September 1

September 1

We have have been receiving shipments like crazy!! We love everything (of course, we picked it all!), but I have to tell you that we were especially excited to open up our love the packaging.

Also this week T made and covered cushions for the two chairs and bench in the wedding corner. Kudos to her- they look great and I would never have had the patience, go T! Tomorrow we are knee deep in unpacking. All the inventory is in the shop, the computer, cash drawer and all other non glamourous but oh so necessary items are ready to be set up. Here we go!

Paper, Pencil Cases and Vinyl

Paper, Pencil Cases and Vinyl

Today we met with the rep for Thomas Paul and Austin Press. We had a great time looking through everything and are really excited about some Thomas Paul accessories and beautiful Austin Press stationery we ordered. Here is a peek at some of the Austin Press goodies:

Some of the coolest Thomas Paul stuff we ordered is not online yet so I can’t share those pics, but here is a hip pencil case we’ll be getting:

After the meeting we put up the vinyl on our windows. Finally – there is some indication of who and what is going in! Finally- we have some free advertising. We did put the bottom wording a little too close to the logo- but all in all we did pretty well. I got a nice little sunburn in the process since it was a hot one in La Jolla today. No pain no gain right? Here is our newly branded window:

I am loving it!

Painted

Painted

Today we received boxes from Pikku and bluepoolroad. Two of my favorites- I just love both of these lines. The design and quality are amazing.

Here are some snapshots of pikku– these paper notions are better in person that in pictures.

bluepoolroad by Peggy Wong- really beautiful paper and design. Please check out her website and blog!

This weekend, in addition to shopping for shiny new furniture, T spent some time painting some great antique store finds. We found great tables, made of real wood and great construction, for great prices- but they needed some love. T did a great job updating the paint and now they look Sweet Paper ready.

Bride’s Seat

Bride’s Seat

Yesterday my brother-in-law Matt helped us pick up some furniture and bring it to the shop (a hearty thanks to him for his help). Probably our favorite furniture purchase so far is this fabulous bench- which will be the very special seat for our very special bridal customers.

Still on the list to purchase is a cushion and some pillows, and of course the accompanying table and a couple of chairs. But doesn’t it look fabulous??? The perfect beginning to a cozy corner in the shop for selecting custom wedding invitations, social stationery, baby announcements bar/bat mitzvah invitations….

The floor is in!

The floor is in!

I stopped by the shop this morning to see our new floors! They were installed yesterday and the whole place looks so much better.

that's my oldest little guy on our new floors....

In case you forgot- here is a reminder of what it looked like before (ie before we tore out the sinks, patched over the door, painted everything and redid the floors):

Today they are starting on the base boards and next week all the windows and doors will be trimmed out. We’ll also add a nice fireplace surround to finish off the look of that non working fireplace. After that we will start actually working in the store- setting things up. Yee Haw!!

neglect.

I know, I know- I have been totally neglecting my beloved blog. It’s been a tough 7 days, let me tell ya (in addition to 4 kids home for the summer and starting a business, we moved out of our house for 2 months- don’t ask). I can at least say that while I have not been blogging- my sister and I have been making a lot of progress, on everything! We are continuing to pour through catalogs, select merchandise, enter info into our POS system, not to mention securing more wedding albums for our future bridal customers. Last post I promised reports on 42pressed and the Twig and Fig baby album. I have not forgotten, I promise. For now I am just going to promise even more Tramadol Online in-depth posts about amazing partnerships we have been lucky enough to forge. Wiley Valentine for instance- we received one of their wedding albums today and we love love love it. We also selected some of the cutest greeting cards on the planet from Mr. Boddington’s Studio– such a lovely operation out of NYC. There is, of course, much more, but in an effort to really organize ourselves before heading to the LA Gift show Wednesday- I am going to get back to inventory tasks.

I really do love spending time selecting the cutest, hippest and most fabulous items for our shop. I can’t wait until the doors open and we can really share it all with you! Speaking of….our construction man extraordinaire is starting on Wednesday!!!