Hello all – I know, I know, I’m late with today’s posting. It’s been pretty hectic around here. I’ve been trying to pack for our move this weekend and re-work the Etsy Shop. I didn’t get to do my Pilates this morning as I had to be at my appointment with the small-business government funding lady at 9:00 am. How quickly I forgot about the morning traffic! I’m hoping I don’t have to do that again. The pounding rain didn’t help much either – so much for summer! I shouldn’t complain – at least I’m still driving through the rain and not canoeing like they are in Calgary right now. In the break between rain showers, I noticed all kinds of things blooming in my little garden bed – the roses, the lavender and chamomile. I couldn’t resist picking some of the chamomile – they are just so pretty and dainty.
And when they’re done with brightening up my, er, office, I can make them into tea!
I spent most of the morning yesterday on my Etsy Store. A new banner
What a difference it makes.
And new photos of some of the latest cushions
And I used my knew-found marketing knowledge to write lovely descriptions that conjure up images of relaxation, hanging out with friends and family and a general feeling of well-being that comes with having a home filled with things that make us feel comfortable and content. To read my savvy wording, follow the link below to my Etsy Shop.
Over my morning coffee at some ridiculous hour this morning, I came across an email from Etsy telling me I had ‘mail.’ And there it was – an enquiry from a potential customer asking if I could paint the ferns (the yellow and gray ones above) in different colours – rust and taupe, olive green and brown.
Well … of course I can do that! I can paint them in pink and purple if you like!
I might just avoid that morning commute after all! 🙂
My son, David, and my Partner in this little venture, has been working on a web site for a few weeks now. He says it’s almost ready to go live. Very exciting.
Back on Earth – my house is now a jumble of boxes and stuff. Everywhere I look there’s more stuff to pack – it seems to be everywhere! How did I accumulate all this stuff and did I use it all? I must have. Mr. LoveThat and I were quite ruthless with the decluttering. Anything we haven’t used in 6 months was tossed. A garbage run will be made at the end of the week to ensure we don’t accidentally move it to our new little cottage. This is the result of our packing frenzy. Kitchen stuff pushed underneath my ‘office’ desk so I don’t walk into it – I’m a bit of a clutz and walk into stuff a lot – I have a stubbed toe that still hurts from a week ago, and bruises in various stages of healing on my shins.
Living room and dining room (I think)
Kitchen cupboards looking pretty bare – don’tcha just looove the 70’s glass?
Serving dishes all packed away leaving the shelving empty-looking. This used to be an ugly book case that Mr. LoveThat had crammed an entire library of books onto. They were two deep and a total eyesore.
I needed more space for dishes, so we took off the top shelf and I painted it and now it holds my serving and casserole dishes. I love re-purposing stuff. It’s so inexpensive and you can make it your own unique piece of furniture.
Excuse the mess – did I mention we’re moving? The top shelf became a coffee table as in the pic below. The ‘legs’ are from an extra keyboard stand I acquired from someone back in my musician days. I’m still debating whether to paint them or not. I’m waiting to get my new couch first. The piece in the background was an old dresser that Mr. LoveThat found on the side of the road. A beautiful, solid piece of furniture looking abandoned and dejected. We tied it to the roof of our car and looked pretty much like the Clampetts driving it home! Fortunately, we only had to drive around the corner and got some funny looks from neighbours walking their dogs. I sanded it down and painted it that lovely blue and now it houses my TV stuff. See the 70’s radio on the right complete with 8 track – and it still works! Compliments of Mr. LoveThat’s parents. There was a little door in the middle which I made into a lovely chalkboard. It’s in my Etsy store if you want to have a look at it.
The clock in the picture below used to be a shallow, wooden fruit bowl I found at a thrift store for about $4.50. It was originally from Ikea ($30.00) and I remember seeing it there about a year ago and thinking how nice it would look on my dining-room table! But, alas, my budget didn’t permit and, besides, I really didn’t need another wooden bowl. The lovely swirly wood made it perfect to paint a beach themed clock and I added names of some of the beaches in Vancouver around the edges. It’s for sale in my Etsy store, but if it doesn’t sell in the next few weeks, I know it would look lovely in my new living room. It will give the room a holiday feel for those days when I don’t feel very, erm, holiday-like! A glass of apple wine will certainly put me in the mood. If it does sell – well, I can make another one.
I have plans to repurpose or upcycle most of my outdated furniture over the next few months, so keep checking back here. If the rain ever stops, that is.
Take very good care of yourselves this week and I’ll talk to you soon.