Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Brown.
Amanda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been a creative person. It was something I was drawn to as a child and it continued as I became an adult. When I became a Mom, I really wanted to find a way to make money that allowed me to have a flexible schedule and be more present in my daughter’s life. At the time, my full-time job in advertising and having my daughter in daycare didn’t give me that balance. That’s when I decided to start Driftwood Studio in 2015. I started my business with a folding table, hand sander, brad nailer and miter saw. Since then I have added two more saws, a belt sander, two work benches and opened an Etsy shop. With the exception of some safety instructions from my Dad, I am completely self-taught and I personally produce every aspect of my product – from the designs to cutting the wood. In December of 2016 I was able to quit my corporate job with amazing support from my husband and focus on Driftwood Studio and my family full-time. It was really a dream come true. I’ve learned so much since I started this adventure and I love being able to use my creativity to make something that can be a permanent item in someone’s home.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a mix of a smooth and bumpy road for me. I had a lot to learn when I first started and it was scary putting myself and my designs out there on the internet. I was fortunate enough to get a lot of orders early on but I had a hard time saying no to huge custom orders and found myself getting very stressed. Now that I have a lot more experience I am able to manage the business a lot better. I still feel like I am finding myself when it comes to my designs. There are so many people who make similar items that it’s hard not to compare their success to what I have achieved.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Driftwood Studio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I make home decor out of wood with what I call a Coastal Farmhouse feel. I think I am most known for my California designs. Being born and raised in Southern California I couldn’t help but incorporate that into my designs. I am most proud of the fact that I started this business while still working full-time and raising a family and doing everything myself. I cut the wood, stain, assemble and paint all my designs by hand – I don’t use any stencils. That was something that was important to me – to really keep everything handmade and unique.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Southern California! I live in Orange County and love it mostly because it’s home and I love being so close to everything – the beach, the mountains, the desert. Of course, the weather can’t be beat and I love the people here too! What I like least about it – the traffic, of course!
- Website: www.etsy.com/shop/driftwoodstudio2015
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