July 25, 2011

Manic Monday

Much like the Bangles back in 1986 I'm running a little late this morning in getting on with the work day.  But I guess when you work for yourself from home its not quite as critical when stuff gets started as long as it eventually gets started right?  Right!

My schedule has changed quite a bit since moving to the sunny southwest.  Anyone who knows me knows my former body clock was that of a vampire -- not to add too many song lyrics to today's post or anything but, yes, I love the nightlife.  Once we got here I figured it was the time change and that I'd readjust after a few weeks.

Its been almost a month and, most days, I'm feeling like the song lyrics of today's post title "6 o'clock already I was just in the middle of a dream..."

But rather than lament over the fact I can't keep kissing Valentino in the fantasy world of sleepy haze, I just get up, get coffee, a low sodium veggie juice and get to it.

Right now its almost 9:00 and I'm already done with email, about to post this blog, and in the midst of making my list of the day's to-do's.  Its pretty short -- read & study for school and rearrange the office.  Now that we have our new desk set up I actually want to work in here but everything else needs to shift around in order to accommodate them because these desks are huge!

With Matt working remotely and me running a business from home its pretty vital we have a super duper functioning office.  Huge desks or not!

After the office furniture rearranging (once I finish school work of course!), I have 2 projects I plan to get a jump start on-- first is an old footstool that I plan to breathe new life into with a little paint and fabric re-design, and second is unpacking the box full of minerals, paint and brushes and beginning the learning process of my Giani Granite!  Can't wait to get that underway. 

So much so of course that I want to skip doing everything else today but "time it goes so fast...(when you're having fun)" so I guess work should come first.  Sigh, that's why Sunday is the fun day I guess!

What's on your agenda today? Big plans, little plans, wide plans, skinny plans, lotsa plans, no plans...???

July 24, 2011

Back In the Game

Good morning everyone!

What a whirlwind it has been around here.  As many of you know the CSD offices moved almost all the way across the country from Boston, Mass to Phoenix, Arizona back at the end of June.  Our official reopen date was July 5 but of course the best intentions sometimes don't really matter worth squat :-)

So I'm slowly reintroducing items back into my Etsy shop and materials are beginning to roll in to get me back on track with creating! 

However...Here's the Skinny

As many of you may know I fancy myself a writer.  As even more of you may know I wrote a novel a couple years ago and would like it to be published and sold to the general reading public.  My intention is to flip-flop my business so once my writing takes a publishable turn, I intend to focus on it full time and faux will only be a part time endeavor. 

Now you may be saying, 'well geez Jenn, you haven't updated the blog since March so how is this not part time now?' and that's an excellent question.  My client installations in-home really took front and center stage before the move and it allowed me little to no flexibility in creating the smaller pieces.  Here's an example of a space that was completed before leaving Boston:

Gorgeous right?  I completed the paint on the walls (plaster upper [including some skim-coat repair work] & wainscot), ceiling, trim, and radiator cover.   Their walls were this pukey periwinkle color before and really didn't go with the house at all.  Now it really flows from space to space, feels totally spa like due to the client's new textile selections, and they couldn't have been more pleased with the final product!  Me either honestly :-)

In addition to wall installations I also have school taking up a good portion of time still.  Going well but there sure is a lot of reading!

So What Now?

Now I can bring the company back to life.  Over the next 4-6 months I'm intending to complete some furniture refinishing, an installation or two, perhaps some graphic artwork and a cool new finish option called Giani Granite that I simply can not wait to try out.

The Granite is going to be something that I hope to utilize in commercially accessible art pieces as well as on the counter tops of a lot of client's homes.  Stay tuned, especially for my review of the product in general -- I plan to tackle a couple free standing pieces in the next couple weeks.

It feels good to be back!