Learning the Ropes

12249886_472102452972381_1976708678965231358_nI have always enjoyed working with my hands, crafting, and learning new things.  I learned how to crochet when I was a little girl watching my Mother make a gift for my Grandmother. I learned how to do some artistic things at home, at school, and with my friends at their homes. I learned how to sew from my mother, my grandmother, and I learned a few skills at school in Home Economics. Over the last few years I have been working on improving my ability to sew things. Making an effort to gather a variety of skills to be able to offer more than just a single select few things, and do them all  very well.

Upon trying to research and address some skin issues in our family, I researched and learned how to make some lotions, deodorants, and bath salts. I read several books, watched many videos, and finally asked a friend for some help and lessons on how to make cold process soap.  She so generously brought me into her home, walked me through the process, showed me step by step, explaining the importance of each step, and the reason for it. Then she sweetly fed me lunch while we discussed the difference between using all natural colors and essential oils, and using fragrance oils and artificial colors.  After receiving her help, I felt confident enough to try my hand at making soap by myself.

Learning how to make bows for my daughter’s hair, beaded socks for my friend’s children, baby blankets crocheted for sweet new babies, hats, knee cuffs, sewing bags, receiving blankets, burp cloths, bibs, jewelry, and so many other things that I have been encouraged and inspired to make.  I knew my love for making and sharing these things had to be for a purpose.

When money is tight, people become resourceful.  I have always loved going through craft fairs, craft and antique malls, vintage shows, and magazines seeing things I love. Even when I didn’t have a dime to spare.  I have always found a way to make things I have seen that I love so much, out of things I already have. There have been some things I have made, and thought I would rather pay someone else to make it from then on. Some things I have learned to make have been a joy to learn, and eventually put my own stamp on.

God’s timing was perfect in placing different people in my life willing to help me along the way, encouraging my efforts, and eventually pay for my time and work completed.  My husband has been my biggest supporter, encourages every project, he ends up helping me with quite a variety of things. My daughter and son in law also help me by offering their wonderful talents, which are many.  My Mother helped me sew a bunch of tote bags, and makeup bags before the very first Holiday Market Retro & Redeemed has ever had the privilege of participating in. Without every person God has placed in my life, this business and journey would be impossible.

So thank you.
Thank you to each person who has followed this journey, prayed for our family, supported us before there was ever anything that resembled a business. What a blessing you are, and continue to be to our family. What an encouragement and gift each person has been. We humbly express our enormous gratitude, and feel it still isn’t quite enough.

I am still learning. Learning how to do product photography, learning how to set things up to where they are more appealing to the eye, learning how to keep everything balanced: God, family, then the rest. Learning how to not make book keeping my full time job in all of this, and learning how not to forget orders, and those who have placed them. Coming up with a system that works has been a challenge for me, but working out the kinks has been a joy. Enjoying every moment we have to share working together.

We are abundantly blessed.
Sincerely ~ D

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].



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