PHONE: (916)390-0511

Saturday, February 16, 2013


I know I've been missing in action and I haven't had a chance to create (I really miss that). I come home and crash after working at the barn but I'm on schedule for a soft opening on March 2nd and grand opening on March 15th. Woohoo! Even though I am really tired, I'm so excited to fulfill this dream. Again.... I do miss creating.
Sooooo..... I'm really proud to say that almost everything in my shop is 'used" or repurposed. The only new stuff I have are the tables and chairs in the studio area.  Sorry about the terrible quality.... The sun was shining everywhere.

OK, I'd be lying if I didn't say I LOVE this area.
I went to a gi-normas used retail warehouse in Sacramento and picked up some less than perfect fixtures. All it took was a little flat black paint and a spray gun and I was happy.
I couldn't resist putting some paper in the rack just to see what it looks like. Both these racks were white.
Yea, I don't like the blue carpet but replacing it was a little too pricey. I keep telling myself, do I want carpet or product? There are a lot of those dilemas I run into these days. Just like getting the whole "Quickbooks" package. $2300 for the entire package (register, barcode maker and scanner and software) and it would make my life easier but sheeeesh, that's a huge amount right now. Product or Quickbooks? Product. I'm going with the $250 Quickbooks software and hopefully, I'll be able to upgrade in the future!

Ok Friends, thanks for stickin' with me. Nighty night!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Painting Painting and Painting

I have been at the Barn (that's what I'm calling it) every day this week trying to get this party started.
We are in full blown painting (not the creative kind) mode of the shop. My family has shown up with enthusiasm to help. My brother calls it "his" scrapbook store and is a stickler for perfection. I'm so thankful for everyone's help. Friends are making coat racks and my SIL loves painting black trim!
This was the first thing we put up after painting. My brother picked this out and brought it to me as "store warming" gift!

Here are a few pics of the classroom area before and after. I'm not crazy about the carpet and I'm hoping the owners will pitch in with a little allowance otherwise I'll have to live with it for a while. :)

 Before and After of the retail area and my brother working hard!

I am so thankful for my family! More to come!