Archive | September, 2008

The Family Business

17 Sep
Doors by Decora in Gaylord Opryland Resort

Doors by Decora in Gaylord Opryland Resort

In my family we have a tradition….especially during the Christmas holidays, we love to go drive around neighborhoods and look.  Look at houses.  At Christmas, look at the decorations.  We have always done this, as long as I can remember.  We really do have a reason for driving around looking at houses.  My family owns and operates a small business in Montgomery, AL, that designs, manufactures, artistically creates, lovingly handcrafts and painstakingly stains and finishes entryways

My father is, in my eyes, a mathematical genius.  When I was growing up he was who I went to with problems in math, algebra or geometry.  He began creating stained glass windows when I was in the 2nd grade.  He had a workshop in the basement of the house we were living in at the time, and he would spend most of his Saturday and Sunday every week in there creating.  He did beautiful work.  When we moved to Montgomery, he had a building placed in our back yard in which he built a custom workspace to build his stained glass.  During the next few years he and my mother began traveling to local area craft shows to sell his creations.  He won ribbons and had a lot of faithful customers that he made through the craft shows.  My brother and I enjoyed spending the weekends at the craft shows, too!  We enjoyed spending the time with my parents, walking around looking and touching everything…and the FOOD!

Doors by Decora Victorian Flowers

Doors by Decora Victorian Flowers

As the years went on, my dad’s backyard business grew.  He was becoming well known in the state of Alabama for his artistry and great rapport with his customers.  My dad has been in sales for years.  He was known to his customers, to whom he sold computer systems, as someone who listened and solved any issues they may encounter.  This service is what he founded his sales of his stained glass on.  During this time, my mom began doing sales from our home…this was really turning into a full-time business, not just a weekend hobby!

Over the years my dad instilled a desire in my brother and me to be a part of the Doors by Decora family.  My brother, J.K., began working with Doors by Decora when he was in high school.  He began in the stained glass area, and during his college years also worked in installation and sales.  He has practically done everything there is to do when building one of our doors. 

Bill, a close friend of mine in high school, began working with my mother and father right out of high school.  Next to my dad, he knows more about the business than anyone else.  He now oversees the day-to-day operations of the business, every aspect.

 

Doors by Decora Custom Gothic Arch

Doors by Decora Custom Gothic Arch

The work that is done at Doors by Decora is second to none!  I know that I am the daughter of the business, but I also know the standards that we meet.  We look at every piece of wood, every piece of glass, and every piece of hardware.

Because our product is custom made, we have had customers from all over the USA, and all over the world!  Many of these customers are second and third time customers, too!  One repeat customer is Mr. James Hammond.  Mr. Hammond came to Doors by Decora in April 1999 to have doors customized to his home here in Alabama.  Since 1999 and his original order, we have done his beach house at the Gulf of Mexico, a cabin retreat for his wife, his guest house on his property, multiple jobs for his church, and our latest job has been a house he built in Auburn, AL, to use before and after Auburn University football games!  Mr. Hammond is just one example of many customers who have bought from Doors by Decora, and then sold and rebuild or built another home, and returned to us for their entryway, customized glass, hardware or other intricate work we can do.

 

In 2000, Doors by Decorawas nominated by AUM for Small Business of the Year for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.  We were pleased to win for the entire city, even though our small business employs less than 30 employees.  We have a tradition of family, craftsmanship and customer care, and it will continue for many years to come!

Third Generation of Doors By Decora

Third Generation of Doors By Decora

We are now training the third generation of the Doors by Decora family!
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SPEWDfree

9 Sep

We are almost a week along in our NO EGG eating plan.  It isn’t as difficult as I first thought it would be, but I haven’t tried to bake anything and am scared to let Button Boy eat most anything that isn’t protein or Chips Ahoy! (believe it or not, but they have NO EGGS!)

I received a comment on my previous post from Heather at SPEWDfree.  She began the website about 8 months ago when her son developed severe food allergies.  He is allergic to Soy, Peanuts, Egg, Wheat, and Dairy!  I can only imagine what each day of her life is like…unable to buy much prepackaged food (if any) and spending most every wondering if anything was cross-contaminated in the factory. 

I am posting this prayerfully…please pray for Heather, her son and her family.  I don’t know them very well, yet, but I am hopeful that God has brought her into my life with a purpose….in fact, I know He has!  My prayer is that I can support her, and she can support me…and we can help others who find themselves “in our shoes” one day.

CONGRATULATIONS, ROBINSON FAMILY!

6 Sep
New and Improved Robinson Family

New and Improved Robinson Family

 

The Beautiful Miss Robinson!

The Beautiful Miss Robinson!

The Inedible Egg?

3 Sep
Beautiful Button Boy

Beautiful Button Boy

Today we went to Birmingham for Button Boy’s allergy test at St. Vincent’s Hospital.  To say it was simple, is not completely correct, but it wasn’t as bad as I was dreading.  He actually did GREAT!  I mean, how well would you do if you had 31 allergens poked into your back????  Well, our 5 year old did so much better than I imagined!  And the verdict???…

EGGS!  He had just eaten an egg and cheese biscuit from Hardee’s and it is EGGS! 

Now, we are taking him COMPLETELY off eggs for the next six weeks, and will be going back to see the Allergist then to see how he is doing…how they do that, I’m not sure!

For the real question….anyone have any recipes without eggs???!!!!

The Inedible Egg!

The Inedible Egg!