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!

 

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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New items

Hello! I’m working hard here at all my various endeavors. Right now I’m just finishing a rocking chair. I’ve owned the chair since I was little but it was never something you wanted to sit in for long. It had a woven rope seat and wasn’t that comfy (sorry, no before pics). So it was one of the first pieces I started painting but I set it aside when I had to figure out how to make a new seat.

This turned out to be a big, new thing for me. I had to buy and cut wood (with my new jigsaw!), get it screwed into the rocker frame without risking having someone sit on the screw ends(!), and then add foam, batting, and fabric. I’m still struggling with the staple gun and getting the fabric to stay on properly but I’m hoping to finish that tonight or tomorrow and get it in the booth tomorrow afternoon.

As you can see, I chose a cute red striped ticking fabric. The wood is painted off-white and then I added a stain to antique it.

I’m also finishing up the tea cart which you may recall from a previous post. I snagged it for $5 at a yard sale. I’m loving the blue-green color. I wanted to add some more interest to it, so I got some rosy copper metallic paint to pick out highlights. Right now I’m not happy with that so may redo it. It’s too messy even though I intend to wax an distress it, too. I don’t know… but I need to finish it up!

Here’s a peek if both the rocker and teacart – the lighting in my kitchen is terrible so ignore that!

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My cousin is helping me start to decorate the booth for the holidays tomorrow. We’re putting in tree branches that are spray-painted white and have white lights on them.

I haven’t sold a lot more. I did sell one of my cake stands which was nice. I have so many other ideas but I just can’t find enough time in the day!

Last week I met the lovely lady who runs West River Bazaar which you can find on Krrb and Etsy. She specializes in Mid Century Modern and Hollywood Regency. We’re hoping to get a few other furniture ladies together and maybe even collaborate on marketing. If nothing else, it’s nice to meet other like minded people!

Sandy! Etsy! Plans!

Well, as if we didn’t have enough excitement here, we’ve had to contend with Hurricane Sandy and our area being shut down for the last 3 days. Don’t get me wrong, we are sooooooo fortunate to not be in NJ or NY, but we had a bit of a wild ride here, that’s for sure.

Our house is surrounded by very tall trees so we really feared one might crash on the house. We spent most of Monday in the one room that we figured was least likely to get hit. We also have a basement, but it’s really gross down there, so that was only for when we got super worried. Fortunately our bit of Maryland did not get quite the high winds that were predicted. We’ve got a lot of debris down but we emerged unscathed and didn’t even lose power!

That said, it’s got me behind again on all things furniture. But obviously, we’re counting our blessings! The boys are on day 3 of no school so we’re all a bit stir crazy. I’m looking forward to getting back to some semblence of normal tomorrow – even if it means I have to work!

One thing I was really worried about was the booth in Ellicott City. That part of town has had HISTORIC floods. I had visions of my whole inventory floating away. Fortunately, the word is the town was largely in good shape. I’ll get to check it out later today I think.

Just before storm prep began, Mom and I happened across this little French Provincial-style beauty at Goodwill:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve got grand plans for her! I found a great example of making Rrench pPovincial very classy… I’ll try to find the link again and update this post… but right now I’m envisioning a champagne metallic gold with a slightly darker glaze over it. I think to retain the French Provincial integrity, I’ll need to keep the handles, so I’ll play with some sort of paint on them but I need to find some replacement ones for the top two drawers. I’m pretty excited!

I think I also mentioned in a previous post that year I sold advent calendars on Etsy. The plan this year was to list a few ‘ready-to-ship’ calendars in order to use up our supplies from last year. Those would be sold at a lower price. If people wanted custom orders, I kept the listings but raised my prices. These are so cute, but they are time consuming and I wasn’t charging a smart price last year. Anyway, we’re working on the ready-to-ship ones to list next week but I’ve already sold TWO custom orders at my new, higher price and I’m super excited because I’m more than happy to make them at my new price. So that’s another project to keep us busy!

Anyway, if you like them, or think someone else might, feel free to pass the link along. We really need the money to pay for our car repairs. Big time. 😦 Last year I sold enough to get an iPad – even at the lower prices! I’ve also got a Facebook page for the calendars which I’m getting ready to go update now. 🙂

And for those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the link for the Salvage for the Soul Facebook page.

Happy Hallowe’en!

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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Lots happening, more posts to come…

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Just a quick update on things here. I’m finally getting over my cold or whatever it was. I’ll spare you the details but this has been ridiculous.

In addition to opening my booth, I took a temp part-time job at Pier One. I like the staff and, of course, loooove a lot of their stuff. But the shift times and logistics (we are still down to one car) are making life very stressful.

Above you can see my new chalkboard sign in my booth. I love it!

Here’s a couple more pics…

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The afghans are made by a friend and, you can’t really see them, but there’s an earring tree on the MCM chest with earrings by another friend. She also made the wreath and hopes to make more, some holiday, some not. I’ll write about that collaboration in another post.

I have the chair with the cool red/gray/cream fabric almost ready to go. I’ve also got a rocker coming along…

So much to do!!!