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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

June 5, 2010

Our oldest daughter has an entrepreneurial spirit, which is, perhaps, not surprising since we are business owners ourselves, and though we have only lived off our business for 4 years, it had been a goal of ours for the entire 14 years we have been married.  Since she was about 7 she’s had a lemonade stand at some point each summer.  The past year she has been baby-sitting, being a mother’s helper and doing odd jobs like picking up dog poop (she preferred the title “yard sanitation worker”).  She’s been crafty most of her life too, and has recently decided to start selling some of the many items that she creates, especially since she’s become more proficient with her craft skills.  She knits, sews, makes jewelry, beads, crochets and some dabbles in paper crafts.  She’s starting an Etsy shop and has even sold 10 children’s aprons to our local independent toy storeOur local milk farmer has shown some interest in selling her aprons if she can do a matching mother and child set.  With all this hard work that she has been doing, she’s paid for her own tae kwon do promotions for the past year and a half and most recently paid for her black belt promotion, which was $340!  We’ve encouraged her to do this so that she has some vested interest in doing well, but also because finances have been really tight for us and $340 is a whole lot of money for us to fork out on an optional thing right now.

She’s been purchasing a lot of fabric recently to complete her orders and the feedback that she’s received has been supportive and surprised.  At our local thrift shop, the older women who run the counter were shocked that not only was a 13-year-old girl sewing, but she was sewing aprons.  They were so pleased to hear this and they were very kind and encouraging.  The women at our local chain fabric store have been inquisitive and supportive.  A customer who was in the toy store when M. dropped of her aprons, was very enthusiastic and complimentary on what a great idea these aprons were.  I think most people are surprised to see an enterprising and skilled child or teenager, but all the nice comments have really boosted M.’ confidence.

Here are the aprons that she’s completed in the past few weeks:

Child's Aprons

She hasn’t stocked her Etsy store yet, but check back in a week or so, if you are inclined.  I know she would really appreciate it.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2010 6:31 pm

    I need an apron! The two aprons I do have I’ve worn out. Would she make a grown-up size apron?

  2. June 5, 2010 7:20 pm

    Deb-I’m sure she would. Do you have a particular style in mind?

  3. Laura permalink
    June 5, 2010 9:46 pm

    Good for M. I’m glad she’s doing so many things that make her happy. She’s an awesome girl.

  4. June 6, 2010 7:55 am

    I like a full apron that covers top and bottom, with a pocket for my ipod. I’m not particular about color but I hate country-style prints.

  5. June 7, 2010 3:56 pm

    Deb-I’m giving her your request and we’ll get back to yo with a private FB message.

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