Whenever someone asks me how I got started I’m never sure what to say. Want the long version or the short version? The kids were little, we were new to town, my support network was small, and my brain needed something beyond diapers. And I love antiques.
The question of Shop Small and Buy Local is a quandary. Because I love local, and I love small. I’m local. I’m small.
But sometimes I need so many paper towels and they flat out don’t have what Costco has at the local pop up shop….
And sometimes my Instagram friends in Texas have dug up the coolest stuff and put it in their Etsy shop and I neeeeed it.
We have been in the process of renovating our 1902 Alabama home. We have lived here since 2004, and when it came time for a new roof, and a kitchen redo we dug in for the big one. Hired an amazing architect to keep the house true to its heritage. (Original kitchen and bathrooms were outside- so a few changes…) If you go through my Instagram feed you can see some pictures. It’s for the best I wasn’t writing long form during the main part of the process. It was a trial by tears and frustration. I most often felt I was speaking an alien language to a foreign planet that could not understand my words.
One of the best things about having meandered on along at a pace that suits my family, is not having to give up any time I don’t want to with my three kids. They were 2, 4 and 6 when I started Here a Chick. For many of these years we shared a creative space. My table at one end, theirs at the other. We have usually been co creating and growing together. Play doh at one end, necklaces at the other. I potty trained my son while sorting, invoicing and packing up 100 pieces of jewelry, after one of my vintage jewelry flash sales I had early on. [Read more…]