|NOTE: As of July 1, 2014 I have completely
moved my shop to Etsy.
|I have been fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom to my two beautiful daughters for all of their lives. My oldest
now practices therapeutic massage therapy, working in a chiropractic office. My youngest works as a nursing
assistant in a retirement home. She loves getting to know the residents there. (She is also my *reluctant* apron
model in some of the photos on my website.) I have been married to my high school sweetheart Tim, for 26+ years.
We have one eccentric, special-needs dog named Phoebe, that we rescued from a shelter. (Check out Pet Finder to
see what pets are available for adoption from a shelter near you.)
We are also very busy with our church. We have such a wonderful church family! I teach Kindergarten & 1st grade
Sunday School at the South Whitley UMC. I just LOVE this age group! They're so enthusiastic about everything! I
could sit and listen to their stories forever... I just wish I had a fraction of their energy...
Mid-summer of 2008, my website's catalog of recycled-item creations caught the eye of a growing company whose
sole purpose is creating useful items from the things that usually end up in the trash. I joined their design team a few
weeks later. What a fantastic opportunity to do what I have been doing (finding creative and fashionable ways to
recycle), but on a larger scale than I ever dreamed possible!!!
This change meant that I would no longer have the time to make the various wrapper purses and accessories that I had
been making in the past. But since I believe so strongly in keeping everything possible OUT of the landfills, I am now
offering PATTERNS for the wrapper purses and accessories that I had previously offered for sale so that you can make
your very own awesome wrapper purse!!! My patterns include detailed step-by-step instructions and tons of photos for
ease of use. These are my own ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED PATTERNS, you can't buy these patterns anywhere
besides Laurie's Gifts!
Jump ahead to 2011, I reconsidered Etsy. I (thought I had to) decide between a stand-alone website and a online
market such as Etsy way back when I was starting out selling online. Long story short, I chose my own domain
instead of Etsy. In April of 2011 I decided to broaden my horizons, take the plunge, and step out in faith to give Etsy
another try. I'm so glad I did. It's a great community for artists and crafters alike-- not to mention the great shoppers
looking for unique, hand-crafted wares. It's been a great couple of years, and I'm glad I changed my mind and decided
to do BOTH. (I will have to say that it's much easier to keep my Etsy shop updated-- it does most of the work for me!
Visit my shop here:
LAURIE'S GIFTS ON ETSY
Finally, I just wanted to stress that everything I make is created in a SMOKE-FREE environment. As an
unreformed perfectionist, I pay extreme attention to detail. I figure if I'm going to invest the time to make
something, I want it to look better and be of much higher quality than anything that has been mass
produced and sold in the stores!
|Romans 12:6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
|Welcome to Laurie's Gifts