Over 11 years ago, my husband and I made the decision that I would quit my job and become a SAHM. I was working as a Corporate Account Representative for a large rental car company and was excited to become a mommy and raise my children.
Not long after I started my adventure into parenthood, I found that I loved crafting. One Fall I was searching for a great wreath for my front door. I couldn't find anything I loved and decided that I would put my creativity to the test and headed to my local craft store. I soon discovered a love for making wreaths and quickly made one for several friends and family members. I enjoyed it so much and didn't want to stop, but I only had so many doors and walls and concluded that I needed to start my own business.
Ideas In Bloom was born and I jumped in with both feet and registered my business in Fairfax County, VA. We had just bought our first computer and I started my own website through Yahoo using our dial up connection.
After a couple of years I was having a great time making wreaths and my daughter was now almost three. My husband and I knew that we wanted to have another child and were blessed to get pregnant again. I made the decision to put my business on hold and spend the next few months enjoying my daughter and spending special time with her before her brother arrived. I always told myself that I would pick up the business again after he was born, but sometimes life gets in the way!
Three moves, three states, and seven years later here I am! I've never stopped making wreaths and am happy to find myself in a place in my life that I am ready to start my business again. What a shock it was to find out how much things have changed!
Now, I haven't been living under a rock. I have my own laptop, a Blackberry, and spend a lot of time on the Internet. However, when it comes to the business aspect of selling and marketing on the net, lets just say I'm not using a dial up connection anymore. Now I'm learning to use sites like etsy.com to sell my product and finally gave into the idea of Blogging. A big "THANKS" to my friend, Val, for helping to guide me through this new (to me) digital world!
I really never thought I would be a blogger. It just didn't appeal to me and I was sure I didn't have anything to say that anyone would want to read! Now I realize what an important tool it is for the business owner.
I hope to share my own projects and inspirations and also feature some other crafters that I feel have some great ideas and inspire me.
Please feel free to visit my shop at ideasbloom.etsy.com
I welcome feedback and "creative" criticism