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As part of the many, many things I am doing in my a-typical quest to be a self-employed wonder, I now sell Avon!

It started with my grandmother whipping out her latest campaign brochure while I was over and asking why I didn’t try doing that. (It was a sorta kinda selfish request… she wanted an easier, more convenient access point for products.) But it got me thinking… I have *always* loved Avon myself and it seemed like an easy enough gig. So I did it!

Over the course of time I’m going to be posting product reviews and other Avon-related items in amongst all my other stuff here on my blog.

Follow and like my facebook page and follow and RT my twitter account for deals, reviews, important ordering dates, etc. These will be updated much more frequently than my blog. My blog will only house long-standing items of interest, not passing sales.

My current project is going to be a video review about Avon’s “Anew” line of skin care products, specifically the line’s “Rejuvenate” products aimed at people in their 30s. I’m not there yet, but I have some skin problems and this line claims to “help visibly reduce pores, even skin tone, smooth texture, and restore all-over skin vibrancy,” which is what I could use anyway. I don’t have wrinkles yet, but everything else could potentially be useful.

I’m going to start using it once the campaign 6 order goes in and I will post my review after campaign 7.

Let’s see what happens!

I have had my vanity since I moved into my new place.

I got it way before I lost my job or figured that this would be a career choice for me.

I love this vanity!

The only problem is, I have no use for it. I bought it thinking I would wake up each morning and sit in front of it and do my makeup and hair. Like a simple and nice morning ritual.

But it never happened.

It just turned into a dump for my makeup and hair products and straightener and blow-dryer.

I actually do my morning stuff at my computer desk while doing a million other things.

So now, I have decided to sell.

It’s been banged around a bit, so I need to freshen her up, but then she’ll be better than ever!

Step 1: Disassemble and sandStep 1: Disassemble and sand

Taking the thing apart proved to be fine *until* I got to the extension piece that pulls out of the top of the table portion. There were two little plugs inserted into the bottom of the extension that would catch on a hidden lip which aimed at preventing the extension from being fully removed. The first plug came out easily with some pliers; the second wouldn’t come out no matter what I tried… ended up chipping the top off just to get it out and I’ll get the rest out before I paint and put the extension back in. Fortunately the plugs were essentially those wooden pegs that come with IKEA furniture… and I can get those easily.

Sanding and disassembling was a little more work than I expected. The sanding couldn’t be done entirely with the electric sander, so a lot of hand sanding went into this.¬† Also it seems I will have to do quite a lot of heavy sanding on the extension to ensure that it will slide in and out smoothly in the long run.

Step 2: Paint

Step 2: Paint

The first coat is easy enough. Nothing major to report for that part. For the accents (not pictured), I spray painted the knob that attaches to the extension and the screws which will be visible in the back of the bench with the brushed gold. I like to add those little things that no one necessarily notices but make the difference between quality and a rush job.

Step 3: Recovering the Seat

Step 4: Branding

This is something I’ve always thought about in the beginning, but never actually remembered to do in the end.

I bought some sticky foam letters from the dollar store, sprayed gold paint around them, waited 10 minutes and removed the foam letters. Voila!

Branding Stages

Now I just have to finish the extension insert and then I will take photos and post the final product!

I originally intended to keep this piece for myself, but I’ve found that as beautiful as it is, I have nowhere to put it.

Such a shame, it really would be useful if my floor plan allowed for it.

Telephone BenchI’m going to paint the wood black and the back and seat cushion will be a light gold satin (I might tuft it, not sure yet) and the pull on the table extension will be gold as well.

There isn’t much else to say about this piece. I’ve been staring at it for a few months now and it’s time to get it worked on.

There is nothing much to say today… except… I GOT MY FIRST SALE!!!

My First Sale

It was my beautiful curio cabinet that got purchased. I am so proud of myself. This also reinforces that maybe I’m not insanely crazy for thinking this could work. O.o

Curio Cabinet

And another one rolls off the production line and lands on Etsy; “Fedora” for my High Hat Collection.

Fedora

I’m zooper proud ov myzelf!

Symmography
noun
1. A fancy pants way of describing a 70s phenomenon popularly known as “string art”.
2. My latest obsession.

I was at my parents’ place the other night and I was perusing the book shelves as I always do (something about the familiarity and consistency of what I see is soothing to me) and I stopped at this book which my mother has always owned and decided to take it off the shelf and flip through it. It’s called¬†STRING ART – Symmography – Three Dimensional Creative Designs with Yarn without Knotting or Knitting. Long title, non?

String Art the Book

Anyway, as I’m perusing this book my ever-turning wheels start thinking that maybe this could be an interesting way of expressing myself. Less about money-making and more about being my creative self. I took the book, I bought some wooden frames with a thin wood veneer on top and got to work with materials I already owned: nails, gold spray paint and black yarn.

It took me a little while to think up some interesting shapes I would like to use (I went through owls and mustaches quite quickly and settled on hats… a simple shape, yet I don’t see any. Yet.), but once I settled on different hat shapes and decided to call the collection “High Hat”, I was ready to go!

Voila! My first in a series of nine, called “Top Hat”. The names will all be simple; just the type of hat the shape represents. This one is already listed in my Etsy shop.

"Top Hat"

Excited to get started on the next one; a fedora. Followed by a peaked cap, a baseball cap, a tuque, a tilley hat, a newsboy hat (a.k.a. a “gatsby”), a stetson, and a shako. I’m doing these all in black yarn on a gold background, but I’m thinking for both the tuque and the shako of doing the pompom and plume, respectively, in red.

Wish me luck…

Man, oh man, oh man… how things change.

My initial concept for the dresser has changed. Kind of a bit a lot. If that makes sense.

  1. Took the giant bird off the front and replaced it with a distant flying flock of feathered friends (sorry… I know I could have said birds, but once alliteration starts you really have to follow thru.)
  2. Abandoned the Emerald and Greyed Jade in favour of following my “BlackGold” theme. I think having collections is a better idea au moment.
  3. I had initially intended to have the interiors of the drawers printed, but since I’m going with the black and gold flavour, I will now just cover the interiors with matte black and and have the feathers cut from a brushed gold on top (laminated for good measure so that the feathers wont lift during the course of regular use).
  4. Front pulls have been eliminated. Again, this might change as soon as actual construction begins.

MALM Concept 2

I’ll catch you up in the next and final (?) installment of the Life and Times of a MALM Dresser.

My grandmother lived three floors up from us in the exact same building.

This thing hung on her wall, just left of the balcony door for decades.

Grandma's Curio Cabinet (Before)

Grandma’s Curio Cabinet (Before)

It housed her signed Blue Jays baseballs (she’s a sports fan), a little teddy bear candle I bought for her when I was an infant, this carved wooden cat that had these appetizer picks stuck in its back with little cat heads on the end of them… basically curiosities.

Curiosities she kept in her curio cabinet. Hehe.

Anyway, the curiosities moved on to bigger and better places of honour and the lowly cabinet was shoved into my hands.

Not that I’m complaining…

Grandma's Curio Cabinet (In progress)

Grandma’s Curio Cabinet (In progress)

Finished Product

Finished Product

I finally posted it on Etsy as well. Check out the listing here.