Hello dahlings (in the best english accent you've ever heard)! I have gained some new followers and I figured there is no better time to write a lil bit about myself. I want my followers to know me & be inspired by me. So as you can see on my social media accounts I design build wood furniture and decor. But I think there is a misconception. I ACTUALLY design and build it. Me, myself, & I. I am still a one woman "badass" show might I say. I know it seems kind of hard to believe but it's the truth. I am 100% self taught and I design everything I build. I do not follow plans, quite frankly its harder for me to look at instructions than to build something out of my head, even if my client has provided an inspiration piece or photo. I'm sure most of you are probably thinking to yourself "how the hell did you get into carpentry?". It's a reasonable question considering I, well, lets just say don't look the par. I love maxi skirts, red lipstick, and I'm a super fan of a good hat. But hey, good thing I am down to wear combat boots 24/7 cause that totally looks the par right? I could have ended up in the fashion industry and I know I would have done astounding there too but, building furniture is truly my passion.
I started building wood framed mirrors in early 2013. People were totally digging them. Then I had a client ask if I could build an end table to put her tv boxes on and she wanted to put firewood in a basket underneath. I designed my first piece of furniture (this end table is my most popular to date and was featured on the Bethenny show) and the rest is history. I relied on craigslist and facebook clients to help me build my portfolio. They would send me photos or ideas of what they wanted and I would design and build it with custom dimensions and finishes. I did this for 9 months and then I got on the Bethenny show for a Bethenny in your business segment. That was in January of this year. Since then I have established all my clientele off word of mouth. I have worked with many amazing interior designers, super rad businesses, and some pretty stellar people who believed in me and this salvaged soul journey of mine. In my eyes this is still just the beginning so watch out.
Success, means more to me than any other word. It means stability for my children, it proves accomplishment, shows hard work pays off, inspires others, and most of all shows my two boys that you really can do anything you're passionate about IF YOU WANT TO. When I say if you want to, that's the most important part. You HAVE to want it and I mean want it real bad. You are in charge of your own journey and your success. Reach for the stars babes cause one day you'll get one.
I'm a mom of two boys. I have one in kindergarten (my youngest just turned 3 and is home with me full time) and all you moms that have kids in school know exactly how hard and time consuming drop off/pick up, volunteering, homework time, bed time can be. But I do it and I wouldn't have it any other way. I come home and work and then leave and come back and work and clean and make dinner, give baths and kisses and stories goodnight. Yes, it is possible to have it all. I wouldn't be me without my babies and I wouldn't be me without my business. People ask how I balance everything. I don't. I juggle it and sometimes the balls drop. But you just have to pick them up and start again. My point is don't let anything hold you back from doing what you love. Mommy building furniture is just what my kids know now. They come hang out with me, build ramps with scrap wood, and sometimes mommy even let's them help.
I hope this allowed you to get to know me a little bit better!
Christa aka #momthebuilder