meet Carolina

I would use the old saying “when it rains, it pours”… but I feel like that has a negative connotation that I really don’t mean. Things have been so crazy around here, but in a good way. I honestly don’t remember a time that I have been this busy in nearly all aspects of my life. But its all good stuff…and I’m certainly not complaining.

I knew going into the month of June that I was going to be busy wrapping up the boys’ school year activities, basketball tournaments, travel plans, and several out of town guests coming to visit. I’m also completely booked with custom jobs in June, so I worked like crazy getting my shop stocked and ready to be neglected for a few weeks.

Whew! It was stocked and looking good and I could finally breathe a bit and focus on all of the other things I had going on.

Well that was the plan…

Then last weekend I sold about half of my inventory, and I was in Portland at a basketball tournament.

It’s that moment of “woohoo!!” followed by the “wait…oh crap!”

Luckily, it was REALLY full before I left and when I scrambled in there Monday morning and did a little rearranging….it didn’t look too bad. But I needed to get to work and at least finish one additional piece (I really should do two)  before I head back out of town.

I knew just the victim…

Carolina before

This dresser has been moved around my garage over and over,  and it just kept getting passed over for other projects. I’m not sure why…I liked it right from the start. But sometimes when I don’t have a plan for particular piece right away, it can sit awhile as I change my mind five or six times about how I want to paint it.

Well, tonight was the night (and my only free night) to get it done, and I decided to try something new.

I’ve used milk paint a few times before, and I nearly always use chalk paint…but I’ve never used the two in combination together.

Why not? Continue reading

custom work

I can’t believe we are in our second week of April! It’s been almost six weeks now since I opened my little shop. In many ways it feels like it has been six months and then when I think about all the plans I still have….I catch myself thinking,  “where did the past six weeks go?”  But I do feel like things are settling in and the crazy factor has decreased significantly. I’m definitely learning along the way…figuring out a balance and what makes sense for me both artistically and business-wise. Unfortunately, those two things don’t always go hand in hand…

Part of that balance is my interior design and custom work.  I really enjoy that side of my craft and want to be sure to carve enough time in my schedule to be able to work with clients independently as well as what I do for my shop.

So today I thought I would share a antique dresser makeover I recently did for a friend. Continue reading