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Sunday, April 11, 2010

House and Home! For real?


I bought a stack of H & H magazines this morning and just can't seem to stop smiling! I hope I'm not being obnoxious but this kind of thing doesn't happen to me everyday. I've been an actress for almost ten years and haven't received this kind of press. Okay once but nothing this grand, for a fringe play that I did with my good friends but you know why I was successful? Because I was overjoyed by what I was doing. I see now the correlation between the joy of something and the success that is sure to follow. Now more than ever, I am a believer in pursuing your hearts desire. Not what your ego wants but the thing that makes you feel most at peace in the world. Obviously, acting in film and television did not create the zen I so longed for. Maybe I didn't achieve success because it didn't make me happy. I was it knots most of the time and secretly wishing I could disappear in the middle of an audition. When you're standing in front of a table of guys, auditioning for a beer commercial and all they need from you is to spin, yeah that's right, "do a 360 but slower this time," that's when you discover whether or not you're cut out for the industry. Props to every actor out there who has endured those greasy auditions and for sticking it out. I knew early on that it didn't fit, but I kept trying to convince myself. I believed it was something I was born to do but my real connection is to the theatre and I never have to give that up. Wow, what a relief! What a realization! I never have to audition for Shasta Lutz again! God love her, but she broke my spirit every chance she got. She smelled blood and went for the jugular. I don't think I made it through one of her casting sessions where I wasn't in tears after. She's good at what she does, she separates the weak from, well, the less weak? I've always believed you get more out of an actor when you're kind and encouraging. But who am I? If I do T.V again it will be as myself Coriander G! Or as my friend Tanya likes to say, Cori G (and make sure to roll the r in Cori).
Thank you to everyone who stopped in this week end after reading the article. I enjoyed meeting each and every single one of you. And I look forward to meeting many more of you out there!


Oh Muscari! How lovely and delicate you are.


A posy of thistle and lacy limonium.


And guess who came back for a visit?! She's not far away when I need a quick fix! Nicole said I could have her anytime! Little doodle.


Well, I'm off tomorrow and plan to find a sun filled patio somewhere to enjoy an expresso with my love. Accounting and laundry are sure to follow.
Wellness to you all dear hearts.
Alison xo

15 comments:

Shan Van said...

Wow, that is so exciting. Congratulations on all the success!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I saw it!! I was so excited when I was reading the magazine and came across the article on you! Congratulations!!!

meredith r. mistletoe said...

hahahaaaa shasta! i hope she google searches herself and finds this!

I'm so happy for you! You're having so much fun!

Jenny said...

Your flower arrangement was a huge hit at the party, everyone thought it was beautiful (and smelled amazing!) and very unique.
Also, Lee's mum said she had just that morning read the article about your shop and wondered if we had heard of you, hell yes we have! Nice work!

Aprile said...

Oooh, congrats! You're in my book too, want to see?

http://www.whatyoulove.net/2010/04/disposition_thesis_2010.html

Best, and hope to meet you soon!

Jessica said...

that's so cool! I came across it in the store the other day and I hope it brings you oodles of new friends and customers! so well deserved!!

~My Fleur Journey~ said...

Awesome news! I hope the article brings u lots of lots of cool clients/friends! N thank you for the very funny n inspirational message... What you said makes me a bit more confident that all the things I am giving up in order to own my flower shop is worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

CORRRRRRRRRRI G!!!! CONGRATS darling! I am so so so proud of you! And now that you are going to be the most famous fleur-ist in all of Toronto, I will be glad to assist should you ever need an extra pair of loving hands! You are the best! So excited and proud of you!!!
t xo
ps. I quit my job today as it was not bringing me joy...and we all know that that's what we all need to be doing...

angelune said...

very very awesome! I tweeted about you, see: http://twitter.com/moon_angel/status/12230619667

City.Cottage store said...

I didn't buy this months issue of H&H wich I always do... last night my self and partner were on our first" ok we need to get into shape walk of the summer" that lasted about 10 min's :)and then we decided to stop for a coffee and look in the library, magazine section, and I seen the sweetest little shop in the world!
I ripped out your article( please dont contact the Bowmanille library)ran to my shop went on line and feel in love with your little Fleur shop.
Im Jenny I own City.Cottage in Bowmanville On, and wish you all the best.

Bay Woodyard said...

I just got my first email from someone who read the article!!! Thank you for shining the light on honey pie! xoxoxo

Denise Fasanello said...

AWESOME!!! Congratulations! Big time!

La Merceria said...

Alison, congratulations!!! I know how big this is and I'm sure is the beginning of a very successful business, Thank-you for your lovely note the other day as well
I have to come by and buy some flowers soon
Take care!
Sandra (La Merceria)

Jessica said...

I just read the article in H&H and am definitely going to stop by the shop next time i'm in the neighbourhood. Congratulations on following your dream and opening such a beautiful little shop!

Daniella said...

Hello! I found you through the H&H article and so glad I did! Your shop looks absolutely charming. I live in Waterloo but I think I'm going to make the trip up to visit your shop! Is there any chance you deliver to Waterloo? lol...