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Gratitude

Gratitude

Thank you to everyone who supported me this year. It was a roller coaster and my most challenging one to plan around business-wise. I was hoping to see more of you in-person this year, but things just didn't turn out that way. I am so grateful for all of you who did get a chance to visit me in person earlier this year and/or place an order online. Every ounce of support matters greatly to me, and I am at a loss of words to describe my gratitude. Every social media post like/share, every note of encouragement, and every piece of jewelry that has found a home with you has meant the world.   

Today I put on my old store holiday music playlist while wrapping up that last few orders that came in over the weekend. It is making me feeling a little nostalgic for the days of twinkling displays, bustling footsteps, rustling bags of gifts and the abundance of smiles, love and joy all around. As much as I miss seeing everyone, I will tell you that working from my home studio has provided me the opportunity to fulfill my creative endeavors while providing a more steady environment for my daughter in these rocky pandemic days. Everyone who has continued to support my business has given me an immeasurable gift of comfort and love when it has been needed the most.  

My heart is full. Thank you for everything. I mean it with every fiber of my being.

Sending you warmth and love on this chilly winter day.

~E

December 20, 2021 by Erica Bapst
Christmas Shipping

Christmas Shipping

I ship everything FREE to you via USPS First Class!

After reviewing the USPS recommended cut off date for Christmas delivery and factoring in my fulfillment time, I would highly suggest getting your orders in by December 16th.

 

December 14, 2021 by Erica Bapst
The Garden

The Garden

Life has a funny way of taking you exactly where you need to go. Sometimes that means facing challenges you would never choose for yourself. 

For the better part of this year,  I have felt like there was a wall being built in my mind. Brick by brick each day it would grow a little larger, encircling all of the best parts of my inner self.  Gradually the height reached a level where I had to strain to get a peek at what once came so easily.  Finally, I was locked out completely, only to hear the joyful call of my creative energy, like birds frolicking in a secret garden, never to be fully experienced.

My words left me.  I could not convince my hands to embrace my well-loved tools or even open my ears to my favorite musical muses.  It was almost as if I was lost in a desert.  So I wandered.

While I was shut out of my lush creative world, I began to discover other wonders; some of which I have spent my life foolishly running from or not making time for, in pursuit of what I had always perceived to be greater things.  In this world that places such an emphasis on the constant hustle and monetization of every action and moment spent, we can easily lose sight of the true value in the less celebrated things in our contemporary lives.   In the quiet months that I spent out of the studio, and away from the business side of social media, I found a treasure in things I once denied.  I embraced this moment.

So it turns out that I had not been well (nothing major, and it's all fixed - so please no worries).  At my post-op checkup yesterday my doctor said "sometimes illness creeps in and you don’t realize just how bad you are feeling until you suddenly feel like yourself again." That was exactly it. 

The walls have come down and I can dig in my garden again.  This time however, I will enrich the fertile soil with the treasures I gained while I was wandering. I will keep these lessons at the core of my very grateful heart. 

I have a lot of catching up to do, I even missed the stores 17th anniversary!  So please bear with me as I dive into work again and offer you some lovelies just in time for the holiday season.  I hope to connect with you soon.  Thanks for being here.

Stay Safe & Be Well

XOXO

 ~E

November 17, 2021 by Erica Bapst