Hi, I'm Pattie. Owner and Furniture Artist of CeCe's & Patsy's Boutique.
This is my first ever blog and first ever of building a website. I much rather be painting or restoring an old beautiful piece of furniture but part of growing your business and carrying your passion further is moving forward with the not so fun stuff. So, here I am taking a break from this confusing task of website building and righting my first blog. I really hope you like it..
So, I said in the beginning of this blog "Hi, I'm Pattie" and I am the owner of CeCe's & Patsy's Boutique. I am a wife and mother of one, a son; he has just recently finished college is moving on to his next part of his journey. My husband is retired law enforcement. He served 26 years in law enforcement before being forced into retirement by injuries sustained on the job. I, for the most part, was a stay at home mom. I had a few jobs here and there when my son got older and was in school. I found I needed something to fill my time or I went absolutely stir crazy. But none of them entertained or fed my heart. I knew I wanted to do more. I found my passion for repurposing, painting and redesigning furniture right within my own home. Funny, right? Not really, I know. But seriously, I did. Living on public servants pay is a good living but I think we all wish sometimes we had a little extra especially when kids are involve. As parents, we tend to take the backseat to our kids needs and that's ok, that's how it should be. So, what is a girl to do when she wants new and pretty things for her home? But of course, create them herself. And that's what I did.
I started by updating, painting, stenciling my own furniture and before I knew it friends and family were asking me to do it for them. I was so excited because I found my passion. I found something that really made me happy. It was peaceful place, my happy place. It was my therapy.
As I continued to learn and grow with new experiences and techniques by watching youtube, how to videos, joining groups of facebook and other social medias; I had to take a quick halt, my husband injured on the job and needed me. I had to take some time off to play the role of nurse (no regrets either) but I knew where my passion lied and I knew as soon as my hubby was able I would go right back to it. And I did.
Once my husband retired, I dragged him along with me. And only with slight kicking and screaming. I started going to auctions, estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, junkin' all to find pieces I could paint, repurpose, recreate and restore. I needed to build my inventory so I could present my creations to the world. And let me tell you I was scared to death. I did my first showing of my work at a church craft fair and it was a huge success. I was overwhelmed by the publics reaction and compliments. I was on cloud nine. From there, I built our business online through Facebook and Instagram. Then, I added Twitter. And I can honestly say, I have been blessed. It has been a roller coaster ride but I still feel blessed.
Now four years later, with a few ups and downs that I like to call the trial and error period cause you never know til you try it out, I am finally sitting here building my highly requested website. I am trying to figure it all out, make sure the pictures are just right, making sure I have the cart set up right for shopping etc, etc, etc... blah, blah, blah.... Boy this is hard! Whine.... or maybe I need wine? LOL
Anyways, if you read this all the way through, thank you. How did I do for my first blog? Don't worry I'll get better. I promise. And I'll do my best to make these a little more fun.