Sunday, January 20, 2013

Listening to God: Adoption and my Etsy shop reopens!

This past fall I closed my shop for what I thought was a temporary time out. After closing it I felt a huge wave of relief. I also felt like God was telling me to leave it closed and stop creating and selling rosette necklaces, headbands etc. I listened to him and decided rosettes were no more and the shop would be closed until further notice. 

Rewind a bit more to this past summer while living in Florida, I had sketched some ideas for a whole new set of necklaces. Something totally different from rosettes and fabric. After moving to Virginia and then getting the word from God to back off from Etsy I totally forgot about those new ideas and sketches. 

Closing the shop in the Fall allowed new doors to open and opportunities to come my way. As we neared Christmas I felt like my creative bone had finally come back, and with a vengeance. I had all kinds of fun ideas swirling around in my head. Around the same time I felt the Lord was really pushing me to think more heavily about Scott and I adopting. It is something I've talked about on the blog before and it is something Scott and I talk about weekly if not daily. But I had yet to have the nudge from the Lord to make it a priority. As my crafty side was reemerging and the Lord was nudging me the new necklace ideas came flooding back, hand painted wood pendants.  

I began searching the internet to find just the right supplies. I told myself they needed to affordable and way less time consuming than the rosette necklaces, because if those two items were not met I was not even going to pursue this.  I quickly found **exactly** what I wanted and at a price point I loved. I began to throw the idea around again of opening my etsy shop back up. I was hesitant at first because I am going back to work full time next month and have also started taking some graduate classes at ODU. I did not have time to spend 20-30 hours a week trying to create and promote my shop, but I still had this urge to create. 

Scott and I had begun talking about adoption more often, how and when we could make this a reality. With the plan of him being gone most of this year we decided it was the prefect time to start our adoption fund, research and find an agency and prepare ourselves for the journey. Soon after making this decision I woke up with the greatest idea I've had in a long while, make the necklaces and have the money from each necklace go towards your adoption fund.  

I again hemmed and hawwed about if I should really add this to my plate. I wanted to get Scott's opinion but I was afraid I would explain it all wrong, you know, get tongue tied and make it sound crazy. Thus I decided I needed to "sell" the idea to my bff and fellow etsy artisan. I knew I could share all my random thoughts and ideas with her and see if she thought I was looney tunes or not. She loved the idea! I explain every detail I had thought of and the kicker of them all: all items will be ready to ship. If it is listed in the shop it is ready to go.

I used to paint random horrible pictures in college, kind of my way to de-stress. I don't think I ever showed them to anyone, I'd paint and then throw them out. Crazy, I know. I didn't spend money on canvas or anything, just paper and paint. After the bff was sold {I often times think her and Scott are very similar in their practical ways of thinking} I knew Scott would be too. He of course was {and lets face it Scott will support anything I want to do as long as it doesn't require us to go broke or doesn't end up making me miserable}.

Painting these pendants has been such wonderful experience. Painting is so relaxing and calming, pretty much the opposite of making rosettes. 

Last week I turned the shop off vacation mode and started listing pendants. On Friday I had an amazing surprise, a treasury that had featured one of my chevron ombre pendants was on the front page of etsy! I was so giddy and happy with excitement you would have thought I had won an Emmy or something. 

If you read thought all of that rambling you deserve a cupcake **wink wink**.  I am so excited for us to begin our journey to adopt. We have no idea where we will end up, we just know this is part of Gods plan.  I have been shown so much over the past year how God will show you and provide for you as long as you listen and trust in him.

It is crazy to think we are going to start this journey and just follow him. Both Scott and I are type A planners, we want to know the details of EVERY.THING, but with this we are leaving it up all to God. So I will apologize now if I don't seem to have answers about many things, the only thing we are sure of right now is our issues with infertility are part of Gods plan for us to adopt. Par of his plan to love and give a home to a baby out there who needs it.

// If anyone would like to add a shop button to their sidebar or share our story on your blog please feel free to email me at rellasbellasATgmailDOTcom //

also, tomorrow is the first round of voting for the Military Spouse of the Year awards. I would be so honored if you voted for me my profile is here. Voting starts on 1/22 and is only for the day.       


Tiffany H. said...

I think these are beautiful! What an honor to be featured on the front page of etsy. I know that is a big deal.

Andrea said...

OMG!! This is so exciting I semi know what your going through as my sister is in the process of adoption! It is such a joyous process I am so happy for the both of you!!

Beth @ the city said...

so excited for the launch of your new shop! and your adoption fund :) Congrats on being featured on the front page of Etsy!!

PS I love the new look of your blog

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