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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

email updates coming!

Are you ready for some news from ellen j goods?  We are so excited to kick off our email updates with a few hints about some upcoming events!
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First of all, we want to say a huge thank you to all of you that have allowed us to contact you . I know that its not always easy to follow our daily Facebook or Instagram posts, so an occasional email seems like a good way to catch up on important events, workshop and class schedules, and general shop chatter about what we're up to.


The BIG news is that JR and I are moving from our home in Lockport!  We are SO excited about this next chapter in our life. We will be downsizing, and that means we are taking very little with us when we move.  That also means that we are having a very special weekend sale event at our house and you will have the opportunity to get a pass for a private hour of shopping before we open it to the public. Details will follow in a few, time, location and HOW to get that special private pass!

You know we love updating furniture. And you know we love using paint to do it. After many years of painting and trying SO many different types of paint, we are excited to share our
go-to paint products with you! We've already introduced Mudpaint at the shop...a fabulous mineral based paint that has outstanding adhesion properties and a silky finish. It's for sale  now in a beautiful pallet of colors that we are just crazy about!  We will be introducing an additional brand of products soon and of course, workshops to get you familiar with DIY finishing.

One of the biggest frustrations that you've expressed is that you are not able to stay updated on classes that are offered at ellen j goods. Well, that's going to change... via email, each class description, dates and details will  be announced so you can sign up for one or all.We do some great workshops with the goal of having everyone leave happy with their finished projects. I'm really exited about some of the ideas that are being developed for you to get your crafting on!

 So, stay tuned... and remember...

You'll get the details in an email SOON!

Here's to an exciting 2016!
Lynne, JR ad Winston

Saturday, December 26, 2015

This week's hours

We are taking a few days off! 

We will be closed :

Sunday, December 27-Friday, January 1

Re-opening Saturday, January 2

Happy New Year! May you be as richly blessed in 2016 as you have blessed us this past year! 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

we're making stuff again!


It's holiday crafting time again at ellen j goods! And we have a very special collection of ornaments for you to create. Use them as gifts, package trimming , on your tree or in a wreath. 

In this ornament workshop, you will learn how to create a one of a kind rosette using different folding and assembly techniques with vintage papers and trims. You will create a rosette AND a snowflake.  2 ornaments .

Classes will be 2 hours 6:30-8:30pm
Class Fee is $35 and must be paid in advance to secure your spot. Class size is limited due to use of vintage supplies .

DATES:  November 9th, November 16, December 7th

Message, comment or call me to reserve your spot!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Industrial Stools, farmhouse style.

A few years ago on a very cold late autumn day, in a jam packed barn, we came across two vintage industrial stools. I liked the lines, I did not like the ripped and moldy green vinyl. We put them in storage as a "down the road project." 

 A few years ago, my friend Lori  ( sent me a box full of vintage feed sacks from Missourri.  

This week, they came together in a most fabulous way. Let me explain. 

After pulling off the vinyl (yes, it was even moldier two years later) I just got thinking about those feed sacks and what a great contrast they would be to those steely metal frames. 

The foam was actually in really nice shape. 

I gathered up the fabric and started to plan out the placement . I absolutely love the mended patches that you find on old grain sacks and I wanted to preserve that look, yet make sure they would be "seat-worthy."

Where there were patches, I reinforced with machine stitching. I also had to piece some parts together to get the right stripe placement . 

From there it was a simple upholstery job. The metal frame for the back had this row of prongs around the entire rim which grips the fabric and holds it in place. Nice. 

The back of the seat was reattached. Oh look! These were once the property of Roswell Park! 

Once the seat was upholstered, JR wire-brushed the frame and gave it a clear coat. Then everything got put back the way it's supposed to be. 

And now we have two pretty sweet industrial stools...farmhouse style!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

it's CLASSTIME at ellen j goods

Oh, here we go! It's class time again at ellen j goods and I have put together a terrific line-up of projects for you. These classes are always's a great time to make stuff with friends,  learn a new skill that you will use forever and ever, and yes, even though you are learning, it's RELAXING AND FUN!

So, here we go:


Thursday, October 15 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 20  9:00am

During the two hour class, you will learn how to create your own chalkboard art! Several designs will be available . All materials are supplied. You will complete an 11x14 piece, ready to be framed, and will leave with all the tips, tricks and sources you need to chalk your world!

Cost is $45, which must be prepaid to secure your spot. These classes fill up quickly! You can pay at ellen j goods via check, cash or credit card OR I can send you a PayPal invoice.Want to plan a date for you and your friends to have your own private class? Minimum of 5 people required.


DATE: Wednesday, October 21   6:30pm

Addiction Alert! When you learn how to make this wreath you'll want to do more! it's got such a great look, and it's made from vintage papers!$35 All supplies included.Bring some friends and let's do this! Class time is about 90 minutes
Class is limited to 8 because of limited supplies.

Payment is required in advance via cash, check or PayPal .

DATE: Wednesday, October 14  6:15pm

It's not your mother's decoupage any more!  During this two hour class, you will learn the secrets to creating an aged look over a wood surface using interesting and fun new techniques.  You will select from a huge variety of papers to create your own look. You'll want to decoupage your whole world!
$60  All supplies included ( even the chair!)

Payment is required in advance via check, cash or PayPal.

VINTAGE ORNAMENT HEIRLOOM WREATH  (Bring your own ornaments)
DATE: Tuesday, November 10  6PM

What a beautiful heirloom treasure! During this three hour class, you will learn how to showcase your ornament collection in a stunning wreath!  Once you create one, you'll want to make more for special gift giving.  Please note, that this class is the one where you bring your own ornaments. I will supply all fillers, and limited amount of vintage ornaments to highlight.

You need to bring the following:

1. Vintage (or new) ornaments in a variety of sizes. LOTS of 75-100 , including small and tiny ornaments. I will supply a limited amount of filler pieces.

2. A glue gun and lots of glue sticks.

Price for this class is $65. MUST be paid in advance via check/cash/credit at the store, or via ellen j goods paypal.

Because of the space involved, only 4 openings for this class are available. FIRST PAYMENTS RECEIVED WILL BE SECURED A SPOT IN THE CLASS!!!! You may also schedule your own class of 4.

                                                 DATE: Tuesday, December 1  6PM

What a beautiful heirloom treasure! During this three hour class, you will learn how to showcase your ornament collection in a stunning wreath!  Once you create one, you'll want to make more for special gift giving.  Please note, that this class is the one where I supply all the vintage ornaments. I will supply all fillers.

You need to bring the following:

1. A few special ornaments that you wish to highlight., if desired.

2. A glue gun and lots of glue sticks.

Price for this class is $125. MUST be paid in advance via check/cash/credit at the store, or via ellen j goods paypal.


More classes will be added soon!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned .

I got a great chuckle yesterday when an Instagram follower commented on a project photo that I posted. 

"It's a sin to paint oak!"
To which I responded, "Is it a sin to paint maple or pine? Then I'm in BIG trouble!"

Clearly it's a matter of preference. I happen to know a lady whose entire house is decorated with her beloved cherry. She could probably care less if I painted oak.  

My Instagram follower has been a terrific customer and I hope she is hearing my humor in all of this. FYI Anna, that fabulous pine sideboard we painted for you? I would have sanded the stain right off of it, scrubbed it to within an inch of its life and maybe even bleached it out to leave it with that raw scrubbed pine finish. But that's just me. 

So here's what I'm currently painting:

An oak reproduction icebox.

A maple chest of drawers .

A newer pine armoire. 

Here user some things I am NOT painting:

An antique oak store display cabinet.

An antique pine barn door.

A mid century maple card catalog. 

So, there you go. As always, it depends on what floats your boat, and having the wisdom to know when to leave well enough alone to preserve the true value of a piece. 

I'm so thankful the good Lord does not view me through oak colored glasses. Wink, wink. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Something from something

A desk that became something, and something that became a desk. 

Repurposing is SO ridiculously fun. We are blessed to have a great inventory of stuff from which to chose parts and pieces... That's part of the business AND part of what drives us to use our imagination and use what we have. 

Several months ago we were on the hunt for a large wood office desk for a client and somehow ended up with THREE of them. You know those huge school teacher or lawyer desks? Yeah, those. 

Two were in not-so-good  condition. Therefore, JR disassembled them and put them in the Parts and Pieces Inventory. 

Fast forward to acquiring another cool piece...a steel industrial table.

And ANOTHER cool piece, a steel and wood factory cart used for holding bolts of fabrics. 

Mix them all together and we come up with these two stunners:


The top is the flip side of that school desk top... A little rough and unexpected.


It's the life this old factory cart was meant to live. JR re built the wheel mechanisms so the cart sits nice and flat... No more tippiness. He built a base for the cushion which is just genius. Pure Genious. It not only raises the cushion to seat height, it also provides loads of storage in those old desk drawers! Nothing wrong with s dual purpose piece! I finished the cushion with linen and burlap piping. 

We had fun this week dreaming up and finishing them together. Two special pieces that became something from something else. That's furniture with a history.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Porch

Well, we spent the day finally getting the porch in order at home...don't want to miss another pretty morning or evening out there ! We love our outdoor spaces, for morning coffee, an afternoon nap, an evening dinner and a nighttime campfire.

Last summer we happened to get an amazing mid-century glider and two chairs in very sweet condition.

Didn't take me but a half a minute to sell what we had in the porch and decide that the  glider and chairs were gonna be ours for awhile. 

I need to grab a few more plants for the urns and get a new rug. And I think I'm going to repaint some vintage slat chairs in white to pull everything together. But for now, this evening, it's nice to lounge here in my pajamas, having a moment to myself. 

Porches, patios and decks are such a great place to have fun with decor. We want to help you with YOUR outdoor space !

Friday, June 12, 2015

Kitchen update

Yes. Ben and Rebecca's kitchen is getting close to finishing. A lot has happened in the past several weeks... These DIY budget projects take some time, and much work on everyone's part to make it happen. We last left the kids finishing the wood floor: 

And here it is! They did a great job and were able to realize their vision under all those layers of linoleum!

The cabinets are all painted and have new hardware : 

And the sink and countertops are installed. 
They chose reclaimed bowling alley for their countertop. After a thorough sanding and trimming, it ends up being an enviable, gorgeous option. It will be finished with a food grade mineral oil/wax.

Today the subway tile backsplash goes in... And check out the stainless hood vent that a friend installed! 

Notice the beadboard that now covers the old concrete chimney? JR added that to tie in with the beadboard in other areas of the kitchen.  The walls and beadboard all got a fresh coat of white paint which, along with the white subway tile is going to create such a light and bright space loaded with texture. 

I've never been so excited to see a project come together!