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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 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

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.

The MALM dresser and bed were my very first independent purchases. I bought them to coincide with my first attempt at living on my own, away from my parents and their protective, claustrophobic clutches.

Needless to say, I was crawling back home a little over a year later, begging for shelter, fully aware of how hard living on your own truly is! (It’s amazing how not having a proper budget in mind will screw you over… my downfall was being unprepared for the grocery budget… forgot to account for non-food items… so silly.)

But my MALM dresser stayed by my side. He never faltered. The bed, well she was unable to withstand the rigours of being re-assembled multiple times. She will be missed. Not MALM, the dresser tho… no, not he. He has lasted the test of time.

And so, in honour of his lasting ability he will be remodeled and re-invented. He will be given a stunning makeover the likes have never been seen before (altho the likes probably have been seen before, I’m just being hyperbolic).

MALM DresserThe original base of the dresser is IKEA’s black-brown, but in moving home the last time, instead of removing the drawers, we taped them in place. Bad idea. When we removed the tape, little bits of the varnish came off. If IKEA sells the black-brown varnish I will do touch ups. If not, I will sand down and re-paint a full black.

Otherwise tho, I really wanna do this up right. I’m going to invest a little bit of money in buying quality materials for this.

The drawers’ interiors will be fully decked out and the front of the drawers will have pulls (One thing I hate is the lack of pulls).

So here is my concept art:

MALM Concept Art

I’m going to start on the dresser on Monday, since it’s still at my parents’ place.

Sadly, as much as I love him, he didn’t fit in with my current decor.

I await to continue this saga.

Bye for now! 🙂

Kinda scared right now, not gonna lie.

Ozzy wanted to know if I could re-upholster my gross, cast-off, hand-me-down pull-out couch for him in his fave colours; blue and chrome (I swear he is obsessed with that combo a little *too* much).

I always get excited with these things and automatically jumped at the possibility of taking a whack at re-upholstering a couch. It’s a good starting point for beginner’s, non? (That was sarcasm, btw.)

Anyway, I know I can do it, I just have to take my time and triple-check everything as I go… make sure I do it right the first time. I’ll carefully strip off the old leather fabric, use it as the pattern for the new fabric and also use it to calculate how much I’ll need to buy. I will also need to purchase a new mattress for the couch as what is currently there is not only nasty, it’s old and you can fully feel the bar in your middle back when you sleep. Not fun.

Oh, random side point: My tables were “admired” on Etsy today! No, it’s not a sale, but it is the first step towards that goal. Very optimistic.

Anyway, wish me luck. Ciao!

I’m Roxanne, a 27-year-old Torontonian, who is unemployed and fed up with my prospective employment options.

Recently I’ve had someone waltz into my life who is an insatiable dreamer, whom we’ll call Ozzy, for kicks. Ozzy is all about playing life by his own rules and on his own terms. He wants to be happy doing his own thing and has a million ideas on how to do that. Ozzy has reminded me of who I once was before everyone said I couldn’t do what I wanted to, because I had to grow up, because that’s what you do, because, because, because.

In a nutshell, I’m creative. That’s a very broad term and applies to my life in that I don’t like doing things the same old boring way… my wheels are always turning. Now that I have no job they’re turning and churning and looking for how I can make money while doing something creative and that makes me happy.


Before I lost my job I got on the kick of buying used furniture online and then revamping it to suit what I wanted; it’s cheaper than going to the store and it’s always going to be unique. So now… why not keep doing this and getting something out of it? It’s win win. I win money. You win cool, unique furniture that is still way cheaper for you than going out and buying it at a store.

And I’m done.

For now.