Last year was a busy year full of new things including being a NEW parent with a NEW baby, moving to a NEW state, a NEW city and buying a NEW (to us) house. I have been fortunate enough to be able to spend the first 9 months of our baby boys life with him at home. It has been a blessing to watch him grow and discover all of his ‘firsts’. I wouldn’t trade my time with him for anything. Due to the timing of our move it didn’t make sense for me to go back to work and once we moved it took time to get ‘settled’ into our surroundings. In our new town there are job opportunities in my career field of interior design that I could work at but wasn’t sure interior design was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was a cabinet designer. I helped customers layout and design their new kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets, etc., but remodel projects are stressful and much of that stress was carried home on my shoulders every night. I was good at what I did and thanks to a lot of people for teaching me what I know today about the cabinet industry (you know who you are-Thank you!) but in that field it usually means long retail hours, weekends, and the additional stress of finding quality daycare and family time aside from all the other womanly duties of the household. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back to the added stress of a 40+ hour work week just to pay someone else for the joy of raising our child. I mean who wouldn’t want to be there for this face every day, all day…I sure do!
So I have taken time to learn what my other options were. By happenstance of making decorating additions to our new home I found I really enjoyed building wood home décor items to accent our home. I made floating shelves, upholstered headboard, wood countertop, feature wall, decorative wall items, photo wall displays, blanket ladder, among many other items. Working with wood was a new challenge. I have always been inclined to make everything. I enjoy making things with my hands and getting the sense of accomplishment from a finished project. When I received my saw it empowered me to make even more. Once I started, it became addicting and once I began slowing down on my projects around the house, I wanted to make products for other people.
With a new year upon us and resolutions made, one of my resolutions is to start a small business along with a blog. It is something I have been pondering from some time, but needed something to give me the confidence to move forward…woodworking was that something! I am VERY EXCITED to have the opportunity to be my own boss, set my own hours, and share my passion with you. The blog will share my DIY projects I am working on in my home, new products I am making, upcoming craft sales and events I will be attending, and maybe a new or favorite recipe from time to time. I have so many great ideas and abilities, I want to share them with you. This will be a journey that I will be learning along the way but I hope you will like what I have planned.
My goal is to provide you opportunity…opportunity to become inspired by my DIY projects…opportunity to fall in love with the products I create….and opportunity to learn something you didn’t know before!
Here is to keeping many more resolutions-