I had my second full day in the studio and it was awesome. I am loving getting up in the morning and heading out of the house to a place of business. I’m still a little scattered, because there are so many things I want and need to do and I don’t know where to start. I would go into the bathroom to get a trash bag and I’d end up cleaning something, then moving something else and then I’d entirely forget what I was supposed to be doing until I tried to throw something away and saw there was no trash bag! Welcome to my day.
I know I’ll get settled into a routine soon and will find my stride.
As I was working, Jeff brought in a package I was waiting for…
Come on…it was mailed in a French potato box! I’m sure those are very boring in France, but it was kind of fun for me. What was inside was even better…
Oh, hello French ironstone compote. You’ve found a good home.
It’s the design on the bottom side that won me over.
…and it’s my first piece of French ironstone, which makes it special. I bought it on Etsy and it was priced really well. The shipping was expensive, but shipping is always expensive and this was worth it.
I mean, I needed it for photo shoots, right? Right.
See…it’s already serving the purpose I bought it for.
We made more progress in the studio today. My dad and Kriste helped me hang pictures…
I sold these WC signs and arrows at the Chapel Market last year, but I reserved one of each for myself. Now, I have the perfect place for them!
I had the “MAKE” letters hanging in my old home office and then languishing in my basement for a few years. They now have a home above one of the large windows in the “workshop space.”
My dad whipped out a shelf to hold the milk-painted table legs…
I painted those when I first launched the milk paint line, as a way to show the colors in my retail space at Lucketts. Once I left Lucketts as a vendor, I put them in the basement until I had a place to put them. I was talking over display options with Kriste and was even unsure if I should keep the table legs or try another way to showcase the colors.
“Oh no. The table legs are iconic.”
Well, if they are iconic, I think we need to keep them! So, my dad built a way to showcase them and keep them accessible if people want to handle them or try to pair colors, etc.
I only had eleven legs painted, so Kriste and I worked today on painting the other colors to round out the full line of 18. Every time I brush on a color, I’m reminded of how much I like it.
I distressed, waxed and labeled them tonight while the boys were at Awana. I now need to find four more table legs to introduce our six new colors that will be coming out in 2015. The six colors will be the start of our European line of colors. They will be available in the US, but our retailers aren’t required to carry them, so they will be available on a limited basis. I’ll be unveiling the colors and names soon!
Tonight, I also finished the piece that Kriste’s husband found at a yard sale for $10. I will style it and take my first “after” furniture pictures in the new studio tomorrow!
Here are some other random pics I snapped today…
Yes, I have ridden that scooter around the studio. It’s kinda irresistible.