March 7, 2013

Renegade Austin! WOOT!

So, I know things have been pretty quiet around here lately, mostly because my life has been a cocktail of crazy lately. Work has been nuts, plus my father-in-law was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer with a Gleason Score of 9, so we've been working through that as a family. On the positive side, part of why I've been so quiet is because I've been working to beef up my Etsy shop in preparation for my application to the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin, Tx.

And guess what? I found out yesterday I WAS ACCEPTED!!!!!!!!

I've talked about this on here before, but Ray and I are moving into family mode and I've been working to find a way to make my crafting financially viable. Everyone's path is different, and I feel like each woman has a personal calling when it comes to being a working mom vs. stay-at-home mom - some feel called to work outside the home, and some feel called to work inside the home. Mine is to be a SAHM, so when the time comes, I'm going to take that leap of faith, quit my job, and trust in God for our needs to be met. It probably sounds completely crazy and irresponsible to some, but that's why they call it faith ;)

That being said, I've been working hard the past year to get my Etsy shop off the ground and build up my business to the point where, even if it doesn't fully replace my current income, it will at least cushion the blow when I leave the workplace. For the past 6 months I've basically been working 2 jobs - cubicle job by day/crafter by night. Unfortunately something had to give, which is why I had to let blogging fall to the wayside for a while.

A little peek at what I've been churning out for my shop lately. Made these four Michelle Patterns "Strap Clutches" during our girls weekend in Atlanta.

I'm exhausted, but it was worth it! I've set goals. I've met most of them. Even exceeded in some cases. Getting into Renegade was the biggest one, and I'm incredibly thankful to my hubby (who planted the seed in my brain back in November), awesome friends like Heather + my Quilty Girl posse who listen to my ramblings and act as a sounding board, and to God for listening to my whiny butt cry, complain, and occassionally fall asleep during my prayers (and also for answering them, whether things turned out the way I wanted or not). And I just realized this is starting to sound suspiciously like a cheesy acceptance speech for something that's a much bigger deal than some bi-annual craft fair, so I'm going to stop before I say something like "It came true." that makes me want to punch my own self in the face. (sidenote: how awesome is Jennifer Lawrence anyway? She's from Kentucky, you know...where all the best gals are born and bred *wink*. In my head, we're best friends. It's true.)

If you're in the area, please come visit me! RCF Austin takes place May 18+19 (Sat & Sun) at the Palmer Events Center.


Hey you!!! First, I send my heart out to your family while your FIL and all who love him come to terms with such a devastating diagnosis. Of course I'm super stoked for you and your business plans. I think it's great that you are looking ahead and have goals for a new way to live your working life. All the best with the craft fair. It's going to be a blast!!

Congrats on the acceptance. Your work is lovely! I'll be sending healing thoughts your FIL's way.

So sorry to hear about your FIL, I'm sending love and thinking of you.
I'm glad you've been accepted to the craft fair, that is awesome news!!! Congratulations! I hope it's the start of even more great things for your business :)

Congrats Kaelin, it is welcome good news for you at a really tricky time- best wishes to you all. Being a SAHM was a really special time for me and I valued it hugely, worth making sacrifices for.

Lovely to see you pop up in my blog roll :) So sorry to hear about your FIL, I'll bear you all in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm sure you'll have a blast at the craft fair, let's hope it leads on to more exciting developments for you :)

Congratulations! I was thinking of you last night since you had been so quiet. Yes, that's why it's called Faith. You will never regret spending one moment of being a stay at home mom. And, yes, Jennifer Lawrence is adorable! Sweet Kentucky girl that makes falling down even beautiful! I love her sharp wit & common sense. ;)

congratulations!! that's so awesome, and i'm not one bit surprised.

and yes, all the best girls are from kentucky!

You go, girl! The clutches are so appealing, and I know they will be popular. Thinking of you and your family as you meet this crisis, and sending prayers for your continuing strength.

Congratulations Kaelin! The clutches are so cute!
And I wish your father-in-law so much grace.

well, congratulations - that's fantastic! I wish I could be there :-)

That is AWESOME! Congratulations. I know how much of an achievement it is to get into a coveted craft show, and I wish you luck for it!!!

Your FIL will be in thoughts and prayers! I KNEW you'd get in- they'd be absolutely bonkers to NOT pick you!! :) You will ROCK the show- for sure!! Keep us posted on how things are going- I am so excited for you! Faith will bring you through- that's what it's all about :)

I'm sorry things have been difficult for your family. I hope your FIL beats it.

And hooray for craft shows! I will do everything I can to get to Austin that weekend! Since we can't seem to hang out. ;)
I'm happy for you. You can do this!

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