Friday, August 12, 2011

Changes..........................



Giving you a peek at my new blog Header to go alongside all the changes I am making to my shop.......

All comments and ideas greatly welcomed.

As you know if you follow my blog rantings....I have an interiors shop called Dream Interiors in Ballinasloe in Co.Galway.......Business has been quieter than normal (sadly) for the past 2 years....I've adapted and diversified with sewing and craft classes this year.......lovin all this....I've met and taught the most fabulous people.....

So I've made the rather huge decision of late that I either have to close the business or give it a major re-jig........not being a person who gives up easily ,I've decided on the re-jig option!!!!!

For the past 5 weeks I have had the great opportunity to manage Duane Bridal Couture in Ballinasloe while the owner Angela was on maternity leave. It was the chance I needed to look at my shop from an outsiders perspective and make plans for the re-launch.It was also my FIRST time in employment ever.....believe it or not but I've never actually worked for anyone before, I've always been self-employed!!

Where is the Roma & Mary name from I hear you ask????

Well, my dad's mother's name was Roma.....she was a sewing extraordinaire....she taught me loads....she lived for craft and sewing....loved learning new things.....embroidery,dress-making,lace-making,knitting,crochet....she even did a teachers course in millinery.....a true inspiration to me......I have tonnes more to tell you about her!

My lovely mother Mary is my other inspiration.....(tears are coming now thinking of her)....died suddenly in 2002......what a loss to us all.My mom (as we called her) always made our clothes as children.When we needed a new outfit we headed for the fabric shop instead of a clothes shop.I can remember vividly some of the dresses I had made for me as a child.There are only 2 and a bit years between myself and my sister. Mom always made us matching dresses....same dress but different colours....my sister always got the nicer colour!!!......I would have blue or grey...she would have pink or red.....probably why I love colour so much now!!!!

                                                           New Plans for the shop..... 

We will still the fantastic selection of curtain fabrics to choose from for tailor made Curtains and Roman Blinds....we just won't be dedicating as much of the shop to the sampling.....pictures of new collections to follow in another blog post .Clarke & Clarke , Harlequin , tipp textiles , and more.

Craft classes galore are planned....craft materials.....tutorials...kits...patterns.....and a craft cafe session (more about this later too)!!!!!

Keep an eye on facebook to track the progress.....



4 comments:

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Andrea,
Thanks so much for stopping by! I love love your bag! Your tutorial is great...thanks for sharing it.
Have a terrific weekend!
Angela
PS..I love your header..it's a great photo.

Nina O'Brien said...

Andrea how lovely to see you back and i am wishing you so much luck and happiness with the rejig - just love the name!!! maybe the stitch group here in Galway could do a day trip down to the shop for a craft day?

Andrea said...

Neen,I have been so bad at blogging lately haven't I....Love your idea...you are welcome to call anytime..would love to see you in my shop.I'll be sure to let you know when the regig is regigged!!

Wendy said...

Best of luck with the shop re-jig. In this economy you have to make your own luck and with the trend towards making, you could be on to a winner. I hope it's a massive success.

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