Something had to give, and it was my internet addiction! Not that it’s a bad thing, of course!
I really don’t know where to begin by trying to describe how crazy this past 6 months has been.
It took a month to write a 67 page business plan, a few weeks to negotiate for a location and choose our builder, and six week after they started, I technically had a bakery.
This entire experience has been a whirlwind of insanity. Yep, I’m back on medication because anyone who REALLY knows me is familiar with my attention issues and occasional maniacal behavior. FYI- it’s all good. (thanks, prozac)
Here are pictures and some plugs, because I have so many people to pat on the back and say thank you to. The ideas were mine, but it took wonderfully talented people to make my ideas a reality.
First, my contractors were completely and 150% wonderful! Beck Design Group I really can’t say enough great things in this little blog blurb, but bottom line- they were done AHEAD of *my* schedule. Any delays due to opening were totally me, and my panic, or changing my mind, or a glitch with my…oh say, OVEN showing up on time. The build itself was incredibly painless and I am so grateful! You will see more about these guys here. Thanks for putting up with me on an hourly basis, David. I hope I didn’t drive you too insane!
Here are some pictures:
I wanted the walls to look like concrete, so my contractor found Dawn who did an outstanding job. I am totally in love with my walls, and yes they really are covered in stone. I need to get the exact details of what the product is, but it’s awesome. When she adds the bakery pics to her website, I’m sure she’ll explain what this product is. I – love – it. http://www.tegacaydreamrooms.com/
…and my mason jar lights. Jenn makes them, and they’re incredible. I drove down to Atlanta to pick these up and bring them home myself. My sisinlaw and I were totally thrilled to see the other projects she’s working on. This girl is crazy talented. I loved everything she had! http://www.reclaimedlighting.com/
and then there is the furniture.
After weeks of thrift shopping ( http://sleepypoetstuff.com/ and http://depotgibsonmill.com/ especially!!), hunting, bargaining, and begging we (Deb and I) found all of the furniture. I swear, our butts sat in more chairs over the past 3 months than an entire semester of college students. The amazing paint colors were donated from my girlfriend Alex (mostly) a few cans from the recycle center leftover paint shed, 2 containers from the leftover junk at Lowe’s and my garage.
You can see my girlfriend Amy’s kneecap at the end of my driveway. I DO NOT KNOW how I would’ve gotten it all done without her help those two very long days (while she quietly dealt with me coughing my bronchitis face all over the damn place). I owe her free cupcakes for life, for real. (and wait until you see the chair covers and stuff she made for me, ridiculous! So awesome)
Super huge thanks to my darling Debbie, my sisterinlaw has been my wingman the past few weeks, letting me cart her around, yell in her ear, ask her advice, helping me make decisions, snapping her fingers at me when my eyes glaze over or I forget what the hell I was doing, or where I was going, or what I’m forgetting…..
And the biggest thank you of all goes to my saint of a husband, who encouraged me to do this and is completely supportive (in all ways) of my, as he calls it, “hobby”. No one uses a level for more shit than you, babe. Thank you for this, I hope I make you proud. :)
I love you all, this is so exciting and surreal and in all honesty WAY scarier than finding out I was a pregnant teenager.
Wish us luck!
I have to log off now, Shaye is drawing on my purse with lip liner. Some things will never be easy.