At first we chatted via FB, and then she sent pics via email. She sat down with her daughter scanned my blog and Etsy store for designs, which led to a list of things they might like to see on their dresser. Her daughter really liked this bookcase I had painted for another client, so that was our insperation piece.
I then scketched out some designs (tweeted about them! Hahaha! Joking!), sent the pictures back to her via e-mail and they picked the one they liked best.
Now, some of you are thinking, Mary, this isn’t a very personal way to do business, and I would agree, but in today’s world when people are oober busy, carving out “time” to meet with someone face to face, and coordinating schedules is crazy! Krissy is a working mom, I’m a working mom, enough said people! Sometimes I take care of business at 2 am! This is when social media, e-mail etc…is a total must! If I could have had her fax the actual dresser to me and save the gas, I would have!
I sanded it, primed it and turned it on its side to get ready for painting. Just a side note: Always turn your pieces upside down, otherwise you’re always going to be finding “missed spots”, plus my motto is, “If it looks good from underneath, it will look even better from the top.”
I even prime and paint the drawers. First, I think it gives every piece a finished detailed look. Second, most of the pieces I refinish are used, and who wants to put their junk in someone else’s junk, right!
And just before I finish I sign my pieces now. I wasn’t signing things before, but a good friend (thanks Lucy, AKA Lucy Designs) told me “You have to sign your work, it’s your art!” so now I do.
Krissy also purchased this great mirror from me to go with the set. I just put some black and white checks around the outside and the trio was complete.
I did lacquer it with 4-5 coats of lacquer but you know teenage girls! Mom’s going to purchase either a piece of glass/Plexiglas to cover the top area to preserve it better, plus she can add pictures or keepsakes underneath to personalize it even more.
Hopefully, when Krissy has it all set up in her room she’ll send me a picture and we’ll see what it looks like in action!
So the moral of this story! Social Networking pays off!
And for those of you who live locally stop out and see us next weekend at The Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festivale! All the details are here!
Have a Fantastic Weekend!
I will be sharing with my friends on my link up page. You can find them all here.