Saturday, December 29, 2007

Isn't that store beautiful?

I showed you the inventory mess. I think it is only fair that I share the results of the staffs hard work. It takes about 100 man hours to take the place apart for inventory and put it back together again (not to mention 2 trips to the chiropractor, a considerable amount of Advil and in my case several glasses of wine!), but look at those results!

I'm sure that the people that know me and are familiar with the store are thinking "where's the photo of Karen's work area"? OK, I'll admit that that space is still a work in progress, but I have managed to find the counter top, my sewing surface and have all of my bins off the floor. I spent several hours sorting through "stuff" and have made numerous trips to the dumpster. Donations are piled, bags are sorted and I'm feeling pretty good about the progress I've made.

I've also spent well over an hour dealing with our new E-Update server. Those of you that are computer savvy have NO idea how impossibly slow a simple task, like sending out a bulk email message, can be if you are computer clueless. I'm figuring it out .....s l o w l y....... The 4 pages of instructions from a VERY nice tech person are helping. Now it's just a matter of understanding if my HTML edit in "Simple WYSIWYG" is working (Don't you love that they say "simple"? Is there a "complicated" WYSIWYG? What the heck is WYSIWYG?) I think the message was sent, including photos to those that are set up to receive photos, even though I never have figured out steps 8 & 9!

I've worked hard and I think I deserve a treat! I plan to either install our new photo digitizing software that allows you to create quilts from your favorite photographs (a perfect way to use my new line of Completion Collection fabrics from Timeless) or break out the sponge brush and jar of Mod Podge and prep some fabrics for a penny rug project that you have to see to believe. What ever I decide, Ill post some photos of the results. I hope all of you have the chance to take some time to try something new too!



banjo795 said...

It means "What You See Is What You Get". You're right that it seems like it should be simple, but I'm sure that getting everything where it belongs is harder than they say it is!

Flatlander said...

Shop looks beautiful, Karen. Kudos to you and your helpers for all the hard work you obviously did! Sit back, enjoy it and welcome in the New Year with another glass of wine ~ you all deserve it! See you in '08!!

Sarah said...

Karen, it looks great. I can't wait to get back to the store for more shopping. We met this past summer when I took a "finishing" class (unfortunately I had to leave early because my son started separation anxiety- FUN!) However, I'm in the process of completing my last two 3-6-9 quilts, and I wrote about it on my blog. Happy New Year!
Sarah Watts