If you want something done, do it yourself. If something is broken, fix it yourself. If something is too expensive, make it yourself. If you can’t find something the way you pictured it, create it yourself.
That’s how I got here.
Though I have always had a creative gene, I never did much with it except for the occasional “craft”. Then, I became a poor college student and couldn’t afford things I wanted. Heck, I still can’t afford everything I want and half the time it’s not 100% what I was looking for anyway.
My very first major project was an old, ugly, orange coffee table that I found for $25 at a thrift store (incidentally, this is still the coffee table in my living room). My now husband and I sanded it down, stained it, and added some new hardware… and voila! I got the itch to do more. Why buy something when you can build it? Next, I found a gorgeous media stand for $700+ at Pottery Barn. No. Way. It didn’t even have an area for our fancy sound bar. After that success, the projects avalanched from there. What else can we fix up? What else can we make?
I now own Redbud, which started as an Etsy shop only a few months ago. In order to become better at what I do, I must learn how to improve. The problem is, I only have so much room in my home to store all of my creations. Etsy solved that problem for me. I get to make things, sell them, and continue to improve my craft with each and every piece (while saving space). The more I make, the more ideas I have to make things better. The ideas just keep coming, which is why I decided to start a blog.
I wanted an outlet where like-minded people could learn from my mistakes and successes. I’m new at this. I have my insecurities, but I am going for it. Everyone says “what is there to lose?” My sanity and confidence, perhaps. But hey! I can overcome that, right?
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
Who is the girl behind the blog?
Hey, I’m Chelsea! I am so glad you are here. I am truly an Oklahoma girl. I grew up on a farm with cows and horses in Southeast Oklahoma near the Red River. Eventually I moved to “the City” for school (Boomer Sooner!) and though there are parts of the country that I miss, I am enjoying the city life while I can. Plus, my full-time job is here.
I married my amazing, supportive husband in 2015 after five years of dating. He is my handyman – I can’t take all the credit! We build things together. We live in Norman, OK. We have three (yes, I said three) dogs. We are currently looking for our first home, which should add to my plethora of blog ideas.
What are my qualifications? I studied architecture for a year in undergrad and have a master’s degree in Business Administration. I learned quite a bit about design in college and hope to use my business knowledge to help in providing great products and services. Everything else is just picked up along the way.
Thanks for coming, sit down and stay awhile! 🙂