Tell us about your business.This business was started as a hobby and a way of preserving memories. As a veteran of the US Coast Guard, I started creating memory quilts for my fellow members. Using old uniforms and patches, sewing them into a blanket to hold on to and display. From there I made blankets for others reflecting a family's growth, and a family's loss of their infant daughter. With business starting off slowly, I put my all into it. I trusted The Lord to provide as I started making cloth diapers and crib sets. I have dabbled in many different items, believing that each item I create will help whomever is getting it. My days on the high seas and serving our country are done, but now I serve my family by being a stay at home mom to two boys under two. And with the encouragement of my husband, am now a proud, small business owner.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Right now I work out of the home. I have my own craft room that seems to be overflowing with material. I still find myself working on the kitchen table to be close to my kids even when I need to work. My goal is to someday have a craft storefront where I can work on these items and sell fabric I loves.
What inspires you?My family and my country inspire me. My husband has been nothing but supportive through all my adventures since the time we met. My children and the items they need, the way they react to colors and patterns, inspires me with new products. My country, being free to stay at home and have my own business, finding support from my fellow Americans and the "can do" attitude I recieve in support from my fellow veterans helps me press on. Last but not least, The Lord Almighty, inspires me as He is the one who has called me to do this and blessed me with the skills.
What makes your business stand out?My business revolves around being a quality producing business without breaking the bank. Everyone wants what is best for their baby; and everyone should be able to afford that.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Don't give up. If you've got a talent, if you have been told to do something by God, He won't let you down. He will never give you more than you can handle. It may look bad at times when business is slow, but have faith! Give it everything you've got and have no regrets. Biggest of all, never loose sight of what matters most. Money is here today and gone tomorrow. If like me you stay at home and do this, you may be interrupted by babies. Stop what you're doing and go to your babies. That sewing machine will still be right there, but your children will have grown and the moment with them will have passed you by.
What does American Made mean to you?American Made to me means giving it your all in everything you do, regardless of the potential outcome. We may not win the fight but if we have given it all we've got then there is nothing to be ashamed about. This business is about as American as it gets. I am a veteran, my husband is still active duty, and I'm at home making items to help raise the next generation of heroes. It's about using American materials when you can and supporting local businesses to help our economy. Keeping business in America and close to home.
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