OK, so I’m like a month behind here. August just kind of blew right on past…. clearly my brain never recovered from my summer vacation. I realized it suddenly on my lunch break when the beautiful tree-lined road I was on was looking all golden and Fall-ish. Holy crap. It’s September.
Let me catch you up on August. First, I got old. Like OLD OLD. A whole quarter of a century old. And then I immediately got over it, stuffed my face with mustache cupcakes, and lounged around on the beach for several days not caring about anything because I’m only 25. And oh yeah. We made drippy sandcastles. What of it?
And then somewhere among all the lack of caring on the beach, I decided to go into business for myself. Like that non sequitur? Welcome to my life. I can’t take all or really any of the credit. Due credit must go almost entirely to my brother-in-law. When he and my sister visited right before my birthday, he off-handedly mentioned how I could profit from my butcher-block making skills after seeing our kitchen island. My few hundred dollars in workshop tools had now given me the ability to make and sell …. drum roll please…. cutting boards! OK, so that wasn’t very exciting. Anyway, once the thought was out there, it was all I could think about.
This is where Etsy comes in to play. An opportunity to feel out the business a bit and see what I can sell. Problem is… I can’t for the life of me figure out what to call my store. Feel free to contribute your own names in the comments section. Please. I’m begging you. And I promise to let you wonderful people know first when I’ve gone live.
In the meantime, I went and bought myself a bench planer. Only $135 on Craigslist. Score. Nobody can truly appreciate the benefit of this tool until they’ve spent hours hand-planing a 20 sqft butcher block island top and STILL never got it perfectly even. Planing basically just creates one even surface.
Planing by hand with a small tool is like trying to shave with a pair of scissors. Good luck. It took me months to make my kitchen island top. It’s taken me a week to make 2 cutting boards of significantly higher quality.
But you’ll find more than just cutting boards in my shop. Various other wood products (key hangers, flower boxes, etc.) will make an appearance as well as my very own organic (and food-safe) bees wax wood conditioner.
So you’ve got that to look forward to.
Oh yeah. Then the Mister and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary last weekend. A little pat on the back to both of us for 2 years of dating bliss and 1 1/2 years of not killing each other as roommates.
Not a bad month. But look forward to September because I have a TON of exciting projects to post about. Oh and food. There will be food. Happy Fall, everyone!