Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Family Business and Gratitude




“I sew a little prayer and a little good wish into every card I make," is what my mom said when I picked up a bunch of watercolor cards yesterday that she’d just sewn for me. And, that, just kind of blew me away, because I know it's true.

   
 As a "solo-preneur" I never know how things are gonna get done and I am really grateful that I can rely on my family for some of the day-to-day tasks that I need to accomplish. No kidding, I've actually asked my dad to help me kit and sort scrapbook paper. 


Lately, my mom has been helping with sewing watercolor card fronts together. And I could not be more grateful to her for help. I just love this image of her hands sewing (can you see the love?)...she's been a seamstress all her life, her work is amazing.  She's sewn window treatments, draperies, and accessories for homes all over the United States and been included in publications and house tours for over 40 years. And even to this day, designers and folks who worked with my mom in the past, tell me they always loved working with her, loved her designs, and often tried to figure out how she created some of her wonderful projects. 


So, I would have never imagined while I was in college, or busy working at my corporate jobs, that at some time in the future, I'd have the opportunity to work directly with my parents, in a business, almost every day. I am grateful for their time, talent and for their years of experience in running their own businesses. Most people don't get this opportunity and I am blessed daily for it, and it never would have happened had I not left the corporate world and ventured out on my own.  

The fact that these watercolor cards are even a class is also somewhat of an accident, it seems a few store owners had seen some of my Color Burst demos and suggested that a watercolor card class would be great...and it is, in this class I get to teach a number of Color Burst stamping and painting techniques, and I'm starting to get enough requests for the class that we're going to have to find a source for the cards...it's not like I can ask my mom to sew thousands of cards every week.  

 
 So until I find the source, we'll keep making the cards by hand, and each one will have a little prayer and a little wish sewn into it, and I am so happy to be able to share these cards with my students, because they really are handmade with love.  And I am so grateful that my journey has brought me home and given me the opportunity to work with my family in ways I never imagined and I could not be happier! 


Til next time, 
Ken
  

12 comments:

  1. beautifully wonderfully written....

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  2. You need to take her on the road with you and make it a duo! 😊 and as a mother of 4 myself I'm sure that having you close to home has been a HUGE blessing to your parents as well!!!

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  3. What a beautiful post! Your parents are awesome!

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  4. How wonderful to be able to work with both your parents. Enjoy every minute with them. It sounds like you have a wonderful family.

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  5. How wonderful to be able to work with both your parents. Enjoy every minute with them. It sounds like you have a wonderful family.

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  6. The transparency, the love, the blessing of having your parents working along side you! They are proud parents of your accomplishments, no doubt! Rich family heritage. They look like absolutely fun people to hang out! Thank you for sharing this story!

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  7. Relish every day you can work with your Mom and Dad. My Dad could do anything; draw anything, build anything, and how I wish that I had paid attention to his immense skill instead of being a teenager always with her friends. My Dad passed over at 57 and I lost all His mentoring. He did manage to teach me to change a tire, check the oil and transmission fluids in my car and when to change my oil; all that before teaching me to drive. I also learned to make a lampshade comlete with fixture. Good luck in your business Ken, you have great products!

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  8. The cards are beautiful, wish I were so talented. And the family opportunity is priceless!!

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  9. This is so special and such a blessing!!! I loved reading this!!!

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  10. Beautiful! Beautiful cards, beautiful family! Beautiful story! You are truly blessed!

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  11. Ken, you write so beautifully about your family. I feel fortunate to have met you early in your entrepreneurial journey and to have followed you ever since. My hat's off to you for walking your path every single day.

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  12. Well I am applauding all of your effort and family love / togetherness! It's a gift and I'm very happy for you!!! Some day I will try your Color Bursts and see if I can incorporate them into my little cards, too. Til then, I wish you continued happiness and success!!!

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