Need a change – – – –

June is almost here and it must be time for a change. We started our wood shop in February and have only sold one American Flag. Had a lot of nibbles in regards to our conversion picnic table but not an order yet. I think our biggest issue is marketing. We have tried a few things that obviously hasn’t been successful: flea market, etsy shop, Craigslist, Mothers Day Sale, new signs, business cards and fliers, even posting on Nextdoor to contact our neighbors. We have also done things like getting our resale permit and getting a Square card reader so we can take credit card payments.

I also was doing well as far as sewing for Christmas presents, birthdays and Mothers Day but can’t seem to get motivated to complete a flag for upcoming holidays. Should have made a flag for Memorial Day. Didn’t happen.

I started this blog in February 2012 and I currently only have 79 followers. Thanks to all that have joined my blog. I need to either change how I blog, try videos, or just change directions. The hardest part for me is sharing personal information. Not that I have an exciting life or anything but the more successful blogs I see seem to share parts of their lives.

I guess I haven’t found what I am passionate about. What’s the old saying? “Jack of all trades but master of none.” That’s how I feel.

Maybe I should set some goals either weekly or monthly. Like complete one quilting project or one wood project or one cross stitch project or one sewing project . . or . .or . . . . .

See the problem. Too many things I like to do. I’m pretty good at them. But get lost with lack of decisiveness. Maybe this is the type of blog I should be doing. Just talking.

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Mothers Day Furniture & Home Decor Sale

I had a furniture and home decor sale yesterday at the wood shop.  I should have done it on Saturday also but wasn’t quite ready.  I had my wine displays,

conversion picnic tables, American flags, rice bag pillow, outdoor furniture, mirror stand, horseshoe hinges

and bird houses.

 I was hoping to sell something or at least get an order for a flag or picnic table.  No such luck yesterday.  I have learned that I need to have this type of sale at least for 2 days and make sure to advertise it on Nextdoor maybe a day before.  I learn as I go.  My next sale will be for Memorial Day.  I’m hoping to have some different things done by that time.  Wish me luck.

Blue Wine Display

I shared the wine displays we have made in our wood shop.  Today I wanted to show you the nice blue wine display I finished.  I do like this color of blue.

 

 

I also decided to make a smaller American Flag.  The trickiest part about making different sizes of flags is making the stencil for the stars.  I use an exacto knife set which I got for Christmas

 

 

 

 

and print the stars on a piece of paper.  Then I sit and cut out all 50 stars.

 

 

 

 

Mexican Flag – Wood

In our wood shop we are making flags. The first one we have made was the American Flag. Since we did not have many nibbles for the American Flag we decided to make a 3 panel Mexican Flag. Each panel is 24” tall and 12” wide which makes the total size bigger than the American Flag. The trickiest part is the symbol. I printed the symbol on my ink jet printer and glued it on the center panel. Then used polyurethane to seal it onto the wood. I have found that you can use freezer paper to transfer onto plain wood. But I couldn’t get it to look good so we stuck with the paper applique. Several people said they liked it at the flea market but no one ordered a flag.

Flea Market

 

We have been trying to find a way to market the items we are making in the wood shop. We have the conversion picnic tables, horseshoe door hinges, American and Mexican Flag, as well as “Beware of the . . .” sign. We decided to try a flea market at a Vintique store a couple of weeks ago. I also took some other smaller items such as: cross-stitched shirts and towels, Precious Moments pillows, collectible Elvis Presley and Marilyn plates and a classic car.

 

We printed flyers and business cards so customers would have our information if they decided to order something. We set up before 7 a.m. with the flea market running from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It was a beautiful day but started getting hot around noon. Although we made many contacts, we did not make a sale. Very disappointing ;-(

American Flag – Wood

In our wood shop we are making flags. The first one we have made is the American Flag seen here. We made the flag 20” tall and 34” wide out of 1 by 1 1/2” wood strips. We then connected them with biscuits and glue. The red strip is done with redwood stain. The trickiest part was painting the white stars onto the blue section in the right pattern and size so it looks like the actual flag. Finally, we sealed it with Polyurethane so you can hang it outside as well as inside. It turned out well and we have sold our first flag (also our first item) made in our shop. Yay!!!