Thursday, June 3, 2010


I just have to take a minute and really thank all the people in my life who have helped me so much throughout this process of trying to get my online boutique up and running.

My husband is so amazing and supportive. When I first mentioned that I wanted to start a shop on etsy he was so excited for me and did nothing but sing me praise for everything that I was working on. I know it is not normal for a man to get excited about scarves, greeting cards, headbands, and all kinds of other girlie things, but this man does and it really means the world to me. No matter how many things I make or what I bring to show him, he is always telling me, "good job" or "that's awesome." I can't even begin to express my gratitude to him for pushing me to do this in the beginning and to continue the support everyday.

Another huge influence has been my mom. She is always telling me that she is proud of me for just going after my dreams. I love that she always notices my hard work. She is my best friend and my confidant and I can't imagine my world without her smiling face!

Thank you so much to my friends who have been my models for my shop and by doing so I believe my shop has been taken to another level. I want to keep improving things as time goes on and am so grateful for their enthusiasm in helping me out.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sunshine N' Smiles

I have always loved the way sunshine brings out all the beauty just lingering under the surface. Even from within myself I have always noticed how many smiles a beautiful sunny day brings about. Today was a gorgeous day. I began my day at the nature center where I volunteer. I lead a field experience for a 2nd grade class which included frolicking with bugs, searching for all the exciting creatures that emerge with the sun. The excitement of the kids is always contagious, but for some reason today the excitement completely took over me!

Something about the innocence of the children mixed with the beautiful blue sky and the sun shinning down on me made my every care dissolve. All I could think about was the photo shoot that was scheduled for this afternoon for all the new things that I made this weekend. When I left the center, I was beaming. Life just doesn't get much better, is all I could think. A day filled with nature, kids, and shooting pictures for my boutique. I have to tell you, I am such a firm believer in following dreams and doing what you love.

A few months ago when I started my boutique on etsy, I had just decided that I was going to go for my dreams. I decided that I was done not doing things because I didn't think that I could or that I would ever make it big. This was the greatest decision that I could have made at this point in my life. I have been so happy. And although I am still only beginning, I can tell you that when I made the choice to follow my dreams and started my little shop I felt a new sense of happiness that I was happy to welcome into my life!