This past Tuesday I got my official invitation to be a featured designer at the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Luncheon!!!
First, lets back up a bit so I can explain how this came about. As we talked about late last summer, I wanted to start getting out and talking to people that were not my child or my dog and preferably talk about business. I joined the Navesink Business Group in October and I’m so glad I did. They are great about referrals and supporting each other plus it’s a pleasure to talk with other local business owners. There I met Donna Beriont of DNB Events. We had chatted at earlier meetings but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that a business collaboration came up.
DNB Events is handling all of the press and social media for a luncheon fundraiser Habitat for Humanity is holding for their Women Build program. This year they are having a Designer Showcase with makeovers of furniture from the ReStore, another one of their programs. The Restore has tons of furniture and housewares at crazy prices. Some of the Restores even sell building materials. (Click here to find one near you.) The finished pieces will be auctioned off at the luncheon as a fundraiser. Its a big deal with about 300 people expected.
Donna approached me to ask if I might be interested in being a designer. I don’t think I could have said yes any faster. This whole project is good for a ton of reasons:
1. I get to work on some furniture with a deadline. I can’t push it off for “later” when I have “more time”. Like that happens with your own business and a toddler.
2. My business will get tons of press. My fancy logo will be featured on the luncheon invite and the marketing materials. The finished pieces will be displayed in the ReStore in Freehold, NJ from April 15th to May 1st so lots of people will get to not only see my logo but my actual work.
3. I get named as one of four featured designers next to the words “Habitat for Humanity”. That is great for my own morale.
4. I have found out about Women Build. (Click here to find events near you.) It’s this great program to teach woman how to use tools and build houses to get a family out of poverty. I am all for telling woman they can do more than think and to dream big. And there is very little that empowers you in the way a power tool does. The first time I used a pneumatic nail gun I think I was giggling I loved it so much.
5. I get a challenge. Which I love.
One of the rules of the challenge is all the furniture will be from the ReStore in Freehold. I was so excited to go yesterday and start picking things out until another snow storm changed that. I am heading there tomorrow and can’t wait to see what they have. I want these pieces to show my style and I have to say I am a bit nervous about liking the pieces available. But I guess that’s all part of the fun.