Jessie is one of my daycare moms & she just amazes me. In fact, she reminds me a bit OF me! She has a ton of great ideas & tries to do it all! She has a full time job, is a Premier Designs Jewelry lady, runs her Dirty Glass Designs business & most important, she is a wife & mother! What separates Jessie from me is that Jessie does it all & does it well! Read Jessie’s story, in her own words…
After many years of “thinking about it” and “planning on it,” I finally started my business, Dirty Glass Designs, in August.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the act of making things. Call it crafting, repurposing, art, whatever you’d like. In fact, one of my earliest memories is going through boxes in our basement (shoeboxes, gift boxes, etc.), recovering them with paper and taping them together to make a turkey for Thanksgiving. I couldn’t have been any older than 4 or 5.
As I grew, my interest in “making” did too. Like most kids, I loved to draw and paint, but I also got excited about building things in shop class, sewing things in home ec, working with clay… you name it, if I was using my hands to create something, I was happy. I was lucky enough to grow up with a father who had similar interests and skills and enjoyed passing them down (we’ve gutted and remodeled every house we’ve ever lived in, and to this day one of my favorite places to be is Dad’s workshop; he’s always got something fun and creative he’s coming up with in there!).
When my senior year rolled around and it was time to choose a college and a major, I knew without a second thought I would choose Interior Design. Unfortunately, life throws us curves, and I ended up changing my major 4 or 5 times. Although I liked my Interior Design classes, I was paralyzed with the fear that I couldn’t be creative enough, or fashionable enough to do that job well. I was also afraid to major in art, although it was my passion. I just didn’t think I had the talent to truly be an “artist.” I told myself I didn’t want to go to school and pay off student loans just so I could be a “starving artist,” and that society wouldn’t value my creations. I had millions of reasons for giving up; I wasn’t original enough, all the good ideas were taken, I wasn’t talented enough… but at the end of the day, when I would catch myself daydreaming, it was always about something I wanted to create… curtains, wall hangings, end tables, lamps, benches, shelves… My husband laughs at me, but I’ve seriously dreamt at night about sofas and dining tables. And some of those dreams are my happiest!
After finally graduating from college and buying a house, my husband helped me start building my power tool collection. I almost cried on Christmas when I opened a scroll saw from my mother- and step-father-in-law… it was exactly what I was waiting for! I began cutting fun door hangers, but I hated the idea of doing the door initials like everyone else… again, with the originality thing! I’m not sure when or how it came to me, but I decided to cut the shape of states, and write sports related (specifically football, here in Nebraska!) sayings on them.
Our dear SJB was the first recipient of one of my state hangers, and she liked it enough that she posted it on Facebook! “Oh crap,” I thought to myself. “I wasn’t ready for that yet! I have so much to do before I ‘start’ my business, and now I’m just… out there!” People were asking her where she got it and they started messaging me. I was taking orders before I even had a business name! Sarah’s push was just what I needed to force myself to do the most daunting thing: start.
Dirty Glass Designs
My goal for 2014 is to expand from door hangers (which is primarily what you’ll find if you look at my facebook page, www.facebook.com/dirtyglassdesign ) to more furniture and custom order items. I hope to be able to turn this business into a full-time job, but for right now between being a mom and having a full-time job outside of the home, it’s a fun weekend hobby.
If there’s something you love doing but you keep making excuses because of fear, maybe you need your own “Sarah” to give you the push you need. J
I LOVE Jessie’s items! She made a “B” for my sister that I adore & almost didn’t deliver to her! I’m glad I “pushed her” because she has a talent that she needs to utilize! Not all of us can wheel a power tool! So you go, Jessie! Inspire, create & be blessed in your new business!
Til next time,