The final inspection came through on Friday, which was the Fire Marshal's. She signed off so we're officially open ... we're legit! I thought I'd take you for a tour of the new digs ... that is, until you can come down for a visit and play in the studio! This main entrance leads you to the store and gallery.
As you walk through the door, you'll find a glass display case and dress form on the left. The display case is from Ikea ... it was perfect for the space and the price was right! There's also an antique bird cage and old gardening tools for children. These things look so much better in their new home that on my Maryland screened-in porch!
Books are stacked in an antique wall cabinet that is now laying on the floor instead of being hung on a wall! Someone sure was clever! You're catching a glimpse of a checkerboard butcher block that was in my Maryland kitchen. It was a splurge from when our kitchen was remodeled. I just couldn't leave it behind. It's made from Wenge and Oak. I knew no one would love it as much as I did so it's with me! :-) It's sitting on top of an antique spinet desk, which makes it just the right height.
The mirror is from an old dresser that I no longer have, but I'm really pleased with how it blends in with the studio decor. I wanted the space to have the vibe of a Moroccan bazaar ... welcoming you to dive right in! Toni Maddox did a wonderful job on this display!
If you continue around, you'll find this cabinet with stepped shelves. It works out well because when the drawers are pulled out, you can still see the contents of the drawers beneath it. It's sitting on top of an oak and hickory shelf made by the Amish near my Maryland home. Jump ring jigs and screening sifters have found a home on the shelves.
We're coming up to the slat wall where we have lots of Eurotools I've come to love over the years. The counter is made from wall cabinets that have been painted black and then distressed. They come out 12" from the wall instead of the traditional 24" of a base cabinet. The countertop is made from Maple and Wenge. Our contractor recommended this wonderful shop that specializes in exotic woods. I was thrilled to find this as an alternative to ceramic tile. Wood, in black and tan, is a predominant feature in the space.
Next we come to my little beading area out in the main shop space. It's a great little workspace. Cozy and in a perfect spot where I can be available and not segregated to the back.
Across from the handicapped ramp is this pearly pink dresser I picked up from The Iron Pelican, a few doors down from our shop, is owned by a great couple, Daniel and Hilary. They have a great eye for furniture that benefits from a little bit of their magic. I highly recommend them and their store. They're on facebook and are always working on something new. I betcha no one else has a pearly pink dresser with a polishing lathe on top!
If we walked up the ramp, we'd be in the workshop/studio space and also the shipping area. We'll come back there in a minute.
We're continuing our clockwise rotation in the shop to the front desk/check-out area. Chris Connolly, one of the Painting with Fire Team Members, developed our Point of Sale system where we can easily take care of payment. All items have a bar code, which is scanned for payment. The system also helps us to keep track of our inventory.
On top of the front desk is a computer monitor where we have a video of torch-firing playing on a loop. This is my daughter, Laura, doing her best Vanna White impersonation.
Actually, THIS might be Laura doing her best Vanna White impersonation! LOL These are the filigree beads. On top of that cabinet is the antique headboard of a child's crib that fits so tightly on top of the bins that we didn't even have to secure it with screws or nails! Sometimes you just luck out! :-)
Now we're almost back where we started but we're on the other wall of the shop with the enamel inventory. We decided to keep most of our inventory out on the floor rather than having it divided between the front and the back. David comes to the front to fill orders. It's been working really well. There's still enamel inventory in the back, but it's the little bits of enamel that's left behind after weighing the 3 oz. and 8 oz. jars.
This narrow black cabinet is in the center of the store is another find from The Iron Pelican. It's perfect for the space. These are the enamel collections and liquid enamel.
Now, we've walked up the ramp and entered the workshop area. Each work station has its own ventilation system controlled by a switch. This is the bomb! Did you notice someone very famous at the end of the workshop?
Here's my jeweler's bench and other tools. At the time of the photo, I was still trying to straighten out this area. It's gotten better, but we're still not there yet. :-)
This is part of the back room where inventory is kept. The room makes a bend to the right where the washer and dryer are kept and another small storage area.
We're back to the front again, but this time we're at the front of the workshop area. Marilyn looks great in torch-fired enamel beads ... don't you think?
Thank you for indulging me in my pride of our new space. I couldn't have done it without the help and encouragement of so many of you. Whenever you say a kind word to someone ... or in your heart wish them the best ... you are helping them advance. I'm grateful for your encouragement along the way and for God's blessings! I hope you'll plan a visit to take a workshop. If you're in the area, just stop in to say hello!