Make It Happen! How to Succeed in the Handmade World

You know, I always say everyone deserves and should do what they love and love what they do. Why do I say this? Well, really the answer is as simple as it gets: YOLO! You only live once, and you should make the most of it, doing what you love! I'm sure you have seen people in your life who don't enjoy what they do, and perhaps you wonder why. Or perhaps you yourself have been or currently are stuck in a job that you don't like, but you just don't know a way out. Maybe the money is too good, or it offers you the security you need, or maybe you just can't imagine doing anything else because this is what you've been doing for years. I see people complain on facebook about their job, or how they can't wait for the weekend, and I truly feel for them. I just wish they could see that they have options in life. Before starting this business, I was lucky enough to have a job that I loved. I have always been interested in interior design, and lucky me, I got to create displays at a retail store with a team of people that were fun to work with. Then when I had kids, I longed to do something that gave me the flexibility to be with my kids more. I didn't like having to call in sick when my child was sick because I wanted to be dedicated to my work, nor did I like missing out on those special moments, and I knew as they got older it would be even harder. I was torn, because I loved what I did, but I also loved my kids. I could see my Son didn't like when I sent back to work after my year off, and when it was time to go back after I had my daughter it was twice as hard. Thankfully, nearing the end of my maternity leave with my daughter, I came up with an idea that I knew I could turn into a business, doing something I loved as well. Less than a year later, I quit my job to pursue my business, and a year after that, my husband quit his job as a pipe fitter / gas fitter to join me. Now, fast forward 8 years and my husband and I are both running our business full time from our studio in Mission, BC, doing what we love and loving what we do. Don't get me wrong, it's a lot of work, but the key is, it's work we enjoy!

Now, if you too are longing to get out of your job, and you happen to be an artsy, crafty, designer type like myself, there is an answer! Seriously, you can turn your passion into a business. I did, thousands of others have, and so can you. Thankfully, I have met some amazing artists and entrepreneurs along this journey who also have these beliefs, and Jenna Herbut in particular is on a mission to help others to see this as well. Among other business ventures, Jenna is creating an amazingly inspirational documentary, along with her partner Neil Mangan, which will study handmade craft businesses around the globe. What they are doing is amazing, and I would by lying if I didn't say I am in awe over Jenna's passion for changing lives. Watch the video, and I'm sure you will agree:

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We're retiring from shows + plus, a shipping update

The title says it all, and it's true. It's time, and it feels right. After 14 seasons, we have decided it's time to wrap up the Craft Show and Christmas Market chapter in our lives and really start to enjoy the holidays. Our kids are getting older and through the years we have loved doing these shows, but the only downside it that it has also meant being away from our kids for a few weeks and for a very fast paced December served with a side of exhaustion for us all.

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