Hello! Happy New Year!

Are you ready for 2013?! 🙂

I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted but I’m back and I’m really hoping to make 2013 my year. Over the holidays, between kids, working at Pier 1, and the obligatory Christmas cold, I didn’t get anywhere near what I hoped to get done, done. But the Pier 1 gig is over, I’m fortunate to get some more unemployment, and if I don’t do this now, I never will.

Sales at the Depot aren’t great. I mentioned this in my last post and it’s not changed. But again, lack of focus and marketing hasn’t helped. So promoting my work is going to be hugely important. This blog will help, I hope. I’m planning on setting up a blog schedule and really keeping this updated. Right now my plan is to publish M/W/F regularly with largely pre-planned posts – and of course, update when exciting things happen at any time!

So, for example, this Wednesday, I’m going to post about the faux french provincial desk that should have been an easy turnover, but is now proving to be another headache! I seem to be good at finding these sorts of pieces. 😛

My Etsy shop is still active and I’ve made a few small sales with accessories. I think Krrb is good exposure but not a great place to actually sell. One of the things I’m working on now is building my Facebook base. It’s a good way to network with other like-minded people and start building a local following. This week I will try to figure out how to have links to all my sites on the side of this blog.

Anyway, I’m not sure how many of you are still out there, but if you are, welcome back! Here’s hoping all my good intentions and plans come to fruition this year!

 

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A finished piece and other news

I’m still here! Just so busy with work, my kids, and trying to keep up with the booth.

Blogging has fallen by the wayside and that’s a mistake as I know it can really help me reach customers.

Sales at my booth aren’t great. Then again, sales at Pier 1 only just picked up. I’ve made a few sales via Etsy but I’m starting to worry the place I have my booth isn’t the ideal place for me. I really want to do barn shows, pop-up shows, and consignment at places that sell a bit more of the chalk paint and shabby chic look. I also think I may separate my MCM from the other stuff. I love it all, but many potential customers may not.

I’m also doing a craft fair which is more for my advent calendars, but I’m going to put some of my cake stands and chalk boards in there, too.

Anyway, I finally finished my tea cart and I’m pretty happy with it. Here are some pics:

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The pics didn’t turn out that well, but I was really pressed for time. I’m hoping a friend of mine might help me photograph my furniture. I’ve just not been happy with what I’m getting.

I also added some fun mid century housewares to my booth. They are also available on Etsy. As are my cake stands.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I plan on starting a proper blog publishing schedule probably after Christmas.

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Plugging away…

Sorry for the sounds of silence. I can’t recall if I mentioned or not, but I’ve taken a part time job at Pier One at least for the holidays. Between that, running my kids around, and trying to work on furniture and accessories, my online time has suffered.

For those of you reading, I keep my Facebook page updated a bit more with short comments and new items. Feel free to join me there, too.

In the meantime, here are a few items I’ve recently put in the booth. I’m working on accessories to pull people in but also have a bunch of furniture that still needs painting. Sooo much to do!

I also must find a way to market my stuff better. Craigslist is a pain with all the spammers… Anyway… On to the pics!

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Thrift success

I had a bit of luck today at Goodwill. We actually had a bunch of things to drop off so of course I had to go in and see what else they had.

Once again, there was a substantial piece of furniture I wanted – a chest of drawers with great carved detail, but I’m right at the end of a pay cycle so at $45, even that was too much. However, I did snag this chair. It has surprisingly modern lines but a very old-fashioned seat cover. It was only $8! I’m hitting Jo-Ann tomorrow for fabric inspiration but I’m thinking a modern floral or even geometric.

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I also found this bell jar which I am waaaay too excited about! I have no idea what they retail for but I suspect more than $6! I can’t decide if I’m going to sell it, use it at home, or use it to stage the booth I hope to have soon at the antiques mall. Decisions, decisions.

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In other news, here’s my latest project. It’s a small dry sink with a copper liner (is that the right term)? I’m going to do a longer post on this piece soon as it had some unique challenges.

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