Hello and welcome to my office/boutique! Because my shop is all online, I thought a behind the scenes tour would be fun! You can see first hand where your jewelry is made.
To start the tour I have to point out two very special pieces.
First is my stamping/assembly desk.
Years ago my grandma gave me cash to spend on quote: “Whatever my heart desired!” Well my heart desired a big desk to expand my growing business on. My boutique was so small at the time I could literally run it from a desk.
I found it on Facebook Market Place and repainted the top with some white chalk paint from Annie Sloan (my favorite chalk paint ever). The desk is actually a giant butcher block. The white top reflects the natural light perfectly so I often use it to take product photos on.
The other sentimental piece I have is a picture of my Grandma.
She was the brightest, sweetest, most loving person you’d ever meet. Every kid in church growing up called her Grandma. She was an entrepreneur herself raising donkeys, ostriches and emus, along with all sorts of feathered birds. She did what she loved, no matter how strange it was, and lived a full and happy life. She has always been a inspiration to me and I still hear her voice in my ear cheering me on and telling me to keep my chin up. She reminds me of everything I want to be.
Now that you know a little more about me, lets officially start the tour! Walking in the door of my office/boutique you are greeted with a blush pink wall and white peg board that holds my finished jewelry.
The peg board came from my parents when they no longer needed it. I saw the potential and had my husband cut it in half so I could paint it and hang it up. My husband, who is maker of all my Pinterest dreams, helped me get it up on the wall. The lights wrapping around it were a Christmas decor item I decided to leave up.
Below the peg board is a small desk I also repainted. I like a good project, if you can’t tell. Most of the items in my boutique have been repainted or remade somehow.
This area is my shipping station. In the drawer of the small desk is tissue paper and business cards. To the left is various sizes of shipping envelops, address stickers and more. To the right are tins to ship the necklaces in and some of my favorite books!
As we round the corner you will see this shelf. Yes, I refurbished this one too.
It use to be our homeschool shelf until my husband made me another that matched the table he built. Huge shout out to my husband! I couldn’t do any of this without him! It was a light wood color but white is my signature color so… I repainted it, with my chalk paint, and added the wood planks in the back. Modern, farmhouse-ish and just beautiful!
On it I currently hold my handmade clay jewelry dishes, beaded bracelets (only available at craft shows), and craft supplies in the two bottom squares. On that top shelf, that I have yet to put back up, I am imagining beautiful coffee cups that I hope to carry someday soon.
Next on the tour is this little guy.
I sewed the little curtains to hide my printer, bills, extra paper and books that litter the shelves. It was always a mess and made my office look unorganized.
The light blue chest at the top I found a craft fair. It holds a bunch of odds and ends and I love it so much I use it as decor.
Next is my special workbench from my grandma.
This is where I write blog posts, do my morning bible study, order all my supplies and spend countless hours on my website on! Phew! As if that isn’t enough, I also metal stamp all my necklaces and assemble them here as well.
If you look closely at the top its scuffed and used – but I love everything about it!
This organizer below sits kitty-corner on top my workbench and houses all my necklace chains, blanks, earrings pieces and all the other things!
All the stamping and additional supplies are stored in a purple organizer below.
Next is my couch, handed down to me from my Grandparents on my other side, and all the pretty signs I purchased from Hobby Lobby.
We turn another corner and you see… more curtains. I did not make these.
I have supplies and other household items hiding behind it. It’s a absolute mess… Hense the curtains!
The dark wooden shelf is here because there is no other place for it in the house. It’s full of books from my collage days, from my own homeschooling days and a few others. I use the top to hold all my orders going out. So I guess it does have some business use.
I hope you enjoyed the tour! As things change, which I’m sure they will, I’ll keep this post up-to-date! It’s important to me you know all the love and care I put into this boutique and all the items that come out of it.
Lesly with Birkland Boutique