Working woman...

For months, I've been noticing that I've had to help out in Hubby's upholstery shop more often than usual.  In more than a couple of blog posts, I've mentioned that things have been pretty hectic.  And they haven't showed signs of slowing down.  But today I came to a shocking realization.

Hubby's shop isn't busier...I am!

The reason that I'm helping out more in the shop is that I know a lot more about the upholstery biz than I used to.

Back when Hubby opened his shop, I swept the floors and handed Hubby his tools, like a nurse passes surgical instruments to a surgeon.  Then it was on to loosening and/or tightening screws of car, truck and motorcycle seats.  Soon, I worked my way up to ripping seams and dismantling the seats.

The one thing I refused to attempt was the sewing.  Sure, I knew how to sew using my Grandmother's old Singer.  But Hubby had a big, strong, industrial sewing machine that was extremely intimidating.  I was afraid that I was going to step on the pedal too hard and end up sewing my fingers together.

After plenty of gentle pleading and cajoling, Hubby convinced me to start sewing.  I began by sewing the straight lines for the car seats.  Then I graduated to cushions.  (I'm an expert. Really! Click here to see for yourself!)  Now, I can sew an entire seat cover all by myself.  

Then it came time to learn how to use the big guns.  Staple gun, that is!  I'm pretty handy with a staple gun, if I do say so myself.  Have you seen my dining room chairs?

The only thing I haven't learned how to do is re-upholster couches.  But that day will come.  And when it does, Hubby just might have to change the shop's name from Tapicería "El Boy" to Tapiceria "El Boy y La Gringa"!


12 comments

  1. I'm proud of you, you have learned something new!

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  2. You never cease to amaze me Leslie! First off, yes I read your blog whenever I get a chance. I know, I'm not the best at leaving comment. Anyways I know I tell you this a lot but dang girl you have some serious writting skills! I'm not one to hand out compliments freely, I just say it how I see it. Great job!!!!

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  3. Upholstering a motorcycle seat peaked my attention! Where are you located now? ;-)

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  4. That is great that you are so involved in your husband's buisness. I can't even sew a button. Maybe i should learn some upholstry tricks from Cesar.

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  5. I love learning new things and being as well rounded and self sufficient as possible. I always had my father show me everything growing up.

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  6. That is so fantastic. I have all of these ideas in my head but never get them through to product. You are amazing!!!

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  7. WOW!! I can only imagine how hard it must be to work with that sturdy material! Good for you :)

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  8. Leslie - that's awesome chica!!! I'm hoping I can start helping hubby out with the family business one of these days too...No heavy machinery for us though!! LOL!!!

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  9. The way you are with the staple gun is the way I am with the glue gun. Everything comes together better with a little hot glue.

    And where does the "El Boy" name come from??

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  10. Thats funny about the name change. For sure as much time as you put in lately there may need to be a name change. This is so cool that you can help him out when he needs it.

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  11. EMPRESS: Thank you! My hubby is pretty proud of me too! :)

    TINA: You are my biggest cheerleader. I am so thankful for your friendship! :)

    CALYPSO: If you're ever near Guadalajara, give me a call. Hubby has promised a special rate for my fellow Mexpat bloggers. :)

    REBECCA: Is Cesar going to open an upholstery shop? If he does, learning about the biz is inevitable.

    A WONDERFUL LIFE: I'm the same way. I want to do it all. Sadly, I don't have time to do it all! :)

    MINDY: See comment above! I've got tons of ideas. Just wish I had more time to see some of them through to fruition.

    GRINGATION: Gracias, amiga! :)

    OMT: So what's the family business?

    ALICE: The glue gun is my second weapon of choice. :) And I actually get to use one for odd jobs in Hubby's shop. As for the name, I'll be sharing that story very soon. :)

    AMANDA: I joke with Hubby that if he doesn't change the name, I'm going to have to open my own shop across the street. :)

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    Kim
    Chubby Cheeks Thinks

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