The best birthday gift ever….

There are many days in my life that I will never forget.  My wedding, the first date with my husband, the day E moved in to our home and the first time he called me Mom.  One of the best… is the day that was about my husband and E and really didn’t involve me at all.  E was on the baseball field practicing before a game and he was missing a vital piece of his uniform.  His hat! One of his teammates yelled, “E, where is your hat?” and I heard him say, “It’s in my Dad’s truck. He’s bringing it”. My heart swelled. Simple words… Simple Statement but it was a big one for our family.  I was so in love with them both!  I’ve been blessed in my life to fall in love three times. My God, My Husband and My Son!

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I’ll be… well older 🙂  Today I was given the best birthday present ever. I received a phone call that said, “It’s official. He’s yours!”  I didn’t cry because I was driving and I think really in shock. I expected a few more weeks would pass before we got the official word. However, I am struggling not to cry now as I sit and type this out.  The best birthday gift I’ve ever got?  Was a piece of 2 cent paper that said no one could ever take him away from me!  A 2 cent sheet of paper that gave this 13 yr old boy emotional freedom with the change of his last name. A 2 cent sheet of paper that said they will never be able to hurt him again.  I’ve found a new love for paper today.

Thank you all for being a blessing in our family by following our blog and supporting our business.  It’s through those things I can support this child on so many levels.  He’s sitting in the other room working on his homework and I’m trying to not sniffle or let him hear me cry and distract him from his work, but today I received a gift like none I’ve ever received before. I’m “Officially” his mom.

Craftastic Gifts

We’ve got lots of great products coming up. In the “retail” world you often skip from one holiday to the next and miss out on everyday.  It’s a little sad. Christmas Day hadn’t even come before I started shipping spring items out to customers. It was a nice change from months of red and green but I just wasn’t ready for it.  I still needed some snowflakes in my life before I started painting bunnies.

However the first of the year brought spring craft show applications and events to get involved in.  So Christmas day came and within a few days I was painting bunnies and sketching new product ideas for the new year.  This is my first full year without a “real” job. Lord I hate that term! I work more hours and harder now then I ever did at my 8 to 5 desk job.  I’ve worked very rewarding jobs in my life. This however is my very favorite and by far the most rewarding. My reward in this job is the ability to be heavily involved in E’s schooling and life. I can go on field trips. I can volunteer at the book fair.  He loves it and so do I.  I knew it was important for us to give him what he hadn’t gotten the first 12 years of his life. That was individualized love and attention! You can read a little more about our boy here.


Last week on the way home from picking E up at school I had a headache. The flu unbeknownst to me!  I thought it was just a headache. E said, “Well this is the first headache you’ve had in a long time”. He was right!  When I worked my last job I had a daily headache. The stress of that job kicked my butt constantly and he felt it. On my final day I left those headaches at the door to my office.

I wasn’t 100% sure how we were going to make it but I knew that we would.  I knew I could make money from my Etsy shop but new I was entering a entirely new ball game.  I had to rely fully on myself and my ideas.  I typically am a “financial worrier” I worry about money and I knew right away I was making the right decision to leave my job when I realized that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when your just not 100% sure your making the right decision wasn’t there.  I knew we were on the best path for our family.  I cherish it everyday and each of you for allowing me to share it with you.

Today I will be adding new products to the shop.  So don’t forget to follow us and see what’s new!

Man Down! Or Woman in this case!

Oh the FLU! How brutal! It was a rough week last week when I came down with the flu. My brain was still spinning with tons of ideas but my body just wasn’t having any of that. I was shivering and couldn’t get warm but running a fever of a 100+.

I’m “oily”. I love essential oils so as soon as I felt the fever I started to diffuse oils in the house and made myself a great tea to sip on while I waited in line at the minute clinic for my flu test. By that evening my fever had broken and I was relieved. The Doctor had told me the fever would last for a few days but I kept diffusing and drinking my tea and I’m grateful to be back at my desk today.

Thankfully B & E stepped up to help me while I was down. In one day I dropped two cups of coffee and one ice water. That was the day my husband kicked me out of the kitchen and said, “PLEASE go sit down I’m tired of mopping the floor”. Whoops! Sorry, Love! I guess my brain and my body weren’t in sync. My brain said, “Go Go GO!!” but my body said, “no no no!”. Actually I think it said, “Screw you lady! I’m not moving.” but I can’t prove it.

I’d say the days of cleaning up coffee are over but as I type E is cleaning up the cup that he just knocked off my desk. Maybe tomorrow!

Stay tuned for an Etsy Review. Today we are looking at a baseball themed necklace. As a baseball mom I adore the idea but as an Etsy buyer does it pass the test? Follow our blog and find out!

Have a Craftastic Day!

Welcome!

Hello! I am very excited about this blog.  I’ve tried blogging in the past and just couldn’t keep myself motivated to blog about “random” things. What was the point and who besides my own family would find it interesting?  It wasn’t until recently when I thought about starting a blog for my business that I caught the spark! Now I understand that drive to post and create that bloggers talk about! I am looking forward to sharing my love of all things Etsy with you within this blog.  If you are a buyer or a seller I hope you will find lots of valuable information here. In the next few weeks you will see product reviews, interviews with other Etsy Shop owners and a few how to’s from some super talented artisans!

Have a Craftastic Day!

Jamie

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