Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thinking Outside The Box

We are coming up on 1 year since I was let go of my job. 
It has been the roughest and sweetest year of my marriage so far. 
Matt and I have grown so much closer and we are so much stronger.
He has really stood up and took the reigns to make our life work. 
He now has a new full time job, which he loves, as well as a part-time job. 
And me? 
I have to think outside of the box. 
When I was let go, we put pen to paper and realized that it would cost us more money for me to work outside of the home than I would bring home. 
So, I began my life as a stay-at-home-mom 
(which has actually been a dream of ours from the get go).
However, we still need 2 incomes (even if mine is minimal).
There are mouths to feed and bills to pay and a rather large hole to dig out of
 from when I first lost my job.
My photography has been a great creative outlet for me and much needed 
extra income for our family.

But I needed something else too. 
For so many reasons. 
1) I missed creating things with my hands. 
2) In the Midwest here, there is a rather large "dead season" for photographers 
who do not use a studio.
3) I wanted to begin to pay it forward because so many people have helped us this past year. 
4) And because my diet requires a larger than most grocery bill.

So I opened an etsy shop a few months ago. 

I love every second of creating handmade items for people. 
I usually start with things I would make myself, like these head scarves.
During daylight hours I have to have my head covered because of my Lupus 
so I started creating reversible head scarves for myself because I didn't like bandana fabric.
I got a lot of fun compliments so I started making them for the shop!

 And hoops are just plain fun, don't ya think? 
Nothin' but happy.
I wear my embroidered and scrappy pendants all the time. 
So fun and happy!

I'm working on new designs and items to list all the time. 
It's moving a little slowly being a mom of 2 boys but it has become a 
huge passion of mine. 

And just this month I announced that 10% of each month's sales will go to a charity. 
Different charity each month!
Does my family need every penny that I make in sales?
Do I believe wholeheartedly that if I give away, God will provide what else is needed?
 I have faith.
I have to.

And because it's almost Halloween, enter discount code HALLOWEEN for $5 off any purchase of $10 or more through 10/27!

Here's to thinking outside the box.
To creating.
To supporting handmade.
And to living your passions!

Oh happy day!