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.
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 supporting handmade.
And to living your passions!
Oh happy day!