Sunday, 23 January 2011


Whilst I wait for the keys to the shop, I am using the time to make sure we will have stock to fill it!
Its a tough job but someone has to do it ;)
This week I have been contacting new suppliers, placing orders (and pleading that they don't deliver for another couple of weeks until we are in and have somewhere to put boxes...otherwise I fear my husband will leave!) and  having visits from new fabric supplier reps.
The collage above shows most of the oilcloth designs that we will be stocking in the shop (and also online). They are made by Clarke and Clarke and are fantastic quality and just beautiful, I could very easily have ordered all 100+ designs had space and pennies permitted.
I stuck very closely to the amount of rolls of oilcloth budgeted for on the shops business plan (think page in notebook rather than spreadsheet) did not deviate at all...And then we got talking about the cottons.
Then it went a bit wrong.

So these 5 designs will be available in home dec weight cottons. 
Well, we had to get the beach huts being based at the seaside!!!

8 days and counting until my lease begins - the landlord repairs that need doing before this date are still outstanding (I may or may not be driving past frequently!) so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am panicking unnecessarily - these things do usually find a way of working out at the eleventh hour! In the meantime I am meeting 2 sign companies at the property this week to talk about signs for the front and window graphics and trying to get organised at home because, as of next week I will be leaving the house to work for the first time in 3 and a half years!!!


  1. Wow! What a hard job you have buying all that gorgeous fabric! Although on a serious note it must be so hard to choose from such a wide range of gorgeous designs!

  2. How wonderful! I'm sure it will all come together nicely. How fun to pick all the pretty fabrics. Great choices too.

  3. Wonderful news and very exciting! Great fabrics. I'm sure it will all get done in time. So pleased for you.

  4. Wow! I'm loving that beach hut fabric! Hope it all goes well for you x

  5. We drove past the shop last week when we took Will to the dentists. Can't wait till you're open as I'm looking forward to coming to see you.

  6. So exciting! If you have a grand opening, I'm sure Vicki and I will pop along.

  7. Wow, I am looking forward to seeing your oil cloth, will you be selling it online too?


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