A little late but hey...better then never right?!
SO, let me re-wind the clock back to the night the store opened. It was Friday the 6th of August, a lovely sunny day of madness. I got to the shop after walking my babe and putting him down for his morning nap then my feet didn't hit the floor. I was like the road runner! Then 10.30am arrived and who do I see drive down the lane.. my dear friend Kate "right lets get this done" she says, i swear my entire body relaxed and took a huge sigh of relief....before we knew it it was 6pm and I had less than an hour to go! We had finished merchandising, the till point, swept a million times but yet still had so many little details to finalise...the crazy haze descended and some kind of super speed took over the clocks!
With five minuets to go I jumped in my car (the only semi-privet place), changed out of my painty, dusty, spider web covered clothes and into a dress that I brought whilst working as a display co-ordinator saying "one day I will wear this in my art gallery come store selling loads of lovely handmade things...." I totally said it feeling like that was a pretty massive statement and an equally massive dream....but here I was. Less than five minutes now until I opened the doors to my very own shop. A place that I have dreamt of for many years and took on the project of making it happen when my boy was less that 4months old, mad?.....potentially!...but it felt oh so good!
Before long the store was full! The Kingfisher Flower girls were inundated with eager floral fans itching to get their floral crown session going and the store was a hub of people looking around, looking up into the beams and soaking up all the handmade, designed and beautifully produced items that I am so bless to be stocking.
I couldn't have asked for a better, most enriching and inspiring night. My baby boy was snoozing in the garden, my friends and family were there if not in body in spirit and there was a cue at the till....my till! How did that happen I said to my self!
That night I locked the doors drove home and sat on my kitchen floor, the rest of the house asleep and I just sat there alone in amazement and in awe of what had just happened. The store was open. OPEN. GREAT. OPEN. ALIVE. OPEN!
SO bring on the next year and what this has to offer us!
Stay tuned, for many new suppliers, workshops, Pop-Ups, art lessons and much more!
Thank you to my good friend Chris Adam for his fine Photography skills!