December 1, 2012
Dear Friends and Skyswept Designs customers,
An opportunity has arisen for me to move my business, Skyswept Designs, to Maple Creek, SK. This move will allow me to consolidate my studio space and living accommodation into one affordable space and to expand my dyeing and online business. Due to terms of my lease at the E-Centre, as part of the Business Incubator Program, I would have had to move out by the end of June 2013. I feel fortunate that I was offered several opportunities in various communities, but feel the move to Maple Creek is the best for me at the current time. I will still be coming to Swift Current for various activities. One of the reasons I chose Maple Creek was because I it is reasonably close to Swift Current.
As many of you know, I have been scheduled to have my knee replacement surgery on Dec 24, 2012 in Saskatoon, SK. I’m very happy to be getting my new knee for Christmas. This has also influenced my decision to move to Maple Creek before my surgery rather than having to wait until spring to make the move.
What this means is that I will be temporarily closing Skyswept Designs after our Artisan Christmas Sale on Sunday, December 9, 2012 until my Grand Re-opening tentatively re-scheduled for February 2013 in Maple Creek. I will keep everyone updated through my Skyswept Designs Facebook page, http://facebook.com/skysweptdesigns page and my blog http://skysweptdesigns.com
My initial plans were to pack everything and have a local freight/moving company move it to Maple Creek. I just received their cost estimate and it is more than double what I anticipated and can afford. As a result, I will have to move myself using U-Haul and, hopefully, the help of friends to load the truck here in Swift Current. I will have to make arrangements to for help to unload it in Maple Creek. Right now I am looking at loading the truck on Dec 12 & 13 (Wednesday & Thursday) and unloading it in Maple Creek on Dec 14&15 (Friday & Sat) subject to weather. I would certainly welcome ANY help to get this done. Right now I am concentrating on getting everything packed so it can be loaded by Dec 12. Although I moved all but 5 items from my storage unit into my apartment 5 years ago, my current lack of mobility means this is not a realistic expectation with this move. I also have a fridge, freezer, bed and couch I didn’t own then which I need help to move.
I will be at the studio on Fri. Dec 7 & Sat Dec 8 packing and preparing the studio for our 2nd Artisan Christmas Sale. The retail area will be left intact until after the sale. I am also offering 20% off everything but my snow dyed and painted scarves. If I am not at the studio, you can call me at 741-6404 and I’ll meet you there in a few minutes so you can check out my newly dyed scarves (some very yummy silk chiffons and silk charmeuse scarves with this season’s colours). I’ve also purchased most of Harmony Hand Dyes remaining stock of Shiva Paint Stix, foils, and surface design books and those will be included in the sale (in person only). I still have a good selection of Angelina Fibres, quilting and sewing supplies (including batting). I have recently added precut roving to the sale collection. As a self-employed artist, shutting down for this long has financial implications so your purchases will help me weather this. Lots of great Christmas gifts!
I look forward to seeing a lot of you during our Artisan Christmas Sale on Sunday, Dec 9 from 1-5 pm just to say hi and bye. I’ve appreciated my time here in Swift Current and certainly appreciated your support in helping me build my business. Maple Creek is only 1.5 hours down the Trans Canada and I look forward to seeing you there.
My new address is 202 Sidney Street, just 1 block south of the Co-op. It’s on the corner and just 2 doors from the Cowboy Church. My mailing address will be Box 941, Maple Creek, SK S0N 1N0. My phone number will remain the same (306) 741-6404 until I re-open in February since I want people to be able to contact me during my post-op and recovery period. My email addresses will stay the same.
Thanks again for all your support. It has been truly appreciated.
With much appreciation,
Louise Perrin, Artist/Owner