Hey there! Thanks for popping by! When I first started thinking about jumping into the world of blogging, I was SO excited. What can I say – I like to talk and I like to write – yet … here I am … blog entry #1, and I am stuck. How do I introduce myself in a way that draws people in? How do I put into words what brought me to this point? What can I say?! Here goes nothing!

In short, I am a 30 year old entrepreneur mom of 3. I like long walks to the clean kitchen (ha! Clean, I wish) and being able to shower with any number less than 3 sets of grimy little kid-paws on me fighting for the single stream of water (my 3 year-old might as well try out for the NBA because she can box me out of the way of hot water like nobody’s business!) I live for the peaceful moments of calm where my kids are actually playing together and getting along (N.B. this is a very rare occurrence!) and tend to hyperventilate when my phone dies, though this doesn’t seem to stop me from using it to the point of no return. Almost 5 years ago, I took a leap of faith and decided to start playing with power tools and stain and now, 5 years later, spend my days covered in sawdust and paint. I win any of those “what’s in your purse” contests as I seem to always have a plethora of random screws and bits of sandpaper in my purse. After a year and a half of running a little hobby business, I decided to jump in head first and hand over classroom keys for the thrill of not knowing how I was going to pay off my Home Depot bills! Only kidding …sort of?

 

For the last 2.5 years of being a full time maker, Willow & Rose (aptly named after my oldest daughter, Willow Rose) has grown beyond my wildest imagination. I have learned more about myself and time management (or a lack thereof) than I ever thought possible and have loved every minute of our beautiful chaos. My kids have grown up with my business. Aurora (Rory) is 3 and has attended many a workshop strapped to my back, Willow has been in to the shop working with me (or napping peacefully after being unwilling to sleep at home) at ungodly hours and is now as bossy as they come when it comes to “helping” me design and make signs. Finally, Quinn, our newest addition to the team, was our official shop baby for the first 7 months of his life before I realized that both of our time was better spent NOT spending a good chunk of time scouring the floor for anything that wasn’t supposed to go in his mouth! Now, almost 5 years later, we’ve done over 6000 signs in sign workshops, sold over $300K worth of workshops and signs and adjusted our sails to whatever way the wind has taken us! My husband, Chris, is my official sounding board and steps in wherever needed with Willow & Rose (only a little begrudgingly!). He is also an entrepreneur – a dangerous combination under one roof, but that’s a story for another day – and aside from his full-time schtick working as a contractor with the Feds, he has a business called Peple – a platform connecting you to the people you need and the jobs you want.

We’ve had a pretty stellar team over the last 3 years and I’ve loved every second of it, but 2020 has presented itself with a whole new set of plans and rules. A new adventure lies ahead of me as I navigate being a one-man-band as I return to my roots, focusing exclusively on custom designs working out of a studio in my new home, juggling motherhood, world pandemic and the chaos and mess that seems to follow my little family wherever we go! Buckle up friends, it’s going to be a fast, bumpy ride!

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