Goodbye November, Hello December

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.

-Alan Cohen

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 ūüėČ
  • 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!

Plumbing for a sink!
Electrical work for more outlets! (My father and my youngest, Emmett)

Follow Second Chance Charms (Behind The Scenes) Furniture to see more pictures of my Helper/ Boss Emmett ūüėČ

Drywalled the sink area as well as cleaned out the space for all the cabinets!

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”.

-Dennis Prager

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate yummy food with wonderful people! My family had a very Thankful holiday!

xoxo-

Rebecca

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Goodbye October, Hello November

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! 

You can check out my clients antique beauty’s debut over at¬†Antique Buffet- 100th Piece YTD . Last year in 2016 we reach our 100th piece back in August with this lovely gem,¬†100th Piece YTD- Buffet.

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Big or small, I truly believe all of Second Chance Charms pieces are wonderful! Thank you so much for your continued support!

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. –Aesop

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy 2017 Halloween! Here are my handsome three boys- A Ninja Warrior, Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy and my little sidekick Robin!

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

xoxox

Rebecca

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 ‚Äúyou cannot paint,‚ÄĚ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.¬†‚ÄďVincent Van Gogh

xoxo

Rebecca

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.

‚ÄúImagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will‚ÄĚ

‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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¬†email,¬†text 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?”

Art Club

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‚Äôre going to impact when you give ‚ÄĒ 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