Monday, February 8, 2016

Loving Life

Videos tell it all.  I love my kids and grandbabies.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Day 7


On Saturday we had a party for a friend of mine, 13 kids showed up. I started out by giving a small lesson in mixing paint and using the brushes. The kids were very attentive and excited.


Some of the kids painted Star Wars theme pictures and others painted owls. A few little ones painted abstract art. Larissa and Sarah helped out with handing out paint and supplies as needed. I plan on taking different kids to the parties to help out.

We have a handprint wall where the kids can put their handprint on once they have painted at the shop. They loved it.



There was lots of clean up which made me realize I am going to need a hot water heater soon. I had to take the brushes home to clean them properly. (No I didn't leave them soaking in the water, that ruins them)


The party went great. We have discussed some flow issues and are working on making it better. One of my challenges is how to occupy the kids that have shown up while waiting on the later kids. We are still trying to figure that out. We don't want kids running around all over the place when we have art in the front of the store.

Apparently news of our little studio is getting around town. I had numerous women come up to me at church wanting to know when we were opening and asking lots of quesitons. Opening date is March 1st. I have a lot to do and some of it is waiting on the next payday! Tomorrow I am getting a phone and internet. Getting a phone number will allow me to design my business card. This week I plan on opening a bank account and researching debit/credit card systems. I also need to work on the front of the store and do some painting.

I can't believe that I am doing this! A small part of me worries that it will fail.  Another part of me says that the worse failure is not trying. And yet another part is just plain terrified.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Day 6

I should have ordered some orange aprons!


Today we put up more supplies and organized a bit. 


We took the kids to Chick Fil A for dinner.  Benjamin loves cole slaw.




The painting studio is pretty much finished. We still need to get pictures on the walls but that will come with time. I painted the last wall area white and now need to finish the floor at some point. Then I can do some colorblocking and get some stuff painted and on the wall. We have been rushing to get the studio finished because I promised a friend that I would give her son a painting party. Tonight I painted some samples so tomorrow will be a trial run.

So tired, good night!

Day 5

Another wall to paint. I have been told that the pink paint was put there 25 years ago. I wonder when the top wallpaper border was put up. I am guessing the late 80's. This wall is getting painted white. Larissa was shocked. There will be blocks of color put up at some point.


Supplies are coming in, I am broke.  Need cheap meal ideas!


I love the floor painting and the green childrens table.


Larissa came from dance next door and wanted to paint some of the floor.



I got home to a whiney, fussy baby. He had a slight fever so I oiled him up and cuddled a bit. I figured that I would have to make a doctors appointment in the morning.  However, he woke up happy and fever free so I oiled him up again and watched him.



Friday, February 5, 2016

Day 4


Fun day, we splatted the painting area. Larissa loved helping. 
Any painting mishaps will just add to the art.


All those paint cans came from my house. Quite a savings there for me.



Our town does not require a business license.  On their web site it mentions the towns that do require business permits and nothing else. The previous occupants of our spot (who we call the gun guys) told me that we had to get a use permit. No one else in the strip has one. He also talked about the fire marshal inspection needed. He told my husband that we couldn't even paint without his inspection. I figured that we did need a fire inspection but wanted to wait until we did something with the hot water heater which is dead. The gun guys are mad at us because they wanted their friend the bow and arrow guy to get the spot. Apparently he delayed and we paid first. So the gun guys do not like at artsy people down at our end (us and the dance studio who told me about leasing the spot).

So Larissa and I trekked to the big city next door to the zoning commission. I was told that we need an official copy of my IEN. I just have the number since it went to long term community health, however I have called requesting a copy. I also need a retail license.  I applied for and paid for it but haven't received it in the mail yet. Last I need a fire marshal inspection.

I decided to call the fire marshal to see if I should make repairs before he came or wait. Remember the gun guys said we weren't allowed to do anything until he came, not even paint. The fire marshal told me that we could make repairs and call him when we are ready for inspection. Then he asked me the location. I gave it to him and he offered to do a preliminary inspection. I said OK so we met up at 4.  He walks in and directly to the back and is obviously not happy. The hot water heater and circuit panel need some repairs. The clincher, he had told the gun guys this. They had opened up without having any inspections and when he came to inspect he allowed them to stay open on the understanding that they would repair those items. Obviously he should have went back and checked. He said that he delayed the opening of their new location until they had completed everything and was glad that he did. I know he did because they complained about the delays of opening. Ah, understanding.

I talked to my landlord about this issue. He is coming in to repair the circuit panel and said that if I replace the hot water heater he will take it out of my rent.  Well, right now I am paying cash for this unplanned adventure and don't have the funds. So he is going to take it out and I will replace it when I can. It is not critical. I will take home aprons for washing anyways, I can also take the brushes for now.

I had a moment of concern about homeschooling because the only thing we made time for was reading. Then I realized that she is getting other lessons. We have visited the zoning commission and talked about what the IEN and retail licenses are for. So many taxes Larissa says. She says that starting a business is hard but some of it is exciting.

We need to design and build a counter area. We are going in incorporate a desk for Larissa and toys for Benjamin. I also still need to get a bank account and look at the debit card thing. So much to do!

(I am not going to do the daily thing for too much longer. Just giving everyone an idea of the progress of the shop)


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Day 3

After Benjamin kept annoying his sisters by destroying their playhouses we purchased him one. I love watching him playing with his house. He is eating pretend food out of the refrigerator here.


 For lunch we went to the store and cleaned up a little and put together some the furniture. Larissa wants to know what we are going to use for homeschooling.


Painted the floor in the back of the store. This will be the painting area. I painted myself out of the corner but that is where the light switch is so I had to keep the light on all night.  We ran up this morning and turned it off.


We have had an interesting development.  We tried to get Anthony interested in boy scouts last year.  He went to a few meetings but was adamant that he didn't want to do it. Kim has gotten her boys into a unit where she is actively involved and she invited Anthony. I had to make him go to the first meeting with the promise that if he didn't like it he didn't have to go again.  Well, he loved it. Go figure. I guess that not all troops are the same. Now he wants to know when he can join. I think that it will be a positive experience for him.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Day 2

Today I got to the store a few times. I don't have much time to spend there with all my other obligations. I started my day cutting some drywall and picking up a sink at Lowes.


We found a live outlet and had to cap it off for now.


I took the kids out in the afternoon and they sanded a little. They didn't sand much since we forgot the dust masks.



(It is not on but don't tell him)


Putting them to work young.


After the kids were in bed I went back up and added some paint becuase I wanted to add some paint!


I oredered some aprons and easels. I also got some tax info in from the state and have my federal tax number. Internet and phone are coming in next week. Need to get some signage and am looking at companies for accepting credit cards. The list goes on and on! I am tired.