My last truck

My last truck / firetruck chevron striping on

Today was a rather big day. It started like any other… I just went to work, and then came home again.

But what made today different was, I gave notice. I just signed and striped my last truck. Out of fire trucks alone, this was #500. For one client.

I’ve been in the sign biz for 22ish years and leave it to the LAST day on the job, to #1 document the job with pics for writing purposes and #2 take a picture of myself as proof that yes, I was really there.

I can’t even tell you what this means. I’m freaked out! But excited. 🙂

Bottom line is, my son is in his teens and I just feel a need to hover around home more vs less. Working 2 jobs for the last 6 years… I’m over it. 🙂

I feel so fortunate this little junk hobby of mine just kinda took over my life for all the right reasons, and it’s what makes me tick today.

My last truck / firetruck graphics on

My last truck / firetruck graphics on
I owe a great deal to this amazing company that has been loyal to me for my entire sign making career. You know who you are, guys. And I promised to oversee them if needed, as they get settled in with someone that can continue on in my absence.

But they are responsible for all my reclaimed wood projects. All of them. This is where I found every single pallet and loose board that I’ve created with over the years. And they said I can still come back and get wood. (and coffee…)

I’ll be eventually blogging a little more about what I did to make this possible, but for today, I’m just going to go to sleep with a big ‘ol junker’s smile on my face and remind myself…

that tomorrow morning…

I am waking up as…


Funky Junk Interiors.


And I have one more message to crates and pallets all over firetruck land…

Firetruck crate coffee table with tray, and reclaimed wood coasters on

CLICK to visit Firetruck crate coffee table with tray, and reclaimed wood coasters

I think you’re just as special as a firetruck. 🙂

– – – – –

Part 2 – What it took to make the final leap into blogland

And here’s how I did it…

How to build a dream job when you work a day job

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81 thoughts on “My last truck

  1. Donna!
    What a super huge thing! I’m so proud of you. You are living the dream and have such wonderful talent.
    I can’t wait to read the story…though, I kind of know it, since I’ve been following you for so long, but still; I can’t wait to read it all again when you tell it.
    How you went from a single parent, 1 income to 2 incomes and now…a successful business woman (running her own business). I’m super thrilled for you.
    What a blessing.

  2. …soooooooo happy for you Donna…have followed you quietly for quite awhile and have a tear in my eye that you are where you have wanted to be…i have a 3 year plan in place – following your direction asap…:)

    Love to you and yours…<3

  3. you are my hero! you DO what others only dream of- love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life!! True words and congrats!!

  4. Donna!!!!!!!

    Seriously, this made my day! The world is your oyster my friend and I’m so thrilled for you. This has been a long time coming. Congratulations!!!!!

    I can’t wait to see what happens for you next.

    xo Michael

  5. How exciting! I’ve been a stay at home for the last 20 years and my son turns 18 in November, graduates HS in January. My Project Garden Up green is new this year and so far doing pretty good. I’m to am excited for the morning I wake up and it’s just about that. Being a stay at home mom has been fantastic and I’m blessed to have had the opportunity, time for the next chapter. When I was reading your post I could feel your excitement it made me smile and reminded me to not give. I love coming over to your blog it is really a favorite and well written. Thanks for being a positive example. Carole @ Garden Up green

  6. Congratulations! What an exciting time in your life. So proud of you too for making time with that teenage son of yours, who you and I know, is growing up way too fast. Where does time go? My boy is 35! Yikes! Enjoy your morning and your coffee. I can’t wait to see more of your awesome projects. 🙂 -Bev

  7. Congratulations! Job well done and I look forward to reading about your continued adventures transforming “junk” !!

  8. Donna, Congratulations to you! That is a wonderful achievement! I will be looking forward to reading how you got started! I love your designs, and thank you for sharing your stories with us! It is a real encouragement!

  9. Congratulations Donna! This will be so exciting, and everything else that goes along with it. We’re here for you when you need us.

  10. WOW….way to go Donna. That is a big step, Congratulations. I am sure you soul searched to the nth degree…good for you for taking the leap of faith in yourself. I am cheering for you. One of your faithful followers.

  11. Congratulations Donna! It’s exciting to see where God has and will take you on your life journey! Keep on trusting! I will keep on following you. I already have been inspired by you and your kitchen make over and did the 3 window thing and I love it. Thanks. Have a wonderful day!

  12. Donna! Oh my gosh, You finally did it!!! Good for you! I cannot tell you how happy I am for you to embark on this “new” adventure of just working on stuff you are passionate about and not punching the time clock. I am so excited to see all the stuff you come up with. I am in love with your style. You will go far! (I am a bit jealous too as I haven’t quit the 8-5 necessary ball and chain yet…but someday.) Good luck! God Bless. Jill

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