||[Jul. 4th, 2005|09:22 pm]
ahh the joys of motherhood...a bit less time to blog in my journals. Welcome to the newest member. I promise to be more diligent!
Some background, I work as a picture framer in a small design gallery in Ottawa (the gallery does EVERYTHING you can think of,: paint consultations, reupholstering, commercial accounts as well as private, remodeling, landscape design, AND framing) along with one other framer who is new with us. Caroline is loads of fun and hilarious. We are always talking about going out for a drink sometime after work, along with the gallery's interior designer, Pamela. She is away for three weeks, lucky one. Pamela's boss is FRANTIC and beside herself, because none of us know Autocad. Customers are ringing off the hook looking for design consultations and their calls are not returned by the boss. So guess who gets recruited to pick out patterns and prints for clients? Caroline and I. Thankfully we are somewhat slow in the frame shop department right now.
Next week, an intern student will be with us for the three weeks Pamela is away. Poor thing. She came in and interviewed with the boss last week thinking she was going to be learning design elements on the job. It turns out she will be pricing fabric items, cleaning and dusting frame samples, and reorganizing mat samples; general cleaning. We'll break her in...muahahaha.
Pet peeve...when I am choosing mat and frame samples for customer artwork and the boss comes over (who is not even a framer) and in front of the customer, changes everything. She does this to Caroline as well and a few customers have gotten fed up and have left. Gone are the days when each framer has their own clique of clients. "Yes, I would like to frame something. Is so-and-so here?" Caroline and I have 20 years combined framing experience...
The boss' husband is OUR boss but alas, he is out of the shop most of the time doing renovations, painting etc. Poor man, he misses framing so much, but since the gallery expanded, he has been called out alot, wife might be the culprit. He wants nothing more than to retire to a small frame shop, probably similar to what they had when they first started.
The boss, his wife, reminds me of the whirling dervish. But she is the boss.
More later. Should be an interesting three weeks!
Just wondering, is anyone here certified? I would love to get certified and wonder how to go about it. One of the agreements when I started was to have certification. Tis was two years ago. Boss' husband too busy to certify us, as he is a certified framer himself...