June 29, 2011

Heads Carolina, Tails California!


I'm going to my first blog conference in September! 

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I'm excited, I'm nervous, and quite frankly I just can't wait for it to get here! In addition to it being my first blog conference, it'll actually be my first time flying anywhere by myself. Despite the fact that I've been to five foreign countries and countless states, I've somehow managed to never be alone in the airport. However, I'm resting in the comfort of being greeted by familiar faces at the airport when I arrive and the experiences and wisdom I'll gain from the conference.

I'm SO looking forward to meeting all my blogging friends in real life and meeting new ones as well. Hurry up and get here September!

xoxo,

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June 20, 2011

Bittersweet

I was one of those people who always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. My grandma used to be a teacher and my mom still is. It seemed to run deep in my blood and so naturally it came at no surprise that I followed long and hard after the dream of becoming a teacher until it became a reality.

However, last Thursday I put the last of my classroom items away into closets, turned in my keys, said my goodbyes, and walked away from that dream. On Friday morning, I woke up as a full-time businesswoman for the first time.

I had a great job. I had wonderful coworkers. I had a good boss. I had children in my class who put a smile on my face.  I laughed every single day, sometimes to the point of tears. I absolutely loved being teacher. I went into teaching thinking I was going to change lives and make the world a better place, but I think in turn the children changed my life. Two years ago, I took myself way too seriously, but I’ve learned to laugh at myself. They taught me that life is so precious and to enjoy every single moment of it. They reminded me that it’s okay to get messy. I know I am a better person because of each child that I taught.

So why did I leave….

In August 2010, just barely into the school year, I called on of my best friends up and asked her to meet me for coffee. I can still remember sitting in the coffee shop as I poured out my heart and soul to her. I explained to her this gut feeling that this would be my last year as a teacher. Keep in mind; I had no online shop as the time, no game plan, no reason to leave my wonderful job that I loved. But I knew deep down that something was missing. In January 2011, I found what that missing piece was. I entered into the handmade world with a small business that I had been running through local sales and craft fairs. I started to interact with some of the most kindhearted people there are. My inbox started overflowing with advice, encouragement, love, and wisdom. As customers started trickling in, my heart slowly but surely started to shift. I discovered that I was itching to go home every day just to make orders, to read kind emails, to connect with fellow handcrafters. I had always dreamed of owning my own business, but I always thought it was too far out of the realm of possibilities. However, the more I pursued my business, the more of a reality it became. And at the end of March 2011, I knew that my life was heading in a wildly different direction and that I had found what made my heart skip an extra beat.

It was an incredibly hard decision to leave my job; a decision that I did not take lightly in the least. I wrote a long of lists with pros and cons, I prayed, I asked a lot of people for wisdom. But when it came down to decision time, I realized that I would regret more not taking a chance on myself then staying somewhere where I was comfortable.

I have a lot to learn. A lot of bumps in the road up ahead. But I have absolutely no regrets about it. In the past six months, I feel like I’ve seen myself come alive. I’ve laughed more. I’ve pushed myself harder than I’ve never done so. I’ve skipped around the room in joy. I fist pumped all the time. I’ve been unbelievably overwhelmed with encouragement. I’ve found myself at a loss for words; which is a rarity for those who know me. I have cried over the kindness of complete and total strangers who I now call friends.

I know that this is no easy feat, but I welcome the challenges with open arms. I’m excited about all the people I’ll meet, the friends I’ll make, the places I’ll go, and knowledge and wisdom I’ll gain along the way.

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. OWN IT!” -Oprah



xoxo,
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June 15, 2011

Winners, Winners!

So I'm back! I've been a little MIA working on a summer collection that will preview next week! :)

Here are the winners of the TORI necklace:


Kait said...

i am a fan AND i follow!

Emily said...

I follow this blog! I follow on twitter and Liked you on Facebook, and shared it on my Facebook page! And I'm about to tweet the giveaway. WOOP!


Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

I "like" you on Facebook and I just like you in general. ;)

So you three ladies shoot me an email here and let me know what necklace you want! 


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June 8, 2011

New Product + a Giveaway!

Introducing....

The TORI necklace.

After months and months of people asking if I'd ever make products for women; the answer is finally YES! The TORI necklace is the first of many to come in the women's collection. :)

The TORI necklace has layers upon layers of frayed chiffon with a small shiny gem in the middle of each flower. The flowers are securely placed on a white grosgrain ribbon. This allows you to wear it at the length that is most comfortable for you. Available in 13 color choices!

I've been wearing this necklace around for the past week and boy, oh boy, was I blown away by the response of my local customers, family, and friends. A stranger even offered to buy it right off my neck! So with that being said, I'm having my very FIRST giveaway.

I'm giving away not one, not two, but three TORI necklaces. (valued at $25 each!) And guess what? I'm letting the winners custom design theirs. Even better right?



How to enter: leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. Mandatory entry: become a follower of this blog (if you already are, just comment that)
2. Become a facebook fan here
3. Post about this giveaway on your facebook profile
4. Follow on Twitter
5. Tweet this giveaway

That's FIVE chances at winning a free necklace! Giveaway ends next Tuesday Night at 12am.

xoxo,

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June 6, 2011

5 things to be happy about!


Gratitude. *Sigh*...I just love that word. I keep a gratitude journal where I try to write 3-5 things that I'm thankful for each day. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about doing it. On my best days, I'm reminded of how blessed I am. And on my bad days, it gives me a reality check. It reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life. It pushes me to see the good and beauty even in seemingly bad moments. 

I don't know about you, but sometimes I can find Mondays to be challenging. I struggle out of bed and jumping back into a routine. Mondays always seem to drag on, so I tend to find it the best day to jump start my week and focus extra hard on being grateful.  Each Monday, I'm going to reflect on the past week and post some things that I'm thankful you. I'd love to hear what you are grateful for as well!




1. Summer is so close, I can taste it!
2. Sipping lemonade on the porch
3. Kindhearted emails
4. The sound of children laughing
5. Being proud of an accomplishment

xoxo,

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June 2, 2011

My heart beats for handmade

I'm so excited to be I'm linking up with sweet Maggie from Gussy Sews for her weekly Inspiration Workshop!

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I love all things handmade. I love that long before a handmade item ever reaches my hands, there is someone out there who had a dream, an idea, a vision, and breathed it into life. There is a story behind each and every beautiful handcrafted item that I own. A story about someone whose heartbeat for dreaming, envisioning, sewing, creating, designing. Someone who spent hours in a craft store, a studio, in front of a sewing machine. Someone who put in hours of labor and love to produce a beautiful masterpiece. Something that is worn, hung on the wall to be admired, a centerpiece, a beautiful display that greets us every morning. Something that can take our breath away. Something that reminds us of the all beauty that surrounds us. 

I just adore handmade. What about you?



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