2009
THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU.
March is upon us with spring around the corner, which of course means
Like so many I have learnt to live and breathe in the space
of uncertainty. So many unanswered questions.
But spring flowers will still bloom and that is such a reassurance.
No matter what, they will visit us soon to give us
beauty and inspiration.
As I continue to shoot my new book, it is a rare photo that doesn't
involve flowers, either in their natural form, as a fabric that I
have designed or on a mirror.
What would the world look like if there never had been a flower?
As always I look for guidance and metaphors in life...
Some flowers are annuals, some perennials.
Wildflowers have always been a favourite of mine.
I love the idea of a beautiful flower blooming for a season
and then finding a new home for its next bloom.
Wherever it blooms its always just as beautiful, only in a different home.
Even though some flowers just have one season to make their mark,
they still leave behind memories, the same way some stores that we
prematurely had to close, will.
Corte Madera, California
As always, all employees worked with dignity till the end.
From the time they knew their time of employment was limited,
until the end, they closed the doors of Shabby Chic as gently
Many customers were confused and concerned.
"Is ShabbyChic going away completely?"
"Why, what happened?"
Questions I cannot fully answer. But I know in my heart I am
doing everything possible to save as much as possible,
and the support of so many continues to fuel the engine.
All of your comments posted are heartwarming and enabling
me to clear my mind to reestablish my creativity.
My biggest fear is of letting the "business take that away."
But I wont let any of you down, in how I will pour my heart
into my new book.
Cracks make for character, and authentic character makes for soul.
I think you will all be pleased in the results.
Still some stores and e-commerce remain open, selling
floral inspired everythings, including our new sleepwear collection.
Song of inspiration this week is the Beatles "let it be" it helps.