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Meet Candi Parent of Handcrafted Creations in East Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candi Parent.

Candi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In an effort to raise money to cover the expenses associated with adoption, I ventured out to do my part. I have always been good with my hands and I enjoy creating. I started off by baking pies, cakes and cookies. I took up a personal project to build some outdoor chairs for my family and someone saw the chairs, they asked if I could build them a set and so I did. I decided to post on Facebook to see if there was an interest for my skill and there was. I studied, watched videos, read books, and self-taught. I took on a few small builds and found that people really loved and appreciated the furniture I built. I decided to create a small business and offer quality handcrafted furniture at a very reasonable price. I only take on a few pieces a month, I have 5 children and I work from my shop on the back patio. I love that I get to build and create, but I love more that I am present and able to be home with my kids.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Every step of my journey has been a learning process. I learn something new with every build I do. I would say it’s been a mostly smooth journey, but of course there have been bumps along the way.

Please tell us about Handcrafted Creations.
I take a design idea and draft plans to build a custom piece of furniture. I build both indoor and outdoor pieces, adult and kid sizes. My customers usually have an image of a piece they would like, but it is just too pricey, I am able to design a very similar piece at a fraction of the cost.

I build entryway tables, book shelves, dining room tables, pet kennels, benches, picnic sets and more. I’ve also built custom picture frames, dollhouse inspired reading nooks, barn doors and faux mantles.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in Arizona, with the long hot summers. My favorite memory from those days would probably be the warm nights that my parents and I walked to Thifty’s with the dogs for ice cream.

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