Saturday, June 27, 2015

Official Opening Date!!!

Inky Hot Mess is pleased to announce our official opening date! Our doors will open at 10 am on Wednesday, July 1st! We are located at 93 Castle Street in Geneva, New York. We will close at 6 pm - our normal closing time on Wednesdays.

Summer Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

We are are CLOSED on Saturday, July 4th. We will be celebrating at the Americana Vineyards Winery with local BBQ and fireworks if Mother Nature cooperates!

We will be open until 8 pm on Friday, July 10th for Geneva Night Out. We will have refreshments available. A free make & take will also be offered.

Our first crop is a FREE All Day Crop on Thursday, July 16th. It starts at 10 am and ends at 10 pm. You can come for a few hours or all day. And the best's FREE!

On July 1st, the Workshop & Crop Calendar for July and August will be released. We will also be announcing a few big events coming up in autumn.

We are working like little busy bees to get the store stocked. It's a challenge finding a home for everything especially when more is on order! We anticipate having new products every week for the quite a while. We are already seeing many of the autumn, Halloween, and Christmas product lines coming and oh my gosh you will be soooo excited to get these in your hands! But first things first!

We have lots of summer and beach stocked up. There's also 4th of July/Patriotic, wedding, school, new baby, little boy, little girl, boys, girls. garden, circus/fair, zoo, pets, birthdays, cooking, camping, travel, and a whole bunch of other stuff! Then there's the Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Twinkling H2O's, Distress Ink products, variety of ink pads, Viva Decor products, glitters, embossing powders, flocking, and so many other fun things to get yourself messy with.

We also have an embellishment line celebrating the Finger Lakes that we design and manufacture. We will be expanding our Finger Lakes offerings very soon. We will be adding the Adirondacks this summer as well.

Oh I almost forgot! The first customer who makes a purchase on opening day - THIS Wednesday! - will win a special prize valued at $35! All customers who make a purchase on Wednesday will receive a free gift as our way of saying Thank You!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Geneva Night Out

Celebrate Geneva Night Out at Inky Hot Mess. The fun begins at 5 pm and runs until 8 pm. Refreshments will be available as will a make and take.


Our first weekly crop will be held on Thursday, July 16th. The crop hours are 10 am until 10 pm. This crop will be FREE!!! Pregistration is required. Please call the store at 315-325-4554 or email us at to sign up.

Little Things Happening

Our internet and phone have been hooked up! I will be updating our store info this week here on our blog, on our website, and our Facebook page. Our store hours will be listed as well.

On July 1st at 10 am, we will be opening our doors! Pending approval from the fire department. They have to do an inspection.

This week I will start a vendor list. The list will contain all of the vendors that we have items from in stock.

As merchandise arrives from our vendors, there will be blog posts and lots of Instagram photos sharing all the goodies with you! We have quite a bit already since we were an online kit club to start, but we have a ton of new products coming in. There are products for scrapbookers, stampers, card makers, altered artists, mixed media artists, paper crafting, and everyone who loves doing something with their hands!

You can follow along with our daily photos on Instagram. We are @inkyhotmess on Instagram.

That's all for today. Oh our cash register arrived last night. I thought it would be fun to play with it, but oh boy there is a lot to enter! It keeps track of all of our inventory and I have to key all of that in......wish me luck!

Inky Hot Mess Store Opening!

We are opening the Inky Hot Mess shop! We will open at 10 am and close at 6 pm. The first customer of the day will win a special prize from Inky Hot Mess!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Some Exciting Details

I have been hard at work scouring the country for the lesser known mom & pop stamp companies! I will have many of the paper crafting celebrities available in the store, but I really want a nice mix of the little guys. I have found some amazing designers! They come from all over the country. Some are rubber and some are clear.

I am also working on getting classes scheduled with industry celebrities! I'm in talks with several right now. No names will be released until we have the details all worked out.

Two designers have also offered to come do trunk shows at Inky Hot Mess! I'm blown away because we're not even open and already there are several people interested. This makes me sooooo happy! I can't wait to bring these artists to the Finger Lakes.

Rubber Stamp Madness has already shipped the current issue of their magazine to our store. They are one of the very few paper crafting magazines left that's made in the US. Big sad face. The wicked awesome thing about RSM is that it was founded in Ithaca! Yup, the Ithaca at the bottom of Cayuga Lake. Yeah, that Ithaca! It's now done in Oregon, but the owners fondly remember Ithaca. I find it simply amazing that a internationally known stamping magazine was created so close to home in a little town.

Now that Inky Hot Mess is becoming a brick and mortar store we have had to review much of what we were doing as an online business.  Our website has been through changes and more are coming!

Due to many of our agreements with the stamp manufacturers, we will not be selling products on our website except for the products made exclusively for Inky Hot Mess and our monthly kits.  We will be reactivating our monthly kits and adding a few new ones once our new shop is opened.

We will be posting photos of new items as they arrive in our shop.  There will be lots of blog posts about all of the goodies.  If you would like to purchase items not available on our website that are only available in our store, simply email or call us! We can write up an order for you and ship the goodies out to you.

The Inky Rewards program will also be going through Some minor tweaks:

For online shoppers:

We will keep track of your purchases. Once you have spent $300 on our website, we will email you a discount code for use on your next purchase. The discount code is valid for 90 days. Only one discount code may be used at a time. A minimum purchase of $35 will be required.

For in store shoppers:

We will issuing punch cards. The punch cards contains 12 $25 punches. A card contains $300 worth of punches. For every $25 spent in our store, you will receive one punch. You can receive multiple punches on each shopping trip. You can fill one or 10 cards in a day. :)

The cards will be given to you at checkout.  You must hold on to them.  Lost cards are not replaceable. All cards must be punched at the time of checkout. If you don't have your card with you, we will issue you another one. A full card will be redeemable on your next $35 purchase.  A fully punched card is worth $15.

Please note, all transactions including sales items, any discount, clearance items, monthly kits, workshop fees, class fees, or crop fees are not included in the $300. This applies to all transactions including online and in store. Your $15 discount is not redeemable on sale items, clearance items, workshop fees, class fees, crop fees, or monthly kits.

There will be a rewards program set up for each monthly kit. We will reveal them once we open up shop and activate the monthly kits.  The rewards for each kit club will be different! We will also be offering monthly classes that have a reward at the end of the 6 or 12 month run!

This is an exciting time for Inky Hot Mess. So many amazing things are in the works! I can't wait to share everything with everyone! Come to the Finger Lakes and get creative!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Few Quick Updates

I have updated our Facebook page....

A little bit of info.....just updated the address for the new Inky Hot Mess store! The hours we will be open has also been updated. A phone number will be added next week once our phone is connected. I am hoping that we will be ready for business and opening our doors on Wednesday, June 24th! Wish me luck!!!

Our Facebook page:

Our Address:
Inky Hot Mess
93 Castle Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Our Hours:
Mon - Wed 10 am - 6 pm
Thurs 10 am - 8 pm
Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Sat 10 am - 4 pm

Our Website:

We are located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Furniture Shopping

I have been all over the Finger Lakes shopping around for furniture and fixtures for the new Inky Hot Mess store. I've been to Salvation Army, Goodwill, a number of antique shops, Target, Hobby Lobby, Lowe's, Home Depot, and who knows where else!

I love the idea of buying something and repurposing it....kind of like giving it a second life. We all know Thomasville furniture is not what one would call cheap. Well, I found a gorgeous hutch/buffet from 1965 that was actually made in Thomasville at the Salvation Army! Seriously folks, they don't make furniture like this anymore. Thomasville furniture is not made in Thomasville, NC anymore sadly. It weighs about 50 ton. I was injured loading it up in my Durango from Salvation Army. This beauty will be getting a makeover and will be prominently on display as our display case in the new Inky Hot Mess store.

I have been on the hunt for an old chalkboard.....something like one from a school...yup, I'm old....I used to kick it with TRex on the weekends. :) You'd think this would be an easy find since schools have been removing them and putting in white boards and other fancy gadgets. Not so easy as it turns out! Well, I found a very cool old chalkboard from the Town of Aurora at an antique mall. Why am I mentioning that it's from Aurora? Keep your pants on! I'm getting there.

There's this itty, bitty place in Aurora named MacKenzie-Childs. Some of you may have heard of it. They have amazing pottery, enamelware, furniture, home decor, garden decor. The whole place is just so Oooooh My Gosh! I bought several things for my home during my visit. I also purchased an item for the store. Not giving away what it is just yet.

Seriously, if you ever make it to Cayuga Lake, please visit MacKenzie-Childs and the Town of Aurora. It's adorable. It's quaint. It's on a gorgeous lake. What else do you need to know, right? Oh and Aurora is the home of Wells College. I'm telling you, it's a nice place for a day trip or a few hours. If you make it to MacKenzie-Childs, make sure you make time for the farmhouse tour. It's the showcase home of MacKenzie-Childs. Photos do not do it justice. It's simply fantastic. The attention to every little detail they put in when they restored the home is just wow.

Check back later this week and see what I'm creating or painting or stocking. Who knows what I'll be up to!

PS Signs went up in our door and windows! Now the people of Geneva know we're coming.

PPS A little Sumptuous Purple to tide you over.

Any guesses what these will be used for??

They're from Home Depot if that helps at all.

Monday, June 8, 2015

More About the Store

I have more photos to share! Love seeing the progress on the new Inky Hot Mess store. I have like no patience and want it all done yesterday and opened last week, but that's totally not realistic and I know it. I'm just so darn excited about the new store!

My husband has been doing a ton of painting. I'm amazed he hasn't poured a can of paint over my head yet. I painted the walls! He's painting all the trim work. He also does all the cut ins.....I pretty much suck at doing the cut ins when it comes to painting walls and ceilings. Oh he also painted about a million square feet of ceiling. Ok so maybe a million is a teeny, tiny exaggeration, but his shoulders felt like he painted the Sistine Chapel.

He's quite the trooper!

Here he is doing some cut ins in the window area. See those big honking light fixtures? Yeah, those things are gone! We replaced them with these little lights from Home Depot. They're so much brighter, energy efficient, and 100 times better looking.

A little before and after. This is the classroom side of the store before priming and painting. It's a panoramic photo from my iPhone so it's kind of wonky looking. The store isn't wonky! ;)

And a the after! Love this paint color. It's called Shoreline and it's from the Valspar collection at Lowe's. A totally perfect color since you can see Seneca Lake from our front door! 

That's all I have to share today! Check back later this week. More is being completed every day!

Friday, June 5, 2015

New Store Updates

We have been extraordinarily busy here at Inky Hot Mess! I haven't even had time to blog or paper craft in weeks. The new Inky Hot Mess store is really coming along. We're almost done with the construction phase and getting ready to load in the furniture and fixtures. Then the fun really begins!

What we've been up to.....

Creating a store layout.....just a rough idea until all the pieces are in place.

New lighting!! I don't like fluorescent lights. Many of them give me headaches and affect my vision. So they were all removed and halogen and LED fixtures replaced them. These new lights stylish and modern. And they will give us a ton of light in the classroom area!

We have a pretty, seeded glass pendent hanging over where the register will be.

We even replaced the lights in the storefront window. These are tiny compared to what was there. You'll see the old lights in a bit.

In the store, there are 2 different light fixtures. One is a round track light and the other is a long track light. These are pretty cool since the lights can all be moved and positioned wherever we want. All of the lights are from Home Depot.

My husband has taken some vacation time from work to help out with the construction. He has done so much and I truly can never thank him for helping make my dream become a reality. He has done all of the lighting, painted ceilings, painted trim, moved furniture, helped me shop (and we know how guys looooove shopping!), cleaned tons of things, and put up with me and all of my craziness. Oh and his job is not in construction! He works in healthcare IT so I'm very fortunate that he has learned a few other trades over the years.

Out with those icky florescent light fixtures!

And in with the pretty!

The light installed where the register will be soon. I just love seeded glass and this fixture is so simple and elegant all at the same time.

The whole store has new lights!

The landlord put in new flooring for me! The store used to be a dance studio so there were gym mats for the floors. We now have vinyl floors that look like hardwood floors, but they don't scratch and are super easy to clean up!

Beginning the install....

The flooring is almost done.....just the edges and trim pieces are left!

That's all I have to share today! Lots more to share next week. I'll also have a much better idea when our opening day will be. Our Grand Opening celebration will be July 10th and 11th. We are working with various agencies in the City of Geneva, too, so there will be lots to share soon!