Hello my lovely friends. I do hope this long overdue post finds you happy and well?
Well, I only bloody did it! I only opened my very own little yarn shop! It's been exactly one week now and, truth be known, it still feels a bit surreal. I can't really remember the details of the first few days; they were a bit of a whirl.
I will warn you, I'm struggling to articulate myself at the moment. I suppose my mind has been so frantically busy for three solid months, it's taking a little time for it to slow down enough to allow me to enjoy calm, structured thoughts. I've had a lot to deal with in my personal life recently on top of starting my own business, not to mention moving house, so please forgive me if this post is a little sketchy.
Anyway, the sun streams in through the front window for most of the day which is a complete joy but it makes taking photographs of the entire shop quite difficult - it's quite a long space and the pictures make the back area look deceptively dark - but I am really keen to give you a flavour of what it looks like. I think my next post will concentrate a little more on the actual yarns and products I've chosen to sell.
From the offset, I knew I wanted to create a space that was light, pretty and colourful. It had to be a space that made me happy. That way, I knew it would have a jolly good chance of making anyone who stepped over the threshold happy too. You will notice quite a few personal touches if you look closely. I have my favourite Sascalia and Katie Daisy prints framed and up on the walls and, dotted around, there are a few of my precious bits and bobs. I've been lucky enough to receive some wonderful good luck cards and they sit along the top of one of the display units so that I can see them.
I've had to be quite clever with storage. I have a little kitchen and a loo but no stock room. Strategically-placed boxes and cupboards conceal my surplus!
I have a large table at the rear of the shop which extends to twice the size where I hope to hold classes and get-togethers. For now, it's a lovely area where I can sit and work and friends and customers can take a perch and have a natter.
There's still quite a lot of tweaking to be done. For example, since these photographs, I've changed the positioning of quite a few things. The display on the table near the door is now quite different and I'm expecting the arrival of even more stock on Tuesday.
You've all been so incredibly kind and supportive and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will return next week when I am hopefully far less poleaxed! It struck me only yesterday that one of the most blessed opportunities that my little yarn shop will offer now it's up and running is routine. That and the chance to sit, take a breath and let it all sink in. Perhaps then there will be room for a little pride to creep in?