Monday, 28 February 2011

New carpet for the unit!

Well it seems like the carpet business is doing well right now as I had trouble finding someone available to fit a carpet in my unit. At first, I thought that I may have to wait until the 11th March which really was no good to me as my moving in date is tomorrow 1st March.

However, I eventually found someone who had a slot available due to a cancellation. The carpet was fitted today and here it is....

Well, what do you think of it? Cheerful? Bright or downright garish?

Sorry, I couldn't resist imagining the look on your faces when you saw the first picture :-)
I went for something a lot more conservative and neutral, far more suitable. Not what I would have chosen for home but perfect for the unit.

Miss P and I turned up at the unit at 9am so that we could let the carpet fitter in.

We went back at 17.00 hours and this is what it looks like now. Far more cosy looking.
I can't wait to start bringing everything over. I am still in the process of deciding where everything will go.

Alan has kindly taken 3 days holiday starting as of Wednesday in order to help me move everything over, put up shelves, move furniture around etc...Busy week ahead but will keep you posted!

A bientôt!

Isabelle X

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Packing is underway!

This is what my old workroom looks like right now. We are in the middle of clearing it out. I haven't been able to show you photos of it before as it has always been so full of stock and cluttered... not very photogenic! Not the ideal conditions to work in either, I like everything to be in it's right place and easy to find. I couldn't be as organised as I wanted to be with stock overflowing around me. In my opinion, not the way to run a business!

My parents will smile at this, as they know that it is quite typical of me, I really must have the right conditions to work in! (I take after my Father there). The right conditions for me means having plenty of space to work in and plenty of storage, quiet surroundings, I like working alone, no pets or children climbing over everything or borrowing things. I am sure I could come up with a few more but that's plenty for now :-) After all I don't want to be selling things covered in cat fur or paw prints! A move to new premises makes good sense.

After having worked in this room a while, it didn't take too long to work out that it would not be big enough for my working needs. I liked the feel of the room but it was not practical!

Today we have started packing in earnest and it feels good!

Josephine will be going to the new unit too.

The shelves are beginning to look bare.

We have temporarily cleared the little reading area under the stairs to make way for all the boxes.

Getting fuller

Over the half term holiday my two nieces are coming over to stay with us so it is vital we empty the workroom and have all the boxes organised BEFORE they arrive, otherwise it will be chaos!

For those of you who have asked, the unit is not a shop. It will be my studio and will store all my mail order stock. However, you will be able to visit me when fully settled but it will be strictly by appointment only.

A bientôt!

Isabelle X

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Thank you for all your positive comments! Just the kind of encouragement you need when you first start up! I went to have a look at the unit today to see how they have progressed with the work and so far so good! I worked out where plug sockets needed to go and tried to form an idea of where everything else would go.

My sewing table will be by the window.

The room looks so much brighter than before now that a wall has been put up on the right and the room as been painted white.

After speaking with the electrician and Landlord's agent, the carpet man arrived to measure up the room (615 sq ft). I then went to to the carpet shop to look at samples of carpets. You've guessed right, it is going to be costly! :-( No escaping that...all part of the setting up costs.

On the left hand side at the end is likely to be the stationery/packaging area

Room as you walk through the main door, there will be another door at the end of the room on the right.

This is what it looks like on the ground floor (my unit is on the first floor). As I mentioned before, the Anglo Trading used to be a brewery. The building has kept a number of its original features and has to as it is a listed building. That is partly one of the reasons I wanted to have a unit there.

Tomorrow it's back to working on my new website, wording of terms & conditions, Welcome page etc....

A bientôt!

Isabelle X

Monday, 7 February 2011

Moving out....

I am aware that I have been absent for quite some time. Life has a way of keeping you busy...

It seems ages ago now but I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.

Just before Christmas, we went to France to stay with family. The plan was to go on to Belgium to attend a family Christening but due to heavy snow then ice, sadly we were unable to go.

In recent months, much of my spare time has been spent working towards my goal, opening an online shop selling vintage goods, handmade items and other things. I am finally getting closer to it.

As some of you know, my workroom is at home. It is filled with vintage textiles, home wares etc...or should I say overflowing...that would be more accurate! It's not just my workroom that has stock, it's the loft, the landing and our bedroom. Not a good way to work and not fair on everyone at home. So, after a lot of thinking and talking about it, I came to the conclusion that I would operate a lot better by moving all my stock away from home and rent somewhere else instead.

I have found a storage/workshop unit in Shepton Mallet. The unit is a shell at the moment but the landlords are converting it. My estimated moving in date is Tuesday 1st March 11. I will keep you posted with the progress!

The unit is in an old Brewery

It doesn't look inviting now but once it has been worked on, decorated and carpeted it will look a lot better. The ceiling is a little lower than I'd like but having compared this to other similar sized premises, over all this is the better one . The room will be around 600 sq ft (55 sq mt), plenty to get started with.

At last, everything will be in the one place. Stock will be easy to find and photograph. I will have more room to sew, design, package orders and will be far more organised. It is a big step to take but one I feel sure will pay off in the long run. We will regain space in the house and Phoebe will have a bigger old workroom which she has always liked.

My website should be ready within the next few weeks....As you can see, a lot going on...

A bientôt!

Isabelle X

P.S: I will have a neighbour I know, Becky from dots and spots who also has a unit there. Becky's business has grown so fast that she is in the process of moving to a bigger unit within the same building.