I was recently asked what I thought of all of the other furniture painters in the Duluth area. Well, I love them! All of them! Theres a gal in town that stages her funiture and accessories LIKE A BOSS! She truly does! I've purchased items from her that I could have done myself but she has her own spin on how she paints and displays things. I've sent people to her to purchase large items. (Look closely at the white dresser pictured above. I was laying on my back under my saw horses in the basement to take this picture. You can see my knee in the bottom right side of it lol! This is how I roll....) We are all different! Theres a woman up the shore that paints and sells on the same venues as I do. Facebook, Craigslist, etc. I LOVE her ideas! Her items are just beautiful! And I tell her so. You know why? Because I prefer to work together instead of against one another. Are there a lot of us furniture refinishers out there. YES! A LOT! But, we are all different. Our styles all say that we are individuals. If 20 of us were given the same exact dresser to paint, I think the finished products would be 20 different dressers completed!
I feel fortunate that I live in a community of makers that lift up and support each other. We do NOT work against each other. If I run across someone that is saying some negative things about another artist, I walk the other way. Why? Because I chose to work WITH instead of against.
I've been so busy this month with custom orders and estimates that I have been running all over the place like crazy! But, hubby and I are going to head to Arizona in a couple weeks and soak up some sunshine and family time! I can't wait! Arizona is one of my happy places <3
Keep an eye out....my mom may persuade me to paint something while I am there! :) She wont have to try too hard <3
Enjoy your February! March is right around the corner and summer is after that!
See? I AM a glass half full kinda gal!
Happy New Year! I can still say that, right? What has been the best part of 2018 so far for you? Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Have you given up or are you still hanging with it? I don't make resolutions anymore...too much pressure. Too much to live up to. Sure, I have goals. But baby steps for me people...baby steps!
I am trying to get used to the "new normal" at our house. Our son went back to his base in California, and our daughter has moved out. Weird. Quiet. Lower grocery bill...oh, did I say that? Even though its a little bit true, I'd rather have my kids at the dinner table each night, eating and talking and laughing.
On the subject of work, (is it really considered work if I love it this much?) I do have goals. I want to be better this year. I want to be more selective and more consistant. I love searching for the perfect piece of furniture, giving it my own touch and then seeing it in your home. I truly am happiest with a paint brush in my hand! Ive been a business owner for almost 2 years and I love it!
That being said, I am humbled by you. Humbled by everyone who has purchased a piece of Hopping Wren to give as a gift or display in your home. I've been overwhelmed by the success that we have had! This last year was amazing! I am able to do what I love because of YOU. Thank you.
So in the coming year, I am planning on a few new things. I have some goals I want to reach. Some changes I'd like to make. But the quality of furniture that I sell or customize for you will never change. It will always be done with love. And with a paint brush :) All of my furniture is and will be painted by hand. I will always work closely with you to make sure that what you envision comes to life.
So happy 2018! Its going to be a great year for Hopping Wren and I hope it will be a wonderful year for YOU!
Whew! 2017 sure did go by fast! Here we are....with four more shopping days to go! My kids will both be home for Christmas! Lots going on over here :) We still have a few pieces of furniture for sale, so check out my sale page if you are looking for anything in particular! We also do custom orders, so if you are looking for a change, lets talk!
Christmas time is my favorite! (In my best Buddy the Elf voice!) The music, the food, the decorations. Its hard to pick just one, but if I had to, it would be the gifts. Not receiving them, but giving them. And not material things. Things like time. Helping a neighbor out. Carrying someones groceries into their house for them. Shoveling a sidewalk that you aren't required to shovel. Volunteering at the local food bank. Donating mittens and coats to the homeless in your area. Inviting someone into your home, when they have no one to spend the holidays with. There are so many things that you can do to reach out and help someone. The memory that someone will have after being helped, cared for or smiled at, far outweighs any material items you can buy.
Thank you for your continued support of my business. It means the world to me that I have been so well received into the Duluth community of makers! Look for a few exciting changes to happen in 2018! I can't wait to see what the new year holds, can you?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Hopping Wren!
(P.S....if you would like to take a peek at what I wrote for the Duluth Mom's Blog about Christmas, here's the link!)
One word for this upcoming holiday season? Busy. Shops are open and ready for furniture drop offs this week! My inventory at home is dwindling down to a few pieces as I get ready for this weekend's Maker's Market in Spirit Valley at Maker's Mercantile! Next weekend....Hopping Wren's Wine and Wassail....a few days after that, I leave for a wonderful week of family time in Franklin, Tennessee with my brother and his family! When I get home? Paint, paint and more paint! Big annual holiday party at my sis's home in the middle of December. Busy. I love it! Enjoy your Thanksgiving this week! I know that on Thanksgiving this year, I will be sitting in my pajamas with my hubby, watching football and grilling steaks for dinner! No large meal this year, but that's ok! I am thankful for the time I get to spend with my husband! And, I am thankful that both of my children will be home for Christmas. So thankful for that. Its all I wanted :) Enjoy the upcoming season with friends and family!
Didn't we just get the yard the way we like it? Didn't we just plan a back yard bbq and fire? Holy guacamole...its fall. It's not even fall, as here in MN we just had a snowstorm last week that broke records. I think we had almost 10" of accumulation at our house. So just like that, its winter. I really do hate winter. Everything about it. Well, not everything....I like sitting in front of the fireplace with wool socks on my feet while I am wrapped in a blanket. Thats a good part of winter. And Christmas lights. I love Christmas lights.
I've been so innundated with custom orders that I almost had to turn someone away yesterday and refer them to someone else. But, I didn't. And now that pieces are being picked up and others are moving, the garage is getting to look a bit more normal. As in, we MAY be able to park in there this winter. (Another reason why I hate winter....giving up the garage for almost 6 months is not fun for me.)
As the holidays are approaching, check to see if you have a piece of furniture that needs some love. Some TLC. Some paint! Right now I am 1 week out with custom orders, so get in line when you can! Being this busy is a good thing <3
Looking for a special piece of furniture for a certain someone or for a place in your home? Hopping Wren is in 4 shops throughout the Northland. Golly G Botuique, Wonderfully Made, The Gardening Junky and Maker's Mercantile. Shop local this Christmas, as you wont be just giving a gift, but you will be supporting a community of small business owners and makers. Thats gotta make ya feel good!
Check back for more info about Hopping Wren's 2nd annual Wine and Wassail! Last years was a blast, so if you missed it, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 4th! Gifts, drawings. wine, chocolate...who could ask for more?
Oh, and there is WINE in WINtEr...thats a good thing about winter, too.