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Freshening Up The Online Store, Need Your Input…

Instead of sitting on a Sunday afternoon, fretting over which stencil phrase to order for gift bags   (because trust me, I AM going back and forth, back and forth, and the clock keeps ticking….)  I thought I’d ask YOU.   After all,  you guys are the ones that will ultimately be on the receiving end, right?

I cooked up these gift bags a while back, with orders of $125 or more – a way to bless you back for blessing me with business.     The original  gift included  a stencil, a stencil brush, and a sampler pot of one of the awesome paints I offer

This was another,  several stencils to choose from

and included  a sampler of one of paint, a stencil, a small card scraper, and a thicker metallic medium to create a raised dimensional stencil

The ‘what goes in a bag’ is no issue,  I can think that up,  but I am wondering about what stencil saying I should order.      I know this –  the  grateful, thankful blessed  is by far the most requested, and I’ll be ordering more

But I like having options, especially for those that already received the grateful/thankful/blessed.   It got me thinking…

 

 

Customers liked my personal sign as well, but it would be too big

 

I want to order these later this week and would love some feedback, I’ll be ordering three designs, the grateful/thankful/blessed and two others…

Will you help me choose?

 

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Life Cycle of Fabulous Finishes, an Artsy Paint Store…

I find my mind wondering WHY I don’t make a better effort to post weekly.

Posting about projects grabs attention from those I want to reach as a retailer, and when I don’t post,  the pictures of  projects/workshops/etc  grows and grows…    over 200 folders of pictures

 

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It’s not about the lack of blogging, that’s just a side effect of something much bigger.

I should backup to 2011, when I transitioned my home based business to a retail storefront.   I was running a small finishing business from home, working  around my young kids in school.  Life was pretty much by the book comfortable, with no real ‘upsets’.  Never saw a job loss on the horizon…

Now I look back at that time in our lives –  husband seeking employment, wife opening  a retail store  (zero knowledge of how-to),  smack in the middle of a depressed economy – and realize HOW massive a life experience it was.

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God was HUGE at that time.

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If your faith is in the good Lord, you can carry ANTHING life throws at you, and come out in a better place.  My parents preached that to us kids, but I never REALLY understood until it was put into action.

That first store was a learning curve, everything moved forward and business was a success.    These statements, below, ring true to that time in my life…

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Wow, my third child has grown up!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and this was fun for me.  Taking that passion for creating, and living it every day at work.   How blessed was I?  Honestly, when I ponder my life a few years ago, I see a big monster blob, rolling and wig wagging in all directions, bouncing off walls, ideas and creativity trapped inside that wanted to come out.

Creative hearts will understand.  Your brain doesn’t shut down.  It keeps talking to you,  new things to try, new ideas to market, change this, update that,  on and on…  Can’t tell you how many times new ideas and color combinations would wake me at night – I’d jot them down for later,  those seemed to be my best ideas 🙂

When you work for yourself,  there are no limits, unless YOU put them into place and enforce them.   I’ll admit, a limit setter I was not.

Maybe, it was that voice in my head

I’ll never quit. I’ll never fail

that drove me.

Maybe it was easy 

because the kids grew up and out, entering college a year apart

 to let work take over my life.

Maybe daily work life became life 

obligations became 24/7

because that’s what owning a business requires.

Regardless, over time, it can suck the life out of your days, and I got to admit, this last year I’ve been feeling that suck

The thing is,  I love so much about what I’ve been able to do.   The power to inspire others,  the relationships I’ve experienced, the “GOD” moments, so many I can’t count…  For me, I really believe that’s what carried me. Sounds corny, and I’ll lose many of you at this point,  but honestly,  as I’ve grown in my Godwalk I believe He has a purpose for us, and where He puts us is where He has a use for us.

If doing what I do was just the creating and inspiring, I could remain in heaven on earth.  But business ownership brings the ugly requirements like accounting, marketing, purchasing, advertising, social media…

It’s those facets of ownership that….. sucked for me.    If money was no object I’d hire all that out, regardless of the negative impact on a bottom line.   But I couldn’t, so I didn’t.

daily work life became life 

obligations became 24/7

  Earlier this year I took the steps to update my resume.  I’m not ‘retiring’ from the workplace,  but I yearn for more focus, more structure,  less retail.

 It’s been a REAL change year for me, my personal relationships, my family life….  I’m feeling older, wiser, and I yearn for balance.  I want to spend quality time with my loved ones….

I’ve decided to slow roll my business to an end.   I’ve been working diligently to refinish the pieces I’ve had in inventory – it’s always been a goal of mine, and I’m closing in on it.    The furniture I’ve completed on the floor, and pieces remaining in back will be the last I offer.   I do have commissioned pieces I owe, which will not be affected.

Yup, feeling that…   But,  you never know, someone may reach out with interest in creating their own version of  a ‘Artsy Paint Store’ at our awesome location, which could allow a good portion of our paint lines to carry forward for our dedicated customers.    I’m not going to sweat the details,  God’s got a way of working things out in the end

Given the unknowns ( will some of the business transition to another owner, or will it be a ‘store closing’ sale)  I can’t yet offer specifics, but thinking by Spring there will be change.

Let me list a few things to clarify –

  • Paints will be available – I’m still ordering and restocking as needed.
  • Remaining Paint a Piece Workshops for 2017 are booked.
  • I will not be posting a 2018 Workshop schedule, though depending on timing I may add one or two if its workable.
  • I will still offer a couple Saturday dates in Jan, maybe Feb, for the Basic Painting Cabinet/ Glazing Cabinet Workshop , if you  have been considering a cabinet project.
  • I’ve decided it’s best to NOT offer gift certificates for holiday purchasing this year.
  • Our online store   fabfinisher.com    will remain.  We have had known issues the last couple months with the hosting company BlueHost, I swear there were a couple times it was down more than it was up.  It is presently being moved over to GoDaddy, with hopes that the disruptions will seize.
  • As always, if you have any questions,  give us a call or email us at    support  (at sign)  fabfinisher.com

WE HAVE NEW WINTER HOURS

STARTING DECEMBER 1ST:

MONDAYS  10 AM – 2 PM

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY  10 AM – 5 PM

THURSDAY  12 PM – 5 PM

SATURDAY 10 AM – 3 PM

Yes, it will be both.   And, hey, to bring it back full circle,  I may get to finally blog those photo files after all!

 

 

Hello My Friend, I’ve Missed You!

Where did we leave off?  I’ve been gone a week…..

I came back several times –   once you become an active blogger its an addiction –  but I felt out of touch, so off I’d go with no new post added.

I even have some backup posts ready to launch, but I didn’t turn those on either… I’m not sure why.

In years past I would say

We were on vacation for the week, time flew…

Mark always took vacation the week of the 4th, but this year is different –  he’s on permanent vacation until he finds new employment, right?

So my week was a little bit of everything-

My sister is back from China for the month.  They still have a home here, not far from our house –  their renters moved out over the weekend.  The kids and I helped her do some weeding,  and we checked out what will be our new digs (we’ll become her new ‘renters’ in the coming months)  – the kids each envisioning their new rooms, and me sitting and pondering what will fit where…

Two days later –  a nice break out of poison ivy on my arm.  Dang, that crap itches like crazy!

Chemical warfare –  Zanfel is expensive – $33 for a small tube!!

A few days later I  went back by myself  to walk through every room and sketch out wall dimensions… where will my painter tub get installed? How will I set up my workshop space?  Where will Julia’s magically created chalk soccer net be drawn on the basement wall?

 My future creative workspace –  it’s like a blank canvas!

I finished topcoating Nick’s furniture that I Caromal Colour’d black, and then moved on to refinishing the tops of Julia’s furniture

I’ll post about this whole ordeal next

I even broke out the Caromal Colours Reclaim Off White paint, to freshen up the furniture fronts, and was so tickled I made my husband come video me from my IPAD  –

NOT so sure I’ll be posting that, since my video attempts are always gorky and amateur , then again I might  post it just for the fun of it!

What else?  Enjoyed some sun, a little pool floating,  mailed off 24 packages from eBay selling, and oh – the best part –   roller bladed my rear off – I’ve been heading to our six mile park path first thing in the morning – usually by 7am – and we blade the 6  miles in about 30 minutes.  Three to four times a week – a great stress buster…. and an awesome way to connect with God…

I’ll end this on a faithful note –   this is from Joyce Meyer ministries

Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives. The opposite is also true: negative minds full of fear and doubt produce negative lives, which can ultimately destroy your life. Some people have been hurt so many times that they don’t think they can face the pain of another letdown. Therefore, they refuse to hope so they won’t be disappointed.

Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we’re not going to quit.

When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: “I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it!”

Don’t Give Up!

No matter how bad the battle rages in your mind, don’t give up! Step out and regain the territory that’s been stolen from you. Even if it’s only an inch at a time, make sure you’re leaning on God’s grace and not on your own ability.

In Galatians 6:9 the apostle Paul simply encourages us to keep on keeping on! Don’t be a quitter! Don’t have that old “give up” spirit. God’s looking for people who will find the courage to rise above all the negative and pursue the positive.

Whatever you may be facing or experiencing in your life right now, I want to encourage you to stay positive and refuse to give up! God is with you. He’ll help you make spiritual progress—strengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. It’s easy to quit, but it takes faith to press on to victory.

Will Be MIA Today – Caromal Rep Training…

I feel awful when I miss a few days in a row of posting  – especially a Sunday post, and one that would have included well wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day to all…

There’s been a lot going on here – with home, and family, and work – and honestly, sometimes I am really having a hard time juggling it all like I used to – I’ll almost get moments of ‘defeat’ –  where I just remain motionless –  knowing I have so much to do, but I’ll  get absolutely nothing accomplished…   that is driving my type-A brain crazy.

This weekend we had Julia’s soccer tourney,  combined with Mothers Day and family time –

we didn’t win the tourney – still enjoyed watching her play – and  the weather was finally lovely

My mom, my sis, her daughter,  and me and Julia – three generations in one –

This morning Betsy, from Indiana,   is coming over for an all day Certified Independent Representative Training,  for Caromal Colours –

Betsy drove in last night with her husband  (that was nice of him!)  – he’ll drop her off here this morning around 8:00am.    Typically the CIR training (about 8 hours) gets broken into 2 sessions – it’s less intense that way, and allows for drying time instead of having to blow dry samples –  but being able to do an all day power train session is nice when you need to get back from where you came from.

Caromal Colours offers several options for joining their team –  if you are interested in bringing it to your neck of the woods, let me know.

So, if I haven’t responded to your email or phone call yet, I am very sorry – I would love to catch up today but will have to wait until tonight/tomorrow to jump back on the response wagon.

Thank you for your patience, and – Happy Belated Mother’s Day!