I have some very exciting news. This family has opened a new online store front! We are now "ThatFamilyShop.com" (note that this blog has been renamed ThatFamilyBlog.com).
TODAY is our 'grand opening' and I'm so proud of every product listed; I would be thrilled if you humored me and took a browse through our virtual shelves. :D
There is also a new About Us and Meet the Family sections on the left handed sidebar of the new shop!
Andrew, Dad and I have all been working pretty much since the first of the year on this project. December was a great month for us in our Etsy shops, but we were also a bit surprised at the percentage that Etsy ended up creaming off the top and decided it was time to start building up on our own. It's a bit intimidating to be trying this without the guarantee of views that Etsy offers, but with your help and some determination, I think we can bring the new shop to everybody's attention. :)
This is something I feel very good about. Working with our hands to craft products of natural materials for the beauty of your home, health, and the environment and for the betterment of family. I feel good about every product that leaves our workshop; everything is still encrypted with the beauty of nature and the simplicity of handmade. Unlike a walmart special, our gifts and decor are so real that they are sure to be received as a special treat to your human senses, being so natural they will never leave you with that feeling of cluttering your life or home.
From the time I was young, my favorite past times were working with my hands and gifting to others and I'm so grateful to now be able to call it 'my job.' One of my biggest 'joys of the job', is being able to provide real items to babies and children that are young enough to feel the stark difference in their little hands.
I never realized how much of an impact something real could make on a child until I started gifting our two year old with real toys and noticed the ones I made her with acyclic yarn and poly fill being sorely neglected in the closet ever after. Even the brightly colored plastic blocks (treasures from my toddler hood!) were never seen again when there were real, natural alternatives around!
I was really quite surprised at Donna's natural preference and that's when I decided to make the switch to using exclusively natural materials for our toys and we opened the FunnyFarmToyBarn--much to the delight of all the playful toy makers in this family!
Now, two years later, our shops have merged together, grown and blossomed. We have also grown in our experience, both as craftsmen and salesmen, and we have glowing feedback coming in almost everyday from happy customers and I am even more passionate and excited now than ever!
❤ My heart is in everything I do because I believe and feel so good about every, single, little, detail of my job, and I know I am blessed in this way! ❤
I do not wish to push our products on you in any way, but if you were contemplating a purchase from thatfamilyshop.com please note that every sale made today on our grand opening (Sun. Jan. 13th) will include a free bar of our wonderful healing EM soap!
There is also a coupon sale code: GRANDOPEN active now for 10% discount store wide, valid until next Sunday, Jan. 30th.
Thank you for your reading time, your browse of our new shop and your continued support of our family!
Snowing today. You might think that to be rather everyday news for Jan. 13 in the U.P, but in actuality, it's a rather new sight this winter, welcomed by some and begrudged by others in this house. It covers the frozen grass and dirt, which some of us were rather excited about seeing yesterday. Oh well. I turn back to my crafts with a sigh while the boys happily pull out their snowboards; snowboards that have not gotten the chance to slide down a hill yet this winter. And that's what winter is for, after all, isn't it? Crafting and snowboarding? My flowers aren't silly enough to be tricked into being roused by a midwinter thaw anyway, no matter how many birds, tree buds or hopeful girls get tricked by it every year. ;-)