Nov 30, 2011

Pursuing a dream

I've been mulling over this post for a couple weeks now, and today seems like a good day to share it.  A little peek into my head; where I've been, and where I hope to be going.
My hope in writing this is to encourage you.  I really hope this doesn't come off sounding like a 'yay me' post.

Do you have aspirations of starting a creative business? Maybe dreams of having a booth at a show or shop? Maybe you're not even sure where to begin!

Two years ago I was desperate to regain my creativity. Desperate.
As in, verging on depression. I really felt like a part of me had died, or shriveled up.
I had lost my creative mojo.  Have you ever been there?

I thought I wanted to get into home decor....somehow. I thought interior decorating was where I wanted to be. But I wasn't ready to jump into school- I felt like I should test the waters on my own before laying down a bunch of cash and then deciding I really didn't like that career.  Or maybe get back to fine art- painting.

Finally, I gave myself a kick in the butt.
I took a painting class at my local community college.


I was so excited at finishing a piece of work. I literally was grinning from ear to ear all afternoon after the class!  It's no Rembrandt, but I couldn't have been more proud. Mostly because I'd done something to get the ball rolling. And it didn't totally suck!
From there came blogging. Then my first "official" decorating job. Disaster.
 I am so glad I didn't jump into design school, because that little voice in my head that said "maybe you just like decorating for you" was true.  I took criticism too personally.  But despite that, I felt like my interests, strengths, and direction have been slowly crystallizing into my dream job over the past year.

Over the course of my life, fear has played a major roll in deciding my paths. I've let opportunities pass me by because I was too afraid. Because of that fear, I've always listened to what other people have thought I'd be really good at. But you know what? None of those suggestions were anything like what I'm doing today! And most of those suggestions were 'safe'.  Not utilizing my creativity.  One thing my dad said to me when I was in high school really stuck with me:
"Welcome to the real world, Denise."
That phrase related to me not wanting to get a job during the summer, and instead wanting to lay out by the pool.
A good knock on the head for a high school student, for sure.  But, it also stuck with me.  Being in a 'job' to pay the bills and letting go of dreaming.

I've said before that this book

...played a huge role in figuring out what I love to do and turning it into my job, my business.
One of the questions this books asks is, what activity could you do all day?
For me, I love home decor and I love to shop! I didn't know how to incorporate that initially, but these days I get to do both on a regular basis. I blog about home decor, I sell things relating to home decor, and I get to shop for it regularly! I also have a love of painting and art. I also get to incorporate that into furniture and product.



Right now I feel so fulfilled.  I am happy that I am starting to make money in a way that brings me joy.  I'm excited to get up in the morning.  Do you have something that gets you excited to get up in the morning?  What would that mean for you?
Even though I have found what I love to do, I am also like many of you.  Trying to find balance.  The next step I am looking to will hopefully alleviate some of the overload I am feeling at the moment.

This journey has been every bit a spiritual one as much as anything.  I've prayed a lot over the choices I've made.  And if anything, it has taught me to pray specifically for what you want.  I don't treat God like a genie in a bottle, but I do believe that He wants us to be happy, to use the gifts and talents He's given us, and to talk to Him.

So, again, I say if you have a dream, go for it. No one can tell you what your dream should be- only you have the capability to make that happen. Go with your gut. Ask yourself what you think about 24/7, what you are passionate about, what you would most love to do all day, every day.
Now go do it.
I promise you will feel fulfilled and happy.

Nov 29, 2011

Big black birdcage & giveaway winner

Over the weekend I did a little shopping. (ha! What's new?!) I bought a beautiful antique bed frame. I am so excited to get working on it it, but that will be for later. While I was there, I spotted this gorgeous black birdcage. The price was ok. Not amazing, but not terrible.
I left it and then decided I wanted it. So I headed back Saturday morning and nabbed it. The good thing about waiting this time, was that I'd filled up a punch card and got a nearly half off price! $14.50!


It was a great addition to our living room. I wanted something tall and structural. The color was also great to add a little drama.

Super heavy, simple in it's shape. Loving the curly latch.

 For now it is a pretty piece for the corner... But I am also mulling some ideas for adding some light and making this a lamp of sorts.
Or maybe not. We'll see.

...and my chair still is waiting for it's makeover!

The winner of the Dark Secrets of Wonderland bracelet from Shabby Apple is:

 
Kyra from Racks & Mooby!
:)
Congratulations and enjoy your cute new jewelry!

Nov 28, 2011

how to distress wood and a furniture before and after

This past summer I spied an abandoned pallet in a nearby empty lot. I figured when the time was right, I'd pull it apart and make a Christmas sign with it. But, as luck would have it, when I was ready to get it, I lifted it up and there was a yellow jackets nest clinging to the underside. Drat.

Plan B involved another project I was wanting to try,  just not "free" for the materials like I'd hoped. :)


Pam from Our Adventures in Home Improvement shared this idea a while back and I was excited to try it out.  She does a great step by step tutorial.


First I purchased some pickets. Then, I soaked steel wool in apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and rubbed it on the boards. Within minutes I had what you see in the first photo!

So fun! Thanks for the inspiration Pam!
I agree that gloves are imperative for this project. The boards were also a bit stinky, but since I had a few days before the rest of assembly, they were able to air out.

****
On another note, I never got to do a full before and after on the small hutch!
Here was the before when I got it in September. 

Dark brown, with faux wood grain. I'm not going to criticize the work- whoever did it really did an amazing job. I really thought it was just stained until I started working on it!  This one piece, solid maple hutch was so cute.  I could see it as a small bookcase or a really pretty linen cabinet in a bathroom.

It was missing a piece of glass and one of the pulls.
Tons of storage for a five foot piece of furniture.
Here's the after:

I did a two tone color using milk paint, using Snow White and Baby Blue.  
A little distressing and some Shabby Chic paper to back the cabinet.  The brass pulls also were repainted in an oil rubbed bronze.


I really tried to find pulls to replace the one that was missing, but ran out of time in my search before the show.  I ended up replacing with glass knobs.  They looked nice, but I was really in love with the star burst ones.
I wish I'd been able to get this hutch truly staged at some point, but this as good as you're going to get!


I was nervous about replacing the glass and dragged my feet on it.  In the end, it was really no big deal.  I won't be so intimidated to do it next time!

This cute little hutch got lots of interest at the Faire, but I ended up bringing it home.  But, over Thanksgiving weekend, it went home with a very nice lady who bought it via Craigslist.  
And she plans on using it as a linen cabinet for her bathroom!
:)

Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

A very happy day to you and your family!

Country Living
Today, we will take part in our annual tradition of cinnamon rolls and Martinelli's cider for breakfast; a morning family walk; cooking and stuffing ourselves silly with Chex Mix; Dallas Cowboys football, and time spent with family.  "Miracle on 34th Street" is always the kick off to Christmas movie marathon in our home, since it begins with Thanksgiving!
This year I am not hosting, so it will be a more relaxed day in our house.

I hope you have a wonderful day spent with loved ones, traditions, and yummy food.

Nov 23, 2011

Shabby Apple jewelry giveaway

You are going to love this one!
Shabby Apple is giving one lucky winner this *charming* bracelet!
Their line of vintage jewelry had me swooning.  It was so hard to pick a piece for this giveaway.
The Dark Secrets of Wonderland is full of fun charms and lockets, and I love the gun metal gray color- so versatile with so many styles. The multi strand chain has lots of fun trinkets- click here to see the detail.

  
Shabby Apple also has several other beautiful vintage jewelry inspired pieces. Here are a few other favorites:


And here's the other fun part- they are offering my readers 10% off!
You can use this code for the next 30 days to shop shop shop! 


PINKPOSTCARD10OFF

Christmas is fast approaching and there are all kinds of goodies you can buy.  Who doesn't love a sale this time of year?


Here's what you need to do to be entered in the giveaway for the Dark Secrets of Wonderland bracelet:

You can click the link above and then leave me a comment here telling me you did.

2) Follow Pink Postcard
Leave me another comment below telling me you are.

3) Leave me another comment telling me what other piece of jewelry from Shabby Apple you'd love to own in addition to the giveaway bracelet!

That's all!  Three chances to enter, and the winner will be picked via Random.org. The Giveaway ends Monday, November 28 at 9pm PST.  I will announce the winner Tuesday, November 29.
Shabby Apple has specified that the winner must have a US shipping address, and there will be no exchanges on the winning piece of jewelry.  

Don't forget that you can still use the 10% off  PINKPOSTCARD10OFF coupon code for the next 30 days!
Good luck!

 
And thanks to Shabby Apple for allowing me the opportunity to offer this to my readers!!
****This giveaway is now closed****

Nov 22, 2011

Kitchen Feature at Remodelaholic!

Our kitchen makeover is being featured over at Remodelaholic today!
Thank you so much Cassity and Justin for sharing this project with your readers.   You can visit Remodelaholic by clicking here.






This was our biggest DIY to date, and I still love that we tackled this project!
A huge thanks, once again, for the feature Remodelaholic!! 
Check out more of their great features and projects.

Nov 21, 2011

my booth at the Heritage Holiday Faire 2011

This officially marks my one year anniversary of doing shows. I am so happy at all I have learned and accomplished in one year's time! Last year I had a few sparse items I put in the commission only section of the show. This year, I had a booth jam packed full.
 (sorry about the messy sale table- I had just finished set up, and still had a few essentials sitting out....)


We rented a U-Haul this time- we had rain showers all weekend, and I wanted to load as much as possible the night before. It was totally worth it.

One of my most popular items was the Bailey Brothers Building and Loan vintage window /sign. I could've had a dozen of these and sold them all. The first one sold before the show opened- to another vendor. She was gracious enough to let me keep it in my booth. I now have special orders for two more.

My wine bags were also a big hit. I only had three for the show and they were gone Friday night. I also have orders for more.

One of my favorite items I made for the show was my winter welcome porch sign. It also went home with a sweet lady. This was such a fun sign to make!! I wish I could've done a few more.  I got to learn how to use a nail gun.  I so want one now.


At the Deepwood show, I met a really nice vendor, Pam from Peonies and Possibilities. We got to be neighbors again! :) it was fun to chat with her between customers. So sweet and such a fun girl. We're making plans to do some future shopping trips!


The "Gray Gardens" dresser sold.  It went home with a mom to be  :)

The small hutch finally got finished the day before the show.  I learned how to replace glass! It was much simpler and not as expensive as I'd anticipated.  Love learning new things.  Lots of interest, no takers yet....

Some fun Christmas items that were a blast to put together.
I got this cute elf graphic from the Graphics Fairy:


I sold out of most of my German glass glitter at the end of the show (thanks Sarah!!  :)  )
But I have more that will be going into Etsy very soon. Including a few items you see here:


This shell wreath was the only "wreath" I did this year.  I always like to come up with something unique.  The shell tray was something I picked up over the summer, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Here it is:
It sold Sunday afternoon, and I was glad- this wouldn't do very well with shipping so I knew it would not be going into my Etsy shop.

The entire show was absolutely amazing.  It was on the third floor of the Mission Mill Heritage Center.  I've posted on this venue before.  Pam, Sarah, and Shirleen, who organized the show, did an incredible job with many months of planning.  There is a glass elevator that took guests to the main room, and we heard several comments that it was just jaw dropping to come in and feel like they were stepping into Christmas.

There was a large 'shop' in the middle in addition to all the vendor booths.  I loved the pallet walls and trees that made up this area!



Stunning.  Most of the items above are Roost ReImagined- there are a few others sprinkled in since this is also where the commission only sellers contributed as well.

My last photo is of the sale table I built just before the show:

I'd been using a vintage rolling file cabinet, but it was just too small.  This size was perfect- I had hangers for my bags, and a spot for tissue to wrap purchases.   The legs came from Goodwill, and the top are fence boards.  
I may consider adding a skirt- just enough to show the legs, but also to hide necessary items underneath!

An exhausting, fun and amazing weekend.  I'm so excited to take a break from shows until 2012, but now I need to fill up the Etsy shop!