Hi! Thanks for clicking the about me page. Let me tell you my story.
Just like most young girls, I loved making crafts and art projects which my mother would proudly display on the refrigerator. I would gaze up at the giant fridge and look proudly at all of my creations. As I grew, I moved on from projects with macaroni and markers to more advanced crafts. I would patiently and carefully hone my skills until I was satisfied that I could create something beautiful. Then each Christmas I would make my gifts for my friends and family. One year I made picture frames with shells, another year I made ornaments with beautiful dried fall leaves.
They were always a hit, although I am sure a couple of times my family was just being nice. But I loved it. I love making beauty with my hands and seeing the finished work. I never dreamt of making money off of my art projects until I got into beaded bracelets. It was slow going at first and I struggled to get the looks I was going for. I couldn’t seem to find the right materials but after a lot of poking around online and a very long trip to the local craft store, I finally found the right combination of beads and thin metal wire.
Then I got to work. I was so happy with my work that I sported the bracelets and my friends flipped. Before I knew it, I had orders flying in for my bracelets. That is the first moment that I thought, “Hey… maybe there is more to this…”
I used the money I got from my bracelets to buy more art supplies. As I wandered through the aisles of the craft store I stumbled upon the modeling clay section. It was a completely foreign area for me but I decided to dive in. I grabbed a book of modeling clay ideas and a whole bunch of colors. Then I headed home and tore into my plunder. I think I spent 6 hours straight playing with the clay, molding and remolding the different ideas I found in my new book. I didn’t realize how long I had been working until my mother came in to my room and told me it was time for dinner.
She marveled at my collection of clay frogs and ladybugs. I thought her enthusiasm was just her being a good and encouraging mother. So I continued my little bracelet business and took it with me to college. But of course, I had less time for arts and crafts with all the courses I took. I focused more on my school work and my new friends. There were a few girls that I grew really close with and was so excited to be asked to be a bridesmaid in one of their weddings.
Through all the planning and hoopla, the bride, Casey, mentioned that she couldn’t find a good cake topper. She knew that it was a small part of the reception but she really wanted something special. Then inspiration struck. I ran to the store and grabbed some jumping clay and got to work. I thought about my friend and her fiancé and my hands did the rest. By the time we had her bridal shower I had the Cake Topper perfected and hardened.
I will never forget the look on her face when she opened my gift and saw the clay cake topper. She squealed with delight and yelled “It’s perfect!” then passed it around the room so everyone could see it. I had three requests that day for people who had upcoming weddings. After the shower, I went home with a huge grin on my face. I thought about my little bracelet business that I had let dwindle and thought about the excitement over my little creation.
And that was how this started. Now I get to do what I love, working with my hands. With each cake topper, I strive for the “It’s Perfect!” reaction that I got for the first one and so far neither I nor my customers have been disappointed.
But enough about me. How are you? 😉