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Friday, October 19, 2007

The Spirit of Christmas


Yes, admittedly I am obsessed with Christmas decorating. Although I do make items that are not Christmas things, the majority of my handcrafted giftware does tend to capture the Spirit of Christmas - the fun, whimsical side that includes Santas and Snowmen as well as the more serious side that includes Angels (although they often have a touch of whimsy too!)


I blame the christmas decorating obsession on well...my Mom! Mom's get blamed for everything anyway, right?! My mom has always loved Christmas, and at age 79 (hopefully she never sees this) she still does. I am the youngest of 5 children. When I was a child, my Mom would always decorate our house to the rafters, not with store bought things so much as little creative touches she would add here and there that really made Christmas come alive in our house. For many years she would even paint a Christmas scene on the livingroom window (you know..."if it's not moving paint it")! When we were younger, our tree had all the usual "handmade" crafts that kids make for their parents on it, but as we got older and stopped making those things, the tree evolved into a "themed" tree with all these Disney ornaments that my Mom had bought. Following the "if it's not moving..." theme, my Mom would roughly cover the fireplace mantle with tin foil and then she'd put apples and oranges, all kinds of shelled nuts and candy along the length of it. There was always a candy wreath on the door (inside of course so you could "cut" a candy off to eat - remember those?) Every year she would also make a candy house - not the little kit ones you can make from gingerbread but a large, multi-roomed dollhouse type creation made out of cardboard. It was just loaded with candies that she'd "glue" on with some kind of meringue-type glue. Honestly, I'm not a big "candy" fan, so I really didn't eat much from the house. Besides, it was so pretty it seemed a shame to eat the decorations on it!


As I grew up and got married and began my own family, I've steadily obtained or created items to display in my own home. Obviously, I love handcrafted ornaments, which is one of the reasons why I started creating my own and eventually started selling them in my business. One can never have enough places to display (a la Mom), so over the years I've "aquired" 6 Christmas trees and can easily fill every nook and cranny in my own home if I want to. It still amazes me what some paint and can become!
Happy Holidays!
Cheryl

Saturday, October 6, 2007

How it all began....

Who would have thought that some wood parts and a few bottles of paint would turn into an obsession - and a business opportunity?!

Well, that's exactly what happened to me in August 1995. I have always loved crafting and considered myself a sort of "craftaholic" because I enjoyed doing so many different kinds of crafts. What I never considered was that I could actually start my own business doing something that I loved to do as a hobby. At that time, I was a stay-at-home mom of a two year old daughter. I'd just turned "the big 30" and I really felt like I needed to find an outlet for my creativity.


Completely by accident I came across a craft book that featured wood parts that were assembled and painted to create these really cute figures. Being the "craftaholic" that I am, I was excited to see these new ideas but quickly became frustrated that I couldn't find the wood parts I needed to make the projects. So...that led to searching out sources for those wood parts and well - the rest is history! After creating so many items, I wondered if anyone might be interested in buying some of the things I had created. So, I took a leap of faith and rented a booth at a local Christmas craft fair. Needless to say, it went so well that I decided that I would start my own business manufacturing giftware - and Favourite Things Gift Studio was born!!


Now, as I write this over 12 years later, I'm still obsessed with those wood parts and paints, along with all the other craft embellishments that go with them! I'm still a stay-at-home mom and a home-based business owner. My daughter is now 14 years old and I actually still have a 2 year old at home - my son, born in 2005! (yes, my children were born 12 years apart and yes, they even have the same parents, but that's an interesting story I'll leave for another post!)


Hmmmm....I wonder if this "obsession" will ever fade....but I seriously doubt it!!









The Spirit of Christmas


Yes, admittedly I am obsessed with Christmas decorating. Although I do make items that are not Christmas things, the majority of my handcrafted giftware does tend to capture the Spirit of Christmas - the fun, whimsical side that includes Santas and Snowmen as well as the more serious side that includes Angels (although they often have a touch of whimsy too!)


I blame the christmas decorating obsession on well...my Mom! Mom's get blamed for everything anyway, right?! My mom has always loved Christmas, and at age 79 (hopefully she never sees this) she still does. I am the youngest of 5 children. When I was a child, my Mom would always decorate our house to the rafters, not with store bought things so much as little creative touches she would add here and there that really made Christmas come alive in our house. For many years she would even paint a Christmas scene on the livingroom window (you know..."if it's not moving paint it")! When we were younger, our tree had all the usual "handmade" crafts that kids make for their parents on it, but as we got older and stopped making those things, the tree evolved into a "themed" tree with all these Disney ornaments that my Mom had bought. Following the "if it's not moving..." theme, my Mom would roughly cover the fireplace mantle with tin foil and then she'd put apples and oranges, all kinds of shelled nuts and candy along the length of it. There was always a candy wreath on the door (inside of course so you could "cut" a candy off to eat - remember those?) Every year she would also make a candy house - not the little kit ones you can make from gingerbread but a large, multi-roomed dollhouse type creation made out of cardboard. It was just loaded with candies that she'd "glue" on with some kind of meringue-type glue. Honestly, I'm not a big "candy" fan, so I really didn't eat much from the house. Besides, it was so pretty it seemed a shame to eat the decorations on it!


As I grew up and got married and began my own family, I've steadily obtained or created items to display in my own home. Obviously, I love handcrafted ornaments, which is one of the reasons why I started creating my own and eventually started selling them in my business. One can never have enough places to display (a la Mom), so over the years I've "aquired" 6 Christmas trees and can easily fill every nook and cranny in my own home if I want to. It still amazes me what some paint and can become!
Happy Holidays!
Cheryl

How it all began....

Who would have thought that some wood parts and a few bottles of paint would turn into an obsession - and a business opportunity?!

Well, that's exactly what happened to me in August 1995. I have always loved crafting and considered myself a sort of "craftaholic" because I enjoyed doing so many different kinds of crafts. What I never considered was that I could actually start my own business doing something that I loved to do as a hobby. At that time, I was a stay-at-home mom of a two year old daughter. I'd just turned "the big 30" and I really felt like I needed to find an outlet for my creativity.


Completely by accident I came across a craft book that featured wood parts that were assembled and painted to create these really cute figures. Being the "craftaholic" that I am, I was excited to see these new ideas but quickly became frustrated that I couldn't find the wood parts I needed to make the projects. So...that led to searching out sources for those wood parts and well - the rest is history! After creating so many items, I wondered if anyone might be interested in buying some of the things I had created. So, I took a leap of faith and rented a booth at a local Christmas craft fair. Needless to say, it went so well that I decided that I would start my own business manufacturing giftware - and Favourite Things Gift Studio was born!!


Now, as I write this over 12 years later, I'm still obsessed with those wood parts and paints, along with all the other craft embellishments that go with them! I'm still a stay-at-home mom and a home-based business owner. My daughter is now 14 years old and I actually still have a 2 year old at home - my son, born in 2005! (yes, my children were born 12 years apart and yes, they even have the same parents, but that's an interesting story I'll leave for another post!)


Hmmmm....I wonder if this "obsession" will ever fade....but I seriously doubt it!!