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Farmhouse White Cupboard

 A few months ago, Jeff and I made a cupboard around a pair of reclaimed doors I bought at an antique market for $40.  They hung in my dining room for a few years, but I always thought they would be perfect in a custom-built cabinet. The full tutorial will be available on at some point and I will link to it when it is. I must admit, this cabinet gave me the "building bug" and now  (read more …)

busy day at the studio…

The studio was hustling and bustling today.  My mom and Kriste came to help, since we had a huge to-do list.  We worked together to get everything ready for the workshop tomorrow.  We have four lovely ladies attending and I'm pretty excited that it's a small workshop.  I think they are more relaxed and you really have the chance to talk.  I also get to pamper these ladies with a fun "buffet" of  (read more …)

decorating the studio & shop with me in Raleigh

I was home with a sick kid most of last week and, I have to admit, that once I get out of a routine, it's hard to get back into it.  I was ready to get back in the studio, but I was dragging my feet at the same time.  On Tuesday, though, I had a full day to crank my music, create and take pictures, and my motivation started creeping back in. Sometimes I need to work on things that are totally not  (read more …)

look book two cover shoot

It was almost two years since I had my last portraits done and, with as often as I change my hair, an update was overdue!  I also needed some pictures for MMS Milk Paint's Look Book Two, including the cover, that will be coming out in just a few weeks. I thought about just having Kriste and I do all of the pictures, but I think there's a lot of value in bringing in other creative minds in a  (read more …)

running a creative business | making profit-based decisions

I wrote a post answering a reader's question about how I balance business and the rest of my life.  The short answer is I struggle through it.  Sometimes successfully and sometimes not.  You can read the long answer HERE. I received an e-mail from a fellow creative-business owner and blogger, Cassie from Lovely Weeds, about balancing different aspects of our kind of business.  Here is her  (read more …)

dear reader | what are you afraid of?

When I posted my first "dear reader" post, I asked for suggestions of what you, my readers, would like me to write specifically to you. I received this suggestion from Krista and I really loved it, so this is what I'm writing about today... "I do have a suggestion for the "Dear Reader" series, "What are you afraid of?"  What I mean by this is I have ideas, plans, goals for my own business/craft  (read more …)

photo shoot at the retreat

Let me go back to the Lucketts Spring Market a couple of years ago.  Suzanne, the owner of The Old Lucketts Store and Design House, came and sat with me on a slow Sunday afternoon.  We were chatting about all of the business opportunities we're working on and the things we're dreaming about.  And she shared about a manor house she purchased and was renovating. She told me, "The woodwork in this  (read more …)

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 …)