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Rising Stars: Meet Luz and Caleb Fielding

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luz and Caleb Fielding.

Hi Luz and Caleb, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Nostalgic Glory started after watching too many episodes of flea market flip and fixer-upper! We experimented with repurposing and restoring old furniture and went to the long beach antique flea market to see how our new creations would sell. Well, we practically sold out! We loved every part of it; that is where the idea of bringing glory to nostalgic pieces started. We continued to hunt for furniture with good bones and transformed them until we decided to get married. Furniture took a pause and we began to diy our wedding. Caleb built our wedding arch, he cut wood for wood signs, we continued to go to antique flea markets for nostalgic pieces to add to our wedding.

We loved building and creating our own wood signs and loved the idea of being able to customize them to our personality. We started with basic stained wood, vinyl, our trusty Silhouette Cameo cutter, and paint. We created and created and created, after about a year, we decided to teach our craft through diy workshops. Thief and Barrel Tasting Room and Bravery Brewery opened their doors to our first workshops and slowly but surely, they grew. We opened the workshops to private bookings, which were very well received by our customers. We recently added a wedding and event rental line, laser cutting and engraving with our Talulah aka our Glowforge laser cutter. We create what we wish existed and love to bring all those Pinterest dreams to life for our amazing customers!! We have so much more planned and will continue to create our hearts out.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, lots of sacrifices, time, and organized chaos, lol. Having a creative home-based business is just as challenging as its rewarding. If you were to walk into our home, you would know exactly what we do base off of the projects/orders on our kitchen table and counters. Our office/craft room is overflowing with supplies, machines, and a lil extra of everything a crafter needs lol. As a small business, we struggle with turnaround time and meeting demand. We create/build majority of our orders from a to z. There is a lot of time and detail that each order requires, and a lot of times, orders get put aside because we need to cook dinner or because our kids need us to play. Luckily we have the most amazing and understanding customers who get it!

These challenges we like to label as normal for a creative home-based business. The real struggle was last year when covid hit and we had to put a stop to all our workshops. We went from having workshops every weekend to a complete halt on them. Not only do we love teaching our craft, but we truly enjoy being around others and watching them create their own masterpieces. Not having the outlet to teach others, to socialize with other adults, and share our business in such a hands-on manner really brought us down. Nonetheless, we figured out how to create to go diy kits, we made youtube tutorials, we continued to take custom orders and our customers and community really showed up for not only our small business but for other small businesses in our community.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We create wood signs and wood home décor pieces. Anything from a cute wooden shelf sitter with a sassy quote to a wooden blanket ladder or fireplace mantle. We also teach our craft in group settings through workshops. We love gathering a group, teaching them how to paint their own wood signs or home décor piece and watching them enjoy the process. Hearing, “Omg, this looks like I bought it at hobby lobby!” will never get old!

We are proud of our workshops; theres just such an amazing energy and vibe that is created each and every time amongst everyone. We create, laugh, share stories, and do our workshop shimmy as we take boomerangs and pictures with our masterpieces. We like to think that what sets us apart is our passion for our craft, our customer’s service, and never giving up. We acknowledge there are other businesses like ours but we are never in competition; we know their is room for everyone to succeed and way more than enough business for everyone to have a slice of it! Having this attitude has open doors to so many friendships, networking opportunities and collaborations. Teamwork makes the dream work!

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
We firmly believe that Covid has brought the small business world closer together. We see small businesses growing and playing an important role within their community. We see our industry growing and becoming more of a priority to others withing the next 5-10 years with self-care being more widely encouraged and accepted. Creating and diy has many therapeutic benefits and helps build self-confidence. DIY will only continue to trend more and more as many social media platforms like tik tok, you tube, and Instagram have increased video quality and encourage video over photos. This allows outlets for how to tutorials on all things creative.

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