Hey y'all! I wanted to drop by and give you all of the inside scoop on Carolyn's Collection!!! First of all, y'all blew us away on our first bracelet sale!!! Thank you so so much from the bottom of our hearts!!!
To start, both my mom and Brandon's mom each have one sister, and they both have special needs. That is why I have always had a special place in my heart for people with special needs. Even though Carolyn (Brandon's aunt) and Kim (my aunt) are so much a like, they are also so opposite. They are both very active and love church more than anything. They love their birthdays and they love love love to shop!!! Now Kim has pretty much always been this way, but Carolyn has just found the shopping and being into clothes. We tell her she has turned into a diva!!!
For the past 15 to 20 years, Kim has lived in a group home near my grandparents which is about two hours from me. She loves it!!! She has a job that she goes to everyday. She gets to go on trips, shopping, out to eat, and all sorts of fun actives that she enjoys. It has truly been such a blessing that she is able to live there and that she enjoys her home.
Carolyn, on the other hand, lives across the street from me with my mother and father-in-law. This is why you see us together so much. She started living with them about two years ago when Papa (her dad) passed away. Even when he was alive, they still lived across the street. We just never saw her except at church because those two stayed in the road.
You see Papa, for most of his career, was a headmaster and his wife worked with him a good bit. So Carolyn always went to work with them. Her mom passed away about 26 years ago and ever since she pretty much never left Papa's side. I mean anywhere Papa went Carolyn was right there. Papa got sick and passed away pretty sudden. He was 83 but a spry 83. The whole town was worried as to how Carolyn would handle it because she never left his side. With God's help she has done wonderful!!!
Our whole community has been there to cheer her on and to encourage her. We even laugh now that we have created a diva!!! I guess going from being around men all the time to girly girls she has totally changed her hobbies and wardrobe although she still loves folding towels, going to the gym, and those darn computer games. Working at a gym folding towels was her last job she had when Papa was still living.
Spending so much time with her, I knew that she missed having a purpose and something that is her own responsibility. She absolutely loves helping me with Edna Grayce's. So I began to ponder what we could come up with that would be hers. That she could do and talk about and be proud of (and maybe keep her out of mischief). When she gets something on her mind, THAT IS ALL SHE WILL TALK ABOUT. That is how we came up with Carolyn's Collection.
If you haven't heard about it, it is our bracelet line and we are about to add necklaces. It is a part of Edna Grayce's. I do all of the making and she does all of the thank you cards to our customers. She loves writing cards and she has so enjoyed writing all of the thank you notes. Yesterday she handed me about ten legal size page sheets of where she practiced writing her notes! We also found out on a recent trip to a wedding that Kim too loves helping me make the jewelry! I had taken the beads with me to make bracelets; she immediately took over and we never heard from her again. All she wanted to do was make bracelets!!
When I started Edna Grayce's, I decided I wanted to donate a portion of all of our sales to organizations that are close to my heart. So, when we started Carolyn's Collection we wanted to do the same and give to organizations that focused on people with special needs.
For our first sale as well as our upcoming sale, we chose the Tim Tebow Foundation. They do amazing things for people with special needs and we are so thrilled that we can be a small part!!!
Y'all our first sale blew us away!!!! We sold out in just a few hours!!! It was crazy!!! We literally had sales from TX, MS, NJ, TN, LA, OK, MI, AL, KS, & IL. Can y'all believe that???? I know we couldn't!!! We cannot wait to see where the Lord takes Carolyn's Collection. We just hope and pray that your bracelets will be a reminder that we all have a purpose no matter what. And sometimes even......our purpose might be to help others have a purpose.