How Owl B Crafty was born…

When I think back on how this little business started an instant smile comes across my face. I started by doing a couple craft fairs with my momma. We would share a table and get to spend the whole day together catching up and engaging with people in our community. I valued this time more than anything. It was a connection with my mom- that I was so lucky to share.

A couple years into craft fairs my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer at 51 that unfortunately had already metastasized into her bones. She started treatment in March and brought the word superhero to the next level. During her treatment she totally upped her crafting game. Crocheting started to be one of the only things she could do without it hurting her body. I remember her whipping out a blanket in DAYS! All the grand kiddos got blankets that year for Christmas and we have never seen them so excited to be getting them from Grammie Gram.

Grammie

Unfortunately after a long 2.5 years my mom lost her battle to cancer at 54. She was such a fighter but as much as I miss her terribly- I am so glad to see her not in so much pain.

This is when Owl B Crafty really came to be! My mom passed away Jan 2, 2018 and in March of that same year I decided I needed to do something more with this hobby. It was time to make this a business. I joked at the time that this was my “therapy” in the whole grieving process. I started by renting a room from a fellow crafter and holding craft nights. They were so fun and to my surprise sold out every time I posted. I was having so much fun teaching adults how to make some awesome crafts for their house all while having fun. After a couple months I decided it was time for my own studio! SCARY but oh so exciting! I rented a small studio space for about a year. It was so cute and was so fun to make my own. BUT it didnt have any storage and you all know a craft studio NEEDS storage. So it was time to find a bigger space.

Owl B Crafty is a FAMILY business. Rob, Baylee and Jakob help me package all of the monthly subscriptions

We opened a new studio with LOTS of storage and it took off from there! We are able to offer space for birthday parties, private craft nights, in studio craft nights, kids camps and so much more!

So the biggest lesson I want you to gain out of all this is there is something to gain out of loss… While I can’t even begin to tell you how much I want my mom to see everything we have created and still be here crafting right beside me…… I know she is. She is guiding me through this all and throwing all those signs that this truly is the right path that I was made to take.

I can’t wait to share more of my journey along the way but for now I want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for following my page. Thank you for supporting the craft boxes and monthly subscriptions that we have so much creating together. Thank you for being YOU. I have enjoyed getting to know you guys and can’t wait to continue this journey with you all. SO much love to you all <3 -Vanessa

13 Comments

  1. Eloise Stanley

    January 31, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! I am so excited about the website. Even more, I am SO excited about the newsletter that I subscribed with my personal AND my work email so I don’t miss a thing!!!

    1. owlbcrafty7

      January 31, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much! You are so funny. New blog coming up tomorrow

  2. Kristine

    January 31, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats on your blog !

    1. owlbcrafty7

      January 31, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you so so much!

  3. Lori Hulslander

    January 31, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    So very proud of you. You have your mom’s spirit and she will always be right there with you on this journey! Love you. xoxo

    1. owlbcrafty7

      January 31, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you so so much!

  4. Hillary

    January 31, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Yahooo. Sooo crazy proud of you. I absolutely love my time crafting with you and all the ladies every month. Congratulations on everything that owl b crafty has turned into.

    1. owlbcrafty7

      January 31, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you sweetie!! Just love love love having you in that group!!!!

  5. Lauren Pena

    February 1, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Your mom and I made many crafts when you lived down here…she gave me a Christmas one and when I take it out it makes me smile and remember those days…she would be and is proud of you…feel her spirit as you climb higher

  6. Marla

    February 1, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations yes your mom would be proud of you❤ I watch your videos and I was like I know her from somewhere.🤔 then I saw this post that Sarah shared and there was you and your mom💕

    1. owlbcrafty7

      February 1, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you Marla! You and the girls in oncology where so amazing to her. Thank you for that

  7. Brandy C Bailey

    February 1, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    So very excited for this next step in your venture!! You can only go up from here, nothing will keep you from your dreams. Love crafts nights and surprise seasonal craft boxes!! You have definitely brought out some of my crafty-ness!!! Congrats my friend, so proud!

    1. owlbcrafty7

      February 1, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much ♥️

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