Diary of a #Mompreneur, Day 22 - With Guest Angela of Angela Rose Home

Date: August 22, 2018

YTD 2018 Product Sold: $1,356

Finished Inventory Currently on Hand: $13,109

Money raised for Domestic Violence Intervention Program of Iowa City: $136

I had the privilege of interviewing Angela from Angela Rose DIY and Design on the 16th about being a Mom of 3 and starting her own DIY business.

1.      Please introduce yourself

I’m Angela and I’ve been married for 13 years and I have 3 kids.  They’re 9, 4, and 1. And I stay at home with them, I used to do communications and marketing, but I stay at home.  In my 13 years of marriage we’ve lived in 5 states and like 9 homes, we’ve moved around a lot. I think we’re kind of settled here in Las Vegas.

2.      How long have you been a DIYer and how did you get started?

So, I’ve always visually wanted my spaces to look pretty and clutter free, but about 10 years ago before I started having kids, I started wanting some nice quality things, but I didn’t have the budget to spend on the high-quality things. I loved some of the Pottery Barn beds and bookshelves that were real wood, but I didn’t want to spend the money on it.  So about 10 years ago I looked at some plans on Ana White’s website and I built my first set of bookshelves and I built two for $50 and it just kind of gave me the bug to keep building. Because I knew if I could do it by myself I could get the same look for a fraction of the cost and it was probably better quality. So, ever since then I got more into building some furniture and as I’ve owned a home I’ve been trying out some things in my home, so I just go from there.

3.      Was that the first time you picked up a tool or did you have previous experiences with using tools? Did you find tools intimidating?

Building the shelves was the first time I tried using tools, 10 years ago. Ya, the first time I used a tool, I got together with a bunch of girls. One of them had a tool at their house and we kind of had a joy self-making party. Where all 4 of us passed around the tools and taught each other how to use the nail gun with the air compressor. Once I saw somebody use it, I was a little bit more confident to give it a try. Everything else has been self-taught by YouTube, but that kind of broke me into it. My first girl party where a friend had the tool at her house.

4.      Did you intend to turn your DIY into a business when you started?

The DIY, the main intent, was the problem solving wanting nice things and knowing that my husband was going back to grad school and so we just did not have the budget for it.  So, I was ready to stop having a student looking house and student looking furniture.  I wanted a nice looking home and I could see that was not going to happen for years and years with my husband going back to grad school. So, I just kind of problem solved my way into building the nice furniture. And then I’ve done the exact same thing if I’m living in a house, that I don’t, you know, its going to be a while before I’m in my dream home, but I can make my home a place I love just by figuring it out. DIYing some things and making it look more custom.  So, its always come out of the need for wanting my house to look a certain way and not being willing to wait to be able to fork over the money to have somebody else do it for me.

5.      How do you manage being an active Mom, DIYer, and business woman all at the same time?

Well, I’m quickly learning I can’t be all things. I have to kind of be okay letting some things go now that I’m spending more time doing some projects.  For example, I can’t work out 5 days a week, have perfect meals, have my house be perfectly clean and be doing projects. So I decided I can be good at some of those things. If I’m good at doing projects, chances are my house is not going to be clean, so my house is not as clean as it once was. And, I’ve been doing more of those pre-made meal kit, you know, because I don’t have time to spend doing meal planning. I just have to be okay not being able to do all the things. So, I’m prioritizing doing projects, I feel I can work out, and my most important thing is my time with my kids and being present with my kids.  So, I try to work on my projects when my baby is napping and then in the evening once the kids have gone to bed.

6.      What is your favorite part about being a DIYer?

My favorite part, is that every time you do a project, you are learning something new that you can then apply to the next project.  There’s no way to learn how to do things without doing that first DIY project and then just giving it a go.  So, I love that every project, I kind of come out more like an expert.  I just built a barn door, and I made a lot of mistakes on it, but now that I’ve done it, the next time I do a barn door I’m going to totally know what to do.  Or I just finished doing a headboard and I love that I made a bunch of mistakes but the next time I know how to do it. You know, now I can do it.  So, I just love how every time I do a project I learn so many new skills that then can apply to the next thing. My goal is by the end of this is to be like a mini construction worker.  Where I can do any home project, I can tile, I can do any sort of thing to improve my home, but I’m like the one stop shop and I don’t have to pay anyone else.

7.      What is your favorite part about being a Mom?

Well my kids, my two older kids actually have some developmental challenges, they are actually both on the autism spectrum.  So I have spent the last 8 years of my life pretty heavily in therapy and watching their development.   And watching these kids and seeing what an impact I personally, what will I personally play in there life, the impact I’ve had for setting up their therapy and being actively envolved in their development, its changed their entire future and their entire life. And so, I see the value of being a mother and being a present mother just because I’ve been able to personally change the course of their future through getting involved with their development and putting in my 100% into their development.  That’s been very rewarding.

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8.      What is the biggest challenge you face being a DIYer and entrepreneur in a traditionally male dominated field?

Maybe just that the easiest way to learn is to have somebody model it for you and to be able to imitate that. In my network of people that I associate with I don’t have a lot of people doing the same things.  So, I’ve had to turn to YouTube or some of my friends’ husbands or something like that.  It would be easier if I had some friends that do the same thing.  Also, I always have people that come over and say can I borrow your husbands’ tools.  And he doesn’t know a dang thing, I don’t let him touch my tools. He doesn’t know how to fix anything.  He would be the first person to say those are my wife’s.  DIY usually requires a second person to be able to help hold something or support something.  I get really frustrated because I like to do a project entirely on my own and I hate having to rely on waiting for someone to get home or someone to come over to help with the last piece.  So that can be frustrating, having to wait on someone else’s help because you physically can’t hold all the pieces together at once.  So, I’m always trying to figure out ways to do it by myself.

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9.      What do you want your kid(s) to learn from your work as a DIYer and entrepreneur?

First of all I love doing home projects and figuring things out and building things so much that its always just been my hobby.  Its been only recently that I thought I might be able to turn it into something more. I want my kids to see you can pursue things that your super interested in and passionate about. It’s hard, but you can figure it out. I make a lot of mistake and I have to do a lot of figuring it out and reworking things.  That’s a valuable skill to kind of keep at something and be able to follow something that you’re really interested in. And to be able to see Mom loves them and takes care of them, but she also knows how to take care of herself.  Something that’s important to me is being able to do this so then can see that things are important to me and I feel like that’s an emotionally healthy thing to be able to see you parents be able to spend some time for themselves.  I’m also trying to teach my oldest, like I earned my first few dollars a few weeks ago and I made sure to show him.  He asked me questions and I want him to see that every $1 matters. Figuring it out trying to start a little mini business and its kind of exciting when you start seeing some of the payout from it.

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10.   What would you tell a Mom who wants to make, create or DIY, but is hesitant to get started?

I find that most people are really hesitant. I keep on saying, “what are you waiting for?” Like everyone’s always waiting for the perfect house, their waiting for all of the money, or the perfect pay raise where then they will be able to accomplish all of their dreams.  But, if you just keep waiting, you’re never going to get there, or you’ll finally have the money and you’ll do it and you’ll wish you would’ve done something along the way. So, my biggest thing is what are you waiting for, just give it a try.  Usually the thing that you want to do, or the project that you want to do, you fixing something that you really don’t like and that really doesn’t make you happy.  I had this awful bathroom with oak cabinets and terrible tile. I could’ve waited and saved up $15,000 to do it, but then I would’ve waited like 10 years and in the mean time I hated this bathroom.  So I just thought to myself, what the heck, what’s to lose? I’m going to paint the cabinets.  What’s the worse that can happen? They’re going to chip in a few years, maybe I’m not going to like it? Then I’ll paint it a different color.  I just feel like it’s worth it to take the risk and chances are you’re going to at least like it better then what you had before and you’re going to learn some new skills.  In my experience I’m usually happy with the outcome.  So stop waiting, give it a go, give it a try.

Listen to the full interview down below!

You can read Angela’s DIY blog here.

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