Monday, 25 June 2012

A little facelift!!

There used to be a time when Jeanne and I would come into work and decide the shop needed a facelift! We'd spend a day or 2 moving things around, re hanging quilts, changing displays, making new ones.....well, that was 10 years ago! Before we were doing all the shows we do, writing books, attending quilt market twice a year, designing fabric and wholesaling our patterns!!
Today, if we want something like that to happen - it has to be done when the shop is closed.
Hence a Sunday! Jeanne spent all day yesterday ripping apart, moving around and rearranging the back of our shop!

We have so much stock at this point, and more on it's way....and we can't knock out walls! Good thing Jeanne is a master of using our space to it's full potential! However.....while it's happening, it does look like a bomb has gone off!

But when she look's so fresh and new back there! It was a huge surprise for our staff to wander into work and have their world turned upside down!

So now where was I when this huge transformation was taking place?? Well, I'm a pretty smart cookie....I wisely stayed in my office - did a little book work.....then I sewed on some book projects....then I went home! So the next time you are in the shop, and you think our shop looks amazing....stop and tell Jeanne that the Sunday she worked her butt off.....really paid off!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Ever wondered?

Jeanne and I recently returned from our very final show of the Spring season. Ok... a show we have to pack the cargo van and travel too!

Red Deer, Alberta - last travelled to show of the season!

And as we were doing the show, a few people kept popping there heads over the counter we have at out till table, asking, "what's back there?"

Counter top where we have our till / checkout

Sooooooo.....I took a few pics! So I can show all of you what we keep back there!! (I'm not sure if the world is ready for this!)

Water. Actually - we bring a case of water with us!
Coffee mugs for coffee...and other things.
Kleenex - For Jeanne!
And as always - extra pamphlets!
Black licorice - strictly Jeanne's - yuck!
Chocolate......totally mine!
Sesame snaps - remember those?
Tic Tacs and Mentos - to hide the coffee breath!
Banana and baby tomatoes!
And....cherries!! Yum!
A girl has to keep her strength up during these shows!
So there you have it folks.....what's usually hiding under our counter top! Sometimes you'll also find crackers and cheese, almonds, baby carrots or maybe snap peas.
We do try when at all possible to hit a grocery store before each show to stock up on snack items to keep us going when we can't leave our booth! So if you happen to be passing our booth and my eyes are downcast....I'm not tired....I'm assessing what I can eat next!