Custom Hand-painted Pet Ornaments

Two years ago, I was pregnant with Stevie and was chasing a 1-1/2 year old around that NEVER slept, all while pulling some SUPER late nights sitting at my dining room table watching Christmas movies, but mostly just Christmas Vacation over and over, all while painting these custom ornaments, literally busting my ass every spare second I had. I had started an Etsy store with a friend/old employee of mine, Kelsie, who is hella talented in the artsy, creative department, and we offered several different items, but biggest sale were on these custom pet, hand-painted ornaments. We received more orders than I could have EVER imagined. Like, I thought we would maybe sell 20. BOYYY was I wrong. IT was about 10 times more than we planned for. It was so much fun, but also exhausting. Mainly exhausting because I was pregnant and we had no clue we would have ever received that many orders, or else we would have planned our time better and only opened a certain amount of orders. We planned to make the Etsy gig a full time thing, but, you know, kids make that extra hard to do so we slowly stopped and Kelsie started her own Etsy account, which you should totally check out: Marked and Made. Anyways, here I am, two years later, again, just dying to use my creative brain any way I can. I scrolled back and saw some picture of several of the ornaments we painted and now it's all I can think about. Painting these dang custom pet ornaments. I love them so much and they give me such satisfaction, BUT did I forget how time consuming they are to paint? Or that I now have 3 children, 2 of which require my undivided attention?!? I barely have time to shower most days, but I want to paint these ornaments again ....... This may sounds nuts, and maybe that's why I know it's right, because it is 100% crazy, yet I can't stop thinking about painting these ornaments. So, I think I am going to take some orders for the next few weeks. Or maybe do some, but limit to only a certain amount so I don't get completely overwhelmed, because why not?! It helps me remember who I am. It brings me back to being Jessie and what Jessie is made up deep inside. I've always loved art and creativity & I have to remind myself that just because I'm a mom now, doesn't mean I have to lose myself. It's okay to do things I've allayed loved to do. Like pull late nights and paint custom ornaments to give myself back some of the old me. PS I love the new me. The mom me. I LOVE being a mom with a passion. BUT I will never, ever lose the passion to create and design. And that's a great thing. I hope my girls remember these times and always live with the strong desire to do whatever their hearts desire in life, to always do what makes them, them! So. Let the creativity juices flow. And with that, I'm going to bed HAHAHA Let the creativity juices flow .... TOMORROW!!!

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