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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Mid Week Mid Century Modern

First, I just want to apologize. A few of you have left lovely comments for me and I haven’t replied – nor have I noted those of you who featured me in your Link Party round-ups or followed other blogs. I’ve had the worst cold these last few days and I’m totally behind in my web site duties. I’ll try to get caught up soon.

I’m behind on my furniture projects as well. I’m trying to get at least six pieces done before the end of the month and either get into a local antiques depot or sell via consignment.

Anyway, on to today’s feature topic: mid century modern. First, the MCM side table I mentioned in my previous MWMCM post is kicking my butt. I’ve stripped it and painted the portion I wanted to, but the water stain gave me problems. It kept bleeding through the paint. So I had to fix that. Then I started sanding and filling in the chips, but it’s the first time I’ve used POWER tools (sorry, just had to do that!) and I’ve not quite mastered the orbital sander. This became evident when circular marks showed through the stain I applied today. Urgh.

I may have to set it aside and work on something else for a bit.

For my next purchase, I’m considering this if it’s still available:

It’s also got some water damage, but the price is really, really low. So even if I bomb it, like the side table I’m working on, it’s not a huge financial loss and it’ll be a good learning project.

You’ve probably noticed I’m working on mostly small pieces. That’s because my car, a Subaru Outback, is in the shop and I’m not sure when I’ll get it back. So for now, I can only buy what’ll fit in our sedan! So annoying when these practicalities get in the way!

 

And we’re off… with a zzzzzz

Both my little guys started school last week but today is their first full week. Their first day last week, I kicked it off with a bad bout of insomnia brought on by what started as ragweed allergies but has now morphed into a cold/cough. I’ve been sick for the whole week now and today, rather than tackling a new piece of furniture, I napped.

All day.

Oh well. I guess I needed it. I did get a chance yesterday to clean and re-arrange our craft room which will be a big help. And over the last week I’ve been making minor changes to this site, researching linky parties, etc.

But overall, I’m making much slower progress than I’d hoped. I did find my better camera so with any luck, I might get some nicer pics from now on. Otherwise I’ll have to add new camera to my list of things I hope I can acquire at some point.

Aside from working on the furniture, I have several other plans for my business. This web site, for example, needs major design tweaking and I also need a proper logo that can be applied to other things like price tags. One big frustration is that I used to be a graphic designer, but I no longer have the software or fonts I’d need to create something I’d be happy with.

Anyway, I’ve got plans… just gotta make ’em happen!