My first featured crafter is my blogging friend Melody of Hope of My Heart Designs. I asked Melody to tell us a bit about how and why she started her jewelry business . . .
I'm Melody, wife to Stephen, and mommy to three beautiful blessings - Samuel, Caleb, and Anna.
I started making jewelry while we were waiting to adopt our son Samuel. We'd had some fertility issues, so I made myself a bracelet that would be a reminder that I really would be a mommy some day. It wasn’t my intent to start a business, but people liked that bracelet and it pretty much just grew from there. When Samuel was old enough to talk, he started praying for a sibling. God sent us Caleb, and then Anna. Both were surprise pregnancies that we never thought would happen.
God used becoming a mommy to show me I needed Him as my personal Savior. The void in my life was finally filled! I wouldn’t trade my infertility journey for anything, because if it weren’t for that, I don’t know that I ever would have accepted Christ.
Most of the jewelry in my store is infertility or loss-related. It is an honor to make a bracelet for someone and hear later how it was an encouragement for them. It also breaks my heart to hear the stories women write me of their infertility struggles and the miscarriages and losses they’ve been through. What most of my customers don’t know about me is that my son Samuel prays for every single woman I make a bracelet for. He asks me who an order is for, and then says, “Mommy, let’s pray that God sends her a baby.” It may just be jewelry, but it is my desire that each order I send out is an encouragement to the one who receives it.
Many of the designs in the store are things I’ve made for myself. It’s so fun to just play around and see what new designs I can come up with. My favorite is the Answered Prayer mother’s bracelet though. I like it because it’s my mother’s bracelet, but also because it’s so delicate and feminine.