January 28, 2008.
Hello moder, hello fader, here I am at Camp Grenada, camp is very entertaining we should have some fun once it stops.....SNOWING! Yep, snow, snow, snow - we are up in Truckee and it coming down in buckets, and we are stuck in the cabin with let's see one, two.....SEVEN kids. Hoping we can make it home tomorrow....did I mention it has not stopped snowing in the last 48 hours?
I thought I would post another Entrepreneur, one that is new to the Children's Industry. Debbie started Designs By DJ early in 2007 and her products were chosen for the exclusive Boom Boom Room earlier this month. She is also one of my dearest friends, so this does not stink of Nepotism, but I have known her for oh, um about 15 years. I was in college with her and were as close as could be.
Our Past Together
We both loved the whole skits, posters, t-shirt designs all the stuff that really helps with a corporate job. If Debbie and I could have majored in "Sorority Charity Events" we would have. She is seriously one of the most talented artists I know....and the most fun to stay up with late at night and make costumes for "Joy To The World" Greek Week skit....uh, another story. I am happy to introduce you to Debbie Killion:
Designs by DJ Murals & Children's Wall Art
I started Designs by DJ Murals and Decorative Painting in 1995, painting murals, faux painting and hand painted furniture in the Southern California area. I started my own business because I wanted the freedom to work on my own schedule. I also wanted to reap the benefits of my own hard work.
I decided to start Designs by DJ Children's Wall Art once I had my first child. My goal was to one day stop painting murals and focus on being a mom, while working from my home studio on the Children's Wall Art business. I just had my second child in November and I am now focusing most of my energy on the Wall Art Business.
The Difference in the Businesses
I have found that manufacturing art is different from creating murals because I get to design exactly what I want. With the murals the designs were dictated by the client for the most part. With my Wall Art I have complete control and freedom with my creations. My favorite part of my job is being able to be home with my children while running my Wall Art businesses. I don't have a least favorite part of my job yet....I love what I am doing.
My plan for the future of my business is to get my paintings into more shops and boutiques, as well as on line stores and to expand my line of designs. I have pages and pages of new designs and products in my sketch book that are ready to be created. The only thing holding me back at the moment is having a 12 week old baby at home. But, I am excited to get back into my studio and bring my new ideas to life.
Raising children and running a business is very tough, but I work on my business during my moments of freedom. Nap times are key and having a wonderful supportive husband helps a lot too. I look forward to see what the future brings for Designs by DJ.