I took time off last week and it was wonderful to spend it with my kids during their spring break and my sister and her family also came to visit. We attended the White House Easter Egg Roll. It was amazing to have President Obama read Where the Wild Things Are to our kids!
I needed the time off not just because of spring break, but honestly I have been feeling slightly discouraged lately. There seem to be many, many out there who have decided to take on painting furniture as a business. I am good with that – we all should have our own style and I am sure there is room for all. There are a few issues that I am not happy about and it is time to vent (stop reading here if you aren’t into whining!)
Be original. I do have a problem with someone stealing – or attempting to steal – your identity and name. I have spent many years building up my business just to have another one pop up recently with the exact same name. When I asked the person to please change it, they added a few consonants. It is so confusing because at a quick glance, the names appear the same. I have already had a customer message her by mistake while looking for me on Facebook. This is my business I am losing, not to mention she does not paint like me and I hate to think others are viewing her work as mine. It is becoming a cut throat business with some cutting their prices to almost – seriously – $50 profit at the most. I don’t have time to work for days on a piece for a $50 profit. They have to be just slapping on paint. Others are using (stealing) photos of work that is not their own and putting it on their sites to gain followers. I can tell from a photograph whose work belongs to whom, be it Marian, Mary, Darrielle, Robin or Diane – and that is true originality. Make it your own.
This leads me to – To Paint or Not To Paint? That is the question. Yes, I am a paintaholic. Yes, I enjoy a great before and after with paint. I understand the wonders of paint. However, I do not take lovely old antiques and paint them. I rescue old pieces that have been really used and abused or in bits and pieces and put them together again. All of my pieces were originally quality crafted and have charm and elegance to restore and bring back to life. I really dislike that gorgeous old antiques with flamed wood and gorgeous grain are having paint slapped on them for a quick, small profit. Pieces that never lost their original beauty and actually have gained beauty with age. This is hard to do (believe me – I have another birthday coming up next month that puts me square into the “late forties” good God and gaining beauty with age is near impossible). I only once have ever painted a piece that I regretted painting. I did it for the Lucketts spring market and felt guilty (still do) but I needed it in my inventory and painted furniture sells. I get it. I did it. Just once. Please, let’s stop the madness! It is – forgive the pun – tarring all of us with the same brush.
I am sure that none of what I have written will make even the slightest difference but I just had to vent. Sorry folks! Favorite Find Monday will be back next week… I shall return 🙂