Sometimes Happiness is a Feeling & Sometimes it is a Decision!

It is with a heavy heart but also with a huge weight off my shoulders that I am announcing the Closure of my Retail Shop at 105 North Main Street, Youghal on Saturday 22nd December.

I took the plunge and opened up my Retail Shop in April 2017 after working from home for 3 years.  It was against a lot of advice not to open up in Youghal but I was too headstrong for my own good and really thought I had a shot at bringing something new and different to my Home Town.  Unfortunately the Footfall just wasn’t there for my Shop and when it came to the point where I could no longer pay my Rent and Rates, I knew it was time to go.

I put my heart, soul and wallet into my Shop and I loved going into work every day, I was never bored as I had plenty of online orders to keep me busy all day every day even up to today I am up the walls with orders!  But as walk-in business slowed way down, my online orders alone could not justify paying rent, rates and all the other bills that come with having a retail shop, which in effect was becoming just a Collection Depot!  So I thought why am I paying all of these huge overheads when I could be doing the same thing working from home – which I had successfully been doing for 3 years previous?!  It was coming to the stage where I actually started to dread going into the Shop because if retail sales were bad then my whole mood was bad – and this was not fun for anyone at home!  The stress was starting to take over my life and I wasn’t sleeping or eating very well which meant I couldn’t function properly at all.

My Babies – My Greatest Achievement x

Also these 2 are making my decision to walk away from my pretty shop a lot easier as I will have complete freedom of my time back again to spend with them, which is the whole reason I set up my Business in the first place!  When I worked from home I could choose my hours, I could work in the evening time and my days were pretty much free.  Time is flying by and they are already growing up was too fast with Ben in PreSchool and Eva has just started Big School so I don’t want to have any regrets with how I chose to spend my time.  I also need to be there to do all the School Runs, they currently have 2 different finishing times so running up and down to the School while trying to run a Shop at the same time was never going to work really was it – like what was I thinking…!  But I had to give it a try and get it out of my system and I’m glad I did because I gave it the best shot I could within my means and I’ve no regrets, just lessons learned.

It still has been a very tough decision for me, as let’s face it no-one likes to admit defeat, but there is no point in clinging on to something if it’s not working.  If my Happiness Planner has thought me anything, it’s that if you aren’t happy with something in your life, stop holding yourself back and make a change because life is just way too short.  Happy Mind, Happy Life!

So, I’m going to relocate my Studio back out home to Atlantic Park, Summerfield and concentrate on just being an Online Business again because that is where I am Happiest!  I’m going to take a little break over Christmas and spend some real quality time with my Family and start looking after myself.  After Christmas, I will move everything back into my Home Studio and will be back to crafting by mid January.  I will still be blogging away and will continue working hard to bring you the best products I can source for Jessica Loves Online Gift Shop, products that I love and hopefully you will love too! I will still be offering a Local Pick Up Option alongside the Courier Delivery Option, so my locals can come out and collect their beautiful gift orders in person – most likely between 10am and 11am Monday to Friday but I will confirm all that in the New Year.  For now, you can collect your orders in the Shop up until 5pm on Saturday 22nd December.

Before I finish up here, I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who did support me locally in my Shop in Youghal and to those who continue to support me locally and online – every single email order notification that comes in makes me smile from ear to ear and I just hope I can continue to create beautiful handmade personalised gifts for you for another while yet.

“Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next”

Thanks for stopping by x





  1. Ashling
    July 23, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Ah sorry to hear this Jess but you will never regret giving it your best shot!! Was relieved to hear you’ll be doing online crafts still. Is it too early to order for Christmas? 🤣 Onwards and upwards. 😘

  2. Pamela xxxx
    July 23, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I think that as hard and all as it is you’ve definitely made the best choice nothing ventured nothing gain xxxxx

    • July 28, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      Definitely is the right decision for now 🙂 I won’t get that time back with my babies and you’d never know I might be back on the Main Street again in the future x

  3. Oona Colin
    July 25, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I’ll miss passing your colourful shop. You were very brave to do what you did and you certainly gave it your best shot and no one can deny that. Bravo for doing what’s best for you and your family, always be true to yourself. Enjoy your deserved rest and time with the little ones you can’t get that back. Continue doing what you do. Bon courage! Xx

    • July 28, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      Thanks so much Oona and for the warm welcome to North Main Street 🙂 I’m looking forward to getting back to the Home Studio and having more free time with the kids for now. I might be back in a year or two you’d never know!! 😀

  4. Ann
    November 22, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Very proud of you Jess for what you have achieved and being brave enough to admit defeat…so hard to run any type of retail business nowadays is the way to go alright and you already nailed that before….tick the shop experience off your bucket list and move on .to a more stress free life…..give kiddies a big hug from us all..and say hello to Eoghan and your mam and Dad too wishes for xmas and for the New Year ..from all in Kerry xxxx

    • November 26, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Aw thanks so much Cous! 🙂 Sadly it’s true as it is very hard to compete with the Online world – so if you can’t beat them, join them!! Have a great Christmas and we’ll see you all soon xx

  5. Norma
    November 22, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    You will continue to shine bright. New chapter awaits xxx

    • November 26, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Aw thanks so much hun and for all your neighbourly support 🙂 xx

  6. Macflymedia
    November 25, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    I wouldn’t call it a defeat, just another experience…. a lot of what happened is external, external factors not under your control.

    Youghal is a very hard place to do business and like you said the footfall just wasn’t there especially for a unique store. Don’t take it as a loss or a failure, it’s actually quiet the opposite.

    Think of where you came from, in the beginning from making headbands to having your own retail outlet and studio and your award winning online blog. An incredible story which is only beginning.

    “There is not such thing as failure, failure is just life trying to move us in another direction”

    • November 26, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Ah James that just made my whole week! Thanks so much for such a lovely comment 🙂 It’s true there are no failures, just lessons and I don’t regret opening the Shop as I always would have wondered – what if – if I didn’t go for it! Been there, done that and now it’s time to move onwards and upwards. It’s been a hard slog for 5 years but you’re so right – it is just the beginning!!! Love that quote too as I believe everything happens for a reason and I’m surely being put on a better path 🙂

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