Monday, August 1, 2011

Shop Update

Well it's been a long time since I've posted about the shop. Council has only just given the go ahead so I'm looking at opening in September. It has been a long process but we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Hayden has done all of it. He's super industrious and has used a lot of recycled materials (the wooden exterior is actually our old fence). The biggest hurdle was patching things up to keep the possums out. They're so naughty!!

We've also been blessed with donated items such as the door, windows and a lovely small cabinet (thanks Mum and Dad!) and some other bric a brac. When we first moved here the shed (now shop) was filled with stuff. It was a bin divers dream! When the previous owner Rose, came to collect it, she let us have some things that she was going to throw away. This included a bookcase which I painted on the weekend, using paint sample tins that she also left behind. It came out pretty good and didn't cost me a cent. Thankyou Rose!

Here are some pics of what we have achieved so far....

The front entrance. The driveway is nearly completed. We just need to do some gardening.

My amazing husband hard at work. I love him so much!

The small cabinet my parents found for me sitting atop of one that came from a local haberdashery shop that closed recently. It even has the old metal ruler fixed on the edge to measure ribbons.

A sign I made for "The Bowerbird" exhibition a couple of years ago. Inspired by the lovely Melinda at Paperklip. It was quite fiddly to make and I must admit that I cheated because I bought my letters. She cuts hers out! Such a clever (and patient) gal! 

My dear friend Mel inspired me to do this after seeing one of her creations, a lovely mobile for her niece. I wrapped scraps of fabric around lampshade frames that I found at the tip.  Very inexpensive!

Obi. My foreman :)

The bookcase. I would have preferred different  paint colours however I steadfastly refuse to pay for more when there's perfectly good quality paint to be used. It turned out better than expected and didn't cost a cent. Gotta love that! 

Now I'm trying to get together stock which is why I haven't posted for a while. I've been getting into wire work lately and have come up with some lovely pieces.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Alisa x


Janette said...

How exciting! I LOVE the look of your shop and the cabinet and the bookshelf and the light are awesome! I can't wait to see it all come together. I'll have to plan a trip when you're open and come have a sticky beak!

Margaret said...

Alisa, your little shop looks so beautiful! I love your colourful painted bookcase, your lovely sign and of course all of Hayden's amazing handiwork. How exciting! I can't wait to see more pictures and maybe even make a little trip out there to visit you and your beautiful shop. Will there be a grand opening?

Sarah B said...

How exciting Alisa! It's going to be fantastic when it's finished. I'll be looking forward to seeing it :)

CurlyPops said...

Wow its looking amazing and I love how your bookcase turned out. I have a very boring bland white bookcase that could do with a makeover like that!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Ooo how exciting! You have been so busy and looks like you're doing a fantastic job of it all. I love the bookcase, awesome colours and the hanging lamps are beautiful too. It must be so satisfying to see it coming together like this, something to be VERY proud of. Can't wait to see the progression in the lead up to the opening :o) xo

Paula said...

coming along beautifully! can't wait to see it finished as it's going to be a gorgeous space. go Alisa!!

Paperklip said...

How exciting Alisa, so nice to read about your shop plans, I can't wait to visit one day. And great work on your garlands!!