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Time for Giving Back

I’m going to try to keep this as neutral as possible, I don’t typically discuss hot-button issues here like religion or politics, so feel free to skip this first paragraph if that’s not your thing. If you’ve been a reader for a while, I’m sure you’ve noticed that over that past year or so I’ve become more and more passionate about sustainability and consumer responsibility. I don’t think this is chance. Spiritually, I define myself as Christian. I’m not particularly thrilled with organized religion as a whole, I think we all need a lot of work there. But personally, I do believe in God. And I do believe in free will. I’m not the “everything happens for a reason” girl, I’m the sort who feels that we make our own beds so we have to lie in them too. We make choices. Sometimes bad stuff happens and we can’t explain it. Anyway. Back to the point. I’ve always taken that “still, soft voice” of God “speaking to me” as a manifestation of personal convictions. I don’t think my sudden interest in green living is accidental. I think it’s God’s way of speaking to me, personally, and I’m listening. I’m looking for new information and ways to make these changes. The fact that it’s not easy, that it’s a struggle, makes me feel like I’m heading in the right direction. Character isn’t built by taking short cuts. It’s a long road, and I’m glad to be starting down it.

Enough blathering, let’s cut to the chase. Why am I telling you this? Well, because it has to do with the blog. I’ve mentioned before that I host ads and I make money. Not a ton, mind you, but a little. It’s the “fun money” I can use to take a chance on cloth diapers or buy some fun fabric to make a quilt. Little indulgences I wouldn’t take otherwise. Well, that’s over. From now on, I’m donating 100% of the proceeds from my blog. It was a harder choice to make than I thought it would be. But in my heart, I know its right. I don’t need any of those things. What I really need is to wean myself of the addiction to stuff, and to shopping. What I can do is make a small difference in someone else’s life by letting this hobby of mine bring them much needed food or water or shelter. So that’s what happened this month. I emptied my Paypal account that receives my ad payments and donated 4 flocks of chickens to Heifer International.

I had to pick the chickens since we’ve been enjoying ours so much! Anyway, each month I’m going to send out all the ad revenue to a charity I feel identifies with the principles of sustainability and responsibility. I’d like to find a few local Community Gardens I can support too. And please don’t think I’m up here on a soapbox thinking I’m hot stuff for this. It’s just one small step, but one in the right direction. I just wanted to share this with all of you, as well as simply putting it out there so you can all hold me accountable! And feel free to do any extra clicking around. It will go to support charity!

 

 



One Million Strong, and Growing!

Sometime last week, this happened…

After two and a half years of blogging, Killer b. Designs reached one million hits! How cool is that? I know a lot of you out there have made it here already and I’m excited to join the club. I doubt I’ll be the blog getting a million hits a month, but that’s not why I do it. I blog because I like to share and I hope that I can help someone else out there save money and try new things. Who doesn’t like doing that?!

So a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who has visited over the past two years. You are awesome. Thank you for every kind word and encouragement you’ve given to me. It’s been a blessing to share this part of my life with you. And hopefully I’ll be able to continue to do so for a few more years yet!

 

 




5 Easy Ways to Go Green

In the past I’ve spoken about convictions I’ve been having over the past few years about reducing waste and reusing what materials I can find when it comes to building furniture. For the most part, I think that’s been going well. I’ve made quite a few things from reclaimed materials. Open shelving in my kitchen, the 5 board console tables, shutter tables, our rustic cooler, tractor seat barstools, and more. I still use new materials from time to time, but I’m trying to focus as much as possible on using PureBond plywood (harvested in North America to reduce my carbon footprint, and also formaldehyde-free to keep excess chemicals out of my home and environment), cedar (a sustainable, North American resource with a small carbon footprint) and locally harvested pine or whitewood. I’d like to whittle down my usage of new products as much as possible to contribute less to the ever-increasing level of consumption in our nation today.

I know I sound like a crunchy hippie right now. Some of my friends are blaming my close proximity to Austin. But the issue of waste been weighing on my mind for a long time now, and I finally had the final push to get me to be active in those beliefs, instead of passive. Here are a few ways my family is going to try to reduce our consumption of natural resources as well as benefit our emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness:

My list ranges from least to most effort –

1. Quit Buying on Impulse – So much of our minds are occupied with stuff. Getting the latest fashions, keeping up with technology, grabbing the newest gadget on the shelf. In an effort to save money as well as not buying into corporate marketing and advertising, I’ve just stopped buying non-essentials. I already have a closet stocked full of clothes and shoes for every season. My MacBook Pro from 2008 runs like a top. My house is full of junk already, I don’t need any additional clutter. Canceling our cable was the absolute best thing we could have done. I no longer see hundreds of ads making me want, want, want all day long. The time has come to stop wanting and start appreciating what is already in front of me. I have a fantastic family to spend time with. We live in a fabulous area to take walks with the dogs. I have more than enough. Enough food, clothes, technology, everything. I’m making an effort to stop buying and start living. If you have a few minutes, watch this video and it will blow your mind.

 

2. Exchanging Physical with Technological – Confused? For starters, I’m talking about E-Readers!

I love to read. Books, magazines, articles, all of it. I received a Nook Color as a gift a while back and it’s really helped me save on my paper consumption. Magazine subscriptions rack up a lot of materials. And I enjoy reading quite a few of them. I subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, and I hear that Domino is set to come back on the stands in May. I’ve also got dozens of books loaded up here. I feel so much less guilty about reading the short, quick novels I’d typically donate to the used bookstore when I’m not taking up any actual paper space. I know a lot of you still like the notion of flipping through the pages and tearing sheets from magazines, but with the advent of Pinterest I just find the image on the publisher’s website and keep it on my pinboards! So much easier than loose leaflets that get torn and wrinkled. I know the tech solution isn’t for everyone, but it’s a great way for me to save on our overall physical consumption. And instead of buying dvd’s we’ll watch once or twice or driving to the Redbox or rental store, we have a Hulu Plus and Netflix subscription. There are so many great shows and movies, and don’t even get me started on the kids stuff. Charlie is set! One last way we save on paper is getting bills and making payments online. I know it sounds scary for some (including my mother, who refuses to shop online. PERIOD!), but it’s more convenient, and I don’t have all the paper in my mailbox or cluttering up my kitchen. I set reminders on my calendar, log in, make payments, and we’re done!

 

3. Ditch the Bottled Water – Bottled water is a tough one. Our city tap water hasn’t always tasted great (Waco was by far the worst ever), so I used to stack my fridge full of plastic bottles. Convenient, but awful. Many of my friends swear by filtering pitchers or ones attached to the faucet, but I’m a big fan of the reverse osmosis system. We finally got the tank installed, and holy cow is the water amazing. Plus, no waste! I fill up 2-3 metal canteens each day to chill in the fridge, and I’m all set. Wash, rinse, refill. I even have a small one for Charlie. It’s perfect to grab on the go and take in the car. No more plastic bottles on my watch!

 

4. Buy Local – So I’m not about to get too political on you about GMOs and corporate food manufacturers. I recently heard about the fantastic book that is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It literally changed my world. I’ve been iffy for a while on the food industry, and this book really pushed me over the edge. I have a lot of plans in the works for homesteading (to talk more in detail later), but for starters I decided to do the bulk of my shopping at my local Farmer’s Market. It’s every Wednesday from 3-6 in Wimberley, if I have some Hill Country readers. They’ve got a great little variety. I pick up my bread, eggs, cheese, grass-fed meats, and some greens there each week. It’s my new tradition to post my haul on Instagram along with a few meals of these awesome organic, healthy ingredients. Plus? It truly isn’t any more expensive than the grocer. Now that I cut out a vast bulk of processed foods (we were never snackers anyway), the chip money goes to whole grain breads with no preservatives. Fresh greens that still crunch. The most amazingly spicy arugula I never knew existed. I spend about $80 a week on meat and produce. It’s an investment, but one worth making to feel more energized and avoid all the junk that’s pumped into food these days.

 

5. Cloth Diapering –

Oh yes. It may have taken 18 months, but we are officially a cloth diapering family. It’s pretty much the hippiest thing to do right now. People look at you like you’re insane. I bought an entire stash of gDiapers from a friend (yes! USED! Scandalous I know) for $250 which pretty much runs the life of a baby in the diaper years. I decided to try it out with Charlie to see if we liked it before I committed to cloth diapering baby #2 from the start. And guess what? IT’S AWESOME! My husband adamantly refused the idea. In fact, I had to pay for the diapers with blog money (so mega thanks guys, you helped save the planet with your pageviews! 🙂 and even he is a convert. The great thing about these diapers is that you can have a cloth or disposable insert. So, on that last diaper change before my husband gets home, I pop in a disposable insert so he can change diapers in the “normal” way. Open it up, toss the insert, wipe, put in clean insert, velcro diaper. It takes no extra time than a conventional change. But you may be wondering the same thing he did, what makes these disposables better than a normal disposable diaper? Well, take a gander at this:

A normal disposable diaper takes 500 YEARS to decompose. And the average baby uses 6,000 before potty training. That is a massive amount of gross clogging up our landfills. And it will be there, increasing infinitely as the population rises. The disposable inserts? They compost in less than 150 days. And you can add the wet ones to your garden compost (though we won’t use it in edibles for the ick factor) and flush/trash the dirty ones. That is a massive difference. And since we use the cloth inserts overnight and most of the day, that’s maybe 2 disposables a day at 18 months old. That’s a really big reduction right there. From 6 diapers a day to two tiny compostable inserts.I am now a cloth diapering evangelist. Even my mom, who keeps Charlie often and was leery of cloth, is excited about them. She even grabbed a sprayer to wash off the cloth inserts at the toilet. This is one small decision that makes a massive impact on consumption and waste. I am a total cloth diapering evangelist now! Even Target is carrying a line of cloth diapers. We use the Charlie Banana inserts with no problem in our g’s. So if you have a baby, or are expecting, please don’t count cloth diapering out. You are still making a massive difference even by using the covers with only disposable inserts. Instead of your child leaving a lasting legacy of poop 5x longer than their lifetime, it will be gone before they’re 4 years old. Plus you save a chunk of cash (even with the initial investment) and can recoup it like my friend did by re-selling them. It’s a win for everyone!

 

So, there you have it. 6 small, very easy, very feasible ways to make a difference today. Even the smallest change will have large impacts over time. Together, we can make the world a cleaner, better place for ourselves and our future generations!

 


Patience and Projects

I hate the sporadic publishing schedule I’ve got going on now, but with so many projects in the works and none quite ready yet, I don’t have much to post. Plus the fact that it takes twice as long to get anything done isn’t exactly helping. I’m really trying to do my best to take it easy. I have one week left in my first trimester, and I’ve actually been losing weight. Which is bad. So please understand that I’m still really excited to bring fun, useful tutorials and projects to you guys, but I need to take a little extra care with my health and energy and hopefully get this whole pregnancy thing on the right track. It was much easier the first time around when I didn’t have a Charlie tornado to chase every day! But, just to tease you guys a bit, here’s a few really fun and awesome projects I have in store for you later this week and next…

How about a nice mid-sized Expedit style bookcase? My dear friend is having her own little munchkin next month, and to celebrate I built her a requested piece for the nursery. I still need to sand, edge band, and paint. But it’s very cute, very solid, and the most important part, formaldehyde and chemical free! Gotta keep those baby lungs clear 🙂

 

Another fun and exciting project my husband tackled over the weekend is our porch railing! It took us a while to brainstorm how to get this modern look, as there were few tutorials online. So I’m really looking forward to posting this one for those of you who love this look too. We even found a great big slab of live-edge wood (maybe cedar? Not sure) to attach for a bar area. Man, am I pumped to use this porch on our warm evenings this spring! We’ve still got to engineer some sliding gates, but they’re coming. And for my favorite project of late…

 

A chicken coop! We’re in the final stages now, just tacking up the chicken wire. It’s inspired by an adorable coop I saw online, and could not wait to put my own spin on it. The empty area on the top is a planter, and the chicken run is the area below. We’re starting small with 3 chickens, but should we find it successful we’ll add a larger run for more hens. But right now I could not be more thrilled with this adorable coop! I should have the post and plans up this week, just in time for spring chickens.

So, that’s what we’ve been up to! I’m going to get off the computer now and get back to finishing up some of these fabulous projects. Here’s to (gradual) productivity!

 

Bumbo Winner!

Well it’s that time, want to see if you’re the big winner? I entered 1-66 in Random.org and got:

Which means…

Alivoo01 is our winner! Thank you all so much for commenting, this was the most popular contest I’ve held so far. Hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day!

Bumbo Booster Seat: Review & Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago the kind folks over at Bumbo contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products and hosting a giveaway. Well, of course I would! Charlie is a huge fan of her Bumbo Seat, and has even taken to pulling it back out for a bit of a Bumbo Revival.

Still squishing in there! If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I built Charlie a restaurant style high chair around Thanksgiving. It was perfect for my mom’s dining table, where we were staying at the time. However, now that we’ve moved into our house, it doesn’t fit at our new (thrifted) dining table. It’s too tall! It wouldn’t slide under the top, leaving her quite a distance from the edge. The result meant more messes, and didn’t really help teach her how to eat at the table.

So now the high chair is headed back up to Grandma’s house, and the Bumbo Booster Seat is her new dining assistant!

It fits the dining chair perfectly, and gives her adorably chubby toddler legs room to fit under the table. From the Bumbo Company, “The best of Bumbo made especially for big kids as a booster! The Bumbo Booster Seat features the same durable and easy-to-clean low density foam construction as the popular Bumbo Floor Seat. The adjustable straps on bottom attach to most chairs and a three-point harness helps keep toddlers seated comfortably at the dinner table. MSRP: $39.99, available at Target stores and

5 Board Console Tables

5 board console table

Plans here!

Have I got a treat for you guys today! You have to have seen this table before. You know, floating around Pinterest with the caption, “5 boards and some nails, so easy!” Well I’m here to tell you, it really is that easy. Like, 10 minutes easy. That’s all it took to build this table. I sent my Pin to Ana White to see if she could help me out with the angles. I’m still getting the hang of bevels and that kind of thing. Within the hour she had sent back a figure and some plans, and I got to work!

I built three different versions, starting with this cedar one. The top and sides are 2×8’s, and the supports are 1×6’s. It’s a tad skinny for a sofa table or console, but it would make a great bench. Right now it sits perfectly under my counter-height island. I may have to build a couple just for that!

Another idea would be to shorten the legs down to about 15″ and use 1×4’s on the sides and use it as a bench. In fact, I think I have another 2×6 in the barn right now…

 

This table is one built to Ana’s specs. 1×12 sides and top, made using the same reclaimed oak on our open shelving in the kitchen. As you see, it’s sourced locally from Austin, TX. I’m not sure how it got in my dad’s barn, but it sure does make a pretty table! While I used exposed deck screws for the cedar table, I chose to get a little fancier and drill some pocket holes and use nails on the supports. I’m glad I did, it’s a beautiful table!

It’s the perfect size for a drink and to corral those remotes! Though it would also look pretty good in an entryway, or even a bedroom. It’s a pretty versatile piece.

I must say though, if you’re going to build this table in its original “spirit”, do it with a 2×12. The grittier the better! I used some pine that’s been in the barn for quite a few years, and it’s delicious. Divots and scratches and all that stuff you have to beat new wood to look like. The sides are fence pickets, oddly in a 1×8 size. They were also just hanging out in there. My dad gets all the good stuff from the neighbors.

This finish is really amazing. I used one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence, then used my white buffer pad (you find them in the paint section, about a 4×6″ rectangle) to apply the dark wax. I love the pad because it buffs the piece as I work the wax in and makes it smooth like buttah.

It’s going to be so hard not to keep this one! But I’m planning to have them all tagged and ready for my booth at the March Market Day (March 2 in Wimberley, for the locals. I’m at booth 392, come see me!) I think the blue one at least will be a hot ticket item. Considering how popular the inspiration table was on Pinterest, I’m hoping so! And with only a 10 minute time investment in building, I foresee a lot of these tables in my future. Plus it would make a great housewarming gift!

Delicious Decals Winner

Ready to find out who won the Delicious Decals contest? I popped all 26 comments into the randomizer and came out with…

Kristin! Kristin I’ll be in contact with you shortly to set you up with your prize. For everyone else, don’t despair. To thank you all for your entries Delicious Decals is offering you a one time 25% discount off your purchase! This is a great deal, because even if you don’t see something in store, you can send in your own custom art! Just enter

Delicious Decals Giveaway!

Hey guys! I’m here today to announce a great giveaway from Delicious Decals. One lucky winner will be able to choose their very own decal to use on a fun project! Here’s what I did with mine:

Ready to win your own? Well just leave me a comment below to enter. One entry per person please. This contest will end on Jan 17 at midnight. Good luck you guys!

Kicking Off the New Year with the Best of 2012

Hey guys! So…it’s been a while. I took an unplanned, unannounced break from blogging. I really needed it. Blogs are no fun when they feel like work, and I didn’t want to come up with lame excuses on why I wasn’t posting. Mostly, I was just tired. Tired of taking a dozen photos of each project that was already taking all night long to finish. This house is wearing me out. I’m not big on whiny posts, so I just didn’t post. But hopefully we’re on the final stretch, and I can finally get back to some fun stuff! At least, when our water softener isn’t getting fried or our septic contractor isn’t being shot in the leg (unloading his pistol to clean it no less). So, to kick off a new year with (hopefully) new luck and a soon-to-be-finished home, let’s look back at the best of Killer b. in 2012!

Top-Visited Post:

$10 Washer and Dryer Makeover

 

This post helped garner over 500,000 views on the blog this year. That blows my mind! I’m hoping to reach as many people this year and share some even more helpful projects! Rounding out the rest of my top 5 of 2012:

Rustic Cooler Tutorial

Easiest T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial

Blue Barn Door Tutorial

Tile Framed Mirror Tutorial

Obviously I’m going to need to keep up with the tutorials! And I’m in luck since we’ve done about 30 projects on the new house so far that I need to write about 🙂 I know I haven’t been all that exciting lately, but I have been doing lots of fun stuff. I’m learning how to launch a small business, building a kitchen from the ground up, and enjoying the amazing toddler era of Charlie. Can’t wait to dive back in and share it all with you guys! And for those who just can’t wait, here’s a little teaser from Instagram:

It’s looking so good! We’re almost there. We spent NYE installing the vent hood and polishing floors. Thrilling I know. But it’s all so we can finish up, move in, and share our story with all of you!

 


Blurb Planner Winner!

Sorry this is a bit late, I’ve been busy hitting the saws! Just wanted to pop in to announce the winner of the Blurb Giveaway. As usual I visited Random.org and entered in the comment numbers (1-30) and the winner is…

Comment #5! Congrats Heather K!

I’ll be emailing you shortly with the code. Thank you to all who entered! I’m sure there will be more giveaways in the future to try your luck again 🙂

 

Blurb Planner Giveaway!

Remember when I talked about making a custom weekly planner for my Mom’s Christmas present? Well now you can make one too! Blurb has very kindly offered one for a giveaway, and I’m excited to share it with you!

I’m going to keep this short and simple since ordering deadlines are close. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, simple leave a comment below. One entry per email. I’ll be closing entries tomorrow at midnight CST and will announce the winner Sunday morning. Good luck you guys!

How Market Day Went

That’s horrible grammar, I know, but my brain is fried and I can’t come up with anything clever. This may be boring for a lot of you, but I’m writing it all down while I fumble my way down the road to a small business in the hopes that it helps someone who finds herself on the same path. Getting started is the hardest part, isn’t it? Anyway, back to the point!

The night before market I had the truck loaded down with furniture and my sales tax permit and booth priority number packed. I had made up some tags, grabbed some twine, magnets, and 4×6’s to stage frames, and tossed in a couple of camping bag chairs to sit on. We totally spaced and forgot to make change the day before, so we pulled $40 out of an ATM and had a super friendly gas station cashier make change in 1’s and 5’s at 6:45 am. Whoops! We showed up for day booth rental which means you wait around in the main pavilion with 80+ people hoping that you get a booth. I was #39 on the list. It was really stressing me out. My heart was pounding the entire time and I was just sure there wouldn’t be enough booths. I’m totally a “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” kind of girl. The ringleader gave us the schpiel about the rules, and started with a dozen booths that had emailed ahead that they wouldn’t make it. Luckily I was the only person peddling large wares! I snagged an empty lot space right off the bat, and we were setting up by 8 am. Not 10 minutes after getting things into place, I made my first sale!

I sold my three barstools for $150, and I definitely could have held out for my full asking price ($225). The ladies who snagged them asked if we would hold them for the day, which was great because people kept trying to buy them all day! Now I know to make a lot more for the next market in March. They were a hot ticket item! I was completely surprised.

After that though, things went south. I made about two small sales between 8:30 and 2:30. It was awful. I started getting really discouraged. Don’t get me wrong, traffic to the booth was awesome. There were hundreds of people at the market that day. But they would just come in, compliment how great/pretty/clever things were, and then just LEAVE! Nooooooo! I can’t pay the bills with compliments people! I learned that most of the stuff I brought isn’t ideal for this sort of venue. I had a coffee table, a large shelving unit, two shutter tables (which I was shocked didn’t get picked up by any customers at all! These were so popular in Lake Jackson) and my Rustic X Console which I priced so high to make sure it didn’t sell unless I was thrilled about the offer. I just wanted it out there to pull people into the space. Anyway, I was kind of a snot in the afternoon. I was sick and tired of watching people come in, look interested, say it was the perfect piece of furniture for them, and then book it out of there. WTF?!

Then 2:30 came. This was the serious crowd. They had eaten lunch, had a beer or two, and were ready to shop! I finally started moving stuff out of there, and my mood picked up considerably. I was just so afraid that I would fail and nothing would sell. That I would have to load up all those pieces I had worked so hard on and hoped would move on to new homes. I didn’t want to eat my pride and admit that I brought the wrong stuff. And in the end, it all worked out. I pulled in $418, and only had to pack up 3 big things. A lot of small stuff, which surprised me because I figured they would be popular gifts. But, now I know that I either need to stage them better or just leave them home!

Now for the numbers. I know some feel it’s tacky to talk shop, but I plan to be open about my pricing in the hopes that it helps, and to get some insight and advice if it sounds like I’m doing it poorly! After the booth cost ($60 – so reasonable!) and the cost of materials for the items sold, sales tax (8.25%) and income tax (30%), I made a profit of $65. Not awful, but not awesome. That roughly checks out to about $5/hour for the time I spent building. Considering it was a hobby at the time, I’m not disappointed. But for the future, I’m going to try and price more competitively and focus on pieces that have a lower materials cost.

Overall it was a really great learning experience, and the perfect scenario for my first time. I didn’t lose money, people were fantastically nice, and my husband put up with all my nonsense. I feel confident enough to go ahead and sign up for the 2013 season! It gives me about 2 1/2 months to find a booth space, build a small inventory, and get my business started for real. That means LLC, tax id, and business account. I’m really going to do this! Thank you all so, so much for your kind words, your emails, and your support. I never would have had the courage to really go for it without y’all. It’s going to be a wild ride, but at least I have all of you to go with me!


Prepping for My First Market

So yesterday I talked about signing up for my very first Market Day experience. Even though booth sign ups didn’t open until the 29th, I’ve been planning on it for about six weeks now. I had to register for a tax license in order to collect sales tax. It’s a free license in our state, and you just fill out a form to mail in to the capitol and they send you the license in less than 3 weeks. It’s required in order to rent booth space in Wimberley. With that checked off, what’s next?

An album to showcase my work! Obviously I can’t bring everything I’ve built into a 10′ x 10′ space, so I made an album. Oh, and the best part? I only had to pay for shipping! Last month my mom and I went shopping at the OshKosh Outlet to get Charlie some winter clothes. At checkout, I got a free coupon for a hardcover 8×8 book from Shutterfly. What an awesome reward coupon! So I hopped onto their website and used one of the free templates to fill in 20 pages of awesome.

I started with coffee tables, since they’re my favorites.

I never realized just how many bookcases I’ve built! Over 10. It was a lot of fun choosing layouts and putting the pieces on pages by group. I hadn’t quite realized all I’d built until I laid out the book. It’s a wide variety of stuff!

I chose to put my #1 favorite build on the back, the surfboard table and stools. End it on a high note!

I’ve decided that I really don’t want to focus very much on commissions this upcoming year. It’s what I had mostly done over this past year, and it really stressed me out. I obsess over every single imperfection. Would I pay this much for something with an imperfect screw? What if they notice that tiny drip of stain right there? It was madness. I’m much better suited to point of sale kind of stuff. You get what you see. Plus there was the added uncertainty of charging them a down payment in advance for supplies, or should I eat the cost? Sometimes buyers would flake out on me and I’d be stuck with something for weeks on end in my garage while I struggled to get it gone. It’s a lot to iron out, and for now, I just don’t feel like worrying about it. I’d rather start building what I’m good at and hoping someone likes it!

Other items on my packing list today are: a receipt book to keep track of sales, bag chairs so I don’t have to stand up all day, and some magnets and photos to stage the functionality of my magnetic frames and photo clip rail.

Taking the Leap into a Furniture Business

My heart is pounding and my hands are shaking. But I did it. I finally registered for my very first booth at the Wimberley Market Days!

I am equal parts exhilarated and terrified. I’m really excited to take a risk on expanding my business, but I am SO nervous people won’t buy anything and I will have sat out in the cold for nothing.

You see, two years ago I signed up for a craft fair in Pearland. It was awful. The booth cost $120, and I sold maybe two items. However, I did focus on the “craft” portion and didn’t have any furniture, just craft things. Plus there wasn’t much traffic at all. This time, I have a variety of furniture at a lot of different price points. My most expensive items are my Midcentury Console, Rustic X Console, and Industrial Cart all priced at $250. I also have a handful of $30 and under items: a couple of shutter tables, some rustic caddies, these fence vases and some magnetic frames I still need to post about! For the mid price range I’m listing my fencing adirondacks for $50 each, and our cooler for $150. There are a few other items here and there.

My inventory total is about $1800. Will I get that? Probably not. Market days are about haggling, and I don’t think a whole lot of people come for large pieces like furniture. But, then again, this is my first market! People may surprise me. And I don’t feel I’ve priced anything outrageously high, and I’ve left room to haggle. My goal is to pull in enough cash to pay for filing for an LLC and tax ID. In my ideal world I’d also make enough for the $575 booth rental for all of 2013. That would be epic. I would be over the moon! That would mean pulling in about $1000, or just over half of my inventory. Please keep your fingers crossed for me this Saturday! I really hope I at least make enough to cover the $60 day rental and the hassle of dragging all my stuff down to the market 😉

 

Cutting Edge Stencil Winner!

Good morning guys! You ready for the results of the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway? I entered all 22 comments into random.org, and it generated number…

10! That means Teri you are the winner! I hope you enjoy your Rabat Allover Stencil 🙂

Thank you all so much for participating, I think that’s my highest number of entries on a giveaway yet! And if you didn’t win this time, don’t fret. I have a couple more giveaways coming up before Christmas, so maybe you’ll get lucky next time! Happy Thursday everybody.

Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway

Hey guys! I took a bit of a break to try and rest so my broken foot can heal. I have to say, crutches are really rough! It’s no fun trying to hobble up and down stairs, and I’m really sad to not be able to pick up my baby girl. Hopefully I only have another week before I can ditch them and rely on the boot. Projects have been at a standstill since I can’t really get around too well yet, but I’ve got something great for you today! Cutting Edge Stencils has partnered with me to give you guys a chance at a free stencil! Choose any stencil up to $50, and shipping is free. Can’t beat that, right?

I totally love their products, and am incredibly happy with how my tabletop came out. They have a lot of great stencils on their website to choose from. Like this popular Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil by Kim Myles

They also have a great instructional video for how to use stencils on your projects:

Ready for your chance to win? To enter:

– Choose your favorite stencil from the Cutting Edge Stencils website and comment below!

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and leave a comment for each extra entry! Entries will close at 12:00 am CST on 11/15. This contest is open to US residents only due to shipping policies. Good luck!

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