Five years ago when I started this small business, my goal was to sell $100 a month.
Seriously, that was it. I just wanted a little spending money. I had sold my Soap and Candlemaking Manufacturing company and had retired. I was very content and didn't need much.
After I retired, I started learning to scrapbook so that I could make a scrapbook for my Granddaughter's graduation. I loved it! After that, I spent a year teaching myself Adobe Photoshop so that I could scan older pictures and improve the quality. I also became interested in our families genealogy. I taught my niece (Cathy) to scrapbook and we worked together gathering family history.
Then one weekend when Cathy and her family came to visit (they live in Wisconsin), she convinced me to make cards. She had been to a cardmaking class and really enjoyed it. I have to admit, I wasn't too excited about it, but for her I did it. After they left to go back to Wisconsin, I got on the Internet and started doing some searching for handcrafted cards and was totally blown away. The cards I found were like master pieces and works of art. I became very excited because my background was an Interior Decorator and I could see these cards would be to me like decorating a room. Soon, I decided I needed to support my habit, ordered a few stamps and started a blog. The rest is history.....Joan's Gardens was started.
During these last 5 years I have met so many wonderful people, made so many new friends and have truly enjoyed creating a new company and building it into a successful business. Never in a million years would I have even imagined that we would be celebrating our 10,000th customer. It has been fun watching the business grow from where I was doing everything myself to having 3 employees.
And, it is all because of you .....our wonderful customers. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
And a true blessig from God!!!!!! He certainly gets all the glory!!!!!
And, to show my appreciation I will be giving away $50.00 in free products to a very lucky person.
All you have to do is leave me a comment to this posting telling me how you got started in cardmaking or scrapbooking. On Saturday, February 9th I will do a random drawing and choose the lucky winner.
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!