Hello October, Goodbye September

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

xoxo

Rebecca

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Hello September, Goodbye August

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.

-Kevin Arnold

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!

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As always, I thank each and everyone of you for your continued support in Second Chance Charms!

Xoxo

-Rebecca

Hello July, Goodbye June!

If you are living in the Valley of the Sun like myself, you are probably staying inside as much as possible. YES… things are melting out here in Arizona! It has been so incredibly hot this summer! I am getting a lot of concerns as to what time I do my work, and if I am staying hydrated from my thoughtful clients. I swear- you guys are the sweetest! My family and I are keeping cool in our pool as well as getting out of town as much as we can and heading north to the family cabin to escape the heat. I have been doing all of my work in the early hours in the mornings before the sun can make things unbearable.

In June there were some amazing pieces that were completed for both customers and inventory.  As always please email, text or call me for a quote! Remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email to be notified first on available pieces. Let’s take a look at what was completed for the month of June.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”

– George Bernard Shaw

This month the The Artistic Home Design officially became live on Second Chance Charms! Something that I have been working on for over a year. A dream that mother and daughter could team up and create something amazing together! You can read all about my mother and her artistic background here at Maureen Flanigan. We also posted our very first piece (available for purchase) in The Artistic Home Design. You can read about our dresser debut here: Abandoned Car – The Artistic Home Design.

We are looking forward to coming up with more pieces to the many collections we will have available!

xoxo- Rebecca

 

Hello June, Goodbye May

School studies have officially come to an end and summer is just beginning! I know I am NOT alone when I say “Thank Goodness May is over!” May happened to be one of the busier months for my family this year. We had birthdays, out of town family visiting, graduations, faith ceremonies and an emtional goodbye to part of our family moving out of state. I am glad May is over. Lets take a look at what has been completed this month as one of my smallest group of refinished furniture by far, but all gorgeous none-the-less.

This month I wrote a blog post about Secrets, Tips & Tricks on a master bedroom overhaul that was completed. I shared with you products that I use and the process on how I do my furniture so that you can try it on your pieces at home. As always, if you rather have me do all the work (which I most certainly don’t mind) please emailtext or call me for a quote! Remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email to be notified first on available pieces.

This month I received many customer photos of Second Chance pieces staged in their homes and I am completely swooning over them! Some pieces you may recognize, one that was my first piece of January of this year and another from December 2015!

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.

-Erma Bombeck

The 2016-2017 school year has ended and I am enthusiastic to finally share with you something that I started back in November of last year. If you recall my New Years resolution for 2017 was Inspiration; you can read about it on the 2016 Portfolio post.

Little back story:

We are days away from ending the first quarter of school and my first grader, Donovan, loads in the truck at Drive Line with an expression that literally looked like a light bulb went off in his head holding a sheet of paper in his hand.

D- “Mom, after school clubs came out for 2nd quarter I want to do one!”

Me- “That sounds amazing, which one?”

D- “Well that’s the thing, they don’t have THE ONE I want to do, will you run it with me?”

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What I wonderful idea my son had to host an after school Art Club for his peers! As the year was coming to an end I was Soul Searching what it was I wanted to work on for myself in 2017. Donovan inspired me to get out of my comfort zone. I am NOT a teacher by any means. I was nervous, sick and excited all at the same time about sharing my passion with children. Lets be honest children can be VERY candid. I was frightened. I kept reminding myself that talking in front of a group of adolescence might be less nerve-racking than lets say a group of adults. Public speaking is not my forte.

My first art club started off with 22 children ranging from Kinder to 6th grade. By the end of the school year we had a total of 48 kids split into 3 different age group classes.

“I went into this hoping to inspire children about the creativity of art and passion… but it was I who became inspired by them.”

– Rebecca Whitney

 

“Understand that you can be an inspiration to others, no matter what you feel you have or have not achieved. Even if you feel that you have not yet reached the endpoint, and even if you feel like you have reached a low point, you have the ability to inspire. No matter who you are, giving back and inspiring others comes equipped with many benefits. You never know who you’re going to impact when you give — and you never know who might be in position to reciprocate if you ever find yourself in a time of need. Giving back leaves a legacy that will live on far longer than you will. You will be amazed at the way inspiring others makes you feel. In fact, it is the only feeling that rivals the one you get when you realize you have achieved your dream.” -R. Kay Green

By the end of each class, and as each child focused on their projects, you could faintly hear a steady humming sound coming from each of them. An Artist ‘In The Zone’ moment. We did many creative art projects. As I would bring my samples into class to share with them what we would be working on, I became enriched with their ooh’s and aah’s. I encouraged the “Can I make mine different than yours?”. Never ONCE did any of my artist undermine another artist for his or her project. Those tiny artist taught me so much this school year.

xoxo -Rebecca

Hello May, Goodbye April

Hello May, goodbye April! I finished April off well with six custom projects resulting in 13 pieces. One of those being a piece I never had the chance to do until now, a playhouse. I am scheduled out at a steady one month for custom pieces that make my heart flutters like no ones business. I enjoy my returning clientele and welcome new charmers to see what Second Chance Charms has to offer!

This is the first month this year where I didn’t have anything new for you in Shop Selections. I am sad about that. However, I did find some exciting new pieces during my treasure hunts that are up for customization over at In the Studio. If those pieces don’t get pick up soon, you bet your cute bottom, I will be painting those gems up and will list them for sale soon! Remember to get yourself on the First Dibs Email to be notified first!!

 

May always seems to be one of those busier months out of the year. School is coming to an end, vacationing starts for some and spring cleaning has a few of us looking at the next Home Project to complete before the summer hits. I for one am ready for summer. My kids are ready; we hit the school books hard this year and deserve our break! We have family coming into town to visit in a few weeks to help us kick off our ‘summer livin’, not to mention the fun projects I want to start on that have been weighing heavily on my list for quite some time!

xoxo

Rebecca

Hello April, Goodbye March

What a busy and great month March was! April Already?! I am booked out a month in advance and can not express to you enough how gracious I am to all of you! Thank you for continuing to share my work with friends and showing family members your NEW pieces in your homes!! Taking a look at what was accomplished in March has me over the moon 12 pieces and 2 mirrors.

One item that was a total of six pieces, making that project the biggest I have ever done in one sitting. There were two non custom items, a media console and a buffet, that found themselves refinished with what I had envisioned for those pieces to transform into. Farmhouse chic and rustic vintage. Both stunning and classify themselves as Statement Pieces! They are for sale, you can view them over in Shop Selections!

 

 

April. Deep inhale slow exhale. April is one of those months every year where I find myself reflecting a lot on my life.  Why in April you ask? Simple. I grow another year older. If I am lucky, more wiser. If I am blessed, more richer. haha -not materialistic rich… Rich in love. Rich in relationships. Rich in Him. With Lent drawing to the end we prepare for Easter. A new beginning.

It’s not how much we give, but how much LOVE we put into giving. – Mother Teresa

This year I have been working on inspiring others, whether it’s through the artist realm with Second Chance Charms or in my everyday personal life. However on this journey, it is me who is becoming inspired by the ones I surround myself with. My art class (I’ll explain that in April or May’s Goodbye post). Family members. Clients. Of course, friends.

A family friend reminded us that cancer has no prejudice. Thankfully now she is on the path to remission and all we can do is keep praying that her and others like her continue to be brave and not lose hope in this battle. As always continue to do your breast self examinations, you can click here for more details: National Breast Cancer. This month I was inspired to give a little something of myself. Last time I donated my hair was four years ago.  I went with Pantene Beautiful Lenghts this time around and experienced a different type of “lite” on my shoulders.

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I was reminded once again to place myself in others shoes. People are often starving for a connection with one another. We get busy in our everyday lives and schedules that we do forget to “stop and smells the roses”. There is so much one can do for another person that doesn’t cost money at all. Giving is free. Smiling. Waving. Complementing. Be thankful for what we have. Thankful for what we can give. What I did a couple of weeks ago, is a small act. But a simple act that leads me in the right direction. One that makes me feel happy.

“Our lives change when our habits change”

– Matthew Kelly

I challenge you to do a good selfless act for someone; a stranger, a friend, a neighbor. It doesn’t have to be big, or fancy, or expensive. It just needs to be genuine. Then ask yourself: How did that make me feel?

 

xoxox

Rebecca

Goodbye February, Hello March

Yay for February in the books! Lets take a quick look at what was completed, 13 pieces and 5 decor items added to my portfolio!

Staying true to my 2017 promise for my clientele, I provided 2 inventory pieces and posted them up for sale in Shop Selections. I have plenty of pieces that are up for customization  In the Studio and if not grabbed I will continue to refinish them the way I see fit! I am continually finding new pieces and putting them up- so stay informed and check back daily! You don’t want to miss “that”piece!

To stay informed on the newest already refinished ‘for sale’ pieces fill out the First Dibs Email to be notified!

January was the start to a new year, like most people, I decided to make some personal goals. Second Chance Charms also has its own journey- Inspiration.

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes.

This month I was asked to become an approved seller for The Artisan Markets- Phoenix. I love finding inspiration from Instagram but to have re-finishers come together from Arizona is super exciting! The endless support and new friendships that I am making are wonderful!

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

-Buddha

I’m looking forward to seeking more inspirational tools for myself, and to inspire others to light their flame that burns deep with in them. For now, when I am not painting, you will catch me spending my time with the ones that I love.

xoxo-Rebecca