Wednesday, August 5, 2015

So as you can probably tell...

We are going through an identity crisis here at Brandywine. There is method to the madness, however, and all shall be revealed.

About six months ago, DL and I sat down to hash out retirement plans.  His plans tend to stay on the same track; mine change monthly due to the whims of the state.  My goal was to stay with the public schools for four more years, until I was eligible for medical benefits after retirement. (These are elevated after year 20.) However, the state is now threatening to take away medical benefits after retirement.  So I am now in a position to re-evaluate my retirement at any time...even on a day-to-day basis.

I put this in here because it's been hotter than Hades, and this makes me feel cooler. It's also my house, which the original owners named Brandywine.
Add to the impending (perhaps) retirement there has been a little 'issue' with the furniture biz.  DL continues to do a great job putting together some PHENOMENAL upcycled industrial, and my painted stuff has done well, but there has been a problem with getting the stuff to retail.  Elizabeth's is going through some minor management changes, and will go back to booths.  The booths will be a LOT smaller than we will need for DL's large-scale items. (Think about putting two Pottery Barn case pieces into an 8 x 10 booth.  Then decide where you'll put two end tables, a chest of drawers, and two armchairs.  The wreck of the Hesperus, I tell you!)  My other booth is very small and made even smaller by the fact that I invited someone to share it with me as a favor to her, and now?  I have three giant boxes of stuff in my foyer because I can't find one square inch of space in the booth. (You're killing me, Smalls!)

DL and I have decided to throw some time and energy (and ultimately, a little money) into moving forward with this business.  We both like it; it's something we can do together; and we hope it will help make us a little extra cash in the long run.  We I decided that Brandywine Cottage (the name of our house) was a good choice, even though there is already a website by that name.  So we I kept the "Kirb Appeal" tagline, because that's how folks find me on the web, but the title of the blog has essentially changed.  I have new business cards, a new icon (a hydrangea, as we have seven different varietals in our walled garden) and a new focus.

I would absolutely love your thoughts on this.  Any props or disses would be helpful!

9 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i noticed it right away the other day and like it- i think it suits you as long as you stay in that house when you retire. ;) i like the new look of the header as well, and i think the pop up message about your tour this morning was a great addition. if you are looking to make money, there is a huge blank space to the right of your logo above "with kirb appeal" that is idea ad space if you are thinking about that. i think your tagline should say more about what people can find at your blog though? it's a great way to give a little info and what you have now is only helpful to people who recognize you are kirb appeal, but not helpful to any new traffic readers.
so there are my thoughts for you!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Do you guys have a shed that can be accessed away from the house. We've recently discovered a few people here doing this and my goodness they're treasure troves and people love going they're always packed.

Andrea said...

Ah! Now I see it all coming together. I am just impressed (okay and envious) of your ability to focus and move forward!

Bliss said...

I got no disses.

Rose L said...

It is up to you two. I do not know the area so not sure how things would sell. If it is a dream it is worth trying.

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

I like it. I blew past the header to read what you were up to and then scrolled back up. I like it and it pairs nicely with "kirb appeal."
laura

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I like the new header and logo. I am wondering if you are focusing your blog now on house and furniture posts? I knew with Kirb Appeal that there would be a variety of posts, so just wondering.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

One of my coworkers and her hubby started selling vintage furniture and smalls in a few area antique malls. Her husband is retired and she will be retiring in the next few years and they love it! I wish you luck in making the decisions about retiring and selling your vintage wares!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I agree with Cassie about the tagline and the potential ad space on the header. Right now "English Cottage Living with American Appeal" isn't resonating with me. Maybe something that addresses your furniture/booth business adventures -- as well as your wit and humor?

That's it for me!

:) Linda

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