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I am asked this question a lot! "You make quilts? How much would you charge me to make one?" and then they GASP and think I am horrible for giving them a price and not a "steal"- people really have no CLUE what just the fabrics cost let alone all the work and paying to have in machine quilted!
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From Deseret News click here for story- but I copied and pasted it here for you to read
Shelli and Sterling Gardner will report to the Missionary Training Center on March 23,2015 to prepare to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. Shelli is the CEO of Stampin' Up! and announced that she would be stepping down and their spoke about their missionary service at the recent convention. (leadership)
Provided by Shelli Gardner For the Deseret News
Sterling and Shelli Gardner discuss their decision to step down from Utah-based Stampin' Up! to serve an LDS mission.
Two weeks ago, Utah-based Stampin’ Up! CEO and co-founder Shelli Gardner stood in the center of a well-lit stage in Orlando, Florida. She’s broken news to their independent demonstrators many times during the company’s 27-year history, but this announcement was different.
This speech wasn’t about finances, compensations or product rollouts. For the company with revenues in the millions — as in, hundreds of millions — plus 450 employees and more than 40,000 demonstrators in 10 countries, this announcement was about something much more valuable.
With 1,600 in the audience and thousands more watching online, most of whom are not members of their faith, Gardner revealed that she and her husband, Sterling, are stepping down from the company to step up to a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They’ve been called to the Hawaii Honolulu Mission and report to the Missionary Training Center on March 23.
I spoke the next day at this same conference in Orlando and I asked the Gardners why they chose such a public forum for a personal announcement. “This was always the plan,” Shelli said. “We decided that we wanted to tell our leadership base first. If they found out later, or from someone else, they might have been hurt or nervous about the company. But we’re a family. And if you didn’t tell your family first that you were leaving for a mission, their feelings would be hurt. So the same is true with the company.”
Her husband agreed. “We want people to be a part of this. We want them to know why we’re doing it and that we’re excited to serve the Lord. Maybe we can plant some seeds and they’ll become curious, ask questions.”
Though many might have been shocked by the choice to step away from the company she co-founded with her sister almost three decades ago, the decision was a long time coming. “We’d always said someday we’d go,” her husband offered, “but we weren’t specific about what ‘someday’ meant.”
Then a stake conference turned "someday" into a real date on the calendar. “Our stake has really emphasized the need for senior couples. We were told to feel some urgency and go as soon as we were able. So, I wrote early 2015 on the calendar,” Shelli said and then laughed. “I’ll be honest. I didn’t think it would come so quickly.”
When our conversation turned to their other family, the children and grandchildren they will leave behind, the Gardners didn’t stamp over their feelings. “Yes, we will miss our family, of course. I even cried in sacrament meeting this week sitting next to one of my grandchildren singing the songs. But we know it’s only a short time and we want to be busy, focused and serve the best we can.”
Sterling, the more quiet and reserved of the two, became emotional thinking of those who will remain home while they labor for the Lord. “Aw,” Shelli said, “I have a tender soul sitting next to me.”
He quipped, “just allergies.”
The Gardners are confident the company will be in great hands. Their daughter, Sara Douglass, will take a more prominent role during their absence. “She and our corporate team have known for years we were going sometime. And Sara has been around the company since she was very young. She’s grown up with it.”
Those familiar with the company know that Shelli suffered a serious horse riding accident in 2013 where she fractured her wrist, sacrum, pelvis and collarbone. But the painful experience became a critical learning opportunity and reminded the couple what a powerful team they had around them. “It was such an eye opener,” Shelli said. “It was the turning point that proved we could go. Everyone stepped up.”
“As important as we think we are,” Sterling added, “we learned others can handle things just as well, even better.”
The couple spoke freely about their faith that the Lord will bless their family while they’re away, at the same time acknowledging not everything will be perfect. “It won’t all be hunky dory at home. Maybe the business won’t go as planned. But we know that if we live by faith, and do as we’re asked, it all turns out in the end.”
Even if everything fell apart while they were gone, they believe good comes from difficult situations. “We’re not naïve. Some people leave and serve missions and things go wrong. So they come home and start over.”
And that’s exactly what the Gardners would do.
When offered an opportunity to give advice to senior couples still deciding whether to serve, they counsel to push the envelope.
“Have faith,” Sterling said. “Serve. Learn. Do. Set the date and let people know. It commits you. Once you make that commitment, just get it done.”
Shelli added an energetic ending. “Jump!” She sounded like she was standing back on stage in Orlando with bright lights and anxious eyes on her. “Just do it.”
And what will happen after they jump, just do it and return home to their family?
They’ll take a breath, briefly return to the stage and do it all again.
Jason Wright is a New York Times best-selling author of 10 books, including "Christmas Jars" and "The Wednesday Letters." Learn more at jasonfwright.com,
I was on the Leadership Webinar when Shelli announced it- I was elated! I have been with Stampin Up Since November of 2003. And from all the companies in my lifetime I have been associated with, Stampin Up and Shelli & Sterling are my favorites and most reputable, kind and humble company/people.
Somethings are more important than money to the LDS faith and that would be spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
for more information about Senior Missionaries click HERE
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I confess, when the kit came in January my first thought was, "who on earth am I going to give these too? I don't have any grandkids close" It took me a couple weeks, but I realized I had an entire Relief Society at church to share them with and so I did, yesterday. It was a day late but the ladies didn't care and they were thrilled to receive them! I had a LOT of fun making them.
I love the Paper Pumpkin monthly kits because EVERYTHING is Pre Cut and ready to use. That time saver alone is worth every penny! The other part about the kit I love is that its limited edition and only sold by subscription. That means that not everyone in the World is going to have that specific kit. Unlike the stuff sold in the stores!
The kit came with clear (photopolymer) stamps, ink, ribbon, the gold clips and all the paper supplies ready to use for the bags. I stamped the saying and the solid heart with the word in the center of each heart before I popped them out and assembled. Piece of cake, my 5yr old grandkids could have made these if they were here!
I found peanut butter m&m's, regular m&ms, and dove strawberry chocolate hearts to put in each bag. Just a little treat for my dear sisters at church. Many ate them before they even left the building! lol
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Well, you would think I would be used to it by now, but I have found that I am not.
Katie came here to live with us while she finished her Bachelors Degree in Ag Education at Missouri State University. Long story short, she has moved out and back to Oregon to finish her degree through Idaho State University and graduate "sooner" than Dec of 2016 like she would have here.
With that being said I have some photos of what I have been doing the last few days. We have a boy from church (just turned 23 today) that asked to live with us until he marries (summer-ish) So the bed he was in was Katie's bed, the bed in her room was the queen sized one from my mom's. She took all her things (made it a requirement this time, tired of being a storage unit) and so we had to move Gunnar into her room and I am now turning the other bedroom into the room I was going to do when she moved home. Clear as mud?
She filled her bff's truck like this:
And now the room looks like this again:
That watercolor is of my Dad and was painted by a man named Bill Swan in the 60's .Dad and Bill were best friends and Dad always said that Bill created the VERY first "mustang horse" for Ford and was paid $50.00 for his drawing. Those are my dad's chaps too. And that trunk was my mom's and she had it all my life that I remember. It stores extra quilts now. The old flour sack on the top says U&I Sugar Toppenish Washington and has great meaning to me because when I was 15, I was the last Sugar Beet Queen for the town of Harrah, WA. The next year the plant closed down.
I still have a few things to hang on the walls and the cowboy quilt to finish for the bed but it's pretty much done.
The other bedroom happens to be across the hallway from my sewing room- you can see it's a work in progress but, I am progressing quite well considering the disaster it was with boxes of not only my stuff but her stuff (now gone yay) and my mom's stuff-ugh.
The closet door needs to be fixed and I was finally able to set up my light area on it's own table for taking photos of my projects! I have had the set up for over a year now! lol That gray storage box on the bottom left with the quilt, is stuff from when my sister passed away that I must sort. All the boxes on top of the tables have to be sorted and purged too. That will happen on Monday. I am putting my ironing board along that wall to make room in my sewing room and I have one shelf unit to move in there to free up some space in my sewing room too. It will be nice to have the 2 tables to work on either sewing or scrapbooking where I can walk away and leave it and come back to work on it when I want. I will probably still move things around until I find a rhythm but I am pretty happy with the progress so far! It's my goal to get all my rooms downstairs sorted, purged and organized so I can actually work on projects!
I have a retreat to attend end of the week so I will spend most of Tues and Wed putting my sewing projects together for it and packing some clothes.
I hope your week is productive and creative!
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