I'm sitting in my trashed studio. Little pieces of leather and metal shards surround my chair. Eraser pad dust covers every surface. I still have a laundry basket of cuffs to set, but I have a post on my heart and when that happens I must get it out:)
Girls it feels like we were hit by one of those giant tsunami waves. There was a warning siren. We heard it in the distance. We thought we prepared ourselves...that we were ready. We went to high ground, but when those flood gates were open it was wave after wave of orders. A flood of blessing:)
My honey heard a message from Joel Osteen a few weeks prior to our opening, and he would go through the house and occasionally yell out "FLASH Flood Warning". He was so right. The Lord opened those gates and we were literally flooded. Thank you so much!!!
I struggle with this new thing. This feeling of success, of being proud, and wanting to tell everyone and then wanting to keep quiet because I don't want to look braggy etc... It's weird. It's a pull, and I'm not sure what to say or do.
On opening day we sold more cuffs than ALL of last year. I was stunned. Like I wanted to curl up in a ball and suck my thumb because I didn't know if we could physically handle it. Then on the other hand I wanted to cry tears of joy and rejoice and shout it from the rooftop!
I think I'll choose the second option. And shout God did this!!! He's given the shop favor:) He's grown it. He deserves the praise. I don't want to hide the good things He has done because I'm worried about people. So YAY!!! Go God. You are amazing and I'm humbled to be your servant. I'm humbled to be a part of this plan you have for my life. It's all yours! I know You will help us navigate through these HIGH waters. You won't let us drown.
I wish you could spend a day in the shop. To see the frenzy at which we work. It's hard. It's stressful. I struggle with mommy guilt because I'm so spent at the end of each day. There just isn't anything left. Almost every order has MANY back and forth emails to nail out the details. There is STUFF everywhere. It could be mass confusion...and sometimes it is, but there is also a grace on it. I can feel that.
And this girl, "My Tamara" as my little chick refers to her, she is a complete and utter gift. I WOULD NOT be able to do this without her. She's right by my side every day, night and weekend. I had to let go of some creative things this time and entrust them to her and it was painful. But months ago I had a dream that God said...Let it go and watch it grow. And He's bringing that to pass. I have to be obedient. I have to let some things go.
Tomorrow someone's daddy will be buried in a cuff that says be brave, choose joy. He used to speak that to his children. Someone.will.be.buried.in.a.cuff!
Oh my...this is so much more than just a little hobby or business. This is a calling and I'm so honored to be a part of what God is doing. Thank you again for showing up. We will do our best to serve you.
**Shop will reopen February 3rd.
FOR ONLY 5 DAYS! We'll be open in March as well.**
Heading to Asheville this week for Thanksgiving. Love Thanksgiving!!!!
What are your special plans?
Be a blessing.
big chick ran her first 5K. proud momma moment!
the basement remodel is coming along:) color me happy!
my honey's part time gig...fgp mailboy;)
My artwork is finally ready:)) GALLERY PRINTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!! Click here to buy:)) More on that later!!