Settling In

Well, at least as “settled in” as we want to get in this temporary space. Thanks to St. Louis Elves Susan and Karen and Honory Elf Janice, the new elves are trained, pulling and packing orders, and on the go. We were sad to wave Susan and Karen off this afternoon, but they totally approved of the new space (“such a fun place for Loopy to be”) and the new elves (“you have some great ones here!”). I know they’ll be back sometime to visit. Susan outfitted Loopy with some Elf Shoes before she left (which I thought went well with the reindeer Loopydeer antlers that I bought him a couple of weeks ago.) He’s still keeping an eye on everything that transpires in the shop.

For the next couple of weeks, our office space is separated from our inventory space. We are getting lots of exercise, trekking down the hallway with our cart system to pull orders and then trekking back to wrap and ship them. (That just means we can say yes to whipped cream on the morning latte, right?) Here’s a photo of Elf Roberta peeking her head out of the inventory space door. I took this from the office space door. See? It’s so far down there that you can barely see her. Click on the photo and you might see it better.

The temporary inventory space is not heated and there is no electricity. Fortunately it stays plenty warm, but it does mean that we have to stop pulling orders by 4 pm, as it gets a bit dark in there. It also means that we hope for sunny days, but since Fort Collins has 300+ sunny days a year, that hasn’t been a problem so far. Here’s one little section of the space. It’s working fine, but our beautiful space across the hall (not yet finished) continues to taunt us….

I have to say, this is the friendliest building I’ve ever worked in. We’ve had more than a dozen different people pop in to introduce themselves and welcome us to the building. Very nice!

All of our orders are caught up and we’re working on Monday night’s Update. We had to split everything into two updates – one this Monday and one the Monday after that. There was just too much stuff to go up all at once. We overran the photo room this week!

Sheri hopingyouallhaveagreatweekend!




  1. Loopy is looking very festive! Love his new antlers and shoes! I can’t believe that you guys are all caught up and ready for the update – wow!

  2. Congratulations! I have been worried about y’all. I guess with the long walk to pull orders y’all won’t gain any weight over the holiday season! πŸ™‚

  3. *I have to say, this is the friendliest building I’ve ever worked in. We’ve had more than a dozen different people pop in to introduce themselves and welcome us to the building. Very nice!*

    But of course it is! You’re in Colorado πŸ™‚

    Welcome Loopy Ewe! Can’t wait to come and visit you in your new home πŸ™‚

  4. You unpacked everything already? You are all awesome. Goodness, and I’m complaining about having three bathrooms being redone at the same time. I must readjust my thinking.

    Congrats on an awesome move.

  5. Yay! Glad you are all settled and, wow! I can’t believe you are sending out orders already!

    Loopy looks like he is adjusting just find to the new digs!

  6. What an amazing feat to move, train, ship, etc!!!!!! I just hope you all go home tonight and put your feet up!! Congratulations and hugs.

  7. Well, somehow, my comment from Wednesday went POOF, so I’ll say it again: glad Loopy has landed safely! So looking forward to the first Colorado Monday update!! Oh, and tell Loopy I love the festive attire!

  8. I am glad that all is settle in the first face of the moving. With Loopy there watching over everything I am sure that soon you all will be settle for good. Good luck and looking forward to the update on monday!!!!

  9. I’m glad that everything is working out so well for you! πŸ˜€
    I’m definitely looking forward to Monday’s update.

  10. Too dark at 4:00?! You know in Colorado, we outdoor people have headlamps for hiking, biking and even grilling in the winter dark. Just sayin’….. Truly, glad you all are getting semi-settled in.

  11. I think you all are wonderful and amazing – will hold off on my orders until the new year – but of course have limited allowance right now – all the best for the holidays and the New Year.

  12. I am so glad you, the yarn and the elves all arrived at the new site in Colorado in good shape. I bet you were glad to have some help from the former elves, maybe they will move to CO too! Sorry to hear that the new shop was not ready for you, but glad there was a plan B. Awaiting the Monday update with great expectation! Will knit while I wait.

  13. Love the Update! Looks like you solved the camera cord problem— and as usual VERY QUICKLY TOO!!! Loopy looks very festive, but perhaps a bit befuddled by his new attire. Glad to hear that you are being made to feel very welcome by your new neighbors. NOW CAN YOU REST A BIT and enjoy the Holidays? PLEASE……. you DESERVE it!

  14. Love, love, love the elf shoes on Loopy πŸ™‚
    Glad to see you are getting settled & I am looking forward to many more orders from TLE!

  15. I was so happy to come out to see the new Loopy space and meet all the new Elves!
    Although the physical space is not ready yet, it will be fantastic! The Elves are all great and will keep Loopy running smoothly! Thanks again Sheri for the opportunity to come see you in Colorado. I will miss you and all the “Loopiness”!

  16. Congrats on being at least half-way (may 3/4 of the way into your new digs. Welcome to the West. Now that you’re so much closer to the beautiful Pacific NW, it may be worth taking a few days off to visit the shop once it’s up and running. Can anyone say ROAD TRIP?????

  17. YAY – TLE is alive and well – even if it doesn’t have heat or lights – yet. You’ll be in your new space soon. I’ve missed Monday night updates – and all things loopy.

    I can’t wait to see the new loopy space all completed and ready for visitors. : )

  18. Yay, I can’t wait to come visit you up in Fort Collins! When will the store be open, and also, where the heck is it??

  19. Great job Sheri and Elves (Both former and new)…..
    Now…..I’d like to place an order. See that third aisle, second unit, second shelf….I’d like the yarn on the 3rd self, 3rd from the left!!!!… Oh heck, guess I should order it in the ‘correct’ method!!!
    I wish you all a great holiday — you have done well. We will miss you but know that you only a laptop away!

  20. Loopy looks so festive. Be sure he doesn’t run off to play with the reindeer. Seems like roller skates are in order for the new elves until you move into your permanent space. Fingerless Mitts and miner’s lamps might also be needed.
    Looking forward to the updates.

  21. Ha Ha Ha – I love the Loopydeer antlers!!! And of course, the elf shoes are a MUST in that Colorado weather – πŸ™‚
    So glad things are moving right along – and definitely sounds nice that your building mates are friendly. Always a plus when smiles are the norm.
    Keep up the great work – and yes, all that exercise definitely means a green light on the whipped cream!! πŸ™‚ xo

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