… it turns back to feeling normal.
The week started out pretty crazy but is wrapping up nicely. Tuesday morning I had to set up for two Caromal Colour Workshops. Both were on Distressing/Refinishing Cabinets and Furniture, just one started at noon and the other at 7:00pm. A little after 9am a woman dropped by – she had called me several times and was interested in updating her kitchen island cabinets. I showed her the cabinet samples, we discussed how the products worked, checked out the color choices, then she wrapped it all up by placing her order on my laptop. I cant wait to see her before/after photos. ( she had the prettiest wedding ring I’ve ever seen!)
The workshops were invigorating – alot of good questions, and so many excited homeowners! I played around with this cheap bookcase that I’d started at the show – the first layer was Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, then a stencil was layed using Textured Basecoat Paprika. Over all of that I applied the Chipping Creme. I applied Textured Basecoat Chocolate to the top shelf, then when it was dry sanded it with the palm sander, so everyone could see what would happen.
I even followed GirlyGirl’s lead and played with the basecoat’s CHALKBOARD ability – I could NOT find a cool tray to use, had to resort to a plastic plate charger –
Everybody loved the products. The evening workshop wrapped around 930. I headed up stairs to say goodnight to my kids. My daughter reminded me that Wednesday morning, the following day, they were going to a Career Focus field trip, at a local restaurant. They were supposed to dress appropriately. Unfortunately I was totally unprepared. Her black slacks looked 5 inches too short. The dresses she had were out because we had no shoes – only tennis shoes and then run around flip flops. I had thought about running up to the store , it was 10:00pm, but it was too late to take her with me. Plus I really didnt want to pay for something that she’d never have a use for again. So, I let her go Wednesday morning, wearing a pair of brown slacks and new KEDS tennis shoes that we’d just got her. At least they were black. I felt awful, though. Especially that afternoon when she returned home. I think she got razzed a little – a few kids asked her if she REMEMBERED what day it was. Major case of ‘mom guilt’ … I was so overwhelmed with the business side of things, I’d failed on the home front.
I didn’t run to the store that night for shoes. But I did have to stay up to create several samples that were due for drop off the next day. The consult the next day was a success. That was a major hurdle of relief. This was a new client and I didnt want my foggyish brain to be a negative factor.
Yesterday, I finally dove into emails, phones calls – that whole catchup thing. I ran to the mall and picked the kids up some longer shorts for school. I wonder if that was because of my ‘mom guilt’ from earlier on?
And then there was Friday! It arrived with sunshine-
and I knocked out two consults. One is the ceiling that I’d started to bid a couple months ago – we are close now, all I need is a couple more samples –
The other was for a very good client’s medical office. They are renovating and have about 25 light oak doors that they want darkened to a red mahogany. The key to that bid will be getting that color spot on. To execute, I’d bring in my fellow finishing buddy, Kathy, to help me , especially since this job would require the work to be done on weekends.
And how did my day end?