Saturday, 26 September 2009

In the Lark shop today...

Lots of friends and new customers popped by to say Hi today. Liz Jones of Lino Forest came in with her kids - we are stocking her ace Betty Jo vintage lino brooches in the store.

Kim, who edits Thaw magazine, also came in. It is great to have a locally-made zine just for our area.

A lovely friend brought in some pretty flowers to celebrate the opening.

And we finished off the exterior just in time for the photoshoot for Real Living magazine, although the rain meant that we can't get any decent exterior photos until tomorrow (fingers crossed). It's been raining like crazy all day and then we had a power cut. What's going on? I am very happy with the outside of the shop, except for the ugly black ramp that our landlord put in. I was hoping for a cute wooden one, any ideas on how we can disguise this beast? Oh, and do you like the sign? Steph painted this by hand, isn't she amazing? I found the bike in Ballarat, it's a Malvern Star dragster, it has a white seat with candy-coloured flowers!

18 comments:

jannimary said...

The shop is looking wonderful. Could the ramp be painted in a light colour with a textured paint? Oh, how I longed for a dragster like that when I was a kid.

Swift Jan said...

The shop looks excellent!! Loving the bike!

Sorry, no ideas on the ramp.

willywagtail said...

The shop is looking really sweet. Is that ramp tarmac. It is hard to think of a way to disguise it or draw the eyes away - maybe a stack of dirt pound in might lighten it. The rounded aedges stop you putting anything on or butting anything up otherwise a couple of potted conifers or other well shaped plants, maybe camellias? Have to be careful that what you can lift is not lifted by others too! Cherrie

Jodie said...

hmmm, That ramp ! Maybe it could be declared unsafe and removed and then you could get a nice little pickety white one!

Denise said...

Luv it! I had a bike exactly the same as yours! It was purple with a flowery seat and a plastic basket on the handle bars. The bar at the back is called a "sissy bar".How I wish I could fly, like a lark across the country to visit your gorgeous shop-good luck with it!

the spectator said...

Perhaps you could highlight/make a feature of it in some way rather than trying to hide it. Maybe turn it into a 'road'. Lines going down the middle. Or maybe a garden path. Red stencilled trees and flowers along the wall under the lark sign where the bike is.

Beky said...

Shop looking fantastic. Great to hear Real Living did a photo shoot. Your clientele will increase after you feature in the mag. The ramp maybe a bummer, but think of the positive, people in wheelchairs can now visit! :-)
Err maybe put some pot plants near the door to make a focal point.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Great photos Allison. Pleased to hear you will be in
Real Living magazine! Thanks for your comment about the wallpaper. My partner keeps saying, 'But you just painted it and now you want to cover it!' He doesn't get it at all! Enjoy your weekend and hope you get to rest up a bit. xx

Alissa said...

Your shop is sooooo cute. I desperately wish I lived near by. Alas, I am in country SA, but if I'm ever in the neighbourhood. You are top of my tourist destination list!

Kirsty said...

Everything just looks beautiful.

As for the ramp. We did a lot of cute painting on the paving at our kindergarten. We used concrete paint in lots of different colours. Endless possibilities for the lark crew.

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Looks amazing! So exciting for everyone involved.
Agreed. Painting. Maybe even run a competition for the design? xox

Kylie said...

It looks fabulous! I really want that navy tutu :) K

nest said...

I'll certainly be visiting if I find myself in Daylesford... perhaps you've given me a reason to visit! Good luck with your shop, it looks wonderful.

lisa :: the red thread said...

Love the exterior shot - it looks so inviting. I had that exact same bike as a child! I loved the white seat with the big 70's flowers on it.

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I reckon fake grass and big plastic flowers on the sides.
make is pretty!

Tracey said...

Cannot wait to see your shop in Real Living!!!!!! :D

Miss Shivi said...

Wow, it is so beautiful guys! If only I lived in Sydney and not Perth!

Any plans to expand?

frankie and ray said...

Hello! Adding to the ideas on the ramp - I was going to suggest painting blue and white stripes to match your awning. Plenty of quick drying concrete paint out there to choose from. Good luck with it!