Now that I've had time to cool off a bit and laugh about it, I can tell you about something my youngest snot-slinger did last week.
I had been inside doing something (folding laundry, cleaning the kitchen, rounding up plastic dinosaurs, I can't quite remember) while the boys were outside playing. I looked out my bedroom window to check on them and saw Ethan peeking his head out of the shop (I had closed all of the doors to ensure they didn't get into the signs I had out there drying... obviously that didn't work!). I told him to get out and close the door... and soon it was time to come inside for naps.
After getting both of them to sleep, I headed back out to the shop to get one of the signs to work on... What I found when I entered was two of my finished signs, one with WHITE lettering - covered almost completely in BLACK paint! I had to blink to make sure I was seeing clearly...
After a discussion with Ethan, I went to the sink to see if there was any way to salvage these beautiful signs, which I was going to ship the next day... And to my surprise and delight, I found that the finish coat I'd just painted them with let the black paint be scrubbed away to show no harm done to my beautiful signs! And their new owners may never know ... unless they read this! ;)
Shipped this morning to Massachusetts
After shipping 5 signs this morning and building, sanding and staining 3 more this evening - I was able to have everything in my "orders" list built and at least one base coat on. Doing good! Hope to have everything on the list out by the end of the week.
Although I'm always happy with new orders, I am also hoping to have some time in the next few weeks to build up inventory for two local arts and crafts festivals I've applied to. Details to follow as we hear back from their approval committees. Woohoo! Big thanks to Kim and Savannah at Little Jodie Designs for being the brave souls who dare to enter new craft fairs and shows. But I know, since she survived the International Waterfowl Festival's tents full of duck and goose calls for sale (ya know you have to try it before you buy it, right?) And kids who are practicing with their duck and goose calls, she can survive anything!
While this is the first blog post I've ever written, I am going to attempt to give you a little insight into the sometimes crazy life I lead as a wife, as a mom, as a teacher, and as a creator of salvaged jewels.
The picture shown was taken a few weeks ago in an attempt to share with my Facebook fans where their signs come from and the amount of work that goes into not only finding and bringing home the lumber - but also the sometimes challenging job of tearing things apart... When you finish this task you are left with these two piles (pictured) One of nice straight boards and one of rusty nails.
I'm going to estimate the number of times I picked up these nails and re-piled them was at least two dozen, before they finally landed in the trashcan. I have two little helpers. And they have little track hoes. And little dump trucks. And little hands that get into everything.
I'm off to fix supper - enchilladas, yumm!