Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Friday! - Personal Post

Hey, lovelies, it's Friday! Normally I'd do a Drugstore Friday post, but things have been so busy I haven't had time to properly review any new drugstore products, so I'd rather not throw something up just to fill space. This post is just a quick note to say hi and to let you know a little about what's going on for me right now. It's not makeup related so if you're not interested in my personal life you may want to skip this post haha!

I'm not going to go into too much detail, but with the success we've seen with our nail polish racks, Hubs and I have felt a real renewed energy to really invest in his (technically mine too I suppose) design company--Blockhead Designs. We've been designing and building furniture and custom pieces for almost as long as we've been married, but finding the right niche in an area where woodworking is anything but rare (we have way too much lumber up here in New England) can be hard. Competition is fierce and like with most things, smaller companies can be overlooked for cheaper, mass-marketed products. Hubs isn't quitting his full-time job, but we've been dedicating much of our "free" time to finding new mills to work with (it can take some time to find the right ones, but we've found a couple we love), work on some new designs, play with some new techniques, etc. Obviously the long-term goal is to grow, but in an uncertain economy I'm not jinxing myself by saying anything more on that front!

I have to mention that I'm not a huge Americana-type and I don't tend to want to build pieces expected of us here in Colonial-country. I prefer modern lines and finishes in general, so our designs definitely reflect that most of the time. I also like thick and block-y as well, so I suppose my personal taste and designs tend to be a mix. I mentioned on twitter earlier that my arms and upper body are dying today, which is because I spent over an hour yesterday sanding butcher block Hubs and I have been working on! It has been a long-time goal for both of us to incorporate butcher block into our line of products and designs and we've finally made the move this year to do it--woohoo!

Anyway, that's part of why my posts have been a little bit spaced out. Between driving all over creation looking at mills, wood, etc.; building; designing; trying out different finishes and paints; and researching we've not had a moment to sit still in a while! Add the sickness that we keep getting into the mix and there you have it--complete business ;) I suppose it didn't help that I'd eaten wheat 3 days in a row and ended up with a massive migraine that wouldn't quit. Obviously that had to end!

So there you have it, a little window into my crazy life! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I'd love to hear about any fun or exciting projects you're all working on, too :)


  1. I love the name of the company, love that everything is handmade and has love put into it. I wish only the best for your and your husband. Yes its tough to break into a business in this economy but I truly believe that when its come to items like furniture I'm a stickler. I want it to be nicely made, sturdy, I want dove tails all the things that will make the item I choose last a life time. So yes it might be tough but I don't think I'm the only one that feels this away but if I have to spend more to get that I will. Because in the end you want it to last. Places like Jordan's furniture that charges thousands of dollars for particle boar crap drive me crazy because not everyone knows what to look for. When your spending that kind of money you trust that its good but not the case. I've seen many couples walk into a store spend that much money and wondering why its falling apart.

    1. Exactly! Particle board makes me shudder! ;) I swear I almost treat picking out lumber from the mills we use like I do makeup--super picky about esthetics, quality, etc.

      I love that we are able to use wood milled specifically for us as opposed to going to a lumber superstore or something less personal. The mills we've chosen take pride in their product and we take pride in what we build!


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