Big sale and another big transition. 🏷️
∘ I started Trumpet + Tassel, a handmade social enterprise, back in 2017 with a dreamy end-time goal to sell my wares on a beach in Hawaii. No lies. But you’re Canadian, aren’t you? Minor detail. ⎆ I remember going to Hawaii years ago after ministering at a large conference in Saskatchewan. I could not wait to get on that plane with my family even though I’d always hated flying. Are you kidding me? The thinker, the stresser, the imaginatively-morbid stuck on a flying bullet over a large body of shark-infested water for 9 hours? Sounds awesome. But I could cope if it meant ending up on a beach in the sun for a few days. If I recall correctly, I’m pretty sure I madly flipped magazine pages without actually reading anything for the entire trip.
“Where’s the drugs? Knock me out. Wake me up when we get there.”
∘ While on Oahu, we found a maker’s market with amazing handmade goods from the island. Perusing around, I found a fantastic little booth with the funkiest beach-inspired boho jewelry and clothing. Not only did I want to buy it all, I wanted to make it all. Oh how my imagination took flight! I could easily envision myself sitting there, in the sun, selling such items that I had lovingly made, in the sun, as I took people’s money and made a peaceful and creative living, in the sun. Well, that was the dream anyway, realistic or not. Yet here I am. In my big white house in the middle of Canada, staring out my window at the snowy frontier while COVID-19 ravages the nations.
“It’s time to move on”, I think to myself.
∘ Tag line ⎆ Tiny Tassels for Big Causes. What a joy it’s been to help trumpet and support many world-changing non-profits with my tassel jewelry and decor these past few years. Really. I couldn’t imagine doing anything, especially a business, that didn’t help someone somewhere. Some of the organizations we have helped are:
⎆ Light A Candle Project (Burn 24-7 Iraq) – N. Iraq
⎆ Canadian Mental Health Association – Canada
⎆ Adoption Options – Manitoba
⎆ Tutapona – N. Iraq + Africa
⎆ Crisis Text Line/Kids Help Phone – Manitoba
⎆ Humboldt Broncos – Saskatchewan
⎆ Samaritan House Food Bank + Homeless Shelter – Manitoba
⎆ Massey Manor Fire Fundraiser – Manitoba
⎆ Child and Adolescent Treatment Center (CATC) – Manitoba
⎆ Kaio International Development Solutions (K.I.D.S.) – SK/India
⎆ True North Aid – Northern Canada
⎆ Light a Candle Global – India Child Sponsorship
⎆ Canadian Cancer Society – Canada
“Don’t close your business Mommy,” says my son, “it’s special to you.”
∘ The reality is, this business has been a therapy of sorts. Hours spent alone in my little studio – a quiet space, a creative place. There’s something about using your hands to make something new – a void filled in space and time, creating something out of nothing. Yet, here I am. Hosting a closing out sale of sorts. Tons of things selling now. Of course. Isn’t that the way – as soon as you purpose to move on success seems to come again. Maybe if that would have happened over these past few months I wouldn’t be closing my doors. Then a pandemic hit. It’s hard to say what would have been.
“Big sale, no whammy,” I write hesitantly.
∘ My goal was always to support my ministry while helping support others with a heart for good. Let’s face it though, less sales and big discounts mean less ways to help anyone really. When it comes right down to it, the biggest thing I will miss is the actual hand-making. I’m not sure if that’s something I will ever give up. It will likely just transfer into something else. I mean look. I’ve picked up the pen again. Maybe reviving my paint brushes will come next. More songs. Or another handmade item will be born. Being open to the creative hand of God and His will for one’s life is the greatest adventure ever. Create with Him and you will never run dry.
“There’s something new coming in my life,” I say in hope.
“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Ps. 121:2
“See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.” – Exodus 35:30-33
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Ps. 28:7