Friday, October 29, 2010

The making of a custom order.

I recently finished this custom ordered Keepsake Box for a gift to a new bride. It gives me a nice feeling to complete something for someone I have never met but I know my keepsake box and artwork will serve as a wonderful reminder to a beautiful day in ones life. Anyway the box started out looking like this. This is a pine crafted with a cove detail and is painted a soft creamy bone. I then added the brides bouquet to the top from an image I received via email and inscribed on the inside the bride and groom's name and date of wedding.

This is an image of the finished box and the photo a worked from. The main image of the bouquet I painted on the top of the box. The front side I showed white ribbon and loose petals cascading down the side. Each order I paint differently because the shape and follow of the bouquets can vary, so the boxes shapes can vary also. I think this is such a special gift to give a couple and I enjoy being able to bring it to my client.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fun cottage items added to Etsy Shop

 Round Wall Clock at Etsy $75+$15/shpg
I just added these stacking boxes to my Etsy shop along with another wall clock. I bought the boxes and the clock to paint and had some fun with them. Once they are sold they will not appear again because I would rather build and finish my own things and of course will keep refurbishing found pieces as my bit for the environment.   

Set of 3 Stacked Boxes $35 + $7shpg
With animals

With Birds

Monday, October 25, 2010

First time.

This is the first time in all the years I have voted - which are many - I am not going to vote. I have lived through many campaigns and not once have I ever been so disappointed in what our government is doing. Not once did I NOT vote. I have become so disgusted with our government and the broken promises from both sides of the aisle. I feel like I am watching children in a 1st grade class acting out. I really want to see everyone fired. Let us get some new innovative thinkers in Congress. So there I said it oh well maybe...
I can always hope.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Making the Move.

I am finishing up my little projects around the house and have picked out a Realtor. It has been a lot of work and very stressful at times deciding how much should be done or not. I have told a few neighbors. I am sure by now have informed everyone my plans to sell. Selling is all in the timing, you never want to show your hand or in my case house too soon. You have one shot for a quick sale, if you don't prepare it could turn out to be a long wait. I have found it is better to take the extra day or week to make everything shine.
I am still working marketing creating items for Laurie Rohner Studio and searching for the right house to move to in Vermont. I narrowed my search down to Brandon, a small town that caters to the arts. I have my eye on a home with a wonderful New England feel to it. I also contacted Brandon Chamber of Commerce website for information and a relocation packet. I received it in the mail within days and inside I found all sorts of fabulous brochures and maps pertinent for my business. The first thing I noticed was the hand written note wishing me success in my move and if there was anything the Chamber could assist in please feel free to contact... This is Vermont and this is why I feel very strongly that even in these tumultuous times I need to do everything I can to take the next step. I need to push through the fear and anxiety and follow my instincts. In order for Laurie Rohner Studio to grow I need to establish a shop base which will be the driving force for all my other endeavors. By relocating to Vermont I will be able to combine the internet, local and state guild organizations and the brick and mortar studio forming a comprehensive marketing strategy.
So why can I not do that here in North Carolina? I am not sure I will ever discover why but I have my own suspicions. What I can say is if it is to be all will work out. If this is my path to follow then no matter what , I will go. Sometimes you have to just believe in yourself and in the world around you. My grandma, Honey used to say 'Work faith and faith works'. This new direction I have chosen is exciting and scary and tiring but nothing in this world worth having is easy. This is what makes getting there all the sweeter.
Maybe you have a nagging feeling a gut churning tug that wont go away and it keeps telling you to go somewhere or do something? Listen to it and then figure out what it might be trying to tell you and then find whatever you need inside yourself to take the leap.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Items in Etsy

After a quick break from putting the house together so I can get it up on the market I have added a few things to my Etsy shop.The image above are of the pair of wooden candlesticks and Shaker style box just recently added and below is the door sign with the saying Be Thankful.

Hope you take a break and visit the shop...Laurie.


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