Tuesday, May 29, 2012

First Blog Post



I feel kind of silly that I haven't taken the time to set up a blog until now. It is something that I have wanted to do for quite some time but felt completely overwhelmed by trying to figure out how to set it all up. It wasn't as hard as I anticipated it to be. I am sure as I start blogging about my furniture redos I will get the hang of it and can figure out how to make this blog as beautiful as some of the other blogs I follow. But first let me tell you a little bit about me and my beloved little business called Shabulous. (it just seems right to have my first blog as an intro)

So my name is Kelly and I have 3 children with HUGE personalities; Chelsea Belle is my oldest and even though she is now a teenager I still consider her my little princess....and believe me she still thinks she is a princess too. LOL She is also very creative and helps me out with furniture redos, in fact she just sold her first piece in my window over at Kimmie Lou's Boutique. Westin is my middle child and he is a video game addict, he loves to hang out with his friends and play ball out in the street and then lucky me all those million (anywhere from 2-5 neighborhood) smelly little preteen boys fill up my living room afterwards for some gaming. My youngest is Will he could be considered to some as a bit of a mischief maker but I know him as my little baby. He is very active loves playing outdoors and is very passionate about dogs. This kids knows every pitbull rescue site on the net is constantly begging me let him get one. So as you can see these kiddos fill my world with excitement and craziness. 

As a single parent, I really found myself struggling working full time to support the fam. I have always been a stay at home mom and spent the days crafting away on anything I could think of, this was sorely missing from my life in my new role as a working mom. Not to mention the kids were very unhappy. They had to get themselves on the bus for school in the morning and nobody was home to greet them in the afternoon. By the time I got home from my commute, the last thing I wanted to do was cook dinner or clean, and was so tired I wasn't much help with homework either. This clearly wasn't working. In November when I lost my job from a non-profit organization I had to think fast on how I was going to provide. 

A few years prior to me becoming a single parent I had turned my hobby of painting furniture into a small business. I mostly did makeovers for friends and family and every couple months I would load up some stuff and set up at antique fairs. Now with some free time on my hands, my friends and family started asking me to work on their furniture again and before I knew it I was selling my furniture in consignment stores, had a growing fan page on Facebook, and started refinishing furniture for actual clients (not my faithful family and friends.) 

I am really excited about my business and the fact that I do all this right here from my own garage. I can drive my kids to school in the morning and greet them in the afternoon. I started actually cooking dinner again and am now available to help out with all the homework that comes home, sadly I still don't want to clean the darn house... (LOL)

I am very passionate about transforming old pieces of furniture into beautiful pieces that people can proudly display in their home. I love the hunt for these items, the vision I get when I find the perfect piece,(I have been known to dream about them or wake up in the middle of the night with an idea) I also enjoy learning during the process of these transformations, and I am always so excited when they are complete, I barely wash my hands before I post pics on FB.

So this blog will be a new tool for me to use, to show all of you how I do what I do! Please subscribe to my posts and be patient with me while I learn how to use this site. I hope to inspire you and encourage you along the way to try some of these things for yourself and hey if your not a DIY kinda person its cool, I sell most of the pieces I create. 


10 comments:

  1. Congratulations on starting up your blog! I'm a single mother also and am working to turn my furniture painting into a business. It's a wonderful way to be a Mom that provides for her family, and no longer be the Mom that drags in the door, so exhausted from the day, that she (I) can't really enjoy the time with her family. Good luck to you! I look forward to your posts.

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    1. Thank you soooo much! I am going to also subscribe to your posts! Cheers to us hard working moms that can get it done!

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  2. I saw Gertie @ The Old Block House post about your blog on facebook and I am so happy she did! I love the passion you have for old furniture, I do too. I love the history of every thing. Your work is gorgeous!!! Congratulations on your new blog!
    xoxo
    Jeri @DecoratingHemlock.Blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Jeri!!! I will also check out your blog!

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  3. You do amazing work, Kelly! Congratulations on the blog!

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  4. What a great introduction...this is great! You're definitely making a name for yourself and I am so happy/honored that I met you! Cheers to your new blog! :)

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  5. I have been following your work and you are great at what you do! I also am like you...I LOVE to redo furniture! It's amazing what a little paint can do! I am in the process of creating a blog to start selling my finds! I am so exited about it! I will continue to follow you! You inspire me...I love that you figured out how to do this being a single parent! Good luck to you!

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    1. Thank you so much and I would love to see your work please send me links to your stuff! Good luck!! :)

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