My New Favorite Thing and Some Boothy News

My friend Anne, who also has a booth at Daisies and Olives, posted an Instagram picture of this effect from Sweet Pickins’ account. I was all IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY I HAVE TO DO THAT IMMEDIATELY and ran out to buy some paper napkins from Tuesday Morning and started decoupaging everything that wasn’t moving. I started out small and made a few of these:

But I have since moved on to furniture.

BTW, I used two of my precious glass door knobs and two of my precious glass cabinet pulls on that but it’s all okay…it sold!

I’m not even going to bother with a tutorial because I can’t improve on her instructions — the woman is a master. I will say two things, though: peeling apart the napkin layers is a pain in the butt so do yourself a favor and use two pieces of tape, with the napkin sandwiched in between, to separate the layers. Also, I put a layer of Mod Podge over the napkin in addition to under the napkin because when I was distressing, the sander was taking too much of the napkin away for my liking when I didn’t.

The two furniture pieces went in the booth last week, the day before the Junk Ranch and they’ve since sold. I tried to fill it up with furniture pieces for the first time in a long time.

It was full as of Thursday of last week but Daisies and Olives did record sales during the weekend of the Junk Ranch and it is a bit empty and echo-y now! Which is great, but I need to get going on some new projects I’ve got out in the garage. I bought a dresser off of Craigslist last week — it’s really nice, solid wood, very well-made — but it was a weird transaction. Ever have one of those Craigslist transactions where you’re kind of like “geez I should have told people exactly where I went because I may disappear into this house and never be heard from again”? Yeah, kind of like that. But I survived and now I’ve got to get the massive thing painted. It’s certainly easier to keep it full in the summertime — or will be, now that I’m getting back into my regular shopping habits.

The customized prints business has not yet taken off. I’ve sold three so far, and two of them were to a repeat customer. Trying to brainstorm on ways I can showcase them a bit more. I don’t think people pay attention to them, as right now they’re just displayed on the wall like any other print. I really like doing them, so I hope it picks up here in a bit. I’m working on some for my sister-in-law right now, for her kids’ bathroom.

There’s is a household of giant Star Wars geeks. I’m working on getting the colors right and Justin is freaking out because the Darth Vader quote isn’t perfect (it’s supposed to be “Don’t fail me”) so they’re not quite done but I sure had fun working on them.

All righty. That’s it for now. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

June 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Shara Ever since I saw this technique that you are doing I have been kind of obsessed in finding one of those giant old wooden spools and doing all of the slats in a different finish – like the wall at Funky. I think it would even been cool in the middle of our booth with stuff on it. But, you and I both know that I will NEVER actually do something so huge. 🙂 But, wouldn’t it be cool?

June 24, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Laura Carder Wow, that technique IS amazing!!! So pretty on all the things you did. Now I must find wood and napkins! Thanks so much for causing me more crafts to obsess about. 😉

June 24, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Laurie ALL THE CUTE!!!!!

June 24, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Anne Holcomb Wow, thanks for mentioning me and you spelled my name right, yeah. I knew you would love the napkin technique and everything you’ve done is very nice. Love everything in your booth, it is always pleasing. Hope to see you up at DO.

July 7, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Shannon I think I may need an order of those star wars prints for the soon-to-be husband. He might not listen to me, but he’s an avid star wars fan so he can’t cross darth vader!

July 11, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Lara Jo Just say the word, ma’am, and I’ll get them to you!

July 11, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Anne!!! I know, it’s been forever since you and I have been up there at the same time — maybe we will run into each other at the next vendor night…Clothesline Fair is right around the corner!!!

July 11, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Lara Jo Laura, there are TOO MANY crafty ideas in the world, aren’t they? I really recommend Tuesday Morning for the napkins — they’re definitely the cheapest around. When you can get 20 napkins for under $3, it’s at least a fairly cheap craft!!!

July 11, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Lara Jo Shara, that would actually be really easy to do and now I am obsessed with finding you a spool so you can achieve your dream.