OMG, I can't believe it's been so long since I've graced you with my charm and wit. Other than writing Sewing Pattern Reviews, this is the first time since September that I've chewed the fat with you!
Quite a bit has happened in the last few months and on the advent of us being able to reopen like an actual real-life shop (I know, what will that be like?!), I thought I'd fill you in.
At the end of last year, I succumbed to the realisation that I probably can't do everything in the shop myself. Who knew?! Don't get me wrong, Brother Joel has been the shipping beast of the century during COVID, however his talents lie with all this web development schizz so when it comes to helping with sewing queries etc. he's at a bit of a loss. It would literally be like someone coming to me and asking me to write them a website in code. (I don't even know if that's the right expression, but go with it.) Therefore over Christmas I advertised for an Assistant. The advert was EXTREMELY specific. So much so, I was surprised I even received any applications! Those I did receive, however, were so difficult to choose from that I wish Fabricate had world domination status so I could have posted them at different branches. Hey, there's time right?!
The poor sod who I did offer the job to and therefore has to spend her time suffering our weird little ways is called Sam, but some of you who regularly watch sewing vlogs on YouTube and go on Instagram may know her as Frugalisima. I will tell you all about her in a separate blog post, however to summarise, she has a wealth of sewing, blogging and vlogging experience and if early indications are correct, it seems that she can make a whole wardrobe of clothes for £2.50, so she should be able to help you save a bob or two with your sewing!! Sam's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to welcome her to the fold and if you want to pester her with ridiculous sewing questions, then feel free! (Can I add that there is no truth to the rumour that I selected her because she shares the same name as my sister and I can easily remember it!)
As well as my recruitment drive, I have also moved house. With The Husband, I might add. We've gone a bit "Tom and Barbara Good" and have moved semi-rural. Where we were before was nice enough but it was a little too "family-friendly" for me, a person who is not a fan of kids, so it's a little bit quieter where we are now, although it's taking a little bit of time to adjust to all the wildlife. I still get shocked when I see the horses who live just down the road from us when I walk round the corner, and I don't know whether I should be as fearful of a cockerel as I am, but it's all a learning curve.
Back to the shop...if all goes to plan with Boris' roadmap, we can reopen to the masses on 12th April! Except 12th April is a Monday and we don't open on Mondays and to start with we'll be giving Tuesdays and Thursdays a miss, but Wednesday 14th April, we'll be raring to go!! Oh, and when I say we can "reopen to the masses", by that I mean a maximum of two people in at once. There's still a pandemic on, people! It should be a bit easier to accommodate you all now that Sam's here to help, so there'll be no need to book a Fabric Fondling Appointment.
In the meantime, we are still offering Virtual Fabric Fondling Appointments via Zoom, so if you need us to show you any fabrics and waft them at the screen for you, then go ahead and book one!
That's it for now. Thanks as ever for your endless support during COVID. Where you're putting all the fabric you're buying is a mystery to me, but you just crack on!