Friday, September 23, 2011

Don't Read This Post!

If you can't stand a mess. If chaos makes you cringe. If you really prefer things nice and tidy, don't read this post. Avert your eyes. Turn off the computer right now. In fact, RUN AWAY!

That is always my first instinct the first day back at the studio after a show. What a mess! And multiple that by 10 this week, after something a month in the making, like last week's trunk show. Even though we try to be neat, things are always in a jumble. Then begins the weekly ritual we lovingly call "Find the End of the String." Somewhere in this mess, a new load is waiting to be uncovered. At least that's what we tell ourselves!

First we remove anything that will be super time-consuming and look for what needs to be repaired. Then we sort smalls from furniture. Next the furniture is grouped, original paint/natural finish verses needs-to-be-painted. Then comes the Making-of-the-List:

And slowly, ever so slowly, the load begins to emerge. Then we add the finds from this week's shopping, which totally derails the effort for another half-day! Now it is lunchtime Thursday, and we need to get serious. Everyone has their assignments, and groups of finished merchandise start to appear. It always feels something like magic as the load for that weekend's show comes together.

Want to see how the pieces in the first and second photo shaped up? Then join us this weekend for the LAST ALLEGAN of the season. I can't believe it is already over. We have had a super year and have a great load in the works for the grand finale -- lots of original paint, industrial containers, projects and loads of new smalls. Click on the show sidebar for details and be sure to join us. Take a peek at Facebook, too, for a closer look at how things are shaping up! And thanks for not really running away! xo


ChiPPy-SHaBBy said...

LOVE your "Behind the Scenes Post" Sandy!!! No one ever talks about the "Process" ~ getting ready for the shows... My routine is similar to yours - just on a much smaller scale... BeSt of SaLes for you and Joe at Allegan!*!*!
Jeanine, ChiPPY!-SHaBBy!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It just looks like an average day in my garage. lol Best of luck at your show.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

That lovely chaos looks like treasures in the making to me!

You have the best "stuff".