Monday, October 1, 2012

My Frames

It all started with my desire to create a photo focal point on my wall. I love huge chunky frames so I talked my husband into building --12, yes 12 frames for me, poor guy all with 6 inch trim all the way around. Then I started painting.  I wanted all of them to be pretty neutral but also coordinate with each other and this is how they turned out. 

I had so many compliments that  I convinced my husband to cut more frames. The fall boutiques were coming up so I decided, after gentle pushes from my mom, sister, and SIL, (and with my DH's resigned acceptance) to apply for my favorite boutique - Oh Sweet Sadie. And we got in! That gave us a little over a month to make 50 frames plus a display booth.  I am not sure what I was thinking--it was SO CRAZY!  Between school starting, taking care of home and family and making that many frames was SO stressful.  Plus the thought that I wouldn't sell even one frame was hanging over my head every day as I painted, and repainted, until every frame was just how I wanted it.  What a learning experience!!   I stayed up all night and then got my kids ready for school in the morning and then painted some more. 

Finally it was time for the boutique to begin.  We set up our booth and then from across the room another vendor, Mandy--my first customer--came to us and said that she saw our frames from across the room and wanted to buy at least two of them.  My thoughts were "WOW, Really?"  Especially since the frame she wanted to buy, I had finished only an hour before.  And the rest is history, we have sold more than 40 frames since and are gearing up for the next Oh Sweet Sadie Boutique on November 14th. 

Our Booth:

We also make 18X18 pillow covers in awesome trendy fabrics!  I have always wanted to start my own business doing something I enjoy!  Now I get to paint and shop for fabric, and I couldn't be happier!  I am so glad I took the leap of faith and stress to do it.    Thanks for reading!