When I first started my business, finances were very tight. That was the main reason I started my business!
My parents helped me get off the ground by getting me some basic supplies, tools, but after that, I had to figure out how to get a business up and running with pretty much nothing to invest in it. That meant I sold anything and everything I could sell and I did a lot of bartering. I also called on friends who I knew would help me out.
One of those friends was Laura Dreyer. She was a student in our youth group, so I had known her since she was in middle school, and I had always admired her artistic talent. When I started my business, she was a graphic design student in college and the timing worked out for both of us to partner up. She needed a class project and I needed branding and a website. (I definitely was at the better end of that bargain!)
She designed my very first website, my logo (that I still use today), and marketing materials. Here’s what my site looked like in 2009…
She was a huge part of the beginning of my business.
I had to share that to introduce why I’m sharing her work today. I owe her big time. In the best possible way.
(Well, that, and she’s crazy talented.)
Laura has since graduated and started her own business, Little Clay Land.
She’s been working with clay since she was a little girl and I remember everyone anticipating her clay nativity sets going up for sale at the school fundraising auctions.
A funny thing about that… She was telling me about her clay nativity selling at the auction and I asked her how much it went for. She said three twenty five (or something like that). I remember feeling sympathy that her “craft” didn’t earn very much and it must’ve shown on my face, because she clarified. I had put the decimal in the wrong place in my head. $325. Not $3.25.
Anyway, when she told me about this business endeavor, I was excited to support her. Not only was she a huge support to me, but she’s so gifted and I knew my readers would be interested in these cute, customized ornaments.
Here is the one she made for my family…
I just sent her a picture of us and told her what colors I would like and what we should be holding and she did the rest! She even included Sebastian. So, I’m holding a paint brush and I think it’s obvious why! Jeff is holding a book, because he’s a pastor and a masters degree student. The boys are holding gifts, because they are still figuring out what they really love. It’s a gift we’re still unwrapping as they grow and mature.
Isn’t that so precious? I let out an audible “awww” when I opened it, even though I was by myself.
Here’s a video showing how she made my ornament…
I’m planning on ordering one every year, now, so we can see our family grow in her clay interpretation of us.
If you’d like to order a clay ornament of your family, you can check out her shop HERE. Prices start at $30 and she can make up to a group of 16 people and/or pets. So, crazy cat ladies are in luck!
And, Laura is giving away one Little Clay Land ornament (Up to six people and/or pets) to one of my readers. Just leave a comment to enter! (Will ship to US and Canada only.)
The giveaway will end Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at midnight PST.
If you’re ordering for Christmas, orders need to be submitted by December 11, 2017.
If you’d like to follow Laura’s work, you can do so on Little Clay Land on Instagram.