Ok ... the Minnesota State Fair is over ... on to the next adventure. We're moving Rosebud's Cottage back to White Bear Lake!! Yes ... it's true ... after ten years in North St Paul it's time for a change. First thing to do ... clean it up to make it mine.
Our new address will be 2154 Third Street. It's where Washington Avenue meets Third Street ... where the Friday Farmer's Market happens and Market Fest meets in the Summer. It's a happening corner ... we'll be right in the Mixx ... next to Mixx Salon! (You've got to see their windows! To die for.)
The view from the front to the back ...
... and from the back to the front. Nose-bleed high ceilings. Who exactly will be changing those light bulbs up there? Good thing Bob has a Little Giant in the garage! The place smells like fresh paint. Nice.
There's even a patio out back! It's all secure so I can leave the back door open to get in fresh air without inviting strangers in.
We'll be coming out of the closet with our new die cut room. There will actually be space to pack our kits as we cut the pieces ... our cutting area now truly is a closet ... this will be so great to spread out!
Unisex bathroom ... but really ... how many guys do you think will actually be in the store using it?
Look at this interesting quilty border in the bathroom. Won't have to change a thing here!
The scariest part of the store is this trap door that leads to the basement. Bob just loves opening it up and going down the creaky steps to see what's down there. Probably more scary things like spiders and rodents ... ish! Just having it open freaks me out ... like I'm going to fall down into it even when I'm standing five feet away. Remind me not to be there the day the electrician comes. First thing I'm doing when I move in is throwing a rug over it.
I've been looking for retail space in White Bear Lake for over a year already. Suddenly, two spaces became available and I had to make a choice. What sold me on this place was the view. Immediately I saw myself standing in the window each morning ... Starbucks in hand ... looking at the action on Washinton Avenue. The Washington Square Grill is kitty corner ... fun place to watch people enjoying themselves on the patio ... live music on Summer nights that just liven things up.
A lot of people are asking me why I'm moving from North St Paul. It's all about moving closer to home. I'll be a mile and a half from our house ... my workshop will be right around the corner at Third and Banning. Plus White Bear Lake is so stinkin' cute!
It hasn't been an easy decision to leave North St Paul ... countless sleepless nights tossing around the options. We've had some fun times there ... it's where we were filmed for Quilt Sampler magazine in 2004 ... it was the home of the Muddy Sheep Wool Club and then the Unruly Girlz ... people from all over the world have visited the Cottage there. It's been great ... but now it's time for a change. My new place feels like coming home.
So ... the bathroom and hallway are cleaned and all of the spiders have been swept off the front windows ... time to pick out some paint colors. What should I go with this time? So exciting! The beginning is always the best part of anything. Can't wait to see what will happen next!