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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Mirror Stand

We picked up this mirror on a stand when we cleared out a neighbors garage. At first I was thinking I should change this stand. But what would I do? Paint it? Take it apart?

The final decision – no changes. Just cleaning it well and then selling it next weekend for our Mothers Day Sale.

This seems the perfect time to mention that on Mothers Day weekend, May 13th and 14th, we will be having a furniture and home décor sale at our Wood Shop here is sunny southern California. This will be a perfect opportunity to use our Square card reader for payments. We can now take credit card payments which hopefully will help with our sales.

We will have our wine displays, American Flags, mirror stand, oak wood table, outdoor furniture and metal candle holders. This past weekend I put up signs trying to get some conversion picnic table orders so we can get them made by Mothers Day. No orders maybe because it rained all weekend.

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 ;-(

Conversion Picnic Table

Mac & I have started a woodworking and welding shop on our property.  We had tried the woodworking when we moved here in 1997.  Mac made our bedroom set with headboard and 2 night stands.  He also made a drafting table and armoire.  Did not make any sells so the shop really never became a business.

picnic-table

 

But this time, we are starting with a conversion picnic table and expanding to other items for which we have plans.  This first picnic table is 5 feet and made of pine.  I will be painting it a beautiful blue color this week.  The second one is a four foot table out of redwood. If you would like to see more pictures, click here to  see the posting on Facebook.