Hi friends! I am a little late to the blogging party, but if you know me well, you know I’m late to just about everything. Not extremely late, just around 5 minutes. I know… I’m working on it 🙂
Seriously though, I want to first and foremost thank you for visiting my little space on the World Wide Web. And if you’re here reading this, you’re either related to me or maybe, just maybe, want to learn a little something about some DIY projects. In either case, I say YAY!!! And welcome.
Since I am new to the blogosphere, I wanted to share a little about myself and my journey to this point, as well as why I wanted to start this blog. The short story is simply that I love woodworking and all things DIY and I hope to pass along the knowledge that I have gained from other bloggers, builders, woodworkers, friends, family members, and my own DIY experiences.
The longer backstory is this:
I grew up in Woodstock, GA and graduated from Florida State University in 2005 (Go ‘Noles!) with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After college, I moved to New York and worked in Public Relations for several years before ultimately deciding to move home to be closer to my family. I moved back to Georgia in 2009 and interviewed with several boutique PR firms, but due to the market crash, I was unable to secure a position.
I began dating my husband and moved to Nashville to be with him, still unsure of where to go in my career. I started working in Retail Management, but I always knew this would be temporary for me.
Fast forward to 2012 and we got married and moved to our current home in Woodstock. I was tired of working weekends and we were talking about starting a family, so I took an entry level position in Dental Administration. I grew with the practice and became the Financial Coordinator, but a part of me still felt unfulfilled. In my spare time, I started refinishing furniture as a hobby and loved it. I never really had a hobby, per se, and this was something I looked forward to doing in my free time. I finally had something for me, something that made me feel proud and accomplished.
Now, let me pause and say, I do love my job at the dental office. I am part of a great team and I work for three amazing doctors. But I think that anyone in an administrative position will tell you, your creative side needs somewhere to exercise. Some people run, some play music. Some sew, or volunteer or paint. I was taking old, unloved furniture and giving it new life. This had given me new life, but over Thanksgiving break in 2016, I began questioning my career and my future.
My husband finally asked me, “What do you want to do?”
“I just want to refinish furniture,” was my answer. “Then do it,” he said. And that was all it took. In December 2016, I got my business license and opened Southern Pine Restorations, LLC.
I started refinishing pieces for friends and then for clients. My husband did a couple small builds that I finished and then it happened. I got my first tool, a Dremel Saw-Max, and I built myself a picture frame. I was hooked. Give me all the woodworking!
I started building anything I could think of for our home and my first “big” build was this bar cart by Angela Marie Made. I learned a lot on this build, but it’s still one of my favorite pieces in my home.
The next thing I tried my hand at was modifying a plan, because that’s a good idea for the second piece of furniture you ever build, LOL. I used these Shanty-2-Chic plans to build a cabinet for our laundry room utility sink, and again, I learned a TON.
Then I found the Instagram Builder’s Challenge. While I loved my build, another modification, turning coffee table plans into a potting table, the biggest thing I found here was community. Through this challenge, I met other builders, started following some truly amazing accounts, and was inspired to grow as a woodworker. The next challenge I did with them, the mini challenge to create a cutting board, introduced me to working with hardwoods, and honestly, I haven’t looked back since.
I decided a few months ago that I wanted to take my business in the direction of woodworking + design, and while I will always refinish furniture, my passion is now to share my love for building and DIY with others. I am so eternally grateful to everyone who has answered questions, encouraged me, walked me through techniques, explained things to me, and shared tool recommendations… always cheering me on and supporting me.
So this blog is my way of giving back. My hope is to teach others as others taught me. To share my knowledge and journey, as others have shared with me. I will always do my best to connect with my readers because I know how awesome it is to get a response to a question… whether it’s regarding a building technique or a paint color.
I am still running Southern Pine Restorations, and while I would love to make you something, I would also love to teach YOU to make something. Because when you do, you will get to feel the pride and sense of accomplishment I feel every time I make something from nothing. That’s a feeling I hope everyone can experience.
If there’s anything you want to see or learn, please feel free to shoot me an email. I hope to inspire you to pick up a tool and see what it’s like to work with your hands. Woodworking has changed my life and if you are here searching for something, I hope you find it.
“Aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Happy building, friends!