I saw this on Facebook a few weeks ago and I saved it to my phone, because right now it resonates particularly well with my life...
You see, it's been 4 months in our new little-but-bigger shop at Blake House Craft Centre. It's been the most crazy 4 months, with a huge amount of adjustment needed. It's been so busy I haven't even shared with you the pics from our grand opening! It was such a laugh (and obviously there was a lot of prosecco flowing...). We had an actual riboon cutting ceremony!
And we ate loads of cake and (did I mention?) we drank prosecco. We even had a workshop making bunnies...not everybody loved this as quite as much as others, and it got a little competitive with some giant bunnies being made and people losing the will to live after much cake and drink...
But it was such a fun day. And has really set the tone for every day since. There are sooooo many more customers (gone are the days of me doing all my admin in the day as I didn't see a soul all day!) and just generally a much busier time. It's been amazing. Completely exhausting but fab. I'm not sure any of us have quite recovered from the move (Mr Sconch, Darren and myself in particular) nor have we settled into a routine quite just yet. Although I'm not sure we will ever get into a routine now I think about it...my life is a little too hectic for that kind of thing. This term has seen me do a dance show, a play, a choir concert and of course continue to be a mother...
But we love it. We love Blake house Craft Centre. We love craft and fibre crafts in particular. We love our craft and cake groups, which have grown since we moved and are the heart and soul of our shop. Just look at the pictures from our Christmas social!
And so it is for all of these reasons, we are moving.
[Insert loud exclamations/stunned silence/stuttering]
An opportunity to have a bigger shop at Blake House came up last month and I just couldn't turn it down. We are already out of room with the huge uplift in customers, and I have all these plans in my head for growth and none of this can be done in our shop. There are no bigger shops at the centre other than And Sew On and the one we are moving to, so it was sort of a now-or-never situation. It is obviously bad timing, what with having just moved, but sometimes in life you just have to close your eyes and jump, as not everything works out at a perfect and convenient time for your schedule.
So we are jumping. In about 2 weeks. Maybe before. Maybe just after. It sort of depends on how quickly we can get everything ready. As soon as I have a time frame I will let you all know. We are hoping to only shut for 2 days to transfer the stock over, as everything will be done in the new shop whilst we keep the old shop going.
And I'm terrified. Terrified about the uplift in costs, terrified about the sheer amount of work ahead of us, and terrified it's the wrong decision. But sometimes you have to be a little terrified because that is just how life is. Terrifying but wonderful.
So. Um. Here we go again?!