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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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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Away, away I say!

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my dry sink. I was starting to get annoyed with it, but I’m very happy now. 🙂

I’m off for a few days for my annual trip to Rehoboth Beach with old friends… I hope to recharge and maybe finally kick this cold.

I’ll continue to add the dry sink to some link parties but won’t post again until early next week. I’m really hoping to get a LOT done on the booth next week! I’ve got so many ideas!

Meanwhile, here’s my gorgeous kitty enjoying the stool I revamped!

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Yeah, well, you know…

First the bad news: I’m STILL sick. I NEVER get sick like this! The meds the doctor gave me gave me bad headaches which turned into migraines so I’ve been useless for the last few days. I’m finally feeling more human today.

This was fortuitous as I had a job interview at Pier One and I got offered a part time position! I’m happy but a little stressed. I need the money (big time), but it’s not what I ideally want to be doing. Plus, I’m so behind on my booth stuff that I wish I could just do that, but there’s no guarantee of income from that yet, so retail it is.

Our biggest problem is that my mother (whom I live with and is a saint to put up with me and the kids) and I are sharing one car right now. We have 2, but one is in the shop. Both need a fair bit of work so my life is full of car stress right now. With one car, a retail job schedule plus getting my boys to and from school, is going to be difficult. Not to mention my ex is a tad behind on the child support

Oh well, this blog will NOT be about that! 😉

So, the good news is that between fits of illness, I did manage to finish my dry sink. Rather than reposting pictures, though, I’m going to be lazy today and direct you to my Etsy shop so you can see it there. The pics aren’t amazing but I think they’ll do.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/111260985/vintage-teal-dry-sink-with-copper-sink

The sink was purchased at Goodwill and was entirely painted white, even the copper liner! It took a helluva lot of effort to get the paint (mostly) off of that. I think it looks nice now. Lots of patina.

Also, instead of painting the inside, I tried decoupage again. It’s not a wonderful job, but it’s good enough for an interior. Getting everything nice and smooth is evading me, however.

I’m not sure if I’m asking too much for it. Figuring out pricing is tricky.

Tomorrow, finally, I’ll move a few pieces of furniture and some ‘smalls’ (accessories under $20) into the booth. It won’t be the perfect ‘launch’ I’d like to have, but at this rate, I’ll take what I can get! 😀

 

I’m here… Barely

So I’ve been sick for over a month. I saw my doc about 2 weeks ago and he said it was just a bad cold with allergies thrown in and to treat accordingly. I’m known for lingering coughs, but by Friday night it felt like it had finally settled in my sinuses. I went to the after hours doc on Sunday and they still just wanted to give me Flonase! I fussed a bit and they relented and also gave me antibiotics. I’m not a big fan, but I know when it’s time.

So by this morning I was feeling better but I’m still far from 100%. The kids were with their dad this weekend, which was good for sleeping, but not so good for other things…

Like, I don’t know, opening my booth this week???!!!

Argh.

Very behind.

So yeah, the blog is on the back burner for the week. Pics and updates to come!!

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This was taken last night when we were driving home. Just thought I’d share. 🙂

PS Thanks for all the positive comments about my booth news. It means a lot!