One day this old shed in the centre of town that currently houses a vintage fire engine will be our new studio and workspace.
And one day this ugly corner will be a beautiful little shop.
Yes, we are moving! When I first started my own craft business four years ago, I rented a room in a beautiful old school in Cambridge, overlooking a duck pond, a red telephone box and students cycling to and from the colleges. It was just like a Richard Curtis film. This picture of Katie (my friend Paula's daughter) in an early Lark creation was taken outside. I would sneak out from my job at lunchtimes and go into my lovely room to dream up ideas. Even better, my little boy was at creche in the room below, so I could pop in to see him too!
When we moved to Australia we decided to live in the country and make Lark a full-time family business so we found a house with space for an office and studio. It has been nice to work from home, but after three years I am, to be honest, a bit tired of it and I feel that we need to gain some personal distance from Lark. So we have been waiting for the prefect premises to come along and finally they have!
So from next month we will be working from this old warehouse in Daylesford, and (gasp!) in September we will be opening a little shop in one corner of the warehouse where we can welcome visitors and customers. As well as Lark goodness, we will be selling work by local designer-makers and a small group of friends from Melbourne and further afield whose work I love. I hope you will visit us when it is open.
But there is much work to be done! I have to turn this unloved old space into something pretty! At first I was daunted by this task, but then I remembered our trip to Tokyo, and all the beautiful little shops and art galleries that I found tucked away in unlikely buildings, like this one. We are going to make something utterly lovely here... I will post some pictures of our progress.