A few quick items of business before we get to today’s guest.
1. It’s not too late to order a beaded cross from Jen at 10% off (just use the code MARLA10). I reeeeeally think you should buy one for 3 reasons. a.) your purchase helps a mama in need take care of her family and b.) what an awesome, thoughtful gift for someone! and c.) Jen is just great, and your purchase would be such an encouragement to her.
2. Shalla’s 31 Party is open for another week. GREAT opportunity to do some personalized birthday/Christmas shopping for some people you love AND support an awesome mama/pastor’s wife to boot.
3. I really think you NEED a She Has a Name t-shirt because THEY ARE AWESOME, and they go to support some really, really great causes.
On to today’s contributor! I met Jennifer online a long, long time ago, back when I barely knew what the internet was. We’ve only met once in real life, but I remember exactly what I thought (and maybe said?) when I met her. “Wow! You are soooo pretty!” (Not everybody can pull off the prettier-in-real-life-than-in-my-profile-pic thing.) She’s also nice and sweet and loves her family and friends and Jesus like crazy. Let’s meet her!
Me: Hey there, friend. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jennifer: I am a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful children. My 6 year old son, 4 year old daughter, and 2 1/2 year old son keep me pretty busy, but I love it! My husband and I have been married since 2004 and he is an amazing, hard-working man and lots of fun to be around. I have a degree in early childhood education and love being able to use my degree everyday with my own children as we home school and enjoy life! We love spending time with family and friends and we enjoy singing and playing music. A couple years ago, I picked up a serious coupon-ing habit to try and save our family money, as we have been working hard to make wise financial choices and be good stewards of God’s blessings.
Me: Now, tell us about your business, Paci-Finder, Etc.
Jennifer: In the beginning of October 2010, I noticed that my nephew, Evan, had a really cute ribbon pacifier clip. After purchasing pacifier clips with plastic clasps for my first two children that both broke, I figured if I found the materials I needed, I could make something super cute and personalized for my son. I found some supplies and I absolutely LOVED how it turned out!
I never really intended it to be anything more, but when people started seeing what I had made, I started getting all sorts of requests for personalized clips. In the following month, I received 17 orders from people who saw pictures and wanted some of their own!
Having the sewing machine out again inspired me to make some taggie blankets as a gift for a friend’s newborn baby girl. Again, when people saw pictures, I started receiving requests for orders. I had been wanting to try making some “baby legs” for my two youngest, so I finally did that, too, and the same thing happened. After seeing my Paci-Finders, a friend asked me to make some mitten clips to give as stocking stuffers at Christmas, and that inspired me to find new ways to use my materials as well! My kids loved picking out ribbon for their mitten clips, and I love knowing where their mittens are at all times.
By trial and error, I have become confident in the quality of the products I am making and am having so much fun sewing these items!! I believe that God has opened a door for me to continue pursuing a refreshing and relaxing hobby, while allowing me to remain a stay-at-home-mom to my family. This has also allowed me to bless others on many occasions by sharing my passion and creativity with others through gifts!
Me: What’s rewarding & challenging about what you do?
Jennifer: The most rewarding thing about selling stuff from home is always having a good supply of materials on hand to make gifts for people. It also gives me a healthy hobby- something to take me away from being a wife, mom, or teacher for a few minutes- and just have some creative outlet time for myself.
The most challenging part is trying to get my products out for people to see and purchase. It is also difficult balancing the financial side of things- deciding prices, selling things rather than just giving things away. And of course, just prioritizing time, in order to find time to sew when I have enough energy and motivation to do so.
Me: What dreams and goals do you have for your business?
Jennifer: Oh boy… dreams and goals… I don’t know if I have any related to my “business” other than trying to actually be able to bring in some income by making some consistent sales. Otherwise, I would love to get back to Africa soon. It has been 8 years since my last trip there and I am feeling very ready to serve on another mission trip soon!!!
Me: Any advice for mamas who’d like to stay home and make money from there?
Jennifer: If you feel God is leading you to stay home with your kids, then I believe God will provide for your family and allow you to do so. I have seen His faithful hand of provision for our family, and I truly believe this. If there is something you are able to do that would allow you to make some income, be brave, put yourself out there, and give it a try!
Thanks so much, Jennifer!
Today, Jennifer is giving away a $10 credit to PaciFinder, Etc.! Lots of great gifts for the mamas and babies in your life!