Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wow, What a Day!!

Wow, what a day it has been! I had the very great honor of having one of my crowns featured on the Front Page of Etsy!! Every Etsy seller dreams of hitting the front page. It's such a rewarding honor to be noticed even if just for a moment. I want to thank Susan of Life in The Sass Lane for curating the fun treasury that got me there! Here's a peek. :)

And then, as if I wasn't already having a wonderful day in Etsy land, I reached 300 sales in my shop today! Talk about the cherry on top of an already delicious sundae! It's hard to believe that in just over 2 years I have made over 300 crowns! That's 300 children around the world that are enjoying (hopefully) something that I made with my own two hands. That really is a humbling thought, and a true honor. I love what I do and I love my customers. I get a chance to spread cheer to some of the very best people around~kids!

I want to thank each and every one of my customers and all of my followers and supporters. I appreciate you more than you can know! So, thank you for today's treat! And thank you to my little bluebirds for your inspiration and support. You are the true highlight of very day! :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Who has the best Etsy Team in the land? EtsyKids Team! Please show your love and support for EtsyKids Team and vote for our team on Handmadeology's Handmade Top 10 as many times as you wish over the next 6 days!

EtsyKids Team members can add 2 listings from your shop and have all your friends, family and fans vote for YOU! Find out how to participate in this discussion on Ning: Handmade Top 10 Etsy Team Challenge

Friday, June 3, 2011

Taking Some Time Off to Enjoy My Two Little Bluebirds


I will be taking some time off to enjoy my sweet little ones. Please note that I will be unable to accept custom orders from June 4th - June 20th. I will have limited access to the internet during this time so feel free to message me with
questions or future custom requests, but please know that I will be unable to reply until June 20th. I'll be back with lots and lots of new crowns and other fun stuff after my break (I promise)! Thanks so much for your patience and understanding. Have a great start to your summer everyone! :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Invisible Mother


“It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone, start talking to me, asking for some such thing. Inside I’m thinking, “Can’t you see I’m on the phone?”

Obviously not; No one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, doing the endless piles of laundry, or even standing on my head… Because no one can see me at all. I’m invisible. The invisible Mom! Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?? Can you write this? Sign this? Find this?

Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being. I’m a clock to ask, “What time is it?” I’m a TV guide to answer, “What number is the Disney Channel?” I’m a car to order, “Right around 5:30, please.”

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books… The eyes that studied history… The mind that graduated Magna Cum Laude from college. But now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again??

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel sand where she went. I was sitting there, looking around at the women present, all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, “I brought you this.” It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: “To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.”

In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:
No one can say who built the great cathedrals – we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it?”
The workman replied, “Because God sees.”

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, “I see you! I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no button you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.”

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who shows up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from school for dinner, “My Mom gets up at 5 in the morning and does laundry, gets us breakfast, bakes, cleans and is on the go all day long, doing stuff for us.” That would mean I’d built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home and feel comfortable and happy enough to invite his friends.

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.” --Author Unknown

Happy Mother's Day to all of the women out there building their great cathedrals!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Yay! I'm a Guest Blogger!

So in between making dinner, doing laundry, picking up toys for the umpteenth time, and making crowns of course, I've been given the opportunity to do a guest series on another blog. I'm a member of EtsyKids Team and I curate on the EtsyKids Treasury Team. Product photography has always been something I've struggled with. Anyone who sells online can relate to my hair pulling battles with backgrounds, lighting, camera settings, and photo editing. In an effort to help all of my fellow busy EtsyKids teammates, I'm writing a Photo Makeovers Series over on the EtsyKids Treasury Team Blog. Looking to increase your online sales? Come check out my easy to implement photography tips in my first two posts on Choosing Backgrounds and Lighting. You might just find a useful tidbit or two! There's more to come in the series too so be sure to check back at the end of every month! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The February That Flew Right By!

February may be a short month, but I sure did manage to pack a lot in! It's been a month of custom orders and special requests one right after the other. In fact I never had time to make anything else for my shop! So, I thought I would give you a visual tour of the February that flew right by!

Phew, no wonder I'm tired! I hope you all had a wonderful month. I wonder what's in store for March......