It's been a while since I've written about the line of gift wrap I started making, because, honestly, I've been more excited about writing this blog than getting Gifted items up on Etsy. But, this post has been in draft form for too long! I wanted to write about a friend who has been instrumental in helping me pursue a creative life.
Stacey and I first became friends toward the end of sophomore year of college. I had been praying for God to give me good friends. It was one of those relationships where you are a little in disbelief that this amazing person would want to be your friend, too.
Stacey has been one of my biggest creative cheerleaders. No matter how modest my attempts, she affirms what I do and spurs me to think bigger. Our senior year I was selling reconstructed t-shirts and skirts on consignment at a little boutique. It was my first time selling stuff at that level, and it was a thrill. Unfortunately, the boutique folded, and the owner sent the remaining clothing to me.
I don't know whose idea it was (probably hers), but Stacey and I decided to have an open house to sell the clothing I made. She made a sign for our door and little shirt-shaped fliers to pass out to the dorm and other friends. Because of her belief in what I was passionate about, Stacey was the best PR I could ask for! Where I was shy to self-promote, Stacey did not hesitate to spread the word.
The open house was one of the most fulfilling things I did in college. It was wonderful to be sharing my work. Girls went to the bathroom to try things on and came back to model them. In those two hours we sold more items than my whole time selling at the boutique.
Here's a picture from our senior year. (We look like babies!)
Fast forward five years, and Stacey is still there for me, asking if I'm going to make clothes again and giving me feedback on my Gifted bags. I gave her a Gifted gift card holder as a thank-you for being my cheerleader.
Stacey had the great idea to use it as a business card case:
I can bet that simply through her natural enthusiasm, other people will find out about what I'm doing with Gifted. I love you, Stacey! Thank you for cheering me on over the seven years of our friendship.
Last but not least, I think this picture suggests the increased opportunities for success (professional and personal) that carrying a Gifted product will bring.