Real Butterfly Jewelry and Framed Art

Nisswa, Minnesota On Etsy since 2012

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Real Butterfly Jewelry and Framed Art

Nisswa, Minnesota | 1,839 Sales


Holly Ulm

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About Isms

Sales 1,839
On Etsy since 2012
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Real Butterfly Conservation Art

What would Isms be without stories of metamorphosis? Life brings us opportunities to grow, change, learn, and move on. My share includes more than any of us care to have me list here. There are those experiences, however, that have left profound marks, and brought Isms into being. In a nuthouse... errr... nutshell...

I was raised as a vegetarian living in the back of my father's meat market. Not only did this teach me to ward off dogs that loved the smell of beef jerky in my clothes, it also taught me that your choice defines your life. You can choose. Again, and again. Not everyone gets a degree in meat processing before living under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, only to find yourself a vegetarian butcher. My father did, and used it as a spring board to become Crazy Cowboy Bob, Nisswa Citizen of the Year, the Clock Doc, and owner of 6 boutique stores at one time. Not to mention my self-employed grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother, and numerous friends.
Lesson One: Choose your life.

My vision for Isms's butterfly wings came on a cold day in January. For the next 5 months I researched, experimented, and tried some more to find a way of making what I saw in my head. I tried every product on the market. I told myself mistakes were cheaper than college. Let's just say it would depend on the college. I found ways of processing the wings, but none that I was really happy with the results of. I was ready to throw in the towel, and told my oldest daughter (who was 9 at the time) as much. She replied, "Don't give up, Mom. You always tell us not to give up. I know you can do it. I'll help you! We all will. Just don't give up!" Well, crap. Now we were talking life lessons, and being a proper role model. I started reading more; researching deeper; and calling on more mentors (this is where Greg first got on board). A month later I had a rudimentary process that I would spend the next year refining, and growing into. A wise man once told me, "Every problem inherently has a solution. Otherwise it would be a condition, which few things truly are."
Lesson Two: Find the best solution possible.

In the span of the three years before starting Isms: I left my husband; my home; our three retail boutiques; brought one of our stores back from fire; started two interim businesses; incurred mercury & lead poisoning; became a doula, a minister, and a reiki master; all the while raising four children without child support or government cheese. I flung myself at life with prayers of, "Thank-you. More, please. Use me." I am so grateful this has evolved into life with a business that allows me to explore my ceiling for mastering my art form, while keeping a schedule that allows me to be a present and joyful mother to three of the most wonderful kids imaginable, all while helping conservation efforts. I always knew I was capable in artistry, life, business, and motherhood. Isms allows us to meet amazing artists, and supporters; to share our passion with the world; and to work for the greater good through conservation efforts. Isms is an extension of our intentions with one another, and the world around us.
Lesson Three: Love, and give thanks.

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  • Holly Ulm

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Shipping

    My greatest lesson came early from my mother. She didn't allow coloring books, as she felt we should make our own lines. Not color-in someone else's. It is the foundation of Isms creations, and my best excuse for driving outside the lines.

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Last updated on November 23, 2018
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