• Fran

I get by with a little help from my friends....

This is Sarah. Sarah is awesome and answered the call when I needed help to re-paint the sheds to match Crafty Soul's colour scheme.

She also saws wood.

Remember the money dilemma, well the bank of Mom, Dad and Stepmom offered support, and importantly cold hard cash, to the cause. So, running with the ‘2’ theme (2 boys, 2 dogs, 2 cabins) I now have a loan of £2k. With this I will need to buy everything I need to start up, including the following;

· Materials required to turn the empty cabins into the vision I have for the shop and workshop space, including plasterboard, flooring, furniture and lights

· A website and development package

· Stock

· Card reader and cash drawer

· Insurance

So, with the units now built, its time to fit them out. Working for an Architectural practice means that I am surrounded by people with exactly the kind of technical knowledge required. It is important that both me and my guests are warm during the winter months and cool in the summer, and most of the cash went on ensuring this. Its surprising how quick it is to spend £2k, but I am thrifty and creative with money and I found amazing furniture on Facebook Marketplace, I pulled chairs out of skips and I even found a chest of drawers outside someone’s house (I checked before I loaded into the car!) The chest now displays cards and stores stock for me.

With the electrician booked and still so much to do, I put an SOS on Facebook for help to fit the plasterboard in the workshop. A small army answered the Challenge Frannika please. We worked until we lost the light and then watched the bats and enjoyed a beer by phone torch light.

This help meant that we are still on track to open the shop on the 22nd September. Better get painting.




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