photo by Matthey J. Lee from the Boston Globe
A very wise customer suggested we share some of the reasons why a variety of the folks that have pledged to back our Kickstarter campaign made that choice. As if it wasn't enough to get all weepy each time someone new makes a contribution, the answers we've received today to our request have been kind and thoughtful just like each of you. Today we feature Tim Kardatzke who is also a small business owner, his company East Cambridge Handyman Services has come to our rescue a couple of times.
After a week of serious carpentry a bunch of real nice people came over and helped us paint every square inch of the space. I can't believe how different things look after a couple coats of Mythic eggshell latex paint in Parrafin. Seriously, it's gorgeous.
The Ikea tables for the sewing machines and small people chairs for our "little stitchers classes" got built and stained. I love the bright colors but also still being able to see the wood grain. I think it's a lot more fun than a world of pine furniture. And the cabinets for the bathroom and general "hang out" area were put together - they are having their counter tops installed today while I do important things like blog and order books.
So you know that we're a bunch of theatre and film peeps. We're roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-it-done types with DIY pulsing through our veins. And we're lucky to have worked in a local industry that fosters a strong community so we have lots of people volunteering and providing their services for a song (none of us are great singers so this is a steal!).
On Sunday we unloaded folding chairs, tools, an ironing board and iron, a steamer, ten gallons of Mythic paint and a ton of snacks into the recently emptied space. I'm a big believer in frequent snack breaks, without a handful of nuts every few hours I get wicked cranky. Can you believe that only 48 hours earlier the shop had still been filled with antiques, collectibles and fine Thai silk-wares?