I am not too sure where this month went. As I sip on my choice of drink, late at night, writing my blog post, I sigh as I see the Christmas boxes are still in my family room. No, not even packed. I still have my decor up! I have been busy with life. As we all are I am sure. Between the school run-a-rounds, homework, refinishing and This Is Us (among some other shows that are on my must watch list) a girl can fall behind. Perhaps a little too behind. Hello February, already!?!?! OOPS.
Starting off the 2018 year I had the pleasure to work on five amazing pieces! The number may seem low but each one was intense. From stripping the old, making repairs and researching inspirational ideas, I was busy! Let’s take a peek:
One of these gorgeous antique beauty’s is available for purchase. Click over to Shop Selections to view details.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
– H. Jackson Brown
I love this quote. You can apply it to anything in your life, at anytime. Prepping my furniture so it withstands another life time, being a mother and teaching my children right from wrong, finding friendship and showing loyalty, kindness and lending a helping hand when needed. I give my best in all I do. I may not be perfect, but it is my best, and for that I know tomorrow will be good. As for those Christmas boxes… tomorrow is a new day!
I have many projects scheduled in the books for February. Mostly custom, and I am grateful. I will have a few items that will be available for purchase. If you would like to receive what Second Chance Charms has to offer before it goes public, please fill out your email address here: First Dibs Email List.
Christmas left as fast as it came this year. It was hard to get in the Christmas spirit for me. We unexpectedly lost my grandfather on December 6th. Norman was an honorable man, married to my grandmother for 55 years and left behind 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His service was beautiful and the stories shared even more so. Rest in peace my grumpa, I love you.
I was able to complete a few projects this month, let’s take a look at what was completed at both custom pieces and inventory selection purchased for customizations.
I am completely happy with all of these gorgeous pieces. Ending December on a rather good note. I value the history that you share with me on your pieces. Most of them come from past relatives and this month was a reminder of that importance to me.
Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.
Although Christmas was different for us this year, spending time with our family was perfect and lovely. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.
I know. I know. Christmas is here??! Where did the time go? Before I start hyperventilating lets take a moment and enjoy what November has brought! I was able to get two inventory pieces in over at Shop Selections and, I got busy with some amazing client pieces! Lets take a quick peak at what was completed!
So much COLOR!!! I am completely over the moon with all these beautiful pieces! I love growing my portfolio- Its the next best thing to not being able to KEEP all of them! Thank you for allowing me to give a Second Chance to these forgotten Charms.
Be happy about what you have.
Be excited about what you want.
How many of you can relate by having a Goal Check List? We believe it to be a great thing~ healthy even! If you don’t do it, this 2018 New Year is a perfect time to start doing so! My husband and I will write down the things we want to accomplish for the year: Personal goals. Our family goals. Household upgrades. etc. Once you write down these “goals”, it makes it easier to work towards them. When you check your goal off your list the feeling of accomplishment is wonderful and you are ready to gear up for the next thing to tackle!
One of my goals for Second Chance Charms is to have a Shop Renovation! This took time but well worth it in the end! Before my garage was a chaotic mess that I was not only consistently embarrassed by when clients would come over to Drop off/ Pick up their pieces, but the lack of organization was nerve-racking during the refinishing process.
A few of the items on my check list for this Shop Renovation were:
Cabinets- Let face it I needed storage for all of my supplies.
Sink- As crazy as that sounds Yes. I have completely ruined my sink in my house. You bet your bottom Kitchen Renovation is on my 2018 List 😉
Electrical outlets and lighting- My garage has ONE outlet for me to use. I have dealt with this craziness for five years. Enough. And of course LIGHTING is key!
Here are a few of the progress pictures I have. There are few things that need to be done- but all cosmetic. I can finally work in a safe, organized, happy environment!
I would still like to paint the ceiling- Yes my OCD doesn’t only reflect on my furniture pieces but as well as in my life all around!
Here is a final photo of what I have going on today- I still have lighting to install in the ceiling as well as finish up the outlets on the right side of the wall. Nevertheless, I am still so excited to share this with you!
“How important is excitement to happiness? The key is to get excited about the mundane — not just extraordinary things”.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate yummy food with wonderful people! My family had a very Thankful holiday!
November is finally here!!! This is the time where we enjoy pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, scarfs and hats and cozying up to the ones we love! Being thankful of who is in our lives and appreciating all the little things- Not that we don’t do it year around- but sometimes tis the season for remembering those things. I get it. Life gets busy. Take this time to slow down and enjoy all the moments, the stories and the company!
October was enjoyable over here in the Studio! Not only was I able to get one inventory piece in over at Shop Selections, but I got my hands on some very gorgeous pieces that had solid bones, lots of details and perfect pieces to showcase my glazing techniques for my Portfolio. Lets look at what was completed for this month!
There is another reason why the month of October will forever be in my mind- I reached my 100th piece YTD!
We are officially in the swing of things with school and schedules. I had a great month in September with lots of gorgeous pieces! Let’s take a look at what was completed for customers and inventory, remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email list to be notified on available pieces that come into the shop! Click over to Shop Selections to view what is available for purchase!
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
The month of August flew by way too fast with lots of exciting things that took place! Before we take a look at what was completed for customers and inventory, remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email list to be notified on available pieces that come into the shop! Click over to Shop Selections to view what is available for purchase!
Think positive & positive things will happen
August tenth I had opened up our Etsy Shop! (You can read all about that story over at the post: Etsy .) I am so excited to share with you that I received my first customer! I have pieces all over the state of Arizona and pieces that moved with their owners to Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Florida (that I know of). I got a message from a gal on Etsy about wanting to purchase the French Provincial Dresser and she lived in California! After doing some research on shipping I was becoming a little reluctant about what I was doing with Second Chance Charms. Nationwide shipping is expensive! But that didn’t stop this grandma from wanting this gorgeous piece! She and her husband drove almost 5 hours to come and pick this gal up! Making this special piece my very FIRST furniture piece purchased from out of state! How exciting!! Back to reality: I need to research this shipping thing way more for my clients that do live far away and can not make a road trip out of a day! Until then, I’ll enjoy my happy dance a bit longer!
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
A little flashback from August 2016. A year ago was an experience to which I will never forget! I was being featured in Phoenix Magazine for the September issue under Statement Pieces in the At Home selection. You can read my story here: Featured in Phoenix Magazine. I was sick with delight all of the month of August until the issue came out a few days before September. Sharing that achievement with my clients, friends and family was such an awesome experience, one that I will never forget!
As always, I thank each and everyone of you for your continued support in Second Chance Charms!