Over the years, our first product – the one we could replicate – has been our reproduction post cards. Old Victorian post cards that we mount on a 6×9″ board. Old images. We have collected probably over a million, and saved digitally thousands of these wonderful old images.
Many of our re-purposed items involved adding upholstery. We have turned end tables and coffee tables into tufted benches. We have taken small serving tables and chest on legs into entry benches. Two of our customer favorites are old metal gliders and army cots.
These were the first type of furniture we did pillows and slip covers for. One of a kind – in the biz we are in these are referred to as OOAK – that were designed for and around the piece we were working on. Very few of the pillows and slipcovers that we did then were ever re-created. There were similarities, but each piece of furniture inspired the design we came up with to re-purpose it.
Our goal should have been making money perhaps, but in reality was about creating. As long as we were making enough money to pay the bills and buy food along the way, we were happy and satisfied with the results. We started getting more serious about this a few years back when Troy finally decided to quit smoking.
The change of that habit and lack of good eating habits and little exercise, led to Type II diabetes for him. It ran in his family as well as mine. I was luckier. When I quit 20 years earlier, my lifestyle at the time, allowed for eating healthier, and physical work that kept me from developing diabetes. I was lucky.
Because fabric has been involved in so many of our early projects, it evolved into producing lampshades, pillow shams, and slip covers. Our current best selling shams are the muslin and burlap shams – muslin base with a burlap patch. We block print designs and sayings on the burlap patch. The bee design was the very first design we made….. it didn’t turn out the way we wanted, but within a few hours, we realized how to make it work. That was in the fall of 2009.
The bee design is a Victorian inspired theme. That era used many designs inspired by plants and animals that were a part of every day life.
Our designs are vintage inspired. We are adding to each style and line on a weekly basis. Our OOAK line of Prairie Primitive , is a tea dyed, been in a cedar chest for 50+ years, one of a kind (sometimes pair, if we find matching vintage linens to use), look.
We also have a line we call our scrapbook pillows – to mimic the enormous hobby of scrapbooking.
And we have our line of Holiday throw pillows
and here is an example of a re-do on a pair of 8′ doors:
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