Monday, May 25, 2015

Construction Photos

Today I have a few photos of the construction of the new Inky Hot Mess shop! I love watching the progress being made.

The divider wall is gone!!!! Power is on. You can see the ice cream shop windows leaning on the wall on the right. They were saved to be used later by the landlord. The massive mirrors are still waiting to be removed. The workers have to get some special tools to lug them across the street to another building the landlord owns. I don't envy them at all!

It looks so good! So wide and open now without that divider wall.

The wall in my office being repaired. Amazing how much damage adhesive does to sheetrock.

I approved my wall paint! That's my next project....painting the ceiling, walls, and trim....wish me luck! The wall color is from the Valspar's collection and it's called Shoreline. It's a pale, warm yellow.

That's all I have to share today. Progress is being made and we are moving full steam ahead! So exciting!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Demolition Photos

Construction on our new store has begun!!! Demolition days are here....

The wood braces from the dance bar has been removed! Oh and the rubber mat was removed.

The mirrors are down! Those babies are huge!!!!!

The mirrors in my office are gone!

The wall in the front of the store. The bulletin board and mirror is gone! The divider wall is still there....but it's leaving soon!!

More photos next week!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pre-Construction Phase

Today we have a whole bunch of photos to share with you! They are all from the new Inky Hot Mess shop. This is what the store looked like after the previous tenant. She had just moved out when I went to view the place.

A shot from the inside of the store in the front. Check out all that window space!!

Have I mentioned how much I looooooove those windows? I seriously can't wait to decorate them! I've already started shopping and crafting ideas. I even have a white Christmas tree that will fit in the window!

A divider has been removed. This space was a dance studio last. I love the little ice cream stand windows. Sadly, there's no one passing ice cream cones through those windows.

The wall to the left of the front door. All of those items have been removed. Big plans for that wall!

The shop behind that divider wall! The wall is gone. Those mirrors are 6 feet by 10 feet. There were 3 of them. Two of them were removed intact and salvaged. The last one broke on the guys removing it. Those things are heavy!

See that little cubby? I just think it's the cutest little thing...I have a plan for it!

The right side of the store behind the divider wall. Those pieces of wood were the supports for the dance bar. They're gone.

Inside the store!

The view from the back of the store. There weren't any lights on....power was turned off. That divider wall shrunk the place and blocked the light.

Hard to see since there aren't any lights. This is my office area. More mirrors on the wall on the left. Those are gone. Gone. Gone.

Windows!!! This is outside.

I tried to get more of the front of the building. I need to get a better photo! Apparently, I need to go across the street and wait for a break in the traffic.

Ok so I'm a little excited about this adventure. Why? Well, this crazy girl has wanted her own scrapbooking/art store for about 10 YEARS. I've been looking for a location since last autumn. I thought I had a gorgeous place all picked out. The place was historic and had historic built in furniture. The landlord even started construction......then he gave me the lease weeks and weeks later. And wow there were a ton of issues so sadly I had to walk away.

I was really devastated. I gave myself one day to grieve. Then I made myself contact a few local landlords and realtors to see what else I could find. During that process, this space became available from a landlord who has been working on helping rebuild Geneva and has a great deal of knowledge on the local area.

Geneva dates back to the 1700's. During the 1940's and 1950's, this place was booming courtesy of 2 nearby military bases. They both closed decades ago. Since I moved here, I learned that one of my grandfather's went to basic training at Sampson Air Force Base which is now Sampson State Park. There's a museum there as well. It's a wonderful place to visit for the day or the week. You can camp there!

I will be sharing more photos this week1 Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Living Life Releases

Hopefully, you saw our Grand Announcement! If you missed it, Inky Hot Mess is opening a physical store in Geneva, NY. We've been working really on this for the last few months.

Because of the store, we have not been able to put in the work to our Living Life and Short Stack collections. Instead of releasing collections we're not happy about, we have decided to put the collections on hold. We will have several new Living Life and Short Stack collections once we open our store. There will also be new embellishments!

Once our new store opens, we will also have a monthly scrapbook collection. We're also considering an altered art/mixed media/paper crafting collection which will probably an every other month release. We haven't forgotten about card makers! We're looking into a kit club for you as well! 

So many great things are in store for Inky Hot Mess! We hope you enjoy this journey with us. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Grand Announcement!

Inky Hot Mess is ecstatic to announce that we are opening a physical scrapbook/art shop in the heart of the Finger Lakes. We have been searching for just the right location for months and finally found a stunning place to call home. Inky Hot Mess will be located at 93 Castle Street in Geneva, New York. You can't miss it! If you're coming down Castle Street, you'll see a massive mural that takes up the entire side of our building. The mural is of Seneca Lake. When you are standing on the sidewalk in front of our shop if you look to the right, you can see Seneca Lake! Have we mentioned how much we love the Finger Lakes?

Construction has been going on over the last couple weeks. Paint colors have been selected and are going up next week! Then we're getting a brand new floor. After that, we should be at the stage where we can put in our fixtures. So exciting! We are hoping to open by mid June. A Grand Opening party will be scheduled for early July. The plan right now is to hold the Grand Opening celebration with the July Geneva Night Out.

What does this mean for Inky Hot Mess? Amazing, amazing, amazing things! We have a dedicated classroom! We will be offering tons of classes and crops as well as Ladies Night and birthday parties for ages 8 and up.

Our shop will feature a full line of scrapbooking, stamping, card making, altered art, mixed media, paper art, and art products as well as finished pieces such as cards, canvases, scrapbook for hire, etc. Inky Hot Mess will continue to design and craft our own monthly kits. We will be expanding our offerings in the upcoming months. There will be many new additions to our exclusive products.

The details.....

93 Castle Street
Geneva, New York 14456

Phone Number:
Coming Soon


Summer Hours (potentially June 15 thru Columbus Day): Monday - Wednesday & Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Thursday 10 am - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

We will be closed select Saturdays due to family commitments. Our schedule will be announced at least one month in advance. Our class and crop schedule will also be announced at least a month in advance.  Hours are subject to change.

Working on the store layout
Every Thursday is Crop Day. Crop Day is $10 for 12 hours of cropping. Crop Day begins at 10 am ends at 10 pm. Want to crop for $5? Simply bring in a donation for our monthly local charity collection. Want to crop for free? All you have to do is spend $35 throughout the day. We'll even run a tab for you! We will be letting you know when Crop Day will officially begin.

There will be monthly crop weekends! That's right 3 days of cropping. Your own crop space. leave your items in the shop for 3 solid days. Meals are included. For out of towners, we will provide a list of lovely accommodations.

Classes. Classes. Classes. Want to learn about something specific? Come tell us! We will are happy to take suggestions and teach what you are looking for. There will be numerous classes that cover a wide variety of arts: card making, scrapbooking, stamping, embossing, mixed media, altered art, Project Life, pocket scrapbooking, watercoloring, and more! Classes will be offered days, evenings, and weekends.

Brands you will see in our shop the day we open:

Inky Hot Mess
American Crafts
We R Memory Keepers
Teresa Collins
Tim Holtz
Viva Decor
My Mind's Eye
October Afternoon
Pink Paislee
Heidi Swapp
Simple Stories
Echo Park
Carta Bella
Maya Road
Studio Calico
Project Life
World Win
My Favorite Things
Lawn Fawn
Avery Elle
Zig Zag
Hero Arts
Queen & Co
May Arts
Dress It Up
Kool Tak
Prima Marketing
Bo Bunny
Doodlebug Design
Paper House Productions
Jillibean Soup
Lily Bee Designs
Chickaniddy Crafts
Little B
Me & My Big Ideas
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Webster's Pages
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Who knows who else we will be adding in the up coming weeks! You'll have to stop by the new shop and see!

There will be a major change to our webstore. We will not be adding every item we sell in our Geneva store to our webstore. Only exclusive Inky Hot Mess products such as our Living Life and Short Stack collections, Paper Crafting Kits, Flair, Wood Chips, Acrylic Chips, Cork Chips, Vellums, and Die Cuts will be available on the webstore. We will continue to update our blog with new arrivals when they are available for purchase.

Inky Hot Mess will be joining Geneva Night Out and Love Geneva very soon! More details will be announced as they are available.

Well, that's all for now! We will be sharing photos with you as we go through this journey. Be sure to check out our Instagram page for lots of photos! More details and info will be announced as we get closer to opening. We are so happy to be opening in Geneva!