Once again I'm left at the end of the year wondering how it could have flown by so fast! Oh yeah, probably because I was crazy busy and time flies when you're having fun! And boy was 2011 fun. In April I kicked off my Rustic Living business. I spent most of the summer in my garage with a gallon of paint, a sander, tack cloth, a cup of coffee, and my dog Whiskey by my side.
In August I decided to blog about my adventures in transforming furniture. Creating a blog has been exciting, time consuming, and a learning process. Here are a few things I've learned in just a few short months about blogging...
1. A good camera was crucial to take my blog from "oh how cute, she paints furniture" to "I love that shade of blue and the distressing turned out great!" I use the Canon Powershot SX30 IS. Nothing fancy but gets the job done. I'm still learning a lot about what lighting furniture looks best in, how "staging" can enhance the beauty of a piece, and why tripods are a gift from the camera gods. I turn to my super talented photographing sister-in-law for advice. Just check out her Raft Media photography blog.
2. I hate taking pictures of myself. Some people are meant to model. I am not. I prefer my furniture do the modeling. Unless I feel the need to tap into my inner Farrah Fawcett I think pictures of me with my furniture or my husband and puppies will be just fine.
3. There are a LOT of super talented, beautiful, fascinating bloggers out there. Some of my favorites include Story of My Life, Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest, Alchemy Fine Living, and KateHomeLove
Blogging has also given me the opportunity to see how far I've come in painting furniture. Here are my favorite pieces/projects of 2011...
Rustic Living was born from my FIRST project, an antique telephone bench.
I had always wanted to refinish a rocking chair. This was my first...
This wine rack turned bath towel holder has become one my favorite ideas for our home. I picked it up from a thrift store for $6
This is a 2 for 1. I made the photo display from the top half of an old door. The antique dresser turned out better than I expected, I love the color and knobs!
This terrible picture doesn't do this piece justice. I spent hours stripping orange and green paint from this dresser. I loved this one so much I couldn't sell it, she now sits in our bedroom.
This headboard looks wonderfully rustic in our bedroom.
I got two wood nightstands from an auction for one whole dollar. After some sea-foam green paint and a little distressing, these adorable nightstands now sit in our shabby chic guest bedroom.
Speaking of nightstands, that's exactly what I turned a couple antique folding chairs into for our bedroom.
I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to start Rustic Living in 2011. I have set some exciting goals for my business in the next year and look forward to begin pursuing those in just a few days!
See you all in 2012!
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.—James 3:16 (NIV)