Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Shop of My Own

Tony has built me the most beautiful hat shop/ studio. It's truly a dream come true. This space was once filled with mold and mushrooms and when it rained outside it rained inside. I could never have seen the transformation. One of Tony's many talents. Tony is almost finished building my beautiful cutting table, which will also be my store counter. It is going to divide the shop into store and work space. There will be lots of crossover, but that's the idea. I seem to have a bit of a fabric problem. Admitting it is the first step, right? When I fist saw the wall of shelving, I really thought it would have that nice sparse look. I am still cramming fabric into any available crevice. That's a whole lot of hand dyed silk velvet ribbon. Buying ribbon and fabric is the real reason I make hats. I even get to display some of my beautiful vintage hats on the very top. I have two more tubs in the attic. This chair has been waiting so patiently to live in my studio. I found it on the side of the road a few years back. It looked nothing like this. My friend Aimee at Artisan Upholstery gave it a complete makeover. Staring out the window while I drink coffee and hand sew is one of my favourite things on earth. Now I get to look out at the back harbour of Lunenburg. This summer I will be officially open, but if you are coming to town before then just give me a shout.