Just for the sake of scale, here’s a photo of Stephen (and the baby) in the new Spoonflower space. I don’t think the photo of Gart cleaning floors yesterday really quite gave y’all an idea of why it’s taking us so, so long to get this enormous space cleaned and ready. Oh, and for those of you wondering who the heck Gart is, he’s our business partner, together with his delightful and crafty wife, Anne. They’ve both been on our "about us" page all along, but just in case you missed them…
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We just shipped our last from-home shipment of fabrics a couple of days ago and I find myself in a contemplative mood this morning as I consider the fact that we’re moving into our official Spoonflower office space this week! While I won’t miss our house being turned upside down, doubling as a business space and mail center, there’s something…I don’t know, a little sweet about having had Spoonflower running out of our home with the kids oohing and ahhing over their favorite fabrics. Those days are done.
Today, there’s a cleaning crew there removing–bless them!–the inch thick layer of grime on this former sock mill’s floor, along with the debris from the air-conditioning installation that just got finished up a few days ago. I’m meeting a sitter up there tomorrow to talk to her about watching my girls on-site for me while I’m (cough) working. Part-time working, but still working. Maybe that’s the real rub. So far this hasn’t felt all that much like work. Bet it will once we open the proverbial floodgates and allow people to create accounts without an invitation. (So sorry to be keeping so many of you on the waiting list for an invitation while we finish up this move!)
Pictures of the new space to come soon!. Y’all can suggest some ways to spruce it up because apparently I’m not allowed to dwell too much on decorating just now.
We’re shipping fabric these days not just to US addresses but to crafters in Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Africa, the Virgin Islands, Aruba, and elsewhere, so it’s worth noting here that Friday is a holiday here in the States. Our office (currently Kim and Stephen’s back porch but soon to be the more elegant environs previewed in our most recent video entry) will be more or less closed until Monday. Consequently:
- I probably won’t be able to respond quickly to help emails and questions for the next few days.
- The next big batch of fabric orders won’t ship out until next week. If your order is in "processing" status (on your account page) then it hasn’t shipped yet.
- We have about a thousand people on the waiting list who haven’t yet received invitations to create a beta account. Hang in there a bit longer. We’ll get back to sending invites soon. Thank you for being patient.
My attempt to keep up with Spoonflower buzz has faltered somewhat, but if you’re interested in getting a sense of some of the great things people are either making, or thinking about making, with Spoonflower fabric, scan through these Google blog search results for Spoonflower.
Those of you who have received beta invitations and are planning to order fabric this week through Spoonflower, be sure to get your order in before tomorrow (Monday) morning 8 am Eastern time. We’ve had a handful of people confused by the checkout process, which offers a choice between using a Paypal button and completing checkout on a PayPal page, or completing the order on the Spoonflower page using a credit card number (which is still processed by Paypal, by the way). All of the people who’ve gotten hung up here clicked the Paypal button. If you make an order and do NOT receive an order confirmation/receipt by email, then your order didn’t go through. In that case, go back to your account and go through checkout again — being sure to click through all the way to the confirmation page. We’ll make this process smoother soon!
NOTE: You’ll still be able to order fabric after Monday morning, of course — but it won’t be printed until next Monday. My advice is solely for those in a hurry to see their designs.