So glad we get to continue the series today! Janell Beals started us off last week and look who's sharing the love this week?
Oh, yes!...it's Kristen from Kristen F. Davis Designs. I always look forward to Kristen's posts and of course, the reveals of her commissioned pieces are my favorite. How about several of you hop on over and commission her so we'll have some guaranteed eye candy in the near future?!
Kristen did not disappoint when tackling the topic "Blogging made me do it!" She kept it real and shared this hilarious story...
Ohhh, the things "Blogging has made me do!" I started my blog as a sort of artistic outlet; something to fill my spare time, and to "let out" a bit of artsy-craftiness. It has become, however, a main component of my job, and I am really grateful for it. I am a decorative painter, and I work solo. My blog is my only form of advertising, and I use it as my portfolio for design clients.
In thinking about some of the funnier things that blogging has made me do, a story about a traveling desk came to mind. It's a story about what blogging made not only myself do, but about 5 other people do, too. Hah!
In 2010, about two years ago, I painted this desk:
Eventually, it looked like this:
Well, I ended up selling the desk to a friend-of-a-friend who lived in Washington, D.C. I'm not sure if you guys are aware of shipping costs of furniture (I'm sure you are!), but it is not cheap! Something like this desk could be well over $250, and that's more than my client even paid for the desk. It just so happened, that summer (right after I sold it to her), my husband and I were going to be driving to D.C. to visit my brother, who lives there. We decided the best thing to do would be to drive it up there with us. So, we hauled it in my car (which was a tiny Nissan Versa).
This is a photo I took of us driving up there...it barely fit!
So, the desk made it to D.C. Buuuuut, once we got there, we realized that the parking at my brother's apartment was not so great for moving a desk. It was only parallel parking on the street, so as soon as we found a spot, we parked and had to haul it down about 3 blocks, before we made it to his apartment. He lived in the underground part of the row house, so we took it down 2 flights of stairs, and around a corner, finally to sit in my brother's room.
My client (who lived in DC, remember?) ended up having a family emergency, and so the desk sat in my brother's room for 3 months or so, while she was out of town. I kept getting random texts, phone calls, etc., from him saying things like, "Hey, uhhh, so there's this desk sitting in my room..." (Shout out to Andy, my brother, for patiently enduring a pink floral desk in his room)
Anyway, eventually my client's friends volunteered to pick the desk up for her, since she couldn't. We all had to make plans for her friends (who I didn't know) to go over to my brother's house to pick up a desk that their friend bought. Andy said when they came over, they asked him how he knew their friend, and he said "I don't even know whose desk this is!" It was just a crazy turn of events, and if not for the ol' World Wide Web and blog-land, it never would've happened. Whenever I see pictures of that desk, I laugh. It made it through a lot, and blogging made it do it! :)
Leave it to Kristen to come with something unique and creative to share! Aren't you glad she shared her time with us today? See more of her greatness on her blog, stop by and say hello.
Hope you all have a fun weekend!