Long ago when I initially began making bows and tutus and whatnot I did it because it made me happy and relaxed (and I didn't want to pay full price at stores for something I could do myself). Since then I had turned it into a business, did special orders, vendor shows, parties, you name it. Over time I realized that it was becoming more of a stress than anything. I no longer enjoyed sitting down and turning tulle into a beautiful little tutu or ribbon into a cute bow. All I could think about were deadlines, inventory, publicity, and profit. This was definitely not what I had in mind when I started. The longer it went on, the more I realized that my favorite part of it all was the smile on the child's face when she put on her new tutu or how excited the mother would get when that infant cocoon set was all done. So I kept going because I loved the end result. But the stress was still there and with 4 kids, going through NICU with our last, and now just everyday life; I find that I don't want the hassle of it all. I just want to do what I love and give it away so that others might enjoy it!
I just want to go through life doing what I love, and what makes me happy. Crafts are one thing that makes me happy. Being able to make others happy, makes me happy! So now I have the best of both worlds!!! I am able to do my crafts and make other people happy at the same time. So...from here on out I will be posting tutorials on how to make all of the items that I once sold so that others might be able to benefit as well. This may take some time, so bear with me. But eventually I want to have tutorials on not only the product I used to sell, but also the things I just like to make.
All of the infant cocoon sets that I will be making from here on out will all be donated to Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Ronald McDonald House. That was where our little Sophia was after she was born. The entire staff was so wonderful and we couldn't have gotten through our struggles without their constant support. We stayed for a short time at the Ronald McDonald house while she was in the hospital and would not have been able to see our little miracle everyday if it wasn't for them! So I would just like to give back to them and say Thank You! Thank you for helping those families in need. Thank you for having a supporting staff! And thank you to all who donate their money and time to these two wonderful places! There are no words that can describe how much it means to the families with children who are in the hospital.
As far as our little Sophia goes...She is now 17 months old, perfectly healthy and a little firecracker! She enjoys playing with her 2 older sisters and older brother, her cousins, and her best friend Cindy (our dog). There is not a day that goes by that I don't think back on the time we spent at the hospital and how much I appreciate the hard work and dedication of all those who helped us on our journey. We met some other wonderful parents and created friendships that will last a lifetime!
So, however small my donations may be they are done with great love!