The pieces keep getting created. And they keep getting sold. I try to vary the projects so that I don’t become bored or disinterested in what I am doing. The thing that I have always loved about being able to do this kind of crafting and art is that it wasn’t a ‘job’, in fact, was the escape from what I did from “9 to 5” and was my retreat from the normal happenings of my career. But since I have been in between contracts, this has sort of taken on the role of being my job, at least, it is helping to supplement what is being lost from a normal paycheck. So far, I’ve been very lucky in that the pieces that I create sell almost as fast as I can complete them. In fact this weekend past, I sold a piece that hasn’t even been completed! And I am going to work on another piece that isn’t even really defined!
So, a quick look at what has been accomplished since the last post. Always very popular is the ‘suitcase’ dresser, and I love the creativity that it affords me. From a standard four drawer dresser, comes a great little conversation piece. And functional as well!
As I was searching around the web for fabric examples of old suitcases, when I stumbled upon a comment. The comment was from a woman who remarked that she loved the result but could find no instructions on how to do it! And it occurred to me that I’ve done a number of these and learned the hard way how to create them. So, with the very next piece that I do in this style, I will be including very detailed steps, approaches to hardware, a guide to choosing fabrics and all the necessary info how to make your very own!
As I was working on this one, I took one (only one! I know!) photo of one of the steps in creating the drawer fronts. So look for this very soon! If you’ve read many of my posts, you will know that I am not big on taking step-by-step photos, so this will be a landmark accomplishment for me! I have enlisted the help of the Kid, so that I can make sure that all the information gets documented.
Another quick project is this dresser… gone from a plain, boring white to a beautiful blue ombré. I can see this in a nursery, as the dresser height is perfect for a changing table, just add the pad! It just turned out darling!
I’ve been working in the wings on the doll beds (for 18″ dolls, like American Girl and My Generation dolls). I’ve gotten four built and painted, but am moving a bit slow on getting the bedding created. I’ve been assembling a collection of jewelry boxes that will work as armoires and dressers, and I’ve built the most adorable vanity table, although I still need to create a bench for it. And it needs the matching bed! My plan is to create bed and <furniture pieces> combination, so that I can offer something a little out of the ordinary. I was talking to a friend the other day about how to go about selling them and I jokingly said that I wanted to go and sit outside the American Girl store and sell them out of the back of my truck! And my friend said that was the perfect plan and that I should do it! Now I just have to get the bedding created and more outfits created so that I have more than just the furniture to sell.
Last night I had a wonderful couple send me an email and offer me an armoire (the ad on Craigslist). I had been looking for one to turn into a dollhouse for someone, but when the Kid and I went out to pick this up and I laid eyes on it, I knew it would have to be mine! This was no ordinary armoire, it is beautiful and crafted in Italy! This is one beautiful piece of furniture with only a broken hinge to fix. I can’t wait to get started on this! I know am going to go back to the smaller armoire and continue to work on that one for the other party.
I have so much going on and I love it! I just cannot wait until the weather improves and I can move some of this back into the garage. I think its the only downfall to all of this, is that the pieces found, started and completed (as well as the tools, equipment and materials) have taken over every inch of available space in my house! Most nights it feels like an obstacle course to get from the bedroom to the living room and into the kitchen!
Thanks for dropping by and continuing to come back. And reading through all this! And taking this journey with me!