Happy Thanksgiving from a couple of turkeys and a Goose:
May your stomach be bigger than your eyes as you wolf down all those Thanksgiving goodies! Hope you all wore your Thanksgiving pants….I sure did! Stretch pants for all!
We’re out and about, galavanting around Vermont spending as much time as humanly possible with our family. We’ll be back to a relatively normal blogging schedule starting tomorrow. In honor of Black Friday, I’ll have one ginormous gift guide post for you all. And being a full-time Etsy seller, of course every…single….item…on the gift guide can be bought on Etsy (note the dramatic pauses).
So happy Thanksgiving to you all! Enjoy your turkey and pie…we sure will!
Pssst…What are your Thanksgiving plans? Spending time with your family? Friendsgiving it up?! Watching reruns of Friends Thanksgiving episodes? The one where Joey gets stuck in the turkey is my all time favorite!
Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear…errrr…rug. Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair…errrr…bugs?! That kind of works…emphasis on “kind of”. But seriously y’all we bought a new rug for our living room and it is soooo fuzzy, cozy and awesome!
And so you can fully appreciate the new rug in the above “after” shot, here’s the obligatory “before” shot of our living room with the too small, not the right color, kind of disgustingly dirty, and not so fuzzy at all rug.
The old rug was a 4′ x 6′ and was definitely WAY too small for the space. It’s hard to tell in the above picture since it cuts off the rug, but it’s much smaller than the couch, which is a definite rug size no-no. One school of rug thought is that all couch feet should be able to touch the rug…and stroke it, caress it, and whisper sweet nothings to it. Are we still talking about couches?! And then the view of the living room from the parlor side of things:
But let’s talk about the rug a little bit and how amaze-balls it is in a bad infomercial kind of way. We have been passively shopping for a new rug for our living room space for a long time, pretty much since we bought the new couch last summer. Rugs for us are big purchases and ones we like to take our sweet time picking out. And since the living room has historically been the land of misfit furniture, it took some time for the room to evolve but it finally has. The living room space is really starting to come together and feel cohesive instead of a mish-mash of cast off furniture and accessories. So after we pillowed up, curtained up, and blinded up…it was time to rug up.
When I asked Colby what he wanted for a new rug in the living room, his only request was that it be squishy and fuzzy, the kind you can just lie right down on and make snow angels. Since Colby’s not one to EVER have special requests when it comes to decor (seriously…I asked him about nightstand opinions this weekend…and he responded with “you have good taste…I trust you…now go”), so I had to oblige on this one and found a super soft and squishy rug.
Throughout operation rug research I fell in love HARD with the West Elm Souk rug. So obsessed that I actually debated paying $899 for the 8′ x 10′. But I couldn’t do it. That’s more than what we paid for our couch and I could see it now…at $899, the rug would become a look-but-don’t-touch item in the living room. Considering we pretty much live in the living room, specifically on the couch, that wouldn’t be the most ideal situation. So then I came across the Marrakesh Shag Rug from Rugs USA. It had a similar look and feel as the Souk rug, just without the hefty price tag. This guy clocked in at $640 for the 6′ x 9′, which is still higher than I normally like to pay for a rug.
After showing it to Colby and making sure he was on board the Marrakesh Shag Rug train, I started to play the waiting game. Rugs USA is one of those e-tailers that ALWAYS has a sale or a coupon available. So I signed up for their email blasts and waited out for the perfect sale. I didn’t have to wait long. A few days later, Rugs USA posted a Halloween sale…meaning all rugs on sale, plus an extra 60% off, PLUS free shipping. Total end price for our rug…a whopping $167. Sold! We ordered it, it arrived a few weeks ago, and we finally rolled out the new carpet and have been happily squishing our toes in it.
And because a DIY dork’s work is never done, now that the new rug is in the house, I’m finally figuring out the finishing situation for the yard sale coffee table find. I’ve never liked its current shade/finish, it’s a little too on the bad orange side for me, and have been debating chalk painting it or applying PolyShades to it. But now with the rug in the room, I’m thinking PolyShades will be the winner in a dark, classic black shade.
We already have the stain. It was leftover from that time we thought it would be a good idea to stain the vanity (in the yellow bathroom mind you), black. It didn’t last long before it got painted white…it was a bit on the bumblebee side of things. But I think the black stain will be a much better fit on the living room coffee table since it would tie into the deep gray tones in the rug along with the gray couch.
In the end, after we PolyShades (totally a verb) the coffee table, and we don’t like how it turned out, we can always chalk paint it in the same finish as the side table.
Pssst…Who’s coming over to squish their toes in the new rug?! C’mon…you know you want to! All the cool kids pee their pants…I mean…squish their toes in the rug!
Starting projects…totally my jam…finishing projects…not so much. Please tell me I’m not the only one who is a stellar project starter but then lets them kind of fizzle?! Anywho, I needed to take some “workshop” photos for our shop listing on Scout Mob and our Etsy office space was kind of looking like this:
One of my favorite tricks of staining is filling all the nail holes with colored putty after staining but before polying. For most projects, this means you can pre-stain the wood, install it, then fill in the nail holes. The colored putty just melts right into your staining project and masks those nail holes like a champ.
Pssst…In another random exciting news, our Christmas tree is totally going up this weekend! Hootie hoo! Honestly, this is the earliest I’ve ever put up our tree (I’m usually a wait until after Thanksgiving is over kind of girl), but I just can’t help it. I’m itching to start decorating for Christmas! Anyone else have their tree up already? Or have been bitten by the Christmas bug?!
Bueller….Bueller….Bueller…..Anyone out there? Is this thing on?! Long time no blog post! Seriously…it’s been a month. I couldn’t even remember how to log into my blog it’s been so long! And the comments and the emails…goodness…I’ve got some serious catching up to do. So if you’re recently (and by recently I mean the last couple of months) left a comment, asked a question or sent an email, I’m just getting around to them.
But let’s cut to the chase and the big question on everyone’s mind (who am I kidding…just my mom’s mind), “Where have you been?!”. Let’s just say I haven’t been terribly good about balancing the day job, the Etsy shop, and life in general. So what did I do about it? I quit my job. Boom. I just wish I had done it with a little bit of flair (or twelve pieces of flair) like Marina Shifrin did in this video:
So now that I’ve dropped the bomb, here’s how this all went down. Since May, we’ve had steady sales on Etsy. From day one, we were selling enough product to make a decent living. It wasn’t quite enough to match my day job salary but it was more than enough to live. In the back of my mind, I knew running Roostic full time was a possibility in the not so distant future. So I worked hard, squirreled away most of our profits, and grew our sales to a point where our profits were outpacing my salary on a pretty consistent basis.
This was late September. Then crazy(er) things started happening. I was approached with wholesale offers on such sites as Shoppe by Scout Mob and Domestica, both offers I couldn’t pass up, and our products were being featured by such behemoths as Sweet Paul, Better Homes & Gardens, the W Network and more. Given that I was averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night (on a good night) those wholesale offers weren’t ones I could take on right away. Something had to go. And after much soul searching, a few tears, and a lot of discussion with Colby about whether or not this was the right decision, I put my notice in at work and signed the wholesale contracts.
November 1st was my last official day at my day job as the marketing director for NH Bragg and Sons (an industrial distributor…hence my love for tools). I’m not gonna lie. As much as I thought I was going to waltz out of there all ecstatic-like about my new adventure, it was bittersweet. I had been there for over six years. I grew up there. I finished grad school there, moved into my first big girl apartment there, met Colby there (not literally), got engaged and married there, and worked with some amazing people. I learned so much and really grew up at NH Bragg, as a marketer and as a person.
But I couldn’t wait to get going running Roostic full time. We had just started wholesaling on Scout Mob and had 125 orders in our first week there! Eeek! Not to mention a ginormous, 50 piece order to get to. Needless to say, we were busy. I spent many days and evenings hanging out in the basement sanding my fingers to the bone. And just when I thought we had caught up, and I could do my first load of laundry in over a month (don’t worry…I had clean underwear…Colby did a couple loads of laundry…although…folding is not his strong suit…he just dumped it on the kitchen table…where we got dressed each morning since that’s where the clean clothes were…I wish I was kidding), then boom, UPS broke all but 8 of the 50 piece RUSH iPad stand order and we had to do it again. Thus, the reasons for the radio silence this past month.
But we’re back, baby! Back in a
New York blogging groove! I’ve missed blogging…like MISSED IT, missed it. It’s the thing I like to do at night before bed to wind down for the day. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with a regular blogging schedule as we’re just getting into the big, holiday rush, but I’m going to try. I’m aiming for posting five times a week, Sunday through Thursday nights, like back in the good ol’ blogging days before Etsy came around. So stay tuned for more house project shenanigans. There may be a new rug situation we need to update you on, some new-about-to-die-if-I-don’t-water-them plants in the house, and a big ol’ kitchen remodel on the horizon. And of course Goose pictures…because what would this blog be without the Goose!
Pssst…Have I mentioned yet that I missed YOU GUYS?! Man have I missed you guys!!! And all your sweet comments!
A long, long time ago,
I can still remember, how that music used to make me smile we bought a tractor seat stool at Home Goods. It was an impromptu purchase while on a Vermont road trip because when you see a tractor seat stool, you buy it. Those are the rules. No exceptions. But alas, the tractor seat stool was red which isn’t necessarily my favorite color…not even close…I’m more of a blue girl. But I left it red until the Etsy work space evolved a little bit more. But now…that tractor seat stool is sporting a brand new turquoise coat.
After a bit of color debate, I opted to paint the stool the same turquoise color as the cage light fixture that we made last week, which happens to be leftover paint from our media cabinet in the living room. Nothing like a little color synergy in the space. But my favorite part of the stool’s new paint color, is how cute it looks with the coral curtains. I’m a sucker for coral/turquoise color combos. It gets my insides all tingly ever time.
But remember where we were just a few-ish weeks ago? Red stool with green/yellow curtains. Oh my. Not so great.
Painting the stool was one of those super quick and super easy projects that provides a big impact. As for the how we did it portion of this program, it was our regular old spray painting song and dance. The stool was metal with a super glossy finish. So I prepped the stool by wiping it down with a liquid deglosser, which magically scuffs up the finish without sanding AND cleans the surface all in one step. Then prepped our paint sprayer for painting.
We’ve hit the one year mark on our paint sprayer (a Graco 2900 purchased from Lowes…you can read our review on it back here) and I have to admit, we’ve been having words. Strong words. Like the kind you yell at the dog after he ate an entire plate of freshly grilled bbq chicken (been there). Fightin’ words. I’m kind of wishing we had upgraded the paint sprayer to the next model up, the one where you don’t have to water down your paint. And it’s been a clog monster lately. Live and learn. At least a clog saved Colby from being spray painted a lovely turquoise color.
Next step, spray time. After I worked by Goldilocks skills with the water to paint ratio until I got the perfect consistency of not too runny but not too thick to clog the sprayer, I layered on about four thin and even coats of paint. Three coats almost covered up the red, but not quite so a fourth was needed.
I’m a big fan of spray painting outside by putting down a scrap piece of plywood or some cardboard in the lawn and plopping my spray painting piece down on top of it. It’s so much easier to tackle these kind of projects outside. Then you can leave them out there to fully dry and harden before taking them in. Sadly, our spray painting days are numbered. See the leaves in the yard? Spray painting season is drawing to a close as the temps are dropping and winter is looming. My spray painting trigger finger is officially un-itchy…and gloved.
After a couple days of dry time, the stool returned to the Etsy office space and I happily plopped by butt into the turquoise seat. Such a happy tushy!
As for what’s next in the Etsy office? I’ve got a few decorating/organizing projects up my sleeve. My favorite kinds of projects, the little ones that add some depth, layer, and texture to the room. The kind that really make a space unique and give it some character. Stay tuned.
Pssst…While we were spray painting away this weekend, what were you guys up to? Any painting projects? Organizing? Halloween prep work? Man…Halloween is sooooo soon. I’m officially not ready!