Today is a story of what happens when you start to get successful!
Well, that and the weather is unbearably cold and you can’t work in the garage!
These are shots of my kitchen, living room and front entryway. They are the only place I have to work since it is too cold to work in the garage.
I have about five projects in the works and several more waiting in the garage. I love it that this is really starting to pay off. I love the creativity and the search for pieces and seeing my ideas turn into reality. Even better, knowing that they will sell and spend their lives in some little girl’s bedroom, some couple’s room or home office or wherever in homes. That people will use and cherish and love the pieces for years to come.
One of the pieces I am working on is for a very special little girl. I don’t think she knows it’s coming, or if she does, doesn’t know to what extent. Her mommy really loves her… the details that she has thought of demonstrates that. From the careful selection of colors to the specific pieces of furniture and attention to every last detail. I will provide updates and the unveiling of the piece here in this blog as I work. Maybe if Danielle (this is mommy!) let’s me, she’ll share the room when it is done. 🙂
So, today I worked to get all the pieces primed. Not too big of a job, but on two drawers there was an original blue outline detail that seems to defy primer. I’ve already given it four coats and you can still see the faint outline:
I gave these two drawers yet another coat of primer and hopefully that will take care of it! Also got the first coat of primer on the dresser, all the little curves and layers make for a little challenge, but nothing I cannot manage. It may take at least one more coat to cover all the bumps and bruises that it collected in its previous life.
While I had the primer out, I was able to get the first coat on another dresser I picked up. It coincidentally matched the style of a tall dresser, a highboy, that I done earlier (you can see it here) and will offer it to the woman who bought it. It is such a beautiful style, I figure it is somewhere around 60 – 80 years old, back when furniture was hand crafted and a real art. And built to last. And even though it had been damaged and disrespected by the people who had it last, because it was so well constructed that damage was really only surface.
Oh, almost forgot! There is one other project that we have in the works. I say ‘we’ because this one involves the Kid. I am trying to get him to kind of assume the lead and most of the responsibility because I think it would be a great way to get him involved in a business of sorts and I want him to understand the connection between cost of materials, involvement of labor and the end price as well as profit. Sometimes I think I make it look too easy for him, shielding him from the minutiae of all the business details.
The project is building doll beds. The size for American Girls, Journey Girls, Madame Alexander and Our Generation – among countless others. Maybe more furniture in the future. The bed comes first. We take a standard set of directions and build it. Then switch out materials, making it more conventional or antique style. First one will be the antique white that I have grown fond of and then experiment with other colors. I, of course, will be working the bedding and mattress. We’ll work on packaging and advertising later. Its a bit exciting (for me more than the Kid) at least in the beginning, but I think he will see the value in all of this as we move along. Watch for updates right here!
Okay, have a ton of stuff to do still. Gotta get moving!
Thanks for dropping by, as always and Happy Crafting Y’All!