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Hello! I document here news, events and makes. For the love of all things handmade especially; crochet, hand embroidery, sewing, patchwork and dressmaking.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The start of something beautiful

I hope it is (please be aware this will be a long post so I would suggest you have a nice cup of tea to hand) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Well, I have finally taken the plunge and opened my own shop.   This is something that I have always wanted to do, but have never had the opportunity to do it.   I was made redundant from my full-time job in March, and thought that the time was right.   I was given the opportunity and have grabbed it with both hands,as I have said previously said I am running as fast as my little legs will carry me.  

I have always kept a diary and a book which I write dow ideas and doodle in it.   It has always been a dream of mine to own a little shop selling pretty things.   I have doodled ideas in my journal and now the ideas are coming to life!!   I walked passed my shop back in August 2012, and could not believe it, I had walked passed it a thousand times and never really noticed it.   Then one day I walked passed and had a peep through the window, I could not believe my eyes it was the same as I had dreamt up in my book!!  The exact layout and size.   I quickly pestered my husband for us to view it and that was it. Well it wasn't really as I tooed and frooed, ummmed and erred, looked into the legal side, the financial side, the positioning of my shop, the research, oh! and worried and worried and worried.    I did my sums to ensure affordability and then the planning began.  I just cannot believe it,  well since my last post things have progressed .......

The keys are collected and the fitting begins ..................
This was at the beginning of October 2012, and this is the end of October 2012 .........

I have to thank my family without them namely my lovely husband, nieces, mum, dad, dad-in-law, sister-in-law and oh of course my little Millicent Mavis, who were all absolutely amazing and helped fit the shop, knocking down old fixtures, painting, fitting of flooring, cleaning, delivering leaflets, making things for my display, tea making and much, much more they truly helped to burden the load.  

Miss Millicent commenced trading on the 20th October 2012.   My open day was a success, I had lots of family and friends and made some new friends too.   I hosted a vintage tea party with some beautiful cakes made by a lovely lady called Debbie from Hearts & Flowers Cafe which is located in Stafford Crematorium.  I had some lovely cards and flowers and just want to thank all the support and kind wishes that I have received.

 All my ideas for a gift shop and haberdashery have come together, I had always dreamt of my first window display and cannot believe how things have come together and look just as I wanted.  Well here is my first window display, which I am very proud and it is exactly as I had planned.  I hope that you like it too? 

Miss Millicent's First Window Display !!!! OMG

Miss Millicent houses everything pretty, pretty gift ware and haberdashery in a lovely atmosphere. I love old things to and so not wanting to be too vintage, I have decided that my shop will have a vintage feel, display wise, with modern and unusual gift ware,and haberdashery.  Stocking Wendy wools especially double knit in a variety of colours they are just crying out to be made into cosy Grannie squares!  I am stocking Twilleys pure wool and chunky wool and also some unusual scarf wool.    Haberdashery wise I am stocking a variety of  satin and patterned grosgrain ribbons, ric rac, patterned bias binding, frilly gingham trim, threads, bobble trim, buttons galore, crochet hooks, circular needles, cable needles, darning needles .... oh and my beautiful, gorgeous, quirky spotty knitting needles, they are so irresistible when I look at them you just want to knit!!! I am also planning  to sell a variety of locally handmade items too!!

I am starting my Knit and Natter group on Tuesday, I hope that there is lots of nattering, laughing, with a cup of tea, a biscuit and a bit of knitting.

In the New Year I am planning to commence crafty workshops, for example crocheting, paper cutting, knitting, sewing etc,.

Well that is my news, for me I don't think it could get any bigger, but lets hope that IT is the start of something beautiful. . . . . . . . .

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