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market recap & milk-painted wooden toys

We are back home from our trip to Alabama, safe and sound from the Market on Chapel Hill. It is a long trip, but it's always worth it. The worth isn't in the profits made.  (I told someone I would probably cry if I really took the time to figure out my hourly rate for all of the prep, shopping, etc. that is put into these events.)  The worth is in the moments with people...readers, shoppers,  (read more …)

Guide to Shopping Market on Chapel Hill 2015

Tomorrow is the big day!  The Market on Chapel Hill in Pike Road, Alabama kicks off at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 3.  My space is all set up and ready to be shopped.  I know that last year, a few people knew just what they wanted and my pictures were helpful in them getting to their target quickly, so here's how the space looks... I did have to leave all of my cute plants at home, since you  (read more …)

Market on Chapel Hill

Well, I am in serious need of an epsom salt bath, but Kriste and I got the trailer all packed up today and we're ready to head to Alabama for The Market on Chapel Hill this Saturday (October 3, 2015).  Just to clarify, it's in Pike Road, Alabama, NOT Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  It's called "The Market on Chapel Hill", because the market is in and around a chapel/meeting house on a hill. We  (read more …)

creative space

This week has been "one of those weeks."  Not a bad week.  Just a very busy week and things kept getting shuffled around...a doctor's appointment I forgot about, a kid home from school, cancelled and rescheduled meetings.  Too much to do, not enough time, not enough sleep.  I realized on Wednesday night that I hadn't eaten a meal all day.  I had just grazed on apples and cheese and crackers.  And,  (read more …)

How my business began | part 6 | when it takes off

The last two installments of this series sort of overlapped.  In part 5, I shared about starting this blog.  In part 4, we left off where the consignment store I sold out of was closing their doors. That's where we'll pick up the story. This was the time in my business when it was really scary.  I had become comfortable with what my business had become in two years and I just imagined more of  (read more …)

Workbench Revamp

 Remember the workbench I revamped for Lucketts? I loved how it turned out and have since been on the lookout for humble handmade workbenches that others might overlook. When I was shopping last week, I found this... I dismissed it at first, because it's a little clumsy, but in the end, the finger-hold handles won me over.  I paid about $100 for it. I added the steel wheels to make it a  (read more …)

how my business began | part 5 | the blog

In the last installment of "how my business began" I glossed over when I started my blog.  Starting the blog was like pushing over a domino, starting a chain reaction that has brought me to where I am today.  It deserves more than a gloss over, so we're going to take a few steps back in the story and I'm going to share the details. First off, I didn't have a high opinion of blogs. Or  (read more …)

cottages & bungalows photo shoot

Last fall, I received an e-mail I wasn't expecting.  I had worked with Cottages & Bungalows for years as a contributor to their DIY essentials column, but when the editor asked me to work for them as a photographer and stylist, it was a total surprise. I felt like I could do it, but I was really, really intimidated. I have had photographers come to shoot my house before and they had so much  (read more …)