Sandra and Todd, now living in Austin, Texas, grew up just a few miles from one another in Washington State. The two met standing in line at a gas station and were married just 6 months later! That was over 15 years ago and the bond and love continues to grow.
Sandra worked as a consultant in the employee benefits field, while Todd worked construction and eventually created a successful real estate career. The two had settled into a happy, typical life. Working 9 to 5, they paid the mortgage, took family vacations, and were living your pretty normal American lifestyle. The only problem was Sandra and Todd both knew something was missing.
Then the economic downturn hit and quickly they realized that God had different plans for them. Early on the two found they were a very creative team as they bought, remodeled and sold several homes together. So when downsizing occurred, and things got tight, they got creative. The couple began collecting free wood from local used building material stores and used the paint they had collected over the years of remodeling. Sandra asked Todd to build, and she kept painting and designing. Soon, neighbors and friends were buying their work right off the walls and friends were calling for custom signs and furniture.
One weekend they packed both of their cars full of their creations and headed to legendary Fremont Market. They were blown away by how much people loved their work, and even more shocked that every single piece they took with them...SOLD! pink marmalade was officially born.
Today this husband and wife team are living their dream! Todd turned in long days at the office, for time with his best friend and children. Sandra embraced her creativity and love of art which was once a hobby, is now a career. The kids love the time with Mom and Dad, and don't be surprised if you see work from the next generation soon as paint cans and brushes have proved irresistible for the whole family!
The only thing this couple enjoys more than their three children, two dogs, and pink marmalade is their journey to the shore each summer. Cannon Beach, Oregon is their refuge where they can take in the fresh air, ocean breeze, and coastal beauty to replenish their souls, "We go down every year, just like the swallows go back to Capistrano."