Saturday, May 22, 2010

18 days later.....

Yes its 18 days since the new shop opened and it has been a whirlwind 18 days I can tell you. Classes have continued while boxes have been unpacked and all my customers have been most helpful in stepping around things. I have gained new pupils and new customers who never went past the old shop so the move seems to have been good so far.

I had to take a trip to Benidorm on Tuesday to renew my residencia so Inga stepped in to look after the shop while I went and just a morning away seemed to re invigorate me. Its amazing how consumed you can get and it's only when you take a step back can you see things more clearly which was just as well as I had a looong day on Wednesday with a five hour workshop, a kids class followed by my first scrapbook crop - so all in all 10am to 10p and all on my own.

Here is a random selection of photos from the last three weeks - sorry no work of mine as there hasn't been any. Colin is going away to the UK tomorrow for a golfing trip so I should have some me time over the next seven days. - amend that to I shall make time for me over the next seven days.

new shop

old shop


a Wednesday class

a Saturday class
a Monday class

so Bye for now
Sue x
ps. Kate looking forward to a playdate in August
Tanya see you in 39 sleeps

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We have moved and we opened today...

We have had a frantic weekend packing up and moving products, shelving, racking....and taking it a few yards down the road on the other side to the new shop.
I must say a HUGE thank you to my lovely friends who helped to make all this possible. Inga and her daughter Dayana who came along and packed up lots of the old shop and Lorraine who spent FOUR hours cleaning the floor of the new shop as well as putting stuff back on hooks, especially the high ones!! Lorraine's son George who did the painting, cleaned windows - boy were they dirty! and generally did anything asked of him and last but certainly not least hubby Colin who masterminded it all and spent hours there painting, putting up racking and putting together bookcases from Ikea...I had a two hour drive each way to Ikea yesterday when we realised we weren't going to be able to buy them locally as we had thought.
We had some thrills and spills along the way - mainly spills involving paint I may add. I had decided on charcoal grey paint for the outside and Colin goes off to buy it and comes back with battleship grey - yuk! looked awful so I put the tin in my car and drove home ok but on the way to the paint shop the next morning going round a roundabout the tin tipped over spilling grey paint over the carpeted floor of my car. Oh boy what a sticky mess! think thick grey custard. Colin cleans my car out and then buys colouriser and painstakingly mixes it till we agree its charcoal. OK so far.
Colin is then painting the shop front and Lorraine and I both hear a noise and look up to find him on the pavement entangled in the ladder platform. As he is 6foot 3 he looked like Bambi - all legs and arms. We rushed outside thinking he had fallen off and would be hurt but no he had leant against it and it collapsed trapping him in - he was more cross that the paint which he had lovingly mixed to get just the right shade of charcoal grey was spilled all over the pavement.
Anyway, ready or not - NOT!!! we opened and had a lovely (and profitable) morning. Friends old and new popped in with good wishes and we laughed as we couldn't find things we knew were there...but they'll turn up soon - maybe!!!...

No photos of the studio area yet as it looks like a bomb site. There is stuff everywhere still - products to be put out and equipment for the classes and workshops for when we get storage, ladders, tools, cardboard boxes both empty and full... you get the picture.
I will try to post more pictures later in the week when hopefully we will be more organised -
So that's where we are at so far.
Bye for now