Monday, September 27, 2010

Plants, Post Office, Wall Makeover & Younique727 Will Now Be In The Heights ~

In our business, we all know that we are constantly on the go.  Today was  no exception ~ my day started at 5:30 a.m. ~ made breakfast for my hubby and I and he was out the door at 6:30 a.m.....then I have to decide where do I start........I had jewelery pieces to ship out, pieces of furniture to finish, new pieces to pick up, a wall makeover to get done and I REALLY want to pick up some flowers, plants for my garden (they're 70% off right now ~ I ♥ that!).  So, I get all the jewelery wrapped up and ready to go......and my first stop........70% OFF ~ yes, I better stop now because this sale may end and we can't have that...

O.K., so I get my little flowers, plants, dirt and I'm happy now ~ REALLY happy as I haven't gardened all summer ~ been too busy.  Next stop, the post office; lets get the gorgeous jewelery shipped out to all my wonderful customers ( I have the best fans/customers in the world.....really, I do).
One more thing ~ that's a good feeling.  Now I need my daily Diet Coke ~ I ALWAYS go to McDonalds for this ~ ALWAYS McDonalds. Why?  Their drinks are $1.00 ~ no matter what size, they are $1.00 ~ that means alot to me.  No, I'm not cheap, I'm
Aaaaahhhh, this diet coke tastes sssssoooo good.  Isn't it awful that we get hooked on these drinks?  I love the fountain drinks ~ I can't explain it, but I just love the taste of these drinks as opposed to the can drinks.....I wonder if anyone else feels the same way....hmmmmmm.

Now, I'm headed over to do a wall makeover ~ this lovely lady had a bare wall that needed help.  She had recently bought some crosses and wanted to do something different with them.......that's where I come in.  I did the lettering for her and then placed the crosses and the frames she had on the wall.  One suggestion ~ buy some more crosses ~ I like walls with lots of stuff; well, not just any stuff, they have to go together and look cohesive ~ here is what the wall looks like now ~

Finished here then I have to stop by the pharmacy to pick up my husband's prescriptions ~ he's a diabetic and its very important that I get these medicines ~ o.k., so, make another stop ~ sorry, no pictures here.  Then the real fun begins ~ I am in the Heights ~ this is an area in the Houston area where you can find all kinds of antiques and really different things.  While I'm in one of the shops ~ I find this great piece ~ I think its beautiful.  They used to call these "gossip benches" ~ remember when you would have to actually SIT DOWN and talk on the phone?  No cell phones back in the days ~ well, I couldn't resist this one so I brought it home with me.....
While I was at this shop (Grace Hart & Co.), I decided to talk to the owner, Grace Hart herself.  I started asking about putting some of my pieces in her shop ~ this place has tons of traffic and is in the middle of antique shopland ~ perfect opportunity.  Ms. Hart and I talked and we came to an agreement that was favorable for the both of us ~ YEAAAHHH.....I am now going to start selling pieces at this great shop ~ in the Heights.  I'm really excited about this opportunity and can't wait to get started.  Now have to decide which pieces to take and which ones to sell myself ~ more to, Younique727 is now going to be at Grace Hart & Co ~ Houston, Tx.......

Wow ~ I thank God for all the opportunities HE is placing before me ~ I will not let HIM down.  I also want to thank all my customers, friends and fans for the continued support.....I ♥ all of you.

Thanks for stopping by and May God Bless You

Friday, September 24, 2010

Life, Daughters & Furniture

In life we all have many experiences ~ good, bad, happy, sad and of course, painful.  I recently had some issues with my daughter ~ this has not been the first time.  My problems with her go way back ~ she had been on drugs since the age of 13 ~ she then had her first child at age 20.  Of course, she could not take care of this baby, so I took the baby at 1 yr.old ~ my daughter would be gone for months and months ~ I wouldn't hear from her nor did I know where she was.  But I figured it was her choice ~ I had my granddaughter, Alexis and I knew that Alexis was fine.  Melissa's behavior was out of control all the time ~ drugs, alcohol and who knows what else.  Four years later, she became pregant again, this time I ended up with the baby at the age of 6 weeks ~ again, taking care of her as if she was my own child.  Six months later, my daughter decides she wants to go to Rehab for help.  Fine ~ of course, this is not free ~ so, here I go again.  Paying money, making sure she had all her toiletries and whatever she needed while she was in there.  In the meantime, I still have both of my granddaughters to take care of and working full time.  I actually owned and ran a small boutique selling clothing, jewelery, accessories and home decor.  My business was going very well but then it got to be too much for me to handle having two small children to take care of.  I ended up selling my business, which made me very sad.  She wrecked three of my vehicles through the years and has made me spend thousands and thousands of dollars on so many things in life.

Through the years, I have struggled with my daughter's addictions and trying to guide her and help her.  My granddaughters are now 8 and 12 and have lived with me all these years until recently.  Alexis and Samantha moved in with their mother, when she got her own apartment (previous blog on this also).  Although she now had her own apartment, she continued to need my assistance, financially and also with my car.  I would have to take her back and forth to work ~ I would take my granddaughters to school, to the dentist, etc. ~ all the things that parents are supposed to do, I have done.

Our latest incident all started because I wanted to take my granddaughters to CCE class ~ I was brought up as a catholic and have always felt that our faith is very important to us.  Teaching children about the bible and about our God is also very important.  Since things did not go the way my daughter wanted, she got very angry and upset.  I also exploded as I felt so tired of always playing the role of a parent, as opposed to a grandparent.  Things got way out of control and the rest is facebook history.
I had no idea that Melissa was posting all the nasty things she posted ~ I was away from my computer and did not know.  When I arrived home, my son called and said to me, "mom, I don't know what's going on, but you better get on your facebook page now".  I couldn't believe what she was doing ~ she knew how important my business is to me and she went right to it.  This is a picture of my son, Freddy, and my granddaughter, Alexis.  He is the best son any mom could have.

Well, I felt as if my business was down the drain at this point ~ who in the world would want to do business with someone who has these kind of issues going on?  But guess what?  I found out that I have the most wonderful fans/friends out there.  The outpour of support, encouragement and love I received was unbelievable.  I know now that life will go on and my business will continue as usual.  My daughter, who is now 32 yrs. old, must now learn how to take care of herself and her children.  I no longer want this responsibility and I refuse to feel guilty about it.  I feel as I've done more than I really needed to, as a grandparent. This is my other granddaughter, Samantha, now 8 (in the middle)

Thank you to all my facebook friends/fans for your words of encouragement.  I couldn't have made it without you. I love you guys and hope to meet each and everyone of you one day.

May God Bless you and thanks for stopping. by

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mirror ~ Mirror On The Wall

I have never really been a big fan of "mirrors" ~ maybe because they show us things we don't want to see sometimes......wrinkles, frowns, gray hairs, etc. ~ but on the other hand, we need them to make sure we also can look beautiful, happy and vibrant ♥  A couple of months ago, I started looking for mirrors to buy; but not the usual ugly everyday ones we see at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  You know what I mean?  I remember my mom having this big, ornate mirror in her living room, about 15 yrs ago ~ it was made of durable plastic but it looked gorgeous.  Those are the types of mirrors I look for now ~

Aren't these just beautiful?  I must say everyone else thinks they are too ~ they have sold within three days of posting them.  Now how great is that?  I love the curves, the details and the fact that there aren't too many of these around anymore ~  the auctions are a great place to find these but they too know how popular they are as they are not very cheap but they are so worth it♥
So, I will keep on searching for these ornate, goddy looking mirrors ~ we love them as they make statements about us.  We love to be different.

Thanks for stopping by and may God Bless You ♥

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Birthday Celebration

A few weeks back I had blogged about how stressed I was because my house was in such chaos ~ I had been so busy with painting, refinishing, looking for items, etc. that I could not keep up with my home.  Well, my birthday came around (9/2) and I decided to start a new year with a clean slate......yes, on my birthday I spend the day doing this:

My dining room had been turned into a painting area as it has been TOO HOT to paint outside ~ so the dining room table was no longer here, instead here is what I had:

My family room didn't look quite as bad ~ well, I had to try to keep at least one room clutter free and paint can  Although you can see I had a desk waiting to be claimed and a little end table (these have since been sold since these pics. were taken.).....

Now, on top of trying to keep up with all this, I had this SMART idea to start repainting my kitchen cabinets ~ yeppers, they have looked this horrible for over 7 years now and I decided to start painting them NOW......what am I thinking, right?  Here is what they looked like before;

Here is what they will eventually all look like ~ I'm not finished yet ~ its a work in progress:

Then, later in the evening, although I was completely exhausted from cleaning, scrubbing, moping, etc. my husband took out to dinner ~ we went to one of my favorite place ~ Lupe Tortilla's.  I love their margaritas ~

This was the end of a tiring but much accomplished day ~ all is fine at younique727 ~

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day ♥

Monday, September 6, 2010

My Kitchen Cabinets ~ Yuk

I have been doing alot of work in my dining room lately ~ not the remodeling type though, its been all the painting.  These days have been so hot that the furniture painting has come inside.  Not the sanding part, of course, all that continues to be done outside and it is really HOTTT.  O.K., so as if I don't have enough to do with all the makeovers and new pieces coming in, I decided to tackle a project that has been on my mind for 7 years already.......what?  Yes, 7 years......I bought this home 7 years ago, brand new and I just loved it ~ but you know how it goes, after a few years, you wish you would have picked a different flooring, different paint, another floor plan, and of course, different kitchen cabinets.

Here is a picture of what they look like ~ you know the color, usual oak colored.  I have not liked these cabinets for quite some time but hadn't really thought about painting them myself until NOW......I thought
well, if I can paint and glaze furniture, why can't I do that to my kitchen, I started with one.  I'm not brave enough to tackle the entire kitchen at once and I figured, if I don't like what I did, I'll hire someone to FIX MY MISTAKE......but guess what, they are turning out beautiful.  Here is only one picture of what they will look like.  I have been working on these for 3 days now......but not consistently, just when I have time.  I'm half way done and should be done in about 5 more days ~ if I tackled it everyday, I would have them finished by now ~ but have other projects to do ~ so, you know what I mean.

Since taking THIS picture, I went back, re-painted and glazed them again.  I decided not to distress them afterall and they now look lighter.  I will post the final pictures as soon as the project is completely done.

In the mean time, I'm loving my new cabinets already ~ they look so much prettier and my kitchen looks bigger.  Again, amazing what a little paint and glazing can do.

Thanks for stopping by and May God Bless You♥

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Its All About Furniture and NOW Jewelery and Home Decor Too♥

A few years ago I had a small boutique selling women's fashion jewelery, accessories and home decor.  I really loved the business and enjoyed every aspect of this business, unfortunately, I had to sell my business and take care of personal family matters.  Ever since then, I have still ♥ jewelery ~ well, since I am now creating beautiful pieces of furniture, I thought to myself, why not sell jewelery too? 

I know that women will always buy jewelery, it may be for everyday use or for just a special occassion.  Accessories are what make a woman's outfit ~ from casual jeans and t-shirt to an elegant little black dress ~ we must always ACCESSORIZE ♥

So, here are a few pictures of items that I am now selling through my facebook page (younique727) and my website.  Its only been available for two days now and the orders are coming in like "hot cakes".......I knew I couldn't go wrong with jewelery ~

Another item added to my inventory now is going to be home decor ~ yes mam, we know that not only do we want to look beautiful but our homes must look beautiful too.  So, in addition to the furniture line I originally started with, I have added home decor ~ some of it will be items that I'm making, others will be things that I pick up on my daily runs all over the world.....well, not literally, but it sure feels like it at the end of my day.

So, things should be getting even more crazy busy with the additional lines that I plan on carrying but what the heck ~ it makes my days FLY and I still love what I husband says we will need to start converting our garage into a "real shop" or move to a bigger house......hhhmmmm; I don't know which one is the smarter thing to do but for now, its all about beautiful furniture, beautiful jewelery and beautiful and fun home decor ♥

Thanks for stopping by and may God Bless You♥