Monday, January 27, 2014

I AM listening! Plus some major overhauls....

Sometimes I believe a higher power is speaking to us.  Sometimes I believe we choose to listen and other times we do not.  The past 6 months I have spent a lot of time trying to listen, because I believe there are lessons I am supposed to be learning right now.

In July 2013, my family and I were in a very bad auto accident on an interstate here in Indianapolis with a semi. We were hit on the passenger side causing us to do a 360 degree spin only to go crashing head first into the cement center wall and bounce off coming to a stop sitting sideways in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway. By the grace of God no one else was involved but us and the semi. We were very fortunate to walk away from the accident with nothing but bruise...bad bruises, but I was very thankful for my bruises.  The pain I felt let me know I was still living and breathing. For that I am forever grateful.
 In September 2013, just as my husband and I were starting to be able to drive down the road and not jump at every little movement the cars around us made, our neighbor and friend of 10 years was killed in an auto accident less than 3 miles from home. We were there when our neighbor received the news, we heard the screams, saw the tears, felt the pain and held her and her son tight.  Todd and I were devastated.  For weeks we both found our selves crying and trying to make sense out of what had happened.  Why would God take a loving father from his wife and child of 5 years old?  Why were we so lucky?  Why were we spared?  The questions still continue.  There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of Mike at some point.

It's these 2 incidents that made me take a LONG, HARD look at my life and REALLY rethink what is important to me. 

What have I learned from this?  Life is short.  We are not promised tomorrow.  Tell those you love that you love them and tell them often.  Cherish the small moments, good or bad.  Breath every day in deeply.  Slow down, life is NOT a race.  It's not about the money you make or the number of promotions you get, or if you are driving the best car or wearing the best clothes or living in the best house.  None of this matters, because in the end, it's about your and your family.  They don't care about any of these things, all there care about is you loved them, cared for them and were there for them. We are all only here for a short while, make the most of it while you are here.  Tomorrow could be your last day!  These are the lessons I have learned.

For the past 3 years I have been working a part time job (25 hours a week), trying to build a business (The Pauper's Castle), volunteering as a Walk Coordinator for the Preeclampsia Foundation, trying to be a wife and a mom.  What I realized is, the two people that mattered most to me were the ones that were getting the least amount of my attention.  I had it all backwards. 

I still have to work part time.  Our family depends on my income. The Promise Walk is way to important to me to not continue. So, I decided to shrink our business back down to one location (Main Street Shoppes) and stop being a retailer for American Paint Company.  I wanted to have more time for my daughter and my husband.  So far, this has helped tremendously.  We have actually been able to make some improvements in our own home!  I kind of forgot what this was like.  It's been fun taking back our humble abode.

We are working a major overhaul in our family room.  This room is the hub of our family activity.  And let me tell you...this room is small compared to most family rooms.  It's 12 x 16. Not only is it a family room, but it's also the play room.  So we have been working very hard to find some creative ways to stash the toys so it can be an adult space as well as a kid space.  Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing this adventure!  If you follow me on Facebook, you have probably already seen the finished project of the buffet wall, but for now, I will share the beginning stages!

Ciao! for now!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Where have I been?

It's been since March that I last posted. I knew it had been a while, but I can't believe it's been that long. I am really not sure where time goes, but these days it seems to just fly right out the window.

So.....Where have I been?  

Well...the month of March was filled with 3 family birthdays, 3 friend birthday parties and one 11th wedding anniversary. Don't forget Easter!  That snuck in at the end of March this year too! April, was filled with dancing, dance pictures, dance practice and dance recital. May was crunch time for finishing up details for the Indianapolis Promise Walk for Preeclampsia (my husband I and coordinate this).  
Which by the way, if I can toot our horns for a moment...we were $2000 O-V-E-R our goal!
And now it's June!  

I would like to say, it's time to breath.  
Unfortunately, that is far from the truth!  In the midst of all of this, we opened a 2nd location, moved our studio space and took on a new line of paint!  Some days I think I am completely nuts all while working another job and trying to find time for family!  Because in the is what means the most.  But I have a vision of where I want this little business to go, so it keeps me pushing on. (Thank you to my family for putting up with me)  So please forgive me for not posting for quite some time.  But something had to for a while it was my blog.  I hope to get back to a more regular schedule soon!

So you want to know where our new location is?  

Not too far from our other location in Westfield, IN. (Main Street Shoppes ). 
It's about 7 miles.  

Our second location is located in Carmel, IN in the Carmel Arts District at the 
Vintage Shoppes of Carmel. 
This shop officially opened it's doors yesterday!  It's a wonderful little shop comprised of several small businesses under one roof!  The beauty of this get a lot of variety and character in one stop. The shop owner is actually a really great paint customers of mine! So when she offered me space there along with 750 Square Feet of space for our studio (painting workshops) and I couldn't refuse. 
 One side of our space is filling out nicely....the other side, well.... I need to have a date with my garage.  In time, I will fill this too!

 I am so excited to be a part of this opportunity.  All of the other vendors are wonderful as well.  Here's who you can find there!

The Pauper's Castle - That's us!
Simply Refinished
AMOR Photography
Covered Art & Design
Unique Chic
Revolver Vintage

Be sure to stop in soon!  
Vintage Shoppes of Carmel is located at 
301 S. Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN 46032

Store hours: 
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday - 11-5, Thursday, Friday - 11-7, Closed Sunday, Wednesday

So now you're asking....A new line of paint?

Yep!  If you pay attention to our Facebook Page then you know we discontinued the CeCe Caldwell's line and brought in American Paint Company, the "original" chalk & clay paint company.
American Paint Company offers an all natural, zero VOC, eco-friendly, and solvent free paint. Having made the cleanest, healthiest paints and finishes for the residential and commercial markets for the past 25 years, it was only natural to offer their products to the DIY market. APC paints contain no acrylic, no fungicide, no co-polymers and no worries! 

So I am sure your next question is.... Why?  

Well...there were many reasons why, but in the end sometimes in life you come to a cross road and you have to make a decision.  Sometimes it is not clear which direction is the right you must rely on your gut!  And the one thing I have learned over the years...when I go against my "gut" I usually regret my decision.  So this time, my "gut" was telling me to choose the path of American Paint Company.  So that is what I did!

I know you will be thrilled with their product!  It's still all natural, 100% no VOC, Green paint, wax and sealer that sticks to any surface with no prep work (just a general cleaning with a good de-greaser). Plus, they have 30 awesome colors to choose from!
So THANK YOU to all of you that are still supporting us through all of the changes.  We greatly appreciate you and your loyalty!  In closing, I will share a few photos of our paint displays at both our locations!  Plenty of paint for everyone!

Main Street Shoppes
Vintage Shoppes of Carmel
ciao! Kellie