Thursday, June 21, 2012

More Shop News

Hello everyone!  

First of all I would like to thank everyone for all your wonderful comments and emails about my new shop.  It is SO nice to have such great support and good wishes starting my new venture.   So a BIG thank you and I want you all to know how much your kind support is truly appreciated. 

I have been crazy busy since my last post, but I'm loving it!  It is so exciting seeing everything come together.   I'm expecting deliveries of stock  the end of this week with more coming next week.  The shop has been painted but I still have to decide on the trim colour for the outside - the perfect shade of grey-ey, blue-ey, green-ey is eluding me thus far!  Some of the Farrow & Ball colours looked so perfect on the colour chart inside but the minute they went up outside they turned completely different hues!

On the positive side, my new phone line has been connected and Broadband set up in the shop - yay!!   I also engaged a lovely woman who is designing the new website and has finalised the logo.   The graphic designer is working on signage and stationary, so it's getting there.  My visa machine is on the way, insurance bought, small warehouse found - as you can see, I have been very busy!

Actually, finalising the logo was quite tricky.  I must have looked at hundreds of images and fonts over the last two weeks before deciding on the final layout.  I LOVE it, can't wait to show you everything, but want to wait until things are a bit more 'finished'.

I've also been looking at paper carrier bags for the shop.  The plain ones are a bit blah, the ones you can get custom made with your own design are very expensive!  What's a girl to do??  Any ideas for bags??  If you do, please let me know!

Also, need opinions on the outside trim colour.  As you know the shop will have a French, faded, vintage/Brocante kind of vibe so which of the following colours do you think work best???

A:   Blue Grey

B:  Green Blue

 C:  Dark Grey

 D:  Light Taupe Grey/Dark Taupe Grey

 E:  None of the above!!

 Can't wait to hear what you think!  

Thank you,



PURA VIDA said...

A is so French. Have a stamp made with your logo and stamp your bags with ink or print your own labels on the computer

Susan T said...

Have a look at MYLANDS paint, the Colours of London have some pretty shades. One called Sloane Square is rather lovely. How about plain white carriers with a logo stamped on, you would have to have a stamp made but the cost would be less. It all sounds wonderful I can't wait to see more.

Mrs. Sutton said...

Oh Sharon this is SOOOOOOOO exciting!!! I am beside myself about it all - can't wait to see the new logo and everything.
Regarding bags - I love the idea of plain white and brown paper bags, but with a large 'stamp' with the logo on it, so that it has quite a rustic feel to it. Not sure whether this will be too 'homemade' for you, and obviously it means someone having to stamp each bag (get the kids involved - lol!)but I've seen it done before on bags and tags, and I quite like the effect. You can also choose your ink colour to match the regular logo?

Also, my absolute favourite colour from your selection is the first one - the blue grey - it stands out a mile for me! (Much as I love it, I know what you mean about Farrow & Ball paint changing from room to room and light to light!)

In answer to your questions -
Yes - I do believe that we were twins in a previous life, as I love EVERYTHING that you do, and the pastel coloured bike post is my (not-so-subtle)way of pre-ordering my birthday present from Hubbie - lol!
Much love,

Paula xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon, enjoying your blog and excited for your shop! Perhaps for your store bags you could create your own stamp. Apart from a sore wrist, you'll save $$ & it'll be unique:)

The Silver Bunny said...

The first one is my favourite ! Keep up your lovely enthusiasm !xx

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi Sharon -
So exciting!! Thank you for the update. Brings back tons of memories for moi. (Can't believe I've had my shop for almost 9 years!!) Since I can't be in Ireland to visit your shop personally, I am looking forward to seeing photos, and checking out your new website. It's hard to pick colors from a computer monitor, but I like option A.
Cheers, friend!

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

Dark Grey or Blue Grey is very french. As far as bags, I say brown kraft paper bags & get you a big stamp made with your will look handmade & perfectly imperfect. Adding a short lace to to tie the handles will be a great touch that will be all about brocante & French finds I think. I'm so happy for you!

Bluebells and Lavender said...

I'm so excited that it's all coming together for you. I think any of the colours you've shown would be appropriate for your French look. I can't wait to go on line and see your website! Sharon x

Leslie said...

How exciting Sharon! I like the blue or taupe grey. Good luck!

French Grey said...

Hey Sharon,

So glad to hear things are moving along nicely for you! As to the color I'm leaning towards the light or dark taupe-grey. I always seem to have a color in my head and find it hard to find the right paint chip to match! Have you thought of using a stamp or sticker on the bag? Might be a cheaper go then custom printing. I just can't wait to see your reveal.... it's almost like having of a baby ~idea conception, waiting and growing and then...ta da! A shop! (well I did say ALMOST) :)

Blessings to you,

MYSAVIOR said...



Sara Louise said...

For the bags can you get a stamp made of your shop name/ logo, then stamp plain brown paper bags. It's less expensive and I like the way it looks :)

Elizalily said...

I like A or D

Shoreham Cottage Gifts said...

I think labels with your logo or business name on. You can then stick these to the bags and use to seal things that are wrapped in tissue paper :)

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