…masaniello

If you lived in Naples, Italy you may know the name Masaniello. It is my maiden name. My dad is a second generation jewelry designer. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you have seen some of his work. Everything is hand-crafted & uniquely designed. I grew up watching him design & create and it’s the reason I feel so comfortable in a studio.

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He recently linked up with Kelly from Stylish Patina to sell some of his work in her shop. Here is what you will find if you go in for your Chalk Paint.

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Some of these pieces were actually made by my grandfather and finished by my dad. They are vintage in look and always a statement. There’s nothing like a huge ring to complete a outfit! I have boxes and boxes of them.

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He is also a part of the Great Falls Studios, which includes painters, potters, photographers, and other high-end artists from the area. They have a Studio Tour coming up this month and it’s really worth checking out if you are local.

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Congrats, Dad. I love that others can see the work that I’ve always loved & appreciated.

…stylish patina winner!

Congrats to Hillary for winning a $100 giftcard to Stylish Patina to be used online or in stores! I was just in there and in addition to my Chalk Paint I found a smaller Annie Sloan brush that will be great for detail work.

Happy shopping!

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…building a business: hiring

There comes a point in a small business where you have to choose how big you want to grow and how hard you want to work. It’s really not as easy as it sounds especially if you are in the same boat as I am and are a mom first.

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If your business is really blowing up and you find yourself working every minute of every day then it’s probably time to hire someone.

Hopefully, if you are working this hard you are also making money at what you are doing. (If not, it’s time to slow down a bit and be patient until you do some selling. Just trying to be honest.) You then have the funds to allocate to some help.

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Maybe this means hiring a babysitter a few days a week to watch the kids so you can work. Maybe this means hiring someone that you can train to help you. Maybe this means hiring someone to help you move or stock your wares. Maybe this means hiring a sales clerk if you have a brick & mortar presence.

If you are ready to hire someone, it means you are all in and giving this business  a real try. You will be producing more, you will hopefully be selling more and so the cycle goes.

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I, personally, have come to this fork in the road many times and continue to. I try to be a good observer of those that have gone before – those that are the friends that I’ve made in this business & people that I admire & respect. How are they doing at their go of it? Does my life look like theirs? Could I make that work? I have been very blessed to have been offered some amazing & wonderful opportunities. Yes, I could have hired a few people. Yes, I could have been a part of a shop or a barn or Lucketts or Chartreuse or Stylish Patina’s barn. Yes, I could have said yes to more projects; more jobs; more people; more furniture; more sales. Do I say yes because I’ve been given a choice? Or do I say no or not right now because I’m paying respect to what I feel is right and true. Thanks for letting me process 🙂

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I love that as adults we get to make these choices for ourselves. If more is your “Yes” then congrats & much luck to you. If “No” is your yes at the moment then feel good about getting to make the choice.