Saving up a little at a time, one craft at a time...
I started my shop a long time ago, but never really sold much that I made. I put it aside at the time because I was too busy working at two fire departments, a rescue squad and volunteering at another department. Then mom got sick and my life got really complicated and scary.
I'll fast-forward through the scary medical stuff with mom, the abuse at work at the hands of a horrid captain, and the broken relationships that left me a very different person.
Then I met the man I'd marry. I'd like to say that a fairy tale followed, and it did in our hearts, but our lives got even more complicated. We got married, six weeks later his dad died, then one thing after another pulled us out of a honeymoon period and into a hard life. He got laid off for several weeks, then I got sick with Meniere's Disease (a hearing and balance disorder) and lost my job as a firefighter. Our first wedding anniversary was my last day at a job I loved. I was disabled and told to expect to lose my hearing and mobility over time. We found out a few months later my mom had cancer. I graduated in March 2011 with my masters in Special Education and never found a job in my field. Momma died in June, and eventually found a job at a small city hall as their clerk. I took the job so we'd have insurance, and fell in love with the town, people, and food.
So to the title... I'm pushing 40 pretty hard now, and we don't have any kids yet. Turns out that waiting through 5 years of hell made it more difficult for us, and in turn more expensive. We haven't had it easy, and we are ready to have kids. The elephant in the room is the help we are going to need to make that happen. Insurance only does so much, and adoption is just as expensive upfront as the risky fertility procedures.
Crafting brings me a lot of joy and I'd like it to help bring in some extra funds for our quest to start a family.
We live in an adorable little house in sight of the mountains and our three kitties (Artemis, Orion, and Ares) keep us amused as we read our beloved history books and play D&D or Minecraft. (what? we are nerdy, nerdy, people).
After our family is started, (hopefully before I hit the big 4-0 in a couple of years)I plan on using the proceeds from this site to allow us to take our kids on the kinds of educational vacations (National Parks anyone?) I enjoyed as a kid. I'd love it to blow up and I get to be a stay at home mom, but one thing at a time, right?
That's our story for now. So shop, tell your friends, and let me know how much you love the shop. Oh and if you want something custom, let me know I might be able to make it for you!
Let me introduce myself. I am Shelaine, that red-haired jack of many trades and master of none. I love to craft. I was a firefighter for 11 years (7 in ARFF) before I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease (a hearing and balance disorder) and disabled out of the fire service. Although I have a BA in Education, a BA in History and a MS in Special Education, I have never found a teaching job. Now with Meniere's I'm desk bound by doctors orders. I love to craft, and used to craft in my down time at the fire station, much to the chagrin of the firefighters who didn't like finding yarn and thread in their pillows (I had NOTHING to do with that, it was the station prank).
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Oh, did I mention I have pets. Yea I have three cats. Any fiber art or textile materials will be kept away from the cats, but I know that folks with allergies may still have issues. It is what it is, and the kitties are my babies. Please keep this in mind when you order.