Its the first day of Summer, and I can't but think that this summer is almost gone the first big music festival is this weekend! The forth of July is not long after and then we start getting in Christmas merchandise!!! Oh My!! I'm going to have the longest holiday season on record in my life.
Lots of things are going to happen before, the 4th of July and Fall Creek Fun Fest are the same weekend,( have not decided whether or not to be in the parade.) Then we are celebrating our 4th Anniversary!!!!
We have lots of fun things planned and Mimosas and sweet treats and giveaways and drawings, swag bags lots of fun stuff. We want to make sure that you know that we appreciate your business. We are still in the planning stages but mark your calendar for August 2-4 and we are going to have sales going so make sure to stop in.
I better get back to updating the web-site.
Enjoy your summer everyone!
Change is good?
I knew that it had been a long time since I had written a blog post. I didn't think it had been February!
Lots of changes are going on at the store and we are still working out kinks as they say. We still have a storage unit to empty and the basement is full of goodies that we are working on bring up all the time.
If you have been in the store you know that we are no longer carrying Amy Howard At Home products, she has abandoned her boutique retailers. You can get her products at Ace Hardware in not sure which locations but check out her website and she will tell you. What products we do have left we have on sale so stop in and check it out. Quarts are $23.00 and samples are $12.00
With that happening I still want to have a paint line and I have talked to countless people and we are going to be carrying the Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis line I have to finalize a couple of things with them today and then we will be having classes and demo's with Wise Owl in the near future.
My home life has just calmed down a bunch Bill has moved his office into their new place. It's nice not having him worry about the construction part anymore and it's such a wonderful space that his people have to love it. No more cold windows or over working air conditioner because the windows let in to much light and heat. No more mouse and damp smells. It's a very calm and relaxed space. In my travels I am always looking for something interesting to hang on the wall or set around. It's almost like a second home. I had to laugh I found a pretty watercolor print that I thought would work well in the Ladies room. I didn't realize that Bill had taken it to the office and had it hanging up. You see it was framed in the 1980's in a strange color. I was going to paint the frame before he took it but he had other ideas. The Ladies like the print, not the frame and they are so right it is unattractive frame.
When I signed in to do this post I noticed that looks like the old place. I guess I'm going to have to change things around to make it look more up to date.
More changes, I guess I better get used to it Change seems to be the one constant in life.
I thought that it had been awhile since I had said Hello so I would tell you about the move to Fall Creek.
It seemed like it took us for ever to get all of our stuff out and then get ourselves organized and open. Lots of things had to happen before opening and we now have a list of great contractors to work with so that things will get done in a timely fashion. We had to replace uneven flooring and new doors so that you could open the door and come in easily.
I will tell I LOVE our new spot in Fall Creek. The customers that stop shop or just come in and say hello are all wonderful, I don't have much down time. They keep me busy and I love it this is how running a shop should be!
We opened with a new vendor and placed a good sized order and you are all loving it so we have already placed a second order and can't wait for it to come in. We have a couple of new local vendors that should be dropping by with their items. We seem to add more new items every week and you are liking what we add so that's exciting to see.
Something that didn't go over that great in Eau Claire was classes and we will be starting them on February 17 2018 with a make and take. I'll post pictures in the class section check it out. Then on the 20th we are having a Chalk paint 101 class were you bring in a small item and learn how to chalk paint and use the Amy Howard products to finish your item.
It's an exciting time for us, stop in and say Hello. We look forward to seeing you and chatting. Fall Creek is an awesome place to be.
Sign up for Classes!!!!!
I took the day off today! I had not planned on it we are still in the process of moving in and all that moving in entails but my stomach said to stay home and so I did.
I got me thinking about the old store the old location. I was thinking that I need to publicly thank Dave Menard for letting me rent the building from him. He was a silent supporter in my dream. Without him having the space to rent and a friend discount I would not be were I am today. TAKING the biggest jump in my life. Do you have people in your life like that? Do you realize who they are? Sometimes I admit that I do not. Moving this store has brought out the helpers in my life, the ones that come when called offer help when you are afraid to ask. They are always there, and I thank them all for being there always supporting silently.
I took pictures of the building one more time. I thought I would be sad, but I was not I was proud. I have miles yet to go and goals and dreams to accomplish. That little store on Western Ave started it all.
I hope you stay with me, see where this journey leads us on. There will be more tears, more laughter, more sweat and hard work. It will all be fun. Stop by the new location 125 E Lincoln Ave Fall Creek, WI.
I look forward to seeing you all.
Are you ready for Christmas?
Has the Holiday season kind of gotten here a little to soon? I guess I am just not in the mood for the holidays. We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner and we have not done any shopping for the food. Is Festival going to have any of the supplies we need for the dinner? I'm not in a ba bum mood I'm just not ready, this year. I was in awe that the radio station was playing Christmas tunes.
A lot of you know that I had my knees replaced this passed year. That Bill and I planned to build a building, that had everything gone to plan we would be moved into instead of driving by looking to see how far they are in this cold weather. We know have an awesome old bank building that we are getting ready to move into painting a few walls (thank you Kristine), installing new floors and doors. I think all of these things are adding to my not ready for Christmas, I need more time!
Everyone asks when we are moving. It had be January so that we could get a new door installed so that you could open in. That darn door opens so hard to feel like you could pull the building over. The former business was a photography studio and they had a WHITE floor! We had to get rid of that I was not going to have to mop the floor every 5 minutes. LOL The floor goes in the 28th and 29th of Nov. and the doors the "second" week of Dec. New merchandise is arriving weekly and we are running sales in the Western Ave store. Stop in and say Hello.
I have a feeling people will be getting gift cards for gifts this year. I better find my holiday spirit so I can enjoy the season or it will all be over and I will have not had much fun.
Well it official!!
We have a new location to move to!!!
If you have been in the store lately I have been telling you all about it. We are moving to Fall Creek the main street, highway 12. 125 Lincoln Ave to be exact. We have some minor remodeling to do. Mainly put new flooring in the front room and paint a couple of walls other than that we are good to go.
We are going to be running ads in the Leader Telegram that are going to have info on sales and coupons etc.
Lots of exciting things are happening.
We plan to open in the new location in January and will be having new merchandise and workshops all sorts of fun things in store.
Stay tuned for updates.
I thought today I would try to write a post about one of the products that is relatively new to the store, one that I have not done a stellar job promoting but after using it I think I am in LOVE!
Efex easy apply moldings. I think that they have over 400 styles to chose from and they match a lot of the old moldings on furniture so that if you are in need of replacing a broken one they have it.
I have to admit Renee did the work I gave direction and she said the hardest part was the lay out making sure the corners matched up. We tried to duplicate an old frame that one of the other vendors had brought in to sell.
The frame we chose was an old one that was in the store. It was painted pink and the paint was vary old so she wiped it off with a wet paper towel and the molding we chose was a kind of swag. you can see it in the lower middle of the picture. We wanted something to add a little depth to the entire edge of the frame not just the corners or the top.
This was probably a more complicated molding to put down you wanted to make sure that the corners came together with a similar detail and that you had it running down the same part of the frame. In this case the middle. Renee used a pencil to mark the frames middle and taped parts of the molding frame to help make the corners work.
Efex recommends using Dap brand of glue and they sent a very quick drying glue. You want to make sure that you get all edges of the moldings glued down, and you want to make sure that you are wearing gloves. More that one time Renee was pulling a stuck glove off the frame. She worked in small sections and before you know it, it was all done. We wanted to make sure that the glue was completely dry so we waited and painted it the next day. You can wait 30 minutes and then paint. We ran out of time so we did ours the next day.
Here it is!! One coat of Amy Howard At Home One Step in Black. It was easy to paint did not need any special treatment no priming or sealers. Painted one coat of paint and it we wanted we could be done. I have been looking at it and can not decide it I should add gold or silver leaf, add a metallic gilding wax. I could paint the inner or outer edge with a different color paint. The options are endless as they say. Let me know what you think.
As some of you may know, we had a baby in the family this summer. My almost niece had a baby girl the beginning of August. We are all very excited to have a baby in the family again.
Michelle, the babies Auntie and future Godmother wanted to redo a changing table she had seen in an on-line auction. She told me that hopefully she would get it cheap and then would I help her redo it. Darn right I'll help you out! I will do just about anything to hangout with the kids in our family they are fun and interesting people. I love to tease them and ask them all kinds of crazy questions.
She came over on a Thursday and we got to it right away. The finish on the changing table was rather shiny in the pictures that she sent me before so I told her to sand all the surfaces. She had her boyfriend use his power sander and when she got to the store I had her wipe it down with a wet paper towel to get as much of the dust as she could off.
I wanted to do some fun colors a warm grey with pink accents and she wanted to do something in a neutral, so that if they have a little boy in the future they would just have to change the fabric she was putting on the pad and the shelves she was going to line. We ending up on Black and she got to painting. I had her do most of the painting and I had her start painting with the piece tipped upside down. I watched a couple of videos on you tube and they said you have less missed spots and paint running mistakes when you start upside down. I think the longest part was waiting the 20-30 minutes for the piece to dry in between. We used a brush on the spindles and the edges and the large flat areas we used a foam roller. (foam rollers do not have a nap and do not texture the paint).
I am not good at taking pictures. I was pretty impressed that I had these in my camera. We used Amy Howard At Home One Step in Black. She did 2 coats of paint to ensure that she did not miss any spots, this piece was oak so there is a lot of wood grain and you can miss spots. Amy Howard is so durable that you do not have to wax or varnish. One of the other fantastic reasons you use Amy Howard over other "chalk based paints"
How long did it take? She got here after lunch and we talked a lot but she left before I closed so I would say 3 hours. It took us longer to make the tassel garland we made the following Saturday. It was a fun first project for Michelle and she has come back and helped me paint other things.
Stop in and lets talk paint and why Chalk Paints are the easiest!