Long story or short?? How about the highly edited version!
17+ years ago I opened my needlework shop. After a difficult search looking for affordable, convenient & not falling down commercial space, I dipped my toes into the retail world...in my basement.
At the time, we lived in a house with a separate entrance so customers didn't have to traipse through my home. It was a great way to build a good foundation of inventory, business contacts, and customers. 3 years later, we moved to a small building (think Cat's Meow type building for those of you who know what that is!) and not quite a year later we moved again, upping 450sq ft to 2100sq ft!
Each time we moved, I learned what was necessary in my work space. Fast forward when I closed my shop after 9 years when kid's activities took over, I created a finishing studio (different home now) in our basement.
As CherryWood Designs began, I kept the supplies & inventory at my home (basement again), but we designed out of a coffee shop, so it all still worked. Around that time, I graduated to an upstairs studio - I felt like I had been invited to the grown-ups table!
Going solo as Hands On, I was once again FT out of my home but started to discover that I no longer "fit" in the smallest room in the house (not including bathrooms of course!). Designing took place in the kitchen - not good for the diet. Shipping took place in the dining room - not good for family togetherness. Finishing took place in a room I could barely move around in - not good for my sanity.
After one of those "what if" type of conversations (my husband loves those) - I decided to take over the downstairs game room...yup, back to the basement!
Contractors, cabinets & countertops (new lighting too) - Hands On Design has a new, much more efficient home!
Cecile & Rachel of Just Another Button Company made this for me to celebrate the new digs! They are correct, this is my happy place!
A very cleaned up version of what it looked like when we started (this place saw lots of Legos, train tracks & video games!)
All cleaned out!
Day 1 progress! (Dan is my favorite contractor - we have done many projects together over the last 15 years!)
Billy helped me move all the "stuff" in!
Counter space for shipping, cabinets for all sorts of supplies...
and a nice nook for designing & stitching!
The cats are still trying to figure out the new place - I'll have to get a bigger computer screen if Whisker doesn't stop visiting me like this!
Well, I'd better get back to work & show just how efficient I can be!
Enjoy the Stitch!