Who the heck am I?
So where did Design Undone originate?
I don't even know where to start except for the beginning. I grew up living in Texas, California, South Korea and Switzerland. I was barely two weeks old before my first plane trip. It was like that until I was 13. I was tired of traveling once I reached my teen years. Fast forward to college-which I started four years later and thought my life was so behind-and I graduated with my degree in architecture. That was a time in my life where I don't have a single bad memory. I got to explore so many creative outlets during my time there.
I think I was 26 when we moved to Graham. The first thing I did was buy a house built in the 1940s. I had zero experience, but I did have the helping hands of my in-laws. We spent a year tearing it down to the studs and making it a beautiful home for a beautiful family.
The week I found child care for my oldest, I started helping out with my in-laws construction business. It was fun and all, but I needed to create my own creations.
The first thing I did in Graham was host four summer camps for kiddos. So much fun. I met so many amazing families that I still keep in touch with. I downloaded some fun projects from a site called TeachersPayTeachers and started making my own resources in 2019. That was the start of Design Undone.
During this time, I considered teaching and got all my teacher certification down and then a week after my teacher observations, COVID hit. Naturally, that changed everything. I did see a huge increase in sales on my TeachersPayTeachers site so that was a life saver.
While I was making teacher resources and taking teaching certification classes, I had an idea to make a teacher subscription box. Long story short, making that teacher subscription box led to making candles. Very long story, but that's where it really started.
Okay, so candles. We started selling them in the Graham Farmer's Market and had such a great turn out. Once the market was over, we decided to try a bigger farmer's market. We walked away without a single sale. It was more funny than sad to us. A few days later our Advent Calendars took off on Etsy and made that day even more of a learning lesson.
Our Advent Calendars got so big that it took up our entire freaking house.
We learned from 2020 and rented a studio in town for 6 months and really stepped up our game. Not to brag-just kidding, I'm really bragging-our Advent Calendars got featured in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Woman and Home, Oprah Daily and Hello Magazine.
It was quite the ride. During that time, we started building a studio right outside our country home. I'm obsessed with it and have had so many new projects come out of it. I even have a dried floral arrangement station in there! I'm setting up my photography station this month and hope to get some new sessions in. I am so antsy about wildflowers next month so that will be my pride and joy for the spring.
I don't know how to do just one thing so I do lots. I am so grateful to explore new avenues of design and can't wait for the next idea to spark.
I was able to take a photography class and a writing class-which I HIGHLY recommend- and hope to share those talents in the coming years. I know I have like a billion other things, but I am determined to write something soon.
If you've read this far, I hope you stay tuned for more exciting adventures from Design Undone!