Yep, another post about my new store. I am totally obsessed and running a bit off kilter. Another week and things should start to run a little more balanced with actual quilting going on. Yeah, go ahead and laugh. Entreprenuerism: where one works 80 hours a week to avoid working a 40 hour a week job.
Here's the front of the shop now...it's closed, so you can't see the open sign and the shades are down. I'll be working on new signage on the windows soon.
Just inside that freshly painted door, lingers the old and much abused inside of the door. But I did work on the walls to either side this weekend. There was a lot of water stains to cover up. The windows used to leak apparently. I have to all of this in small stages while keeping the shop open. So the door and trim will be painted white soon, then once I paint over the wall paper, I can paint it my choice of pale turquoise.
Why paint the wall paper instead of removing it? I rent the shop space from the previous owner and he's concerned that stripping the wall paper will ruin the drywall. He's likely right as the lower walls I painted in the picture above might have had one coat of primer over the drywall and some unpainted areas were peeking out. Plus this is a bit quicker.
I did paint over the wall paper at the rear of the shop and it turned out well once I got a flatter finish of paint and a rougher roller to add a little blemish hiding texture.
This is the machine I will use the most in the shop, a Janome 8900SE. I'm covering the wall paper behind this area with white batting as a design wall. Not sure at this point if I will make it pinable with foam behind it, nor whether we'll need to paint it first to hide the pattern (I think so).
This is at the opposite end of that wall and I'm hoping to either replace these shelves or paint them, and see about bringing in a little fabric.
But it's not completely without some free motion quilting! I sold this fabulous Janome Artistic SD-16 last week. It came in on a Monday and since we are closed on Mondays, I called my customer and she and I played with it for a while before she took it home. She's a natural at FMQ; didn't even get out the stitch regulator that comes with it.
This machine is more expensive than the Janome Artistic SD18, but I really like it. Much better visibility, more features, the stitch regulator is a big plus for a lot of people though I don't see myself using it, and the table is fabulous! You sit at the side of the head, which is my preferred position. It comes with a ruler foot too!
I feel a little like one of my kids' favorite books, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". If you sell a quilter a machine shop, she'll want to redecorate. But first she'll have to clean, so before she does that she'll have to reorganize. She'll want to use some turquise paint on the trim. But first she'll have to get rid of the country blue. Then she'll want to add lots of white. She'll have classes. But first she will have to make room for her students.....on and on it goes!
But I'm loving it! Even if I am totally exhausted and my brain is on hyperdrive and my body is dragging. It's gonna be so worth it!