Becoming Like New, and 2018.

Hello, friends! And Happy New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2018.

2017 was one. full. year. Anyone else? Our small family experienced a lot of challenges, successes, joys and sorrows. Some of the big moments that stand out to me are:  starting my studio, buying our first home, moving to a new neighborhood, watching my siblings graduate, get married, and get engaged, (there’s a lot of life happening in our big family half a country away) we had my brother live with us for 8 weeks, friends and family visit Maryland, we had to say the hardest goodbye to our sweet boy, Titus (click to watch the most beautiful Christmas gift I’ve ever received made by my husband), I ran another marathon, and we traveled quite a bit. I feel tired and emotionally drained just thinking about all those wonderful highs, and moments of growth in the belly of the lows.

What about you? I’d love to hear your favorite story, or a way you grew personally in 2017.

In the midst of all that life, I found the ability to keep growing as an entrepreneur and was able to complete some really incredible pieces for sweet clients. This, is one of those:

I actually spotted this bench on a buy-sale-trade site (that I addictively monitor multiple times a day) and made an offer on the bench. The woman (my future client) responded with “no way” to my offer. I laugh thinking about it now. I responded logically, with why my offer was lower than the asking price, what I planned to do with it, and how much time it would take to salvage the piece. She then proceeded to ask me to do all of that for her. She was wise, because this piece is absolutely precious and will be a timeless addition to her home. Continue reading “Becoming Like New, and 2018.”

A Snow White Kind of Day

Hey friend,

I wish you were here with me, sitting by the fire listing to holiday tunes as I watch the snow dance as it falls outside my window. Let me tell you, today the stars aligned. Because not only is it a Saturday, it’s a rare one in the way that I have no plans (at least that I can remember) and it’s the first snow fall of the season. So I’m doing what I want to do everyday but can’t -staying home. The crockpot is stewing and I’ve had mugs and mugs of cider, coffee, and tea. I’m a happy woman.

This week took Dean to Florida and found myself starting another kitchen cabinet job on the eastern shore of Maryland (a blog post will most definitely follow). Happily reporting that after 5 long days and another head cold I’m still standing!  I somehow managed to get a couple of projects done, Christmas shop, and decorate too. I’m feeling pleased with this restful day and overjoyed about the winter wonderland outside my window. The purest white is blanketing the ground of our new home and it inspired me so much I thought I would share this beautiful white dresser with you I just finished for a lovely client.

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Traditional Hutch Turns Modern

I’m currently lying on my couch after throwing my back out yesterday. Darn you, weak body. Yesterday marked the true end of the busiest summer of my life, and I’m so glad to be resting, even if it is my body that is making me. I just can’t imagine why my body doesn’t like to run 12 miles, hang dry wall, paint, clean, and move furniture in a day… weird.  Continue reading “Traditional Hutch Turns Modern”