…building a business: to etsy or not to etsy

Yesterday I decided to shut down my Etsy account. There are a few reasons why I decided to do this. The number one reason, however, is a little thing called shipping. If you are on Etsy, you ship. And shipping, in my opinion, is painful. Especially shipping furniture for the past 4 years.

There are pros and cons to joining & selling on Etsy, an open marketplace for artisans. It’s an amazing forum that allows customers all over the world to buy handmade or vintage products. Individuals can use Paypal or credit cards and that is an element that you don’t have to deal with on your own site. When one of your pieces sells, you receive an email with the customer information so you can contact him/her and then ship the item the purchased.


I have sold many, many pieces via Etsy and have shipped them all over the country using USHIP. It’s alot of coordination and negotiation and most of the time it works out great. There can be little glitches with drivers, but most of all it is time consuming to find a situation that works for the end client and the shipper…and me!

I am also a customer on Etsy and have had a great experience finding interesting & unique products. If your product is small, you can put it in a box with a label and get it to your customer. Most Etsy Shops estimate the shipping cost and post it under the cost. I have had the experience that if I overpay, the Shop will reimburse me. Most transactions are done via Paypal.

Here are some awesome finds I’ve found:


You may overpay with the shipping element, but you also get to shop vintage from the comfort of your home without getting your hands dirty in an old barn! Course I love the latter.



I’ve also purchased hand knitted sweaters, art, vintage postcards to frame, curtains, etc. If you own your own business creating something that people will appreciate and use, then Etsy is a wonderful idea for you. It is easy to set up your own shop online. Check it out.

I don’t feel like I have the time to keep up with my Etsy shop at the moment. But, the good thing about being an adult is that you can always go back and change your mind :)!


…quick fix series: pillows & inserts

My last quick fix is fairly self explanatory. Paint gives you instant gratification. Pillows are the next best thing.

Step one is to go and buy a few – I’d say at least 4 – pillow inserts. I’ve found the cheapest ones at JoAnn Fabric and Ikea. You can also find them on Amazon & at Pottery Barn.


If you can sew this is your place to shine. Order some fabric online and go to town. I am not a sewer, but even I can fumble my way to a pillow. If you don’t have time to sew then most retail shops sell pillow covers. You can check out your PB shop, but if you want something more interesting then do a search on Etsy.

I do love this one from PB. A pattern like this can be timeless.


I, of course, have my favorite designers.

Jessica from Alelier be makes some beautiful covers from old European grain sacks. I bought these from her for my family room chairs.


You have also see Helkat Designs all over my home. Many of you have asked about the fighting hares pillow. Here you go!


Best part is when the seasons change or you are ready to refresh, all you do is take your cover off and replace. Store them in your linen closet and you can always use them again!



Hi Folks! Here’s our weekly Q&A. Some of you that may be new to Blue Egg Brown Nest may want to look at my YouTube Tutorials or past posts from more detailed information. There’s a ton of content on here if I do say so myself!

How did your husband open the trunk? My grandfather’s old WW2 trunk is in my basement, my dad tried to open it with the key and the key broke off in it.

I must say, this is the second trunk that I’ve purchased that was locked without a key. They must have made them super dooper back then because getting into one is not easy. Here’s what DH says he did to open, “I used a flat head screw driver and a pry bar to bend the inner lip of the lock just enough to get a screw driver inside and rotate it around the circle to get it open”. Good luck! Tell me if you find any treasure 🙂


When painting and using the wax, do I have to buy all the different Annie Sloan brushes? Or are there some less expensive ones I can use? Also, with the wax, I know in your tutorials you say to use the different brushes for the different color waxes, do I have to do that? Just trying to save myself some money.

I totally understand. If you plan on doing alot of painting, invest in at least one good ASCP oval brush – a large one. This will cut down on paint lines & make the surface areas go quickly. You can get away with a small, cheap brush for detailed work (make sure bristles do not fall out!), and a rag for the waxing processes. You will need separate rags for clear and one for dark. Do not mix these.

Also, the counter top of the hutch that I am going to keep natural looking…does Annie Sloan make a stain? Or can I use the dark wax without a paint? Is that something I can apply straight to wood?

She does not make a stain that I know of. But, if you are after a stain simply go to your hardware store and buy a few of the tiny cans, experiment with the color on the back of your hutch. Then you want to use a clean, small rag and move with the grain of the wood all the way through. Go lightly and if you need to do a second coat you can. The dark wax is not meant as a stain so I would not use it as such. It is used for your detail work to make the piece looked aged.

I know that you said you use uship to ship your pieces, but do you get a quote before you sell a piece; or, do you wait until after you sell a piece to get a quote so that you know where it is being shipped. For example, if you posted something on ebay, you need to put a shipping cost, so do you get a quote for shipping before you post?

So, this is what I do about shipping items posted on Etsy or the like. I write that the client has to “convo” me for shipping. This is a must. Do not let them buy & pay before you figure out shipping because if you can’t find a low enough shipping price they may not be able to afford it and may change their minds and you have to do a refund. It’s a real pain. If you use USHIP, then you post the item for shipping and wait for bids. Then as I received bids I would tell clients what I was getting. I set it all up and if we found an agreeable price & date to ship then they would pay for the piece & shipping via me. It’s rather complicated.

I am not sure how much distressing I want on my chairs, can repaint over them once I have applied the wax?



A few months ago I painted my kitchen table AS Ochre & put several coats of wax to waterproof but recently I spread out a newspaper on it to do a messy flower arrangement & the ink got on the table & would not wipe off. I had to use Barkeepers Friend & wet paper towel to scrub it off. Why did this happen & what can I do to make sure I don’t get stains like this again?

Uggg. Was your piece completely dry & wax dry? That seems strange to me as I’ve never had that happen on any of my painted surfaces. Newsprint does bleed in general, but I would think you would be able to wipe off.

I am starting the process of painting my kitchen cabinets with Old White, and I have read in a few places that I could use the Annie Sloan Lacquer instead of the clear wax. What is your opinion on that?

I’ve never used the lacquer! Anyone have experience? I need to get on that, I guess. Didn’t know she had one. eek!

I just wanted to ask you where it is that you find all your pieces from? I find that it is really hard to find the right piece for the right price.

Everywhere! Start with your friends/family/community and then move onto Craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, Goodwill, the side of the road, etc!

I noticed you did not tape off the glass on the china hutch.  Will the paint easily come off without doing that?  I spend lots of extra time taping off mirrors etc…….am I wasting my time?

I never tape unless it’s to tape of a leather inlay or the like. Otherwise, I never tape glass or mirror. I scrape the paint off afterwards with a blade. You will save yourself alot of heartache.

I was wondering about how much paint and wax do you use when you do a large dresser or buffet?

Large? I’d say about a half a can of paint and half a can of clear wax.


Have you ever or heard of anyone trying waxing on a previously painted item not done in chalk paint? I like the color of my desk but doing a dark wax would make it look incredible.

Totally! Go for it and play. There are no rules in painting.

How would a waxed dining table hold up with washing it clean several times a day from meals and projects? Does it need to be continually re-waxed?

It will wear and tear like any used surface, but you will be surprised how well it holds up. I’d say I’ll refresh my nightstands maybe in 6 years or so if I’m not happy how it’s wearing. But, it’s the shabby look so a bit of wear will look well.

What color is the hutch and vanity? And is Graphite a chalk paint from Annie Sloan?

The vanity & hutch that I’m working on are in French Linen. Yes, ASCP makes Graphite.

Will you please let us know how the waxing goes with Graphite? I’ve done many pieces- and, though I love the color- the wax seems to enhance any strokes/imperfections-and even with AnnieSloan cheesecloth-I see white residue. 

Yes, waxing a Graphite piece is a bit tedious. Make sure you use a rag that does not shed or is not cotton. You will see white flecks. You may want to use a wax brush when using Graphite. I also end up doing lots of touch ups.