Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Getting ready...

Hi Everyone,

I am getting ready for my big "featured artist" reveal on www.crushcrushcouture.com.  I sent in all of my photos, descriptions and bio to Charli and now I can't wait to see how everything will come together.
I came across this very profound statement this evening and thought I would share it with you.  It is how I feel about my jewelry journey.

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."

- Mahatma Gandhi

I would like to thank all of the people who stuck by me through these very trying times.  Especially God:)

Thanks so much,


Friday, May 27, 2011

More Angels...

So a bunch of new things are going on with me and my new life.

I had sent out several emails to bead stores in about a 200 mile radius of where I was living.  I heard back from a nice lady (Jennifer) who owns a bead store in San Luis Obispo, Ca.  We had several phone conversations and she asked if I could come up and stay a few days to see how things worked out between us.  Alicia and I went up and stayed at her and her husbands home for 4 days.  They were so welcoming and accommodating.  They even paid for a weekend class for me with a renowned wire working expert.  It was so fun to just sit and enjoy some time for me and to not have to think about my problems for a couple of days.  So after working with her for a couple of days, we both new it was a perfect fit.  She knew I knew what I was doing and that was a great comfort to her.  So she came up with a plan to get me up to SLO.  Her and husband have given us a place to stay at their home for a few weeks, and are paying our first months rent and deposits for our own place.  I was in tears when she told me the plan.  I just couldn't believe their kindness.  God is amazing!!!!!!!!  It still gets even better.  Alicia has had 5 interviews now in just the past 3 days.  She is super excited.
I have to go for now...will keep you updated.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A hand up by an angel named Charli....

Hello Everyone,

Things are definitely looking better with my merchant account and my jewelry journey.

I am now looking forward to working with a wonderful woman I met a few weeks ago.  She couldn't tell me much about her new website as it was a bit of a trade secret.  She did tell me it was like nothing I'd ever seen.  Well today I see what she means.  It is www.crushcrushcouture.com and the whole premise of the site is to look great and feel even better while giving part of all the proceeds back to your choice of charities on her site. With every purchase, she will donate 25% back to the charity you pick when you checkout.  How awesome!!!

I am proud to say I will definitely be a part of this website.  Thank you God for Charli, who is one of your angels.  No, not the kind that shoots you down, but the kind that gives you a hand up.  It just doesn't get better than that!

I will keep everyone informed when I am featured on her site.



Saturday, May 7, 2011

Playing the waiting game.

Hello Everyone,

What a gorgeous day we are having here in Santa Clarita, California!  It's in the 70's, sunshine with beautiful blue skies.
Now I am playing the waiting game.  I am happy to have such great success with my jewelry, but now I am in a stall pattern.  Waiting for the returns to show up on my customers credit cards which takes 5 to 7 business days. Once they are posted I can then go ahead and rerun their cards through my new merchant account which will post in my checking in 2 to 4 business days.  Hopefully by the beginning of the week I can rerun their cards.  I will accept any and all prayers;)
Ask anyone in my family who is the most impatient person.  They will say Kathleen and my dad.  I love the saying on my friend Nancie's fridge that says: God please give me patience....but I want it right now.  That's me in a nutshell.LOL
I hope this finds everyone well.



Friday, May 6, 2011

My continued jewelry journey.

Hello Everyone,

Ok, so I am having a bit of a merchant account problem.  Come to find out just after charging all of my customers credit cards, I get audited.  Yes audited.  Apparently when you run a credit card over the allotted daily amount, the merchant people don't like that.  It has now been almost 2 weeks and I still don't have any money in my checking account.  I ended up changing to a more expensive well known merchant account and will hopefully have everything back to where it should be.  I am excited about this!  What a learning experience this has been.  I am glad it happened at the beginning of my new jewelry making career.  I guess you just have to work out all the bugs before everything comes together.
I can't wait to see how things progress with www.crushcrushcouture.com.  I am super excited!

I hope this finds everyone well.



My stay in California so far.

Hello Everyone,

I am dedicating this blog to all my angels, but a special dedication to my son who never stopped believing in my ability to create.  Who pushed me, and still does everyday to follow my dreams and to never give up.

Well it's been one heck of a ride since moving to California.  I started out doing one of my hobbies (dog training), and am now onto my other hobby of jewelry making.
I have actually turned my hobby into my new career.  The recession kicked my butt!  I've been unemployed now for 2 years. I did have a job for a couple of months working for an online bead store as a jewelry designer. They didn't like the fact that I was making my own jewelry and trying to market it, so they fired me.

The thing I keep telling myself is I'm glad I don't have little kids anymore.  Although my daughter moved out here a few months after I did to seek a better life.  She ended finding a temp job and then got laid off just a few weeks after my job ended.  I have spoken with so many people who have lost everything like myself but who have little ones.  This is hard enough for an adult to go through, no less trying to take care of a family on little to no income.

So here I am in California, wondering what in the world am I going to do.  Fortunately I had a childhood friend (I found on Facebook when I first moved to Cali) who gave us a safe place to stay.

You know I've debated telling my story because it isn't fluffy, roses and sunshine.  Being homeless is the most humbling experience I've gone through in my 46 years here on this earth.  However, I learned many things over the last couple of months.  Mainly how grateful I am to just have the simplest things like food and clothing and shelter.  Maybe you think I am exaggerating my situation, I wished I was.  But here's the good of the bad situation.  I absolutely believe God sends you angels!  One such angel helped my daughter and I learn that you can truly, without a doubt, count on God.  He never lets you down and will always provide a way for you to exist.  When we just didn't have any way to pay for gas or buy food, he provided. I would get a check in the mail from a rebate I had forgotten about.  I would travel to Santa Monica and go from boutique to boutique to see if anyone wanted my jewelry.  Sure enough I nice shop owner fell in love with it and said to come back in a few weeks.  The day I returned, God sent me another angel, my new jewelry rep.  She happened to be at the boutique when I brought my jewelry back.  She also loved it and asked if she could be my rep.  God is GREAT!!! I would also meet a complete stranger in the parking lot of a grocery store (we had $8 left).  He saw my out of state license plate and welcomed me to California.  We started talking about kids and life and before I knew it he took every bit of money he had in his wallet, gave it to my daughter, and ran off so we couldn't hand it back.  I have another angel who allowed me to set up a small table in front of his little gas station and sell my jewelry, that day we literally had no food left.  I met another angel who fell in love with my jewelry and continued to by a couple of pieces a week. I still think she did it not just because she loved jewelry, but she wanted to help me and my daughter.  She'll say otherwise.  Ok, so I have one more.  A friend who introduced me to a woman who is starting a new online jewelry store that wants to feature me as a designer.  The store is based on giving back.  How things come around in a circle....just amazing!

And now we have a place to live because I met 2 more angels, a husband and wife who had a 40 ft R.V. just sitting in their yard.  They had rented out in the past for people in transition.  It sits on 2 and 1/2 acres with shade trees surrounded by horse ranches.  So peaceful and beautiful!

So because my jewelry is selling, I am little by little by little making it day to day.  All thanks to a stranger who took us in, allowed us to stay in a room above their barn and gave us hope.  Everyday the angel would leave a small index card with a scripture, or a copy of a story of faith, or just a little note of inspiration.  She didn't know how much it meant to us to get these things everyday and that my life will never be the same because of it.  Thank you Nancie, you saved my life.

I forgot to add one more angel.  I went to Chase Bank to see about opening a checking account with them.  The lady I spoke just loved my jewelry.  I had to explain a bit about my situation because my credit is now shot for the next few years.  Just before I left the bank she stopped me and said she would like to buy me my business cards....how bizarre!  She said she believes in me and loves to support women owned businesses.  Thank you God for bringing me all of these angels.