Monday, August 22, 2011

moving ahead....

Opening day for the Smith & Sargent Stitch Lounge has been set for this coming Monday.  I'm a little nervous because now that I look at my space it seems too empty.  I guess I should just be ok with it since it's not supposed to be primarily a retail space.  Still I want people to come in and think it's really great.  My opening is just a soft opening and I will do a formal grand opening later this fall.

I am pretty happy with the overall space especially the "lounge" space.  The rug needs to be replaced but this one will have to do for now.  I have to stick to the budget at some point and it's reached it's limit.  I can't believe all the stuff that I've taken from my house and added to the space.  Looking around my house I'm wondering why it doesn't look less cluttered.

I love before and afters.  How about this one from my side entrance.  Bottom trim, stairs and door have all been painted.  And can you tell the difference in the window?  I love being able to actually see out the new one.

This area needs a little help but the ideas are here.  Hardware on a home-made board.  There's the start of zippers I will be carrying, interfacing and some exclusive Stitch Lounge patterns.  I'm working on my own designs.  It's taking some time but I found an awesome tutorial that's given me the professionalism I was looking for.  

Some of the supplies I'm carrying are the ones I most use.  I hope I can expand when I start getting customers.  My 4 year old helped with every step of getting these up.  From the dividing up into bags and labeling, painting the board they are on and putting the nails in.  She even hung up all the bags.  I love that she is getting to be so helpful and she loves it too!

Any every store needs a checkout.  I happened to have an extra computer.  My friend donated the desk and i added the skirt...attached with a little velcro.  That was so easy!

It's all coming together and I can't believe that opening day is less than a week away.  It's going to be weird to open this space up to other people but I'm really looking forward to it.  I hope that this community understands what I'm trying to do here.  I keep getting "so what exactly are you doing?"  It's really not that difficult.  Come in and sew with me! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A couple firsts...

My first shirt that I've completed.  This was an easy shirt - it really was, except the gathering was quite a challenge and even that didn't come out as good as I would have liked.   I added a little extra in the body from the bust down.  I just wanted a little more room since I'm a little thicker in the waste and figure I can always take it in later if needed.

Here's that gathering... it's a little crooked off to the left but I think it's forgiven because of all the material. 

The back had more gathering which did come out better than the front.

This year we really downsized the garden.  I had peas (already come and gone) and lots of cherry tomatoes.  I used up some compost that I had from last year and mixed it into all the soil this spring.  Great stuff. I noticed some sprouts of what looked like zucchini or squash and watermelon.  Both zucchini and squash came up and all taste great!  I'm still waiting on the watermelon to see if those appear.

And my first sock.  I never thought I would be knitting, never mind socks!  I actually took a class for both and I'm so glad I did.  Just to have the reassurance and to learn a few little tricks is worth it.  Plus I love to be around anyone that likes to do anything crafty and the shop owner is a sweet heart.  

I don't know what happened here.  Somehow I added a stitch and it created a hole.  I'm thinking either a flower or initial for my daughter (these will be for her of course)  or maybe make it into a pumpkin face since fall is not too far off.