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Supporting Her Family With Her Own Two Hands

Apr 4, 2013

by Laura Treloar

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The moving story behind Laura Treloar’s jewelry shop Specimental goes far deeper than her distinctive gemstones. She reached out to us to share how an unforeseen tragedy led her to entrepreneurship, and to remind us that there is no singular model for success when it comes to supporting one’s family creatively.

It’s Father’s Day, 2012. Aiden grips a yellow helium balloon in his tiny fist — he has just turned four. As he approaches me, I see he’s crying.

“What’s wrong?” I gently ask.

“I’m trying to draw Daddy’s face on this balloon.  I want to give it to him, but I can’t draw him.” On his balloon, the beginnings of a typical four-year-old face drawing: round face, big smile, pinpoint eyes. He begins to cry harder, and to shake with frustration.

“I can’t draw his beard.  I don’t remember what his face looked like. I want to float this balloon up to heaven for him with his face so he will know it’s his, but I can’t remember how he looked.”

I join him in crying, feeling just as frustrated as he is.

Lee Treloar

David Treloar

I met David in 1998, and knew quickly that we would be in it for the long haul.  He was tall, handsome, and athletic. I was fresh out of art school; my friends found it peculiar that the heavily tattooed me would be so enamoured of a clean-cut lifeguard. It made us laugh, too, as we were an admittedly unusual pairing.

We married in December 1999. Austin was born bellowing in 2004. Michaelie came along on short order in 2005, and Aiden arrived in 2007 — three babies in 37 months. By then, we were in our second home: a four-storey heritage home in dire need of a complete restoration. The day we brought seven-week-premature Aiden home, we were having our bedroom ceilings replaced (the roof had blown apart in a terrible storm, and rain had destroyed the plaster). Drywall dust and preemies are not a smart mix, but that was how we lived.

In 2009, I took up jewelry design and Etsy both as a hobby and out of necessity. With three small children and a huge home restoration project underway, our two high school teachers’ salaries just weren’t cutting it. We had taken on an immense burden, but had confidence that we could conquer any challenge as long as we worked together. As David used to say, “Failure is not an option.”

This all changed abruptly in March of 2011. Dave died very unexpectedly, in our home. He had just turned 38. Our world crashed, and then stopped. I couldn’t leave my house, nor be left alone. I spent those first days immobilized, trying to make this horrific thing sink in. I felt as though someone was following me around constantly, sucker-punching me in the back of my head. In endless panic, I ground my brain on supporting three young children on my own. They were terrified, too; they did not understand why their dad was dead, and constantly asked me when I was also going to die. Failure seemed not only an option, but an inevitability.

After a month, I knew I had to stand up and get moving, or I would sit shocked and rigid forever. My first step was to go back downstairs, to my studio. I had a number of orders in a holding pattern. I picked up my tools, and slowly crept back to work. I dropped tools, melted pieces, sawed my fingers, and sat staring at the walls for hours. But, as time passed, the once-familiar feeling of my working hands came back to me. My focus returned. I was grateful that I had something to do that would give me some control in a world that felt completely out of my control. Being able to create kept me sane through those first terrible, black months.

Brent Clowater

Laura in her studio.

Soon, we will be facing the second anniversary of Dave’s death. Specimental is thriving; I am deeply grateful for this, as supporting my children depends upon my business here. Etsy has provided me with the only platform I use to run my business. As an only parent with a demanding teaching career, the ability to run such a successful, creative business from a room in my home is an amazing and empowering situation to be in. I will be having the most challenging of days, then will open my messages to find a note from someone, somewhere, who just wants to get in touch and tell me that they love my work. Specimental has been empowering for my children, too — they squeal if they see my work on the homepage. They make simple earrings at their table in my studio, where they run “Specimental Junior” and hawk their wares to my friends.

Being a widow is an isolating experience at the best of times, and it is not often that one hears about the lows and triumphs that come along with being dropped into a life that is not the one you had planned. For every dark and surreal moment I have, though, there is peace in working through the challenge. Indeed, failure is not an option.

Thank you to Laura for sharing her incredibly touching story.
What life paths have led you to your empowerment?

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SALE: Pink Diamond in Recycled 14k White Gold Flower Ring- Ready to Ship
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Raw Yellow Diamond, Cornflower Blue Yogo Sapphires, and 14k or 18k Recycled Gold Ring- Made to Order
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Three Rings- Rough Diamond and Pearl Engagement Ring  and His-and-hers Wedding Band Set
Three Rings- Rough Diamond and Pearl Engagement Ring and His-and-hers Wedding Band Set
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Three Rings- Rough Diamond and Pearl Engagement Ring and His-and-hers Wedding Band Set
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Raw Aquamarine, Rough and Cut Diamond Sterling Silver Stacking Ring Set- Two Custom Made Rings
Raw Aquamarine, Rough and Cut Diamond Sterling Silver Stacking Ring Set- Two Custom Made Rings
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Wedding Ring Set- Hammered Sterling Silver and Recycled Yellow 14k Gold Wave Ring- Custom Made
Wedding Ring Set- Hammered Sterling Silver and Recycled Yellow 14k Gold Wave Ring- Custom Made
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Thin Solid Recycled 14k Gold Stacking Ring- Rose Gold
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Rough Diamond Ring in Hammered Sterling Silver
Rough Diamond Ring in Hammered Sterling Silver
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Thick Birch Bark Textured Oxidized Sterling Silver Band- 3/8 Inch Custom
Thick Birch Bark Textured Oxidized Sterling Silver Band- 3/8 Inch Custom
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Rough Diamond Ring in Hammered Sterling Silver with Black Cut Diamonds- Custom Made Band
Rough Diamond Ring in Hammered Sterling Silver with Black Cut Diamonds- Custom Made Band
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Opal and 14k Yellow Gold Birthstone Necklace- October Birthstone
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Rose de France Lavender Amethyst and Solid 14k Yellow Gold Birthstone Necklace
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Ruby and Solid 14k Rose Gold Birthstone Necklace
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Conflict Free Cube Diamond on Hammered 14k Recycled Rose Gold Ring
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22k Recycled Yellow Gold Wedding Band- Custom Made Ring
22k Recycled Yellow Gold Wedding Band- Custom Made Ring
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Mokume Gane Wide Band Ring in Argentium Silver and Copper- Made to Order Wedding Ring
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712 comments

  • 2TrickPony

    Rachel from 2TrickPony said 3 years ago

    Lotsa love to you and your beautiful children. *and thanks for showing a real jeweler's messy bench!

  • theyellowroses

    Carol from theyellowroses said 3 years ago

    Thank you for your heart wrenching & inspiring story! I wish you & your children the best!

  • theyellowroses

    Carol from theyellowroses said 3 years ago

    Thank you for your heart wrenching & inspiring story! I wish you & your beautiful children the best!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy from MidwestAlchemy said 3 years ago

    You are truly inspirational Laura!

  • nicolesweavingart

    Nicole Neal from Dreamingacrestextile said 3 years ago

    Wow. Just, wow. I wish you just enough orders to make you money, but not enough to overwhelm you. God bless you and your little ones.

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 3 years ago

    Great story! I have to remember to read this article again when I will be pessimistic. All the best!

  • edwardreinholtz

    Edward Reinholtz said 3 years ago

    Sorry For your Loss and I will keep you and your children in my Prayers .

  • ManicManx

    Kristi from ManicManx said 3 years ago

    Im so sorry you lost your husband and father to your children. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your studio is beautiful as is your work.

  • serasijewelry

    Rosa Czarnomski from SerasiJewelry said 3 years ago

    You're a strong woman, Laura. I wish you and your children the best. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  • myvintagejewelry

    Juanita Stewart from ShopMyResale said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Your kids are blessed with a wonderful mother!! The strength of a woman...Amazing!!

  • Megan1331

    Megan Vass from NorthShoreTreasury said 3 years ago

    I love her studio, I love the way it looks like a real studio. So often FS studios look all sanitized and whatnot. Hers looks like a studio I could walk into and start making something with her. And Laura, you have a beautiful family! I wish you good luck and many happy sales!

  • GlassHouseSupplies

    GlassHouseSupplies from GlassHouseSupplies said 3 years ago

    Sending lots of hugs, strength, and wishes for tremendous success your way!! Your work is original and beautiful. :)

  • evemmetalsmith

    E² - Esther Eve from EstherEveMetalsmith said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are a remarkable woman. My heart goes out to you and your little ones. I admire your incredible strength!

  • HennaTrails

    Kristy McCurry from OurFolkLife said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you and yours much happiness and prosperity.

  • VeronicaRStudio

    Veronica from VeronicaRussekJoyas said 3 years ago

    Wow, what a story... I wish your family the evry best, and I can see how your business is thriving, your jewelry is GORGEOUS!!!!!! I think I have some of it in my favorites!

  • YourCreativeTakeaway

    Karen from YourCreativeTakeaway said 3 years ago

    What an amazing story Laura. I am sorry for your loss but am inspired with your story as well... Thank you for sharing! Your kids can be proud of such an amazing mum. I wish you all the best with your family and your shop of course! Beautiful jewelry :-)

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 3 years ago

    Sometimes life is so hard, what a heartbreak you four have endured. My sister lost her husband last year and I have had a tiny glimpse of what you must be going through. I wish you and your family all the best.

  • BagBoy

    BagBoy from BagBoy said 3 years ago

    Laura your courage is inspiring. Your creativity is beautiful. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • SwedishGalsAttic

    SwedishGalsAttic from SwedishGalsAttic said 3 years ago

    I am inspired by you Laura. Isn't it amazing that although our heart is hurting we are given this amazing strength to endure. Your children are such a blessing and are so fortunate to have a Mother with so much strength. I wish you continued success in life, and prosperity to help hold it all together.

  • DantesSpirit

    Wolf from DantesSpirit said 3 years ago

    Now THAT is a well loved, well used studio and more like what we should be seeing, instead of sterile, white studios that don't look like they've ever been used. What a touching, yet at the same time sad, story. Kudos to Laura for not only being able to do what she loves, but to be able to support her family while doing it.

  • kittyd

    kittyd from kittyd said 3 years ago

    Oh wow, what a touching story. (((Hugs))) I love the picture of your studio, and your work is absolutely gorgeous!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    What a heart wrenching story. You are absoutely amazing and so inspiring!

  • VintageJewelryStore

    Sharon from VintageJewelryStore said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are an amazing woman. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • gothicreations

    Joanna from RainGirlDesigns said 3 years ago

    What a touching story. My heart goes out to your and your children. It was also an inspiring story. I love the picture of you at work in your studio.

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U from Leatherworks4U said 3 years ago

    Strong, brave, inspiring, talented. You are all of those and much more. Your children are truly blessed to have you. Heartfelt best wishes and continued success!! Love the working studio.

  • AntoinettesWhims

    Antoinette from AntoinettesWhims said 3 years ago

    From heartache and tragedy come the most inspirational stories. Thank you for sharing and I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing the best for you and your children.

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 3 years ago

    WoW, thank you for sharing your story with us. You are a woman of great strength. You are a very talented woman. I feel that you will be very successful. Your children have someone to inspire them for sure. May this be your Best Year in Sales. Divine.

  • mainetrader

    Robert (Bob) from Mainetrader said 3 years ago

    Very sorry for your loss. My family will keep you and your children in our prayers.

  • HAdornments

    Kayla Lynn from HrlmAdornments said 3 years ago

    An amazing story about pushing through what seems to be an impossible situation! Lovely work, and yes, that looks like a real jewelry crafters desk! Inspiring story all around!

  • mienkintoshfairie

    Aja' from mienkintoshfairie said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your touching story with us. You are truly an inspiration to us, and your children.

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 3 years ago

    A touching story, and one that I think many people find to be true for them when they suddenly face an unimaginable and unexpected loss. If anyone had asked you before it happened how you would handle it, you'd say, "I'd fall apart and couldn't go on." But then when it happened, necessity and a survival instinct takes over and you just go through it because you have no other choice. It's wonderful that Laura has been able to find comfort in her work making beautiful things.

  • NellywithWings

    Nelly V from NellywithWings said 3 years ago

    Very moving and inspiring. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • skyvalleyjewelry

    Jennifer from skyvalleyjewelry said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story . You are an inspiration , wishing you and your family well .

  • soap

    soap from soap said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Your children are lucky to have such a strong Mom. Sending you and your children positive thoughts and wishing you the best of luck.

  • mentalembellisher

    Mental from mentalembellisher said 3 years ago

    What a strong, beautiful and inspiring woman you are, your children are growing strong too...watch out that "Specimental Junior” doesn't take over that great studio! Sending love & healing thoughts from France x

  • RoBella20

    Christina from RoBellaCreations said 3 years ago

    Inspiring to everyone who has to deal with unexpected moments in life. Thank you for sharing and I wish you and your family well. Additionally your works are amazingly beautiful and you all are very talented!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 3 years ago

    remember to breathe...

  • fallingleafjewelry

    Barbro from fallingleafjewelry said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful, real, uplifting, heart-wrenching story....Many Blessings to you and your children. Your design are lovely and unique; your studio space is wonderfully 'messy'. May the Spirits of Love and Creativity continue to guide you!

  • silvercloud07

    Yolanda Dégraff from SilverCloudDelights said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, Laura. I am so glad for you and your children that you are able to do this!

  • thedelhistore

    thedelhistore from theDelhiStore said 3 years ago

    I really admire you Laura! God bless!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 3 years ago

    This is a powerful story. The jewelry is great

  • riversongrapture

    Karn from RiverSongBeads said 3 years ago

    The sharing of your story has touched me deeply. Love to you and you beautiful family.

  • RuthGT

    Ruth from RuthsGreenTreasures said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the story of your tragic loss and your will to go on and succeed. I wish you much success and happiness. Your jewellery, your writing and your photos of a real studio are great and a trued inspiration.

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit said 3 years ago

    I have been a customer, a fellow Etsy seller and a long-distance friend to this amazing woman for over three years. Mother, designer, survivor, rough diamond wrangler. Laura is all of these things.

  • soulybarb

    soulybarb from soulybarb said 3 years ago

    Wishing you and your children all the best. Thank goodness you found the strength to go on for you kids. You are an inspiration.

  • florasvintagecloset

    Madi from 15MadisonStreet said 3 years ago

    I loved the story, the pictures and your shop name! Many blessings to you and your children.

  • hoosiermamma1

    Vera Hall from hoosiermamma1 said 3 years ago

    Your amazing spirit and strength show in your work. God bless you and your family and keep those hands busy and full of love.

  • BonnyJewelry

    Bonny from BonnyJewelry said 3 years ago

    I just sat here after reading your story and can't even begin to wrap my mind around all that you and your family have gone through. Your strength is amazing and an inspiration. Best wishes and prayers to you and your family.

  • kristinasmiley

    Kristina Smiley from CreativeEndeavorsKS said 3 years ago

    Very touching and like the others have stated, highly inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead from OneClayBead said 3 years ago

    What a beautifully told and uplifting story. And gorgeous work, too! One of the gifts of creative work is that you can lose yourself in it and emerge feeling less burdened. Thanks for a poignant example of this, and I hope happiness and success shine on your family.

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 3 years ago

    Ever since I read your interview in the Featured Seller articles I didn't forget your name. Your story has touched me deeply, and I hope that the process of creating your beautiful art also brings you healing. Your strength is an example to us all, and you and your family are in my prayers.

  • ArtByKristin

    Kristin from CarriageOakCottage said 3 years ago

    I am deeply touched by your story. The courage within you is no small thing. I am so awe inspired by you and your beautiful work. Best wishes, always.

  • idiosyncraticvintage
  • CountryatHeart8

    Uniquely Impressed from UniquelyImpressed said 3 years ago

    Your strength is amazing!! And so beautifully written. I felt your pain and anguish and the sadness of losing your soulmate and the father to your children. God Bless you and your family! You are a true inspiration and your talent is beautiful!

  • jojolarue

    Johanna Pabst from jojolarue said 3 years ago

    oh wow, I've always loved this shop. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • inspiredartprints

    Tara from inspiredartprints said 3 years ago

    Such a heartfelt story. I wish you continued success.

  • EarthbutterStudio

    Desiree Malan from EarthButterStudio said 3 years ago

    Warm wishes to you and your adorable children. PS: Your work is stunning. x

  • thelandlockedsailor

    The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson from TheLandlockedSailor said 3 years ago

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this, especially your candid words about the days following your husband's death. You and your children are in our thoughts! sj

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor from thelittlereddoor said 3 years ago

    I think you are a tremendous person. xo

  • BrittanyFinds

    Brittany D from InfinityAmpersand said 3 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Your items are beautiful! As is your family :)

  • Senobar

    Senobar from Senobar said 3 years ago

    Loads of love to you Laura and your lovely little ones! You are so amazing and strong!

  • Senobar

    Senobar from Senobar said 3 years ago

    Loads of love to you and your beautiful family. You are so amazing and strong! You will be always successful and I am sure of that! x

  • cmu55

    Connie from LittleTurtleHatShop said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • becaruns

    becaruns from becaruns said 3 years ago

    such an amazing story. thank you for sharing something so personal!! I wish you continued success!!!

  • missmagpiesshoppe

    Ginger Simpson from MissMagpiesShoppe said 3 years ago

    A wonderful heartfelt and inspiring story. May your business continue to be blessed. Keep pressing on!

  • MySweetieBean

    Ivy T from MySweetieBean said 3 years ago

    Failure is not an option, indeed! Your husband would be incredibly proud of you and the strength you have shown in extreme adversity. Your story is so touching. I've got such a lump in my throat reading through it - especially over the anecdote at the beginning. (our sons are the same age) Now I have to go hide in the bathroom (so I don't upset the kiddos) and cry. I wish you and your beautiful family all the best, and continued success (which is well-deserved, I might add) in your business. I love your jewelry!

  • hemphillmarsha

    Marsha from Marshasminiatures said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story and being an inspiration for others. You are also setting a good example for your children. May you be blessed with great success in your business!!

  • calamaycarvings

    Cindy LaMay from CALaMayCarvings said 3 years ago

    I wish you the best of everything --- and continued strength & creativity! Another reason I have such a special feeling about being part of the Etsy space in this world...we can connect with so many who care.

  • sammysgrammy

    Rita from sammysgrammy said 3 years ago

    There is a special place in God's heart for windows and orphans. You have such great courage. I believe you'll always find the help you need to to generate a family income, to take on the role of a single mom with three children and succeed in everything your hand finds to do and even to find some rest. Your story is an inspiration.

  • dahliasoleil

    Paulette from dahliasoleil said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story.I'm mourning the death of a sibling.Wishing you all the best life has to offer under the circumstances.Mourning never really gets easier but there will be moments when life is just so wonderful and things will happen with your business and your kids that will just make your heart swell with pride.Your husband is cheering you on from the sidelines.

  • bbqlips

    John Austin said 3 years ago

    Yeah, Laura is a pretty special big sister ! I miss you and can't wait for the family visit to Ontario this summer. You are rad and I know Dave is proud of you! I miss him , he was a cool brother in law...

  • GriffinsNestJewelry

    Sandy Martinez from GriffinsNestJewelry said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I have been a big fan of yours and i am glad to see you back. Craft is therapy for many of us. Just keep going and doing. Wishing you and yours peace and better days ahead.

  • bbqlips

    John Austin said 3 years ago

    Laura is a pretty special and talented big sister! , she steered me in the right direction musically by lending me her cassette copy of The Misfits " Legacy Of Brutality" and taking time to be a friend to her baby brother. I miss Dave and I know he is proud of you guys, can't wait to see more creations that come out of your totally awesome shop!

  • messymimi

    Mimi from messymimidesigns said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story Laura. You are such an inspiration to all of us! You keep creating your beautiful pieces and continue to believe in you and your wonderful family. I love that you find comfort with your craft in dark times. It does sort of lift us up. And Etsy is a special part of that. You are a wonderful Mom with very special kids. Life is not fair but, you will get through this tough time. Blessings - Mimi

  • ClareStoker

    Clare Stoker from ClareStoker said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration. I cannot imagine what it took for you to go back to the studio. I wish you and your family nothing but the best. Regards, Clare

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are proof of the enormous strength of the human spirit and that enormous creativity, growth and beauty can grow out of our darkest moments. Best to you and your family,

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, it really touched me.I'm very sorry for your loss. I have to say that I admire you in many ways. I wish the best for you and your children. I'm sure you will keep succeeding in your career, you have a stunning shop!

  • morechenillechateau

    morechenillechateau from moreChenilleChateau said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story of sadness and strength. All the best to you and your children!

  • encantodesign

    Nayda Jacobo from EncantoDesign said 3 years ago

    Beautiful story .... love to you and your precious babies.

  • fireflynotes

    Sandy from fireflynotes said 3 years ago

    Laura that was a lovely piece. You are a quiet inspiration to all of us here in your home town too. Your journey and work has come so far so fast and I am proud each time I see you acknowledged for your amazing talent and strength. ;) hugs!

  • 4Rcom

    RickaLee from 4Rcom said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Wishing you all the best and your children!

  • 4Rcom

    RickaLee from 4Rcom said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Wishing you all the best and your lovely children!

  • BrightSpotDesigns

    Bright Spot Designs from BrightSpotDesigns said 3 years ago

    Blessings to you and your family. How sad, but inspiring. Your work is beautiful!

  • nickythomas7

    Nicky from TheGiftedTomato said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I lost my husband in a similar way, very unexpected, he was 42. My son was 3. I understand the balloon story very well. He wanted to send a letter to his dad and the balloon popped.... hang in there, your strengh will get you through, it did me.

  • candyshopprims

    Diane Koller from candyshopprims said 3 years ago

    Thank you for telling your inspiring story. Life isn't always full of sunshine and rainbows but that is when you dig deep and find your inner strength. What a wonderful example to your children you are! Love your work! Continued blessings to you and your children.

  • PurpleBlossomStudio

    Erin Waite from PurpleBlossomStudio said 3 years ago

    I'm terribly sorry for your loss! A friend of mine just lost her husband after a one year battle with ALS. He was 35, and left behind 3 small boys. Her strength amazes me, as I'm sure yours does all who know you. Blessings to you and your sweet children. Your work is beautiful!

  • Railin

    Mel from Cuteling said 3 years ago

    You are a strong, strong woman ... thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • leejanelle

    J. Lee from TheCraftSociety said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are simply an amazing woman and an inspiration to many. Your sheer determination, strength and talent in raising your family is incredible. Your children are so blessed to have you.

  • qtangel517

    Natalie Kameroglu from DorDomGodsGifts said 3 years ago

    God bless you and your family. You truly are an inspiration. May you continue your success and may you continue to raise and enjoy your little angels. Women like you are amazing and make me proud to be a mother and entrepreneur. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope your success never stops!

  • skyvalleygems

    skyvalleygems from skyvalleygems said 3 years ago

    I read this article this morning and have thought about it all day . I really think you are a strong and amazing lady.

  • Sooziem

    Soozie from BelleAtelierJewelry said 3 years ago

    You are a true inspiration to all of us...as a women, mother and artist. Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life. Soozie

  • HairAccents

    Charm Accents from CharmAccents said 3 years ago

    I am so touched by your story. I am so sorry that you and your children have had such horrible pain. Words cannot convey the sadness. But, I am so happy that you have managed so well and can give your children the life they need. It was out of financial necessity that I started with etsy, too, and I am so grateful to be here.

  • kmaskell1

    Karen Johnson from karenjohnsondesign said 3 years ago

    Keep going Laura, it takes enough strength just to share a story like yours. Beautiful work, it will grow with you. Best wishes for you and your family's future you are doing great!

  • ohhhlulu

    Sarah Elaine from ohhhlulu said 3 years ago

    What a touching story, thank you for sharing.

  • SpringwoodSoaps

    Barbara from SpringwoodSoaps said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Laura. I can't imagine how difficult it must be. You are an inspiration. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • LuttrellStudio

    Laurie Luttrell from LuttrellStudio said 3 years ago

    Laura, your story has my heart aching for you and your kids.....just thinking of how such a loss would be is overwhelming to me. You have such amazing strength to pull things together and move forward. Thank you for sharing what must have been very difficult to put into words. Your little ones are lucky to have such a strong mom to support them.

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof from MonkeysOnTheRoof said 3 years ago

    The tears are flowing as I read your story. Your story was my story except after 3 1/2 weeks in intensive care my husband was one of the lucky ones. He is still with us, but I live my life in fear of another tragedy. I always think about how it could have turned out differently and what my life would have been like. Your story soothes my soul that my life would be okay and I would find the strength to push forward. Thank you for bringing me some peace. You are an extraordinary woman. You have touched many.

  • ceciliasullivan

    Cecilia Sullivan from CeciliaSullivanArt said 3 years ago

    Laura, Thank you for sharing your story and wish for you strength and happiness to continue your success in life and work. Love and Blessings to you and your children, Cecilia

  • buffalogirls

    Ludmilla from buffalogirls said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura for sharing your story. Your children and your art are beautiful. You are a great inspiration for your children and for all of us. Best!

  • wearlovenow

    Becca Koopmans from wearlovenow said 3 years ago

    An incredibly moving story you share with us...thank you for that. Your heart and hands' work is beautiful!

  • kateemarie

    Katie from KateeMarie said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful, as are your children.

  • karenelmquist

    Karen Elmquist from karenelmquist said 3 years ago

    Thank you, Laura, for sharing this and reminding me to appreciate what exists now.

  • amytee252

    Amy Tee from prettylittletitch said 3 years ago

    That is such a sweet story

  • TandRHandweaving

    Martha from ThistleRoseWeaving said 3 years ago

    Laura you are a true artist with wonderful talent. Thank you for sharing both your talent and your life story. Blessings upon you and yours.

  • JoJoARTlove

    Mandy from 8StrawberryLane said 3 years ago

    I wish you and your family all the happiness you can get from this life, until you are reunited once again in Heaven.

  • contempojewels

    Staci Egan from ContempoJewelry said 3 years ago

    What a story! Congrats on your success!

  • BlueMoonSilks

    Annette Brown from AFBrownArt said 3 years ago

    Very inspirational story! Thank you for sharing it.

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade said 3 years ago

    Amazing story and perseverance! Thank you for sharing! It has reminded me of just how lucky I am and to do my best to not take things for granted because the rug can be pulled out from under you in a matter of a mere blink of the eye! Keep on keeping on!

  • DianeBishopDesigns

    Diane Bishop from DianeBishopDesigns said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I wish you and your children all the best.

  • lindseytoms

    Lindsey Toms from finelinenwithpurple said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful and so is your family.

  • harrachglass

    Carol from HarrachGlass said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, even after, or because of, going through so much grief. You are like the Phoenix, rising from the ashes.

  • meropisart

    Meropi Toumbas from MeropisArtJewelry said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing you story Laura with us. I wish all the best to you and your beautiful children.

  • bevplumb

    Beverly Plumb from PlumbPerfectCreation said 3 years ago

    Your story touched me deeply. It has made me look at my life and see that I have much to be thankful for and has reminded me that I should be embracing the love and life that surrounds me - always. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • 1shopaholic4u

    Tonia Anson from Shopaholic4U said 3 years ago

    So inspired. Thank you for sharing your story, you items are beautiful.

  • sassynanadesigns

    Kimberly Deacon from SassyNanaDesigns said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, I wish you the best of luck with your store!

  • jaysbabiesclothing

    Jocelyn Alma from SwitchTheOutlet said 3 years ago

    Laura your story has truly touched my heart and brought me to tears. I have 4 children and dread the day of ever losing my husband. God bless you and your kids. You're an amazing mother and strong woman. May God bless you in your success and in your life changes. Thanks for sharing this story :')

  • jaysbabiesclothing

    Jocelyn Alma from SwitchTheOutlet said 3 years ago

    Your story has brought me to tears, thank you and God bless you and your children in everything :)

  • shelleyharper1

    Monica Shelley Harper from MSHtreasuresjewels said 3 years ago

    Your story made me cry! Looking at my own precious children, I couldn't inagine having to raise them alone and having such a tragic thing happen as this did to you. God Bless You if you believe in God and if not, may the universe be better to you and your family!! You seem to be a strong woman and strong women never fail!! Good luck and your pieces are gorgeous!! Shelley

  • BrookeJewelry

    Brooke from BrookeJewelry said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and inspiration. Wishing you continued success with your terrific jewelry creations.

  • PoleStar

    Jennifer Juniper from PoleStar said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story!

  • waterwaif

    Tara from waterwaif said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this, Laura! You're an inspiration!

  • elodiesmelodies

    Elodie Hafen from elodiesmelodies said 3 years ago

    I wish you continued strength and success.

  • oktak

    Aki from oktak said 3 years ago

    I loved your work before I read this, but knowing your story, they've become even more special. I hope to own one your pieces one day. Wishing you and your children all the best!

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 3 years ago

    I'm so glad you had something to help you through your tragedy. I lost my husband to ALS in 2003, not an all of a sudden impact, but one that leaves you in that "widow" emotion and loss. Hugs to you and your work is beautiful.

  • AnnealedHeart

    Amanda from AnnealedHeart said 3 years ago

    Wow Laura...hugs and blessings to you and your family. You are Superwoman.

  • littlemargie

    littlemargie from LittleMargie said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can't imagine what life would be like without my husband and I hope I'll never have to know. l lost my eldest daughter 5 years ago and my life hasn't been the same. My family keeps me going, Love is everything. Your story was so inspiring and brought tears to my eyes. It's really hard for young children to understand death. My granddaughter wanted to get in a hot air balloon and go visit Aunt Tonya and God but then she said "maybe that's not such a good idea after all" I smiled and held back my tears. Thank you for sharing and I wish you and your children much joy in life.

  • littlemargie

    littlemargie from LittleMargie said 3 years ago

    Oh and by the way I love your jewelry style....beautiful unique work!

  • 4oldtimesandnew

    Ann from 4oldtimesandnew said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I don't know you, but am proud of you for your strength and your will and determination to not be overcome by tragedy. Your children have a great example. Your story has moved me to reflect on my blessings with gratitude. And your work is just beautiful too!

  • MoonstoneHoney

    Mikey Bush from MoonliteCreationz said 3 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing your story. I love your unique jewelry and for taking a picture of a true jewelers desk.

  • HomeGrownPillows

    HomeGrownPillows from HomeGrownPillows said 3 years ago

    Wow. What an amazing story. Hugs, and healing to Laura and her family. She is an inspiration.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 3 years ago

    Such an amazing story. I know how it feels to feel like you have no control over things that are happening in your life finding, feeling, and going back to the thing that you love to do and having the feeling of control and peace. When my son Brandon who was 29 yrs old suddenly passed in 2009 three days before I was being laid off of my job of 12 years I found control and peace doing what I do best and that is creating. You have such a beautiful family and I know that your husband is very proud of you and the kids and how you are still keeping your family together with your beautiful jewelry. Not only are you providing for your family but you're providing such beauty for the world. Much continued success to you and your babies!!!

  • PillowsByJanet

    Janet Elizabeth from PillowsByJanet said 3 years ago

    I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, but I was so moved by your story that I just had that I will be be praying for you and your family. You are remarkable!

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 3 years ago

    You sound amazing. Keep going and you are inspiring:)

  • nelson776

    Karen from NathalieLaneDesigns said 3 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring and I love your work. I wish you great success. Your children are truly blessed to have a mom with such strength!

  • EmbroiderybyLinda

    Linda Rosenfeld from EmbroiderybyLinda said 3 years ago

    I know what it's like to be a widow. Times really doesn't heal.

  • EmeraldCut

    Deanna from EmeraldCut said 3 years ago

    I have always admired your work; thank you for sharing your story with us. Sending lots of positivity to you and your beautiful children.

  • TheAtomicApple

    TheAtomicApple from TheAtomicApple said 3 years ago

    You are a truly amazing individual. My thoughts, prayers, best wishes and all that is pure and good go your way. May each day bring you more strength, courage and resolve as you move ahead in your life's journey with your precious children. Godspeed.

  • TwistedDesigns

    Lindsay May from TwistedDesigns said 3 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration. I wish success in your business and in life.

  • evesand

    Eve Sand from evesand said 3 years ago

    You are such an inspiration Laura. Best wishes to you and your beautiful family.

  • jaanatoome

    aNyA from SugarAndChaiVintage said 3 years ago

    I wish you and the family all the best!

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery said 3 years ago

    THank you for sharing,. it was nice meeting you:)

  • Nakkashe

    Nakkashe from Nakkashe said 3 years ago

    Nice to meet you Laura , a strong woman, a beautiful mother . Your kids are so cute that I wanted to cuddle them all. Your work is stunning .. Go ahead in this way .. I heartly wish all the best for your family .

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 3 years ago

    OMG, I have tears in my eyes! You are such an amazing woman! I read this yesterday and had such a hard time finding the words to comment. I really wish you and your beautiful children all the best and am sending you the warmest thoughts and energy in these difficult times. Love,

  • valeriakondor

    Valeria Kondor from ValeriaKondor said 3 years ago

    Amazing Laura ! Be proud of youself and your wonderful children ! Let happiness, health and creativity fill your life ! :-)

  • ilochiel

    Isobel Lochiel from LochielKnits said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your very moving story. Wish you every success.

  • ltancabelic

    Jackie T from FlossFlowersandCraft said 3 years ago

    Beautiful family and jewelry! I wish you all health, happiness and joy!

  • CatherineMarissa

    Catherine from CatherineMarissa said 3 years ago

    This was incredibly beautiful. I read it through tears and smiles. My close friend's husband recently died suddenly in their home at 37 and I know how alone she feels. I can only imagine. Your strength is incredibly admirable ... as is your honesty & opennness. Wishing you & your children all of the best.

  • takeapicturedesigns

    Lynne from RiverSpring said 3 years ago

    Beautiful story of faith and determination. Praying for you and your lovely family.

  • andreanne12

    Andree Anne M from rosemauve said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I admire your work and your strength.

  • terrycohen

    Terry Cohen from TerryTutorials said 3 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, and your story is equally beautifully written. You are doing a great job. From South Africa.

  • jodiburton

    Jodi Lynn Burton from JodiLynnDoodles said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. You have gorgeous work. All the best!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    first... i am so sorry for your loss. and I admire you for being able to put one foot in front of the other to go on with life!... you have a wonderful and forever strong bond with your children and this etsy community! I have adored your shop and just yesterday was telling a friend about it and your raw diamonds!(even before I found this feature) we are all diamonds in the rough... but your story is one of love, compassion and a passion for making your way... with the support of others who care... and we, as Etsy people... do! keep up your amazing work!

  • Mylana

    Clare Corcoran from Mylana said 3 years ago

    This is a very inspiring story. I was widowed at age 33 and it also led to me finding Etsy to help heal the pain and fill the void from my husband being gone. I hope you are finding peace these days and I love your jewelry.

  • FierceDeer

    Kate Swan from FierceDeer said 3 years ago

    Sending so much love to you and your family. You are a hero.

  • azsunshine51

    Nona Black from azsunshine51 said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura for sharing your story. there are so many reasons why each of us are at Esty, and we are so thankful to have this opportunity to improve our lives. Best wishes to your precious family.

  • lapisbeach

    Lauren from lapisbeach said 3 years ago

    Oh Laura- thanks for sharing your story with us! Your work is so amazing & now we know YOU are so amazing too! So touching..........all of it!

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias said 3 years ago

    Your story is very moving and I so admire your courage and ability to work through your darkest moments. I'm not sure I would be able to muster the same strength if faced with such a loss, but you have certainly inspired us all with the knowledge that it can be done. Your work is so very lovely and reflects your spirit. My very best wishes to you and your dear children--for your continued success with your work and happier days ahead for all of you.

  • 24knana

    Sherry Cook from BlingNSwing said 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. You are strong woman & a very talented one as well. Will be praying for you & your beautiful children & your business. May God bless ya'll in huge ways!! Etsy is a blessing!

  • zitacsek

    Zita Felvinczy from zitacsek said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! Your work is beautiful, congratulations!

  • silverlyjewelry

    Annette Terkaly from silverlyjewelry said 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful and sad story...so sorry for your loss. Your work is lovely and I wish you the best. What a beautiful family you have!

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    Megan C from AlaskaBagCompany said 3 years ago

    so sorry for your loss and wishing you all the best in life, your work is amazing!

  • RiinaLeppanen

    Riina Leppänen from Taikapiiri said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I send lots of love and light to you and your children and wish you all the best!

  • phydeauxdesigns

    Brenda from phydeauxdesigns said 3 years ago

    Laura, I am so very sorry for your loss. David sounds like an incredible man, husband and father. My very best to all of you. xo

  • tippyknits

    Cristi B from tippyknits said 3 years ago

    Thank you for being so brave and telling us your story! You are such an inspiration! xo

  • cathyenrightdesigns

    Cathy Enright from StoneBlossomsByCathy said 3 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and your children are very lucky to have such a strong and smart Mommy who will persevere. Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings to you and your family.

  • stoneaddict

    Dana Evans from danaevansstudio said 3 years ago

    Very moving article.

  • guadalupeferreyra

    Guadalupe Ferreyra from guadalupeferreyra said 3 years ago

    Laura you thrill me! you are a very strong women. The best in this life for you

  • kroksg

    Kiana Gonzalez from kroksg said 3 years ago

    I'll be praying for you Laura!!

  • LoverOfLifeDesigns

    Brooke Husgen from LoverOfLifeDesigns said 3 years ago

    so sorry for your loss. what an encouragement to the rest of us that go through challenging times. thank you for sharing.

  • bevgrey

    Barbara Wolfe said 3 years ago

    Laura, my husband died around the same time, also at home. He was 57, in poor health, and we have no children. Despite the differences, I can understand much of how you felt. Those crashes of reality were horrible. I spent a lot of time numb because I could. I cannot imagine what it would be like to go through this, have to reassure your children and still do all the mundane housekeeping that keeps a family moving. You are a very strong woman.

  • MysticalWeddings

    Rachel Ward from WoodlandBlossoms said 3 years ago

    Hugs and more, stunning work and a stunning mindset. xxx

  • oreades

    tara from finefoxvintage said 3 years ago

    SO much love to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story and being brave, creative and strong. I hope that each day forward is better than the last for you! <3

  • donDiLights

    Dondi Prestwood from donDiLights said 3 years ago

    God Bless you and thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • robynrhea

    Robyn from WestSideCreative said 3 years ago

    I am proud of you. I am staring down a self-inflicted stint of single motherhood soon and am terrified. I will be sharing this stint with a widow friend of mine. We are relocating together and starting fresh and new - for completely different reasons. I am going to share your story with her. We are both craving inspiration right now, hearing about other women who are making their own way. Your story touches me and I know it will touch her too.

  • snowdonprints

    Alexandra Snowdon from snowdonprints said 3 years ago

    Inspirational indeed, good luck with your business Laura, you deserve it.

  • megandarienzo

    Megan D'Arienzo from megandarienzo said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking yet inspiring story. Peace and love to you and your beautiful children. <3

  • karenwalk

    Karen Walk from karenwalk said 3 years ago

    You are such an inspiring lady and my heart goes out to you and your beautiful children. How courageous of you to share your story with the Etsy community. I wish you all the very best for the future xx :-)

  • CivilFindings

    Jeremy Quigg from CivilFindings said 3 years ago

    Laura & David, I live in Albuquerque where I am a (part time) graphic professional. If you need an interested (in learning) underling, or any general help-message me. Love your work & trade. Jeremy

  • sarahfinneranwisniew

    Sarah Finneran Wisniewski said 3 years ago

    Your story is truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  • EnchantedCircle1234

    Geri Farkas from EnchantedCircle1234 said 3 years ago

    May God Bless you and your babies...your work is beautiful as are your children.

  • LolaFalkDesigns

    Lolafalk from LolaFalkDesigns said 3 years ago

    Wow. Best Etsy seller story EVER. You are amazing :).

  • littleowlarts

    little owl from littleowlarts said 3 years ago

    what a strangely beautiful and inspiring story. You are so strong and brave! I can't even imagine what it would be like to go through such a thing! I have so much love and respect for you (and any widow). I was actually just at a funeral for some family friends this morning who lost his wife/their mother and it was heartbreaking. I lost my father when I was young and watched how hard it was for my sister and mother (and myself). I wish you all the success in the world and am sending lots of healing light... Many smiles to you. xo

  • Vitrine

    Vitrine from Vitrine said 3 years ago

    Laura, I have been in love with your work for a long time, and knowing your story and heartache, every piece is that much more special as you work hard to support and give your family everything you have. May you continue to have even more success and forge ahead growing from strength to strength!

  • ArtfulPonderings

    ArtfulPonderings from ArtfulPonderings said 3 years ago

    I needed this today ... I was a widow @39 but found happiness again at 51 ... four years later, I am an Art teacher of high school kids and have more frustrating days than not ... thank you, Dear Laura for sharing your story and giving me the encouragement to get back in gear with my own work! God bless you and your babies.

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, Laura. Your survival, your thriving are such an inspiration to me. Your work is beautiful and it's clear you put your heart into everything you make. Love the pictures of you with your kids, so beautiful!

  • KnittingYou

    maribel marqués from KnittingYou said 3 years ago

    Very moving story, Laura. You've proved to be very brave woman and wish you and your kids all the best.

  • murphymelonnie

    Melonnie Murphy from MurphyMelonnie said 3 years ago

    Thank you for your honest story. You basically just described my worst nightmare. Your work is beautiful. Prayers for you and yours.

  • bibliographica

    Louise from bibliographica said 3 years ago

    What a deeply inspiring story of your life so far. How it puts things in perspective for me, and I am sure I am speaking for many others when I say that. Your pieces are exquisite - and I must say, that this love of yours for your late husband, rest his soul, is shining through your work now. What a woman you are! Shine shine shine :)

  • JenniferPlum

    Jennifer from CharcoalCouture said 3 years ago

    This story was very touching and inspiring to read, thank-you so much for being so brave and sharing your story. Your kids are so beautiful!

  • dlbrufuk

    Saliha Dilber from fashioncesa said 3 years ago

    You are a strong woman, Laura. Creativity is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you success.

  • LaCosturerita

    LaCosturerita said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story and your work. Your jewelry is beautiful; you're extremely talented. Best wishes to you and your dear family. Keep your chin up! :)

  • bigpawsaints

    Kathy from BigpawCollars said 3 years ago

    Simply beautiful. May your success continue - stay strong Laura!

  • CrickleberryCottage

    Wendy McDonagh-Valentine from CrickleberryCottage said 3 years ago

    Hi Laura. I've been in your shoes. My husband died suddenly eight years ago at the age of 40. We had three young sons ages 2, 7 and 11. I think the second year was even more difficult than the first in some ways because the reality that they're not coming back really starts to sink in. I remember wanting to just get thru the first year so I didn't look at every holiday and special occasion as being "the first without him." We go on for our children. I remember being in a room filled with several hundred people at my son's school holiday concert a couple of weeks after my first husband passed and feeling more lonely then I'd ever felt before. All I can tell you is time makes things better. It never takes the sadness away completely but does make it easier to tuck away. I met a man almost three years after my first husband's death and he was the perfect fit for us. We've been married for almost five years and added a little girl to the bunch. I look into her eyes and know that she was meant to be here. The day she was born, I looked up and thanked my first husband for all that he had given me since the day he passed. Your husband will always live on thru your beautiful children and the memories you share with him. Please know that I am thinking about you today and sending you a hug and making a promise to you that you will be okay. God bless you all. xoxo

  • RedBoatStudio

    Karole Doucette from RedBoatStudio said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderfully inspirational story.

  • GabrielaSegal

    Gabriela Segal from GabrielasGarden said 3 years ago

    God bless you and your little ones! XXXXX

  • monkeyminddesign09

    Anita from monkeymindesign said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Very powerful. Perfect reminder to count my blessings and make the most of everyday. So happy for your creative success. Best wishes for you and your kiddos.

  • caseyroselle

    CR said 3 years ago

    beautiful story…you're an inspiration

  • Ntoys

    John Nickerson from Ntoys said 3 years ago

    Very inspiring! I wish you the best! :)

  • margaretjeske

    Margaret Jeske from TheCountryBluebird said 3 years ago

    What a very sad and beautiful story. We wish you the best, too. :)

  • LRFoxDesign

    Barbara Hall from LRFoxDesign said 3 years ago

    No one knows when their lives will suddenly change because of a tragedy like you have experienced. This is a reminder to cherish our loved ones and an inspiration for those who are suffering a similar loss. God bless you!

  • kmtmackintire

    Karen from BellaBargains said 3 years ago

    You are amazing... I wish you the best.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear from perfectwear said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly an inspiration. I wish you and your children a beautiful future.

  • loosepetals

    Karen Young from loosepetals said 3 years ago

    Your children will admire you so much more when they are older. You are an inspiration for all of us to keep going on!

  • weihan1

    Wei Han from AZKutethings said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. It brought tears to my eyes. You are strong and truly inspiring. I wish you and your family the best!

  • UnexpectedTreasure

    UnexpectedTreasure from UnexpectedTreasure said 3 years ago

    Laura, You possess such strength, dignity and determination! Your story made me cry for your loss and then applaud your tenacity. Your children have one heck of a mom to look up to. :)

  • beloveddoll15

    Beloved Doll from BelovedDollDesigns said 3 years ago

    Kudos to you for finding the strength to move on to doing what you needed to do. Many people often will lose their strength and give up in such situations.

  • imitsybitsy

    Dusty Nees from AtticDustAntiques said 3 years ago

    An amazing story. Profoundly sad, yet inspiring to all who must suffer through the loss of a loved one and then try to pick up the pieces of their lives and go on. It takes time, but healing does come. Bless you and your children that you will continue to progress and find satisfaction in life once again.

  • MayaNUR

    Maya NUR from 100prcentLOVE said 3 years ago

    An inspiring story and thank you for sharing it. I wish you and your children all the bless in the world and may your husband spirit will always live inside your beautiful family.

  • CraftsByKeri

    Keri from CraftsByKeri said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I shed many a tear reading it. You are an inspiration and I wish you much success in your wonderful shop!

  • bexbling

    Becky Eshleman from Inspwirationjewelry said 3 years ago

    Wow! What an incredible story. You are truly an inspiration. I'm so thankful you are able to do what you love!

  • memckeen

    LovelySquid from LovelySquid said 3 years ago

    Before I even finished your story I thought to my self, "I must favorite this woman's shop," only to find I already had! Failure may not be an option but your work reflects your passion for life and family!

  • sharihahn1

    Shari Hahn said 3 years ago

    I LOVE THIS STORY,,ALTHO IT BROUGHT TEARS TO M EYES.. DON'T WE ALL TAKE EVERYDAY FOR GRANTED? (SOMETIMES NEEDING TO READ SOMETHING SUCH AS THIS STORY TO REMIND US HOW VERY LUCKY WE ARE.. AND OH HOW BLESSED WE ARE? HUGS YOUR FAMILY RIGHT NOW AND TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM.. THERE ARE NO "DO OVERS" AND NO "SECOND CHANCES." GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY.. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.. TRULY INSPIRING

  • mygoddess

    indre from HelloMyGoddess said 3 years ago

    Inspirational!!! Stay strong, you truly deserve it!

  • embellishedlife

    sharon from EmbellishedLife said 3 years ago

    They say God never gives you more than you can handle; cruel though it often is it awakens strength, determination and courage and forges us anew from the ashes. Much hope and love to you and your children.

  • discerningchichi

    Valerie from chichigemmes said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Love and blessings to you and your children and much success always for your shop and the income and stability it provides.

  • DonnasDecorandMore

    Donna Ostrander from DonnasDecorandMore said 3 years ago

    What an amazing story. We wish you nothing but blessings as your life moves forward! You are an inspiration to all of us.

  • PinataParadise

    PinataParadise from PinataParadise said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. My very best to you and your children as the future unfolds for all of you.

  • felisadora

    Felisa Dora from FelisaDora said 3 years ago

    I cried. Thank you and good luck.

  • hagzinc

    Hagz from HagzInc said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Whatever happens...never give up !! Best wishes...

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone said 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and how you got through this tragedy! Your children are lucky to have you and I know David is with you in spirit. God Bless you and your children. Your work is beautiful!

  • GSStudioworks

    Gillian Smits from BellesBijouxDesigns said 3 years ago

    Laura, My heart goes out to you and I am so sorry for your loss. I have walked in your shoes. I lost my husband 6.5 years ago. He was 39 years old and left me with our two young boys to raise. Its been extremely hard being a widow and single mom, but you can do it. My kids are stronger for having weathered such a difficult storm in their young lives. I started my Etsy store 18 months after my husband died - my creativity has given me a sense of purpose and has helped me get through my most difficult times. Two years ago I developed a chronic illness, and my jewelry making continues to keep me going, helping me to be proud of what I can do, not what I can't. Sometimes our most important work and purpose is found through tragic circumstances. God bless you - things will get better over time, I promise.

  • severinmetals

    Anna Fell from SeverinMetals said 3 years ago

    i really admire your strength.15 years ago i was left alone to raise my daughter when her father also died unexpectedly. i put my studio on hold for in order to support her and when she turned 18 i started back up again.thank you so much for sharing your story.

  • theartspark

    theartspark from theartspark said 3 years ago

    My most heartfelt well wishes to your beautiful family!

  • melissamaryjenkins

    melissamary jenkins from melissamaryjenkins said 3 years ago

    thank you for sharing your inspiration with us all. it is amazing how the act of creation can soothe the soul. i began painting after experiencing an ectopic preganacy 6 years ago and have recently decided to open an art shop on etsy after recieving a diagnosis of breast cancer. the focus in painting has given me a new found joy depsite the unstableness of the future. thanks again...

  • TamsyTrends

    Maite from TamsyTrends said 3 years ago

    Your story is truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing it and I wish you continued success in your Etsy shop.

  • FlowerMoundEscape

    Melinda from FlowerMoundEscape said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I think that most of us have had some event that has led us to our creative outlets, and yours was truly inspiring. Your work is gorgeous and I hope that this helps those orders to flood in. My heart goes out to you and your children.

  • auntsuesoldnewlovely

    auntsuesoldnewlovely from AuntSuesVintage said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings on the work of your hands.

  • PookieandJack

    Suzanne and Melissa from PookieandJack said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such a heart wrenching story..Wishing you and your children continued blessings...

  • grex2012

    Ruth from Handmadebygrex said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. It helps me to remember to count my blessings. Your angel is watching over you and your children.

  • rebeckahinton

    Rebecka Hinton from CalicoGryphon said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, and your beautiful creations!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 3 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and your bravery is inspirational. Wishing you and your children the very best.

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing from darkcycleclothing said 3 years ago

    I really needed to read a story of such a brave woman today. Thank you so much for sharing such an intimate part of your life, you are truly inspirational and your work has such a soulful beauty.

  • tcmcdonald1

    T.C. McDonald from MGMDesignsJewelry said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Your strength and determination in the face of adversity are inspiring. The beauty of your work comes from the pure, organic quality of the pieces you create. I'm sure your David is very proud of you, as are your beautiful children. They will forever be encouraged by the strength their mom showed in picking up the pieces and carrying on after the loss of their dad.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    Often it seems we grow the most, and become stronger, because of the tragedies and losses we experience. I think creativity deepens too as we begin to express from the broken places in our hearts. I try to remember "This, too, shall pass" to help get through the dark times, and to better appreciate the joyful times. Thank you for sharing your story, Laura, and I wish you and your children continued healing, and much joy in the years to come. Your work is beautiful.

  • PinkPianos

    Hilary Hahn from PinkPianos said 3 years ago

    i love your jewelry. Thank you for sharing your story and the reminder to cherish each moment.

  • jenniferamrein

    Jennifer Amrein from thrujennseyes said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of your story, your family, and your work. The fact that your children can share in your studio and learn to express their creativity is so special. What great therapy for you all! You have inspired us to keep going to!

  • candicebeaty1

    Candice Beaty from CLASSYTHREADSBYCB said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much. I have always told my children to go after what you want. .You give me what I need to go on. Thanks a Million

  • LilithMarie

    Lilith Marie Haas from LilithMarie said 3 years ago

    I admire your fearlessness in sharing with us your enormously difficult challenge. I wish you the best, thank you and blessings!

  • preciouscargo10

    preciouscargo10 from preciouscargo10 said 3 years ago

    Thank you for your inspirational message. I'm glad you are doing so well on etsy. Your work is beautiful and unique.

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I wish only the best for you and your family and I share your belief that working with your hands is helpful when recovering from emotional upheaval. It's brought me back to sanity as well.

  • buhnon

    Shantel Nielson from ThePinkRaffy said 3 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I imagine this is how my mother felt when the same thing happened to us.

  • Finders2

    Sue-Anne from Finders2 said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. May God Bless you and your children.

  • uncommonvintage

    More Cowbell from uncommonvintage said 3 years ago

    your courage and strength are an inspiration and your talent and jewelry skills are to be admired. I wish you and your children all the best as you recover from the loss of your husband and father.

  • HouseJewels

    Sema from HouseJewels said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura for sharing sincerely your life with every one of us. It is very real , inspiring and also door knocker as to remind and appreciate what we have and what we have NOW!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    Kudos to you for sharing your story with us. Sorry that you have had to experience such a loss. I can only imagine how it must feel. I too love that you shared your space as is...I am a creative person with stuff all over the place...Most of the posts with creative people have these neat spaces.. I wish you much success with your business and hope it will continue to be a help supporting you and your children....Best of luck to you!!

  • jwwith

    Wanda Withington from withingtondesigns said 3 years ago

    I am there also, although my kids were 15 and 18. It is a strange and seriel world to become a widow truly "out of the blue". I too have a full time job and create my jewerly, I have always had a passion for my handwork and I too find it is soothing to create, even on bad days. Your work is beautiful, you are a very gifted artist and a very strong mom.

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 3 years ago

    Oh my! Thank you Laura for sharing this. There is so little I could ad but wanted you to know your sharing this has helped in ways I don't think you can imagine, Blessing to you and yours.

  • elcimail1

    Elizabeth Higgins from PetiteMargaux said 3 years ago

    My heart goes out to you. You are an amazing women for pulling it together as you have. All the best to you and your family.

  • mainegirlcreations

    mainegirlcreations from mainegirlcreations said 3 years ago

    Love and Strength...

  • kconrad1

    Kay Conrad said 3 years ago

    Such an amazing strong woman. My heart aches for You. Prayers!

  • secretnailstudio

    Anna Pollo from secretnailstudio said 3 years ago

    A huge- huge hug for you Laura, your story made me cry, thanks for sharing a piece of your life with us! You are such a strong woman, an inspiration for all of us! I wish you to be happy with your job and your beautiful children, they worth all the struggle!

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 3 years ago

    Your job is your strength! I like the natural working photo! much love!

  • Metamorphosi

    Ilaria Sadun from Metamorphosi said 3 years ago

    Thank you. Yes for me as well creative work is the path I use sometime to go back to the real me...when life makes me feel lost. Your life is inspiring.Blessing to you and your kids

  • tantetee

    Marloes Japink said 3 years ago

    Your story gave me goosebumps Laura. I'm very sorry for your loss, my children are the same age as yours, I can't imagine what it must be like to raise them on my own... I wish you and your children al the best, and I love your jewelery!.

  • ZooCeramics

    Tracy and Maggie from ZooCeramics said 3 years ago

    So sad. What a brave lady and a lovely family. Good Luck for the future. Your work is beautiful.

  • janemhoughton

    Jane Moore Houghton from JaneMHoughton said 3 years ago

    Your courage is inspiring and your work gorgeous! Be well and best of days to you and your beautiful family ahead.

  • ButlerPottery

    Joyce Butler from TheButlersCreations said 3 years ago

    You are a strong person. I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing, may it encourage us too.

  • thesuperchick10

    Melissa Moore from craftykittycrochet said 3 years ago

    Laura is truly inspiring - what an incredible and talented woman! Her story reminds me of a quote someone once told me, "The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern." ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Thanks so much to Laura for sharing her touching story!

  • cathyfidelibus

    Cathy Fidelibus from CreativeTouchArt said 3 years ago

    I wish you all the best, you are an inspiration. Sending you positive energy and prayers for you and your family.

  • shanzie5

    Shannon from GypsyMindShop said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you all the best. Your kids are lovely and your jewelry is awesome.

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo said 3 years ago

    Your strength through your difficult life situation is truly an inspiration. It is great to see the power of your Etsy shop and how it is helping you and your children to lead a happy life together. Thank you for sharing your story with us =^-^=

  • hellothula

    Jessica H.Jones from hellothula said 3 years ago

    Amazing, thanks so much for sharing your amazing story! Your open heart is inspiring and your jewelry pieces are aswell! Best of luck to you and your special family.

  • Loveinmyheart

    Wendy Humphries said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing your story. You are full of courage and determination. Every day with your children is truly a blessing. I am sure that your husband is looking down on you smiling and very proud of you. May God bless you and your children forever. May you have many blessings in your life.

  • ummimtrish

    Trish E from CatEyeVintage said 3 years ago

    This is the most inspiring etsy shop story I've ever read. Best wishes to you, your family, and your lovely business!

  • relovedfabrics

    Robin Brickell from RelovedFabrics said 3 years ago

    God bless you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your story and your courage.

  • Snowbabyscreations

    Jim N Petra from JNPsStringsNThings said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. You have a beautiful family and your work is amazing! Wishing you & yours all the best from Texas!! GOD BLESS

  • sparrowsnestdesigns

    Jasmine Rushing from sparrowsnestdesigns said 3 years ago

    You are amazing! Best. Story. Ever.

  • polixeni19

    Xenia D from polixeni19 said 3 years ago

    Laura what a strong woman you are! I'm very sorry for your loss! My best wishes for you and your beautiful family! You are an inspiration!

  • mrtjacks

    larry maass from glassdesignwhimsy said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful story. My heart is deeply touched and I wish you and your family all the best on your continuing journey. You are a strong woman, and your jewelry is incredibly beautiful.

  • GreyHouseDesignsLC

    Tiffany Bleeker from GreyHouseDesignsLC said 3 years ago

    You are an amazing woman. I wish you all the best success.. your jewelry is stunning. God bless you and your beautiful kids.

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you suffered at the loss of your husband, but your strength is inspiring. You are a beautiful person and I'm sure your children have the best mom in the world! All the best to you and your family. xo

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin from DeborahVoizin said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I am so sorry for your loss. You are an amazing woman, mother, teacher and artist. I'm sure the love of your life is watching over you & your children and proud of what you are doing and creating & teaching your beautiful children. You inspire me as a single parent of just one child.....to keep moving forward & to try even harder to make it all work. May you have many Blessing in your life!

  • ForeverRenee

    Crystal Renee from ForeverRenee said 3 years ago

    What an amazing story and you are an inspiration to us all. God bless you and your family.

  • robinwade

    Robin Wade from robinwade said 3 years ago

    Your amazing strength and love shines through in your jewelry. You are inspiring as a mother and artist. Thank you for sharing a piece of your journey. light...

  • paintingwell

    paintingwell from PaintingWell said 3 years ago

    As so many have said, your experience, courage, grief, and strength are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life's story. I'd like to add my thanks to ETSY for creating this "big tent" where we can all work and share ourselves. My own story of coming to ETSY, was from tragedy. However, through great ETSIANS, my efforts have raised thousands of dollars and lots of awareness for cancer research. We are indeed fortunate to have one another, and I'm so grateful.

  • meanjeanarts

    Jean from Meanjeanarts said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. After your loss, just getting out of bed in the morning is an achievement, however, you couldn't have better incentive than your three wonderful children. And they are lucky to have such a strong, resourceful and talented mother. Your jewelry is a powerful reflection of your character; power, intrinsic beauty and natural grace. Continued success with your shop and your lovely family.

  • AllUsedUp

    Cindy Carrillo from SimpleChaosLab said 3 years ago

    Wow, being able to pull yourself up this way and move forward is a great lesson for us to learn from. It isn't making a super big decision, it was that you just went forward one small bit at a time. You did what you had to to care for your little ones and yourself. My heart was so saddened reading your story, but by sharing your personal struggle you have helped many others in showing courage. God Bless you and your little family.

  • lucentlampworks

    Brad Michael from lucentlampworks said 3 years ago

    God Bless! Keep up your strength because your work is awesome and clearly failure is not an option now! Great heartfelt piece and I wish you the very best in life and on Etsy!

  • redhatlady

    Rose Anne from redhatlady said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your courage with me. You are the backbone of this country... your children will learn that failure is not an option and will be successful in all that they do. The spirit of their Dad is always with them and his love will always be with you.

  • OurClosetToYours

    Karen Batt from OurClosetToYours said 3 years ago

    What a touching story and an inspiration to other mothers in your situation. It brought tears to my eyes knowing what you and your children must be going through. Keep up your spirit and determination and wonderful creations. May you and your children be blessed. What a wonderful mother and role model you are to your children. Best of luck in your endeavors.

  • myqueenwearsblue

    Terry Cordova from MyQueenWearsBlue said 3 years ago

    Laura, I feel for you and your children, You will be blessed by all the love and sincere kind words these lovely people on Etsy are sending your way. I wish you and your children joy, peace, and happiness. You are truly an inspiring, beautiful, creative, and strong woman and a blessing to your kids! Thanks for sharing your heartfelt story with us and I think your jewelry is awesome!

  • SmallkineCreations

    Amy from SmallkineCreations said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work! Stay strong and keep smiling. Aloha! =)

  • blingitongirl

    corrine from BebeAndKay said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your journey from pain and loss, to hope and inspiration. Your children are very blessed to have a mom like you!

  • DreamcatcherMan

    William Minchew from DreamCatcherMan said 3 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration to us all. Sometimes we just have to reach down deep to find ourselves. All of us have the power to find a way to make it, even when the world gets us down. Your work is beautiful. We wish you and your children all the best.

  • stuartroadvintage

    Jeanne from stuartroadvintage said 3 years ago

    As a young widow myself, with no kids, I applaud your courage and fortitude to move on when you have every excuse to give up! You are a good mother, wonderful artist and amazing woman. Carry on!

  • jewelrybyamyt

    AmyT and mom from JewelryByAmyT said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your heart felt story. Your children are very lucky to have you.

  • RedBarnGarden

    Jan from RedBarnGarden said 3 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story .... God Bless ...

  • debranelson541

    Debra Nelson from UnlockedLibra said 3 years ago

    You've touched my heart. God bless you girlfriend :)

  • bisbeebliss

    julie thompson from bisbeebliss said 3 years ago

    Laura, Art saves lives I am so sorry for your loss .When my husband died at 44 art was and still is the only thing that brings me through . I wish you and your 3 children all the best !!! You are truely a winner !! -Julie

  • LarkyPark

    Bethany Fuson from LarkyPark said 3 years ago

    Words fail me. You are amazing.

  • Beadersland

    Beadersland from Beadersland said 3 years ago

    Very touching, encouraging & inspiring .... The power of LOVES ! Bless for ALL.

  • ShereesAtelier

    Sheree Schattenmann from ShereesAtelier said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is very touching as well as inspiring. You have a beautiful family and your jewelry is just gorgeous!

  • beadsincredible

    shruti gupta from beadsincredible said 3 years ago

    God bless your kids and you too all I can say......pretty good efforts from your side!!

  • jmariesf

    Jessica Blevins from JMariejewelrySF said 3 years ago

    Your work is amazing. Your shop is beautiful. Your story is so touching. Thank you so much for sharing your story...you've inspired me to keep working hard. Thank you!

  • RossLab

    Rossella from RossLab said 3 years ago

    Your work is amazing and you are such a courageous woman and artist. I really wish you and your beautiful children all the best. You really deserve it!

  • SquishyBee

    Squishy Bee from SquishyBee said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I cant even imagine and it sure made me cry - hugs to you my dear XX Im thankful for the platform of Etsy as we all benefit greatly :) It has brought in extra income during those times my hubby has been laid off and we would normally be lacking for birthdays and Christmas- Im very thankful!!

  • cabinwindows

    Patti from cabinwindows said 3 years ago

    beautiful

  • DDFemme

    Katie F. from DDFemme said 3 years ago

    Inspiring...thank you for sharing! Your jewelry is unique and beautiful!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Dara Barth from Bumbleweedz said 3 years ago

    You are amazing. Thanks for sharing your difficult and beautiful story. xo

  • tippleandsnack

    Tipple and Snack from tippleandsnack said 3 years ago

    An inspiring story that hits close to home. Your powerful story reminds me of my own strong, determined mother who raised three brawling, squalling young children by herself after my father died. I raise my glass to you!

  • kromerojones

    Karina Romero Jones from MomentsbyKarina said 3 years ago

    The Strength of a human been is the most amazing feeling that we can admire and with that comes Time,,,, the best medicine to heal and get stronger slowly as long we keep ourselves doing something and trying to reach our dreams that in this case was the support for your children. Congratulations Laura and at the same time, sorry for your lost, it sames you have a wonderful family and that is what drives you every moment to keep going,,, the very best to you and family and I can only say,,, Time, give us sweet moments just to cushion the bumpy ones when they come around!!!! Cheers to you all.

  • Christinewith4

    Christinewith from Christinewith4 said 3 years ago

    I'm sorry for your loss but understand. I was left a single mom of 4- all with special needs. I also support my family completely with my etsy business. I have no family/anyone at all (no one at all to fall back on or even for those times when you just want someone you can call and cry to- I'm sure you have those time too) & can not leave my children for more than 4 hours at any given time, so an "outside" life is also pretty impossible. (Unless you count our 6+ doctor appts per week lol.) It makes working outside of the home impossible. I'm thankful for finding Etsy so I can support my children myself, and for the "Teams" on Etsy that offer support. :-)

  • SweetBabyDayn

    Dayna said 3 years ago

    I applaud your strength, and regret that you had to discover it under these circumstances. I appreciate all that you have done to rebuild the collective lives of your family. Bravo to you and to your children, blessed with such a Mother. I need to know if you do contract work because I'd like to have you craft me a piece. Or likely, more than one piece. Please get in touch. Brightest blessings xo

  • RunnStitch

    Kathi Riemer from RunnStitch said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. It is inspiring! I was in your shoes about 28 years ago. Young children and work keep you busy and give you a reason to get up every day. Your creative outlet feeds your soul. Your pain will never go away completely but your ability to deal with it will improve with time. TIME....the great healer. Your work is simply beautiful.

  • shiftingyears

    Cindy from ShiftingYears said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your courage and strength. Your family and art are beautiful. Continued success.

  • fansydesigns

    fansydesigns from fansydesigns said 3 years ago

    Wow, you have a lot of messages to read!! I have NEVER seen so many ! You also touched me heart and brought tears to my eyes after reading your story. My heart and prayers go out to you. You are not only teaching your children to use their talents, you are showing them how to pick up the pieces and move forward after tragedy. Learning to be strong and positive during times of trial are such important life lessons. Your children are looking at you to see how they should deal with this loss~thankfully they have a strong mother who is showing them that life isn't always fair, but you can move forward and be happy. You will make it because you are a strong women and your children will be better people for having YOU as an example, my prayers are with you. Lisa

  • igorcarwyn

    Igor Carwyn said 3 years ago

    Very inspiring Laura. Thank you for sharing with us. It's really encouraging. Best Wishes For you and your lovely children.

  • annyaconis

    Ann Yaconis from Brusheswithaview said 3 years ago

    Laura ,Unfortunately I have something in common with you I too am a widow and have been for 7 years . I lost my husband at the age of 44. My children were 14 13 and 8 . Your story is that similar to mine. We do pick up the pieces and go on . Its not for us alone it for the children ! He will always be in your heart forever and the memories will be cherished. My thought and prayers are with you ! Your work is amazing !

  • LadybugArtStudio

    Carole Gregorio Chapla from LadybugArtStudio said 3 years ago

    Hi Laura. I am so sorry to hear about the death of your husband. I am also a widow, who's husband died at 50. It is definitely a life-changing time and you are doing such beautiful work . I wish you all the best in life for you and your children and the best with your wonderful business. Carole

  • uniden95

    Shari B. from TheBonBonShoppe said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story Laura. You help to give me the strength and perseverance I need to push past my own tribulations at present. Your jewelry is so beautiful. I wish you continuing success here on Etsy.

  • KerreraSkye

    KerreraSkye from KerreraSkye said 3 years ago

    As a recently divorced mother of two, I'm truly inspired by your strength and drive. Your work is beautiful. All the best to you and your family.

  • iwosul

    iwa from sulsolsole said 3 years ago

    This is so wonderful when in situation like yours Laura we can used our Talents (you are so talented, your jewelry are stunning) and our talents and abilities can help and we can survive, and our work start to be like meditation then we can put a side all our problems. I wish you strength.

  • behindmyeyeballs

    Stacey Lou from BehindMyEyeballs said 3 years ago

    Amazing woman, and such beautiful pieces too. I wish you look pretty lady :)

  • EvealoJane

    Evealo Jane from EvealoJane said 3 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I just cried like I haven't in years. Your story is both sad and heartbreaking, yet uplifting and inspirational all at the same time. While only having had such a short time to spend with your love, he will live on forever in your beautiful children and their children yet to come. Thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for sharing your artistic gifts with the world. You are truly a talent to behold.

  • JayenaLynn

    Jena Thomas from BelieveInWonders said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful story. You are such a strong, talented woman. Keep up the amazing work and I wish you and your children all the best in life.<3

  • MakeMeSmileCrafts

    Joan from MakeMeSmileCrafts said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your amazing story. Creativity and strength seem to come from the depths of loss. Blessings to you and your children. My Etsy shop was born because of my hubby getting burned and needing care at home. I think God saw I needed to express my creativity & crafting which was inspired by my wonderful Mom..

  • nursechic72

    Rebekah from pixiestrinkets said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much Laura, for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful!! I wish you and your children much love and happiness in the future <3

  • tesscloset

    stacey from TessCloset said 3 years ago

    Your an incredible woman! So sorry for your loss. May you have continued success. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • milariscosmetics

    Aleksandra from DelightfullyHerbal said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your story and I wish you and your family all the happiness.

  • Villedefleurs

    Tatiana from VilleDeFleurs said 3 years ago

    Thanks Laura for sharing. Such a touching story. And I wish you all the best !

  • estoite

    Adeline Sutiswan from Estoite said 3 years ago

    When I read this article, I remember my mother.. thanks for sharing inspiring story.. best wishes from me

  • StylesbyHolly

    Holly from StylesbyHolly said 3 years ago

    Laura, thanks for sharing your story. I wish you much continued success with your fabulous jewelry and beautiful children.

  • InIVibez

    Aisha Joseph from InIVibez said 3 years ago

    this is a blessed reading . to push through such pain and come forward stronger is a true testament to the human spirit! As a single mom of 3 myself I am completely inspired by you this afternoon Laura, continued success and forward movements. blessings.

  • klawrencedesigns

    Kirsten Lawrence from klawrencedesigns said 3 years ago

    My heart goes out to you and your children, Laura. What strength and courage it takes to just keep moving forward, and you have not only done that but achieved success in your business! Very inspiring to me as I am going through a difficult trial in life at present. Wishing you continued success and happiness!

  • klawrencedesigns

    Kirsten Lawrence from klawrencedesigns said 3 years ago

    My heart goes out to you and your children, Laura. What great strength and courage it takes to just keep moving forward, and you have not only done that but achieved success in your business! Very inspiring to me as I am facing a difficult trial in my life right now. Wishing you continued success and much happiness.

  • inapkined

    Damaris Vezentan from LoveGives316 said 3 years ago

    I was in tears reading your story. But, I found courage that through tragic loss, you came out stronger. My heart and prayers are going out to you all! Thank you for sharing this :)

  • smacshop

    Susan M. from sMacshop said 3 years ago

    What a heart wrenching story. I'm sorry for your family's loss; thank you for sharing it, and for showing us your struggle to move forward.

  • Avramova

    Kati Avramova from HandyFamily said 3 years ago

    This had ... no, still has... me crying... I'm not focusing the letters very well now. And... I probably shouldn't be crying - he was so young, but he had it all, this wonderful family and children, not all men at that age even had the chance to meat the right women, and... Well, that is at least something... But I still am crying.

  • TanteAnnies

    Tante Annie from TanteAnnies said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing Laura. Your strength to carry on with such grace and fortitude is a great inspiration. Your children are darling, but I'd keep an eye on that little one in the orange shirt. ;) Best wishes for continued success and prayers for peace and comfort. Hugs...

  • fineoldthings

    Karen from fineoldthings said 3 years ago

    Your kids will know what a special Mommy they have even moreso as they grow and realize how strong love can be.

  • NinaLS

    Lovely Supplies from HerLovelySupplies said 3 years ago

    Your story made me tear up. I have a cousin that just passed suddenly a few days ago after taking a walk with his wife. His younger brother just passed away suddenly not even two years ago. He died in his sleep the day before Thanksgiving. It was the first time all four brothers had been together in a while because their youngest brother had just returned from Afghanistan for a temporay holiday leave. All this time we were all worried about the one at war coming home safely and it was the two here that died. Both of them were in their 30's. The one thing I have learned in life is to expect the unexpected because tomorrow is promised to no one. As another person wrote, there are no do overs. Live in this moment and let those around you know you love them. It's wonderful that you are able to take that negative energy that tragedy can fill you up with and turn it into something positive. Your shop is beautiful. God bless you and your children and stay strong.

  • foxpots

    Carole Fox from foxpots said 3 years ago

    Touching and inspirational. The resilience of the human spirit is remarkable.

  • Untwistedsister

    Terri from Untwistedsister said 3 years ago

    You and your story are so very inspirational. Your jewelry is amazing and I really enjoyed seeing your workbench. Wishing you continued success and much happier days ahead.

  • jessngriffin

    Jessica Griffin from jessngriffin said 3 years ago

    What a strong and amazing woman you are. Thank you for sharing such a personal and inspiring story. I truly believe your husband is smiling down and proud of the woman and mother you are. God bless.

  • LiaLane

    Lia Lane from LiaLane said 3 years ago

    Laura is one amazing woman, mother, wife, creator!!!

  • samfirecards

    Louise Burgoyne from SamfireGreetingCards said 3 years ago

    Your story was so touching. I think your children are so lucky to have you and will never forget their Dad because they have a wonderful Mum like you share your memories of him.Time does heal. I wish you the best, you are amazing.Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Canucksmurf

    Juli-Symata from SymataDesigns said 3 years ago

    I too craft and sell to deal with fill the financial gap left by an adverse family situation. The pressure to succeed because "failure is not an option" is often stressful and overwhelming, but I do it for my family, and specifically, my son. Thank you for sharing your story. It's nice to know that there are others out there who create not just because they love to, but because they have to!

  • OttavaDesigns

    Ellen from OttavaDesigns said 3 years ago

    Tears in my eyes, for sure! Thank you for sharing this very personal story.

  • rosalynvintage

    Rosalyn Martz from rosalynvintage said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your moving story, I admire your courage and strength and I wish you and your family more power and all the best...your jewelries are simply amazing!

  • michellegerrity

    michelle gerrity from SoYbeIT said 3 years ago

    You are an amaziingly strong person and wonderful artist! Peace be with you.

  • Ms2SweetVintage

    Mary from Ms2SweetVintage said 3 years ago

    Amazingly beautiful artist ! Prayers for you and your lovely children!

  • adrivoulgarellis

    Adri Voulgarellis from WHISPbyAdri said 3 years ago

    Your story is heart wrenching and you are SO brave. God bless.xx

  • carolinefield

    Caroline Field from BetsyBadge said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your truly touching yet inspiring story.

  • VintageNona

    Missy Scordino from VintageNona said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for opening your heart to us. Much love and blessings to you and your beautiful children.

  • kitty525

    Toni Miller from BengalBijoux said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are strength personified.Thank you for your inspirational story. What a wonderful role model you are for your children. And you have also captured the "healing aspect" of art, of being in a state of flow that takes the mind away to a place of peace. It's a place we all try to reach in different ways, and some are more successful than others. Wishing you and your children the very best.

  • fizzscott

    fizz from Mollymoojewels said 3 years ago

    You are truly inspirational Laura. I am sure your husband will be looking down and will be feeling so proud of what you have achieved under such dire circumstances. You are a wonderful mother, artist and role model. xoxo

  • stitchcrafts

    Pam from Stitchcrafts said 3 years ago

    So sorry for you and your children with the loss of your husband/father. Yours is an inspirational story and proves that you can go on in spite of what life has dealt you all. Continued success with your shop.

  • girlishstyle

    Ayelet shahak from girlishstyle said 3 years ago

    You are one of a kiind dear! God bless you!

  • HappyMooseGardenArt

    Joanne Culbreth from HappyMooseGardenArt said 3 years ago

    Wow....you are an inspiration (big understatement)! And your work is stunning...thanks so much for sharing your story.

  • linkyandlu

    Alisha Cook from LinkyandLu said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful courageous story that you tell that turned my stomach and brought me to tears at the same time. May your courage to tell your journey bless you with much more success and that you are happily overwhelmed with incoming orders. Said a prayer for you and your children this evening. Thank you again for allowing yourself to be featured like this. You are a true inspiration. God Bless you.

  • HandPaintedPetals

    Sheryl from HandPaintedPetals said 3 years ago

    I wish you peace in your heart and continued growth in your business and within yourself. You are indeed an inspiration but also a loving human and a mom; that's pretty frickin' special! Blessings.

  • guidouxvintage

    Guidoux Vintage from GuidouxVintage said 3 years ago

    It is one the hardest things that could happen to a women with young kids to rise up alone, I can imagine what you have been through, and it must be very very difficult indeed. I wish you the best for all of you, I am sure you'll do better and better :)

  • OzCraftsEtsy

    Robyn Tinker from OzCraftsOnEtsy said 3 years ago

    A wonderful story - and sadly, very similar to my own. My husband died of cancer in 2010 and left me penniless and homeless, with a son who has a disability. I drowned my sorrows in bead embroidery before borrowing $500 to start my current business, which continues to grow. I wish I had your talent. For me, art is just the meditation which keeps me sane - but I'm happy to be able to help other people find their way out of the abyss.

  • gost

    Melanie Cassar from gost said 3 years ago

    You are just an amazing woman. You are the proof that women are strong and rarely give up.

  • MoFFattDesigns

    DinaMarie Moffatt from MoFFattDesigns said 3 years ago

    Your story is amazing and an inspiration to all! I am disabled from multiple terminal illness. I have Lupus, Raynauds, scleroderma, sjogrens, and fyromyalgia. I have two kids and was a Fine Arts major. Being a single mother of two, limited working capabilities and trying to run an art business is extremely tough! I do charity events and donate my art to people with disabilities to try to help get people involved, thank the Lord for volunteer helpers. Good luck in your venture, you are truly a blessed women.

  • leisureprophet

    Bernard R from marcopolosjunkdrawer said 3 years ago

    Your sorrow. Your anguish. Your bravery. Your strength. your Love. Each of these are facets; brilliantly reflecting the light that touches your wonderful creations--both your children and your art. Persevere, --Bernie

  • andreaashe35

    Andrea Ashe' from AndisInspirations said 3 years ago

    Wow, this was a very inspiring story! God bless you and your children & I wish you continued success in your business.

  • ECarey

    ECarey from Goodwoolhunting said 3 years ago

    This is such a meaningful post.

  • SilverSmack

    Jean from SilverSmack said 3 years ago

    Wow, just wow. . .such strength!

  • secretgardennotes

    secretgardennotes from SecretGardenNotes said 3 years ago

    Speechless....... You are an inspiration. I wish you strength, happiness and continued success ♥

  • LisasFabricShop

    Lisa Aldrich from LisasFabricShop said 3 years ago

    I just came across your story and sit here so sad. You are truly an AMAZING woman. I wish you so much success with your business and am so sorry for your loss. thank you so much for sharing you story!

  • SoulRole

    Nancy Campbell from SoulRole said 3 years ago

    Mahalo Etsy for sharing Laura's story,and a deep mahalo to Laura for sharing.I cannot imagine the magnitude of your loss,your children's loss but one thing is for sure-your children will be ok with such a fierce Mama to lead them on.What a great example you set for them.I have admired your work for some time...we are so blessed to have our art to channel all of the experiences that we encounter in our lives. I can relate in some ways to your story.My husband was the primary breadwinner in our family while I cared for our young children but when he was injured on the job 6 years ago,all of that came crashing down(and our fourth happy surprise made his unexpected appearance.)at that time as well.He received worker's compensation but I knew once that was settled our finances would be dramatically changed since his injuries would not allow him to return to his career(and most as a matter of fact.).About 3 years ago friends told me about Etsy and encouraged me to try out selling my clothing that I had just been selling locally and it has literally saved my family.We are stil struggling but not only has it put food on the table but saved my sanity as well. Aloha and blessings to you Laura and your ohana!

  • justplainjane

    Jane Kenner Smith from JustPlainJane said 3 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have amazing strength and love in your soul. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Jane

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    健 林 from Bigredbigpurple said 3 years ago

    Great Mother!

  • thefortunatehome

    Michele Guilfoos from TheFortunateHome said 3 years ago

    Such a touching real life story that shows what the human spirit can do. I wish you and your children the best.

  • TrulyAceDesign

    Amanda Vlahakis from TaylorTwoShop said 3 years ago

    Oh gosh, I'm so sorry x

  • lilitohandmade

    lilito handmade from lilitohandmade said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this story, I admire your strength and wish you all the best! Very sorry for your loss.

  • pumpkinandbutterfly

    rose from pumpkinandbutterfly said 3 years ago

    I'm so touched by your story. I'm not good with words but wish you many blessings and happy times ahead with your children. I truly admire your devotion and strength. I will certainly pass your story on and wish you many sales.

  • prettyprettycrystals

    Caroline Harris from prettyprettycrystals said 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful story! I know all to well the feeling of such deep sadness, but as you and I and the best of us, we find our way back into life and push on with resilience! Art and creating are the best therapy; you put it perfectly! Wish you the best! And wonder how you create such pieces!!?

  • tranifer

    Tranifer Lovely from WonkyCritters said 3 years ago

    Sobbing. I am sobbing right now. This story is so inspirational and bittersweet. I admire your strength and courage, and your ability to still fight the good fight and keep afloat, even in the worst of weather. You truly are a wonderful mother, and it's very obvious that you love your kids and are willing to do anything for them. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  • mimishingleton

    Mimi from aTreasureInStore said 3 years ago

    Touched by your courage, inspired by your story. Best wishes for your continued success. Hugs to the mini jewelry makers.

  • paulahoward3

    Paula Howard from PaulaHowardPatterns said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your courage and talent will take you far. Thank goodness for those little treasures...they are part of you both. You all have a very special guardian angel. Best of luck in your journey ahead.

  • handmadebyvel

    Vel Carter from HandmadebyVel said 3 years ago

    I can relate to your story in a lot of ways. I lost my only Child tragically on March 10th 2010. He was guessing33 years old. Him and his wife Jeannie had a3 kids. He died 5 months after returning from Iraq. I wanted to quit. I dint and still sometimes don't know how to live after looking my only child. He was my world. Yesterday I started on etsy by listing my first item. I'm confused and don't really know what I'm doing yet. At ALL!!! I LISTED SOME MORE items again today. Idont even know how to find items on etsy or tell anybody else how to getto them. I just type in etsy and start scrolling through Pictures. My mind isn't as clear since looking my boy. I sure could use some tips on how to sell my items.

  • handmadebyvel

    Vel Carter from HandmadebyVel said 3 years ago

    Excuse inserted words above. Besides trying to learn etsy I am also trying to learn my new tablet.

  • TheArtandMindsofLori

    Lori Causey from TheArtandMindsofLori said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your strength with us. I wish you much success. Your strength is inspiring. Thank you again for sharing.

  • kimpedro

    Kim Pedro from RetroRufflesAndRust said 3 years ago

    I have had a terrible last few days where just when I think it's bad the next thing happens that's a little worse. It's 5:15 am and I have just turned on my computer to start my day and your story caught my eye, THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with all of us! I think it's just what I needed today to smack myself a bit and help snap me back to reality. Positive things happen to positive people and thank you for reminding me of that today. May your days be full of success and happiness for you and your children. ;)

  • neicybee

    Denise Barnett from dreaminflowers said 3 years ago

    Sending love and healing power into the universe for you and your beautiful children. You are a very strong and inspirational woman!

  • IrieGreetings

    Marilyn from IrieGreetingCards said 3 years ago

    You are a strong woman. May God bless you and your beautiful children.

  • emptymyboxes

    Trev from Emptymyboxes said 3 years ago

    You have my respect.

  • SkyDreams

    Hee Soon from SkyDreams said 3 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful and your story is inspiring! Sending lots of love and hope to your way. I have always admired your jewelry and now i admire you,too!

  • lindab142

    Linda B. from lindab142 said 3 years ago

    How tragic for you, but G-d had a plan for your success. Wishing you the best for your family in the future. Your strength is inspiring.

  • cynthiafenster

    Cynthia from CindysPetFurniture said 3 years ago

    Sorry for your loss. He would be happy to know how you were able to move forward and care for yourself and beloved children. Your work is beautiful and unique. Best wishes!

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 3 years ago

    That is heartbreaking. You are an amazing example of strength and courage, and your children are lucky to have such a strong role model. Your work is beautiful... Your husband would be proud of you; I know we all are.

  • sharonglapinski

    Sharon Glapinski from TheBagBabe said 3 years ago

    When our lives take such unexpected turns, it can immobilize us. I'm glad you got back up and gradually reclaimed your life. I wish you continued success with your business and your children.

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm so very sorry for your loss, but so proud that you are able to continue on with your family. You have a lovely shop and a great talent! May God bless you with strength and further success in all that you do.

  • PouchStyle

    Eleith from PouchStyle said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. May you continue to have health and strength to support your beautiful family. Your work is lovely and inspiring.

  • JewelryByDeezines

    Denise Mierop from JewelryByDeezines said 3 years ago

    Laura, I have always loved and admired your unique jewelry. You are an amazing women and I am deeply sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing. Stay strong for those 3 beautiful children....your husband lives on through them. God bless you all.

  • marylowther

    Mary Lowther said 3 years ago

    You are amazing. Thank you for being an inspiration!

  • perdikari

    Marigi from Marigisoap said 3 years ago

    You are a strong,brave woman!!YOU NEED TO SURVIVE and I am sure that you will do that! Thank you for having the courage sharing your story with us.

  • ChristinaRomeo

    Christina from ChristinaRomeo said 3 years ago

    I am so proud of you and feel for your loss.... You are an amazing woman, strong, creative and amazing. From one single mom to another keep up the fight....our beautiful children are so worth it. xoxo

  • bijouxecochic

    Claudia from BijouxEcochic said 3 years ago

    What a great inspiration you are for all ..... specially for your children, because of them we keep strong......Keep doing what you do you are a true artist and Thanks again for sharing. Take care Laura! XOXO

  • fayprince1

    Fay Prince from FaysEnergyArt said 3 years ago

    I was crying before I even saw your husbands picture... then when I did I couldn't stop the flood of tears that came...It's been six years since my beautiful husband died in a plane crash... leaving me with 4 children...2 that were grown & left home... one (my second son) came back to live with us & helped me for 2 years after. My youngest was 3 at the time! You are Soooo brave & strong! & I so admire what you have done... like myself... I'm sure it took alot of courage to carry on & move forward... (I studied cabinetmaking for 2 years after his death) & now I am painting (just opened my Etsy Store (Fay Prince Energy Art) Love & Light to you n& your children Laura! I would love to connect... Fay Big (((Hugs)))

  • GreenHeart82

    Les Thomas said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your story. you have given me a further insight into what my sister must have gone through when her husband died after a brief battle with cancer 18 months ago. Thank you, and may the sun keep rising for you and your children.

  • rinebird

    rinebird said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your journey to your Etsy shop.I am so sorry to hear about you losing your beloved husband.Mom's do what ever they can to help their children.You should be very proud of yourself.

  • sommervilleglass

    sommervilleglass from SommervilleGlass said 3 years ago

    Amazing! You are very inspiring!

  • evienix

    Evie Nix from EvieNix said 3 years ago

    Laura you are a truely inspirational woman and your work is beautiful with so much soul :-)

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    THE TEE SHIRT SHACK AND TRENDS from THETEESHIRTSHACK said 3 years ago

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  • BarnshopAntiques

    Carol Bender from BarnshopAntiques said 3 years ago

    Your strength and talent is amazing, thanks for sharing your story.

  • IvanTroyDesigns

    Ivan Troy from IvanTroyDesigns said 3 years ago

    You are an amazing woman. May God bless you and your family.

  • perrincaroline

    Caroline Perrin from perrincaroline said 3 years ago

    your work is beautiful, i wish you the best

  • DoggieDeLuxe

    Liz Allen from DoggieDeLuxe said 3 years ago

    Wow amazing, what an inspiration!

  • heatherpritchett3

    Heather Pritchett from ReadySetSparkle said 3 years ago

    Very inspiring! Keep up the great work!

  • floresdelsur

    Marisa Kraiselburd from floresdelsur said 3 years ago

    Touching story... A warm hug for you all

  • SouthernShabbyGal

    Angela Stahl from SouthernShabbyGal said 3 years ago

    Sitting here in tears. What a heartbreaking story. It is so inspiring to hear how you have come through, and are continuing to press on. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • kerriari

    Kerri from ResparkableVintage said 3 years ago

    I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing your story here.

  • heathereclark

    heathereclark said 3 years ago

    Your work is amazing, and you are an inspiration to me.

  • shantyirish

    Teresa from ShantyIrishVintage said 3 years ago

    very moving and inspirational read ... i can't wait to go check out your work. congrats on your achievements and all the best.

  • nmwatley

    nmwatley from ChazsWaterDragon said 3 years ago

    Word.

  • BSILVER925

    JEAB from BSILVER925 said 3 years ago

    Your photography is wonderful, I like it.

  • karmen2

    Karmen from PaganLights said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are a wonderful, inspirational and creative light. Love to you and your children.

  • adrianab319

    BluPaisley from BluPaisley said 3 years ago

    May you continue to be blessed with strength, courage, wisdom and creativity. I admire you; you are such an inspiration.

  • geebeesgirls

    geebeesgirls said 3 years ago

    Your story is heart-wrenching and your strength, amazing. You are a gifted artist, and I am so glad you have this creative outlet to sustain your soul and feed your family. God looks after us in wonderful ways.

  • thebridalflower

    Irena from TheBridalFlower said 3 years ago

    Such a touching story! I applaud your strength to continue on and your kids are so lucky to have a wonderful mommy like you!

  • jewelrybynaomi

    Naomi Tratar from jewelrybynaomi said 3 years ago

    WoW - I really admire your courage, artistic expression and determination. You have a lot of responsibility - having 3 young children to raise is a full time job on its own. May your business continue to prosper and may your family continue to heal. Best Wishes, Naomi

  • lisar7

    Lisa Rodriguez from Isleofwightbeaches said 3 years ago

    I admire your strength and spirit. What an amazing message you are teaching your children. Your jewellery is very special. Keep smiling. All the very best, Lisa

  • FigliadiRoma

    Victoria R from VictoriaPresents said 3 years ago

    I'm sorry for your loss. Thank God you have your children. What a wonderful thing you have done to provide a loving home for them. You are an inspiration.

  • Rags2RugsandMore

    Terry Ann Dewald from Rags2RugsandMore said 3 years ago

    First let me say your work is beautiful. What a strong and inspirational woman you are. Such a blessing to your children. Let me tell you about Beginning Experience. I am not sure where you are from but it is a world wide organization. It is a weekend retreat for separated, widowed and divorce people where they can begin working through the healing process of such a loss. Truly the best gift I ever gave myself!! I did my first weekend a year ago and then joined team and now serve as a small group facilitator. Blessings to you and your children.

  • irinacojocaru

    IRINA COJOCARU from HandmadebyIru said 3 years ago

    It's a sad and inspiring life story and I'm happy you found comfort in your work. Your jewelry is wonderful and it carries a piece of your soul. Keep making it, it's an inspiration for everyone!

  • jax71896

    Jackie E. from NorthernCottageGifts said 3 years ago

    Laura, Thank you for sharing your story with us. Through the devastating fire of your circumstances you are being refined as gold...beauty from ashes. God bless you. Jackie E. from Alaska. <3

  • feliciaelmanfaa

    Feelee Or from AwakenedGems said 3 years ago

    First I am sorry for your loss !!! bright blessings to you and your children, keep up the great work.

  • karenleanneking

    Karen from KLKingDesigns said 3 years ago

    Laura, Thank you for sharing your heart-wrenching story! I know what it is to be in mourning, and you have to keep going! I know your children are BLESSED to have you, and it is great to hear they are able to create along side you! I will keep you in my prayers also, and I hope you will share photos of your home restoration project. I bet the kids have had a hand in that too!

  • bevamartin

    Bev Martin from BevmarDesigns said 3 years ago

    Laura, Thank you for having the courage to share your story with us. I can not imagine what it is like to lose someone you love, at such a young age, then having to pick yourself up to take care of and support yourself and 3 children! Your work is beautiful and I hope that everything will get better for you and your children.

  • shawnierunion1

    Shawnie Runion from AngelWingsCandles said 3 years ago

    I just lost my son 6 months ago, I know the pain of a broken heart. I have two small children at home still, they are grieving and I need to be at home with them, to support them, so we have started Angel Wings Candles to honor our son, Branden. Im so sorry about your loss, I send you strength, love and faith. All we can do is move forward, for our family. God bless you.

  • luvncrafts

    Christie from luvncrafts said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Very inspiring! I will pray for you and your children! I hope your business with continue to do well.

  • 2CrochetingNuts

    Nancy & Barb from 2CrochetingNuts said 3 years ago

    Dear Laura, May God bless you and your children in every thing you do- So very sorry your husband died

  • sallysoucie

    Sally Soucie said 3 years ago

    ya very inspiring your story is heart wrenching u are still beautful ya children are beautful ya husband would be proud of u sorry about ya loss i like your jewery there very creative piece u got there!~ u are very creative!Hope all n all ya life n bussiness thrive your life is amazing ..Just be happy your able to move forward n never stop being open to others share the love n hope wish u sucess n much more joy n peace .... hug ya children they are beautful inspiringas well..

  • bombaymermaid

    Michelle Christina from BombayMermaid said 3 years ago

    This is both heartbreaking and incredibly inspiring. I'm just joining the comments chorus here to say thank you for sharing this story with the community. Your children are lucky to have such an amazing role model in their lives. They'll grow knowing both the healing power of creation and that despite all odds, the outcome of all situations rests in their own hands.

  • AlphabetMonkey

    Nicole Nicol from AlphabetMonkey said 3 years ago

    Wow what a story.... Seems that your husband is watching over you and I'm sure he would be proud of your courage and determination..seems you have indeed followed on his words that failure is not an option. Beautiful work xxxx

  • copperhairartist

    Helen Marshall from HelensHatbox said 3 years ago

    i did not lose a husbandf but after 0 years of working and getting good job reviews, I got fired. I shook for 2 months . I started making hats and I'm still here. Good luck to you and your children. God is with you.

  • copperhairartist

    Helen Marshall from HelensHatbox said 3 years ago

    that is 20 years of working full time and getting good reviews.

  • catherinemaria

    Catherine Maria Charalambous from BouncyTree said 3 years ago

    What a touching story. All the best to you. Truly an inspiration.

  • harmonylanedesigns

    Sasha from harmonylanedesigns said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, it's truly inspirational. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your work is beautiful! God Bless you and your beautiful children.

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 3 years ago

    This is really a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

  • sheritalley

    Sherilyn Talley from MyMauiDesigns said 3 years ago

    As a fellow human, I am SO Proud of You! Showing us what we ALL have inside... strength AND creativity AND love.. :) Keep on Keeping On, Sister! Love and Best Wishes to you and your family!!!

  • birdrockarts

    BirdRockArts from BirdRockArts said 3 years ago

    Dear....you are so strong and beautiful. Your kids are such a bless in your life.....I wish you the best......

  • K2CraftCorner

    Karen Bale from HobbyHaven said 3 years ago

    What an inspiration and may god bless you and your kids.

  • studioonmozart

    Jessica from StudioOnMozart said 3 years ago

    What a special story--gives me courage, hearing where you've been.

  • Mymesita

    Anna Apostolo from Mymesita said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story dear Laura ;). Wish you all the success you deserve and need. Your story is inspiring & motivating. Thank you again ;)

  • randycleary

    randy cleary from randycleary said 3 years ago

    Laura, Thank you for not giving up. Grace and Peace to you and your household. Randy

  • barikibodycare

    Aisha Bryant from barikibodycare said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your story, your such a strong, courageous woman. You're now part of my inspiration for my own family.

  • sugoi07

    Genevieve Atkins from sugoi07 said 3 years ago

    Feeling humbled by your words, Laura. Thank you for sharing. Your children are very fortunate to have such a beautiful Mum. Happy Mothers Day too.

  • bendanjoe

    Daniel Sommerfeld from DanielSommerfeld said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your story. I am sad for your loss of your husband, and I am glad for you that you can take care of your self and children doing what you enjoy. God Bless you forever.

  • coliebeads

    coliebeads from NicholeLove said 3 years ago

    Laura my heart goes out to you and your children for your loss. Thank you for sharing, you have truly inspired me to keep pressing for I am new with Etsy.. May God continue to bless you and your family and give you the desires of your heart. Peace,love and creations, Nichole

  • fourandsixpants

    fourandsixpants from fourandsixpants said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura. I sincerely admire your bravery. You are the Specimental *Gemstone :)

  • olgaclark

    Olga C from PopGoesTheColor said 3 years ago

    Bittersweet story Laura! You are a true inspiration to many, a true Warrior Mom! Best wishes to you and your family.

  • TheDulceVida

    Myra Pizarro from LittleLemonadeStudio said 3 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring that you were able to do this at such a time when you needed it the most.

  • sarahnadia

    Nadia Roisza from NadiaCrochetWorks said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura. You make me realise that things can't be taken for granted. You're a strong woman and I thank you again for inspiring me. Failure is not an option. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • joliefemme

    Diana from joliefemme said 3 years ago

    So touching and amazing that your husbands words were so powerful and helped you restore your courage to continue! We take life for granted and things can change so fast. Beautiful work and thanks for sharing it with us!

  • anumahesh

    Anu Mahesh from Bubblinga said 3 years ago

    You are so brave!

  • CThandmade

    Claire from autumnandindigo said 3 years ago

    How inspiring!! And you are not alone! I'm a single mother of two - and Etsy is my sole source of income as well. "Failure is not an option." Keep your chin up and keep at it! Your work is phenomenal!

  • landi4664

    Inez Smith from WoodenAngelCreations said 3 years ago

    My prayers for you and your children. Failure is not an option and nor is giving up. You've done neither. Thank you for sharing.

  • donnalcheney

    donna cheney said 3 years ago

    Always remember when you think you cant go on, on any given day just ask God to ease you burden He will always help carry your weight no marrer what! Believe me! Your a woman of courage and empowerment... dont forget to spend time with your children they grow up so fast and before you can blink an eye they are ALL grown sigh then ALL you have is work well then hopefully grandbabies lol When i get better and start to work ill share my 30 year stories of 3 times breast cancer, divorce, tramatic brain injury, paralized leg, lol yes it goes on remarriage 4 hip replacements,nerve damage 3 beautiful girls, 6 even more beautiful grandchildren a terrific husband lossing my brother, then my mother and last brother within 2 days of eachother sigh but all the time God has kept me strong and let me gain 20 lbs this last 2 months and my daughter is getting married in August Ugg. Be well and kiss those babies often they will be your joy always donna psttt i love your jewlery!

  • handmadefry

    Sanja Vidović from HocusPocusStudio said 3 years ago

    Thank you, dear Laura, for sharing your her life story with all of us. Truly inspiring :) Another single mother.

  • marina809

    marina from ohmyjewel said 3 years ago

    I don't have words! I am so sorry for your lost. I admire your courage to going on.

  • LowCountryStudios

    Dolly Lynn from LowCountryStudios said 3 years ago

    I work with metals, too. And I understand having to "forge" ahead on one's own. God bless you and yours. Though not always on our physical plane, help is always near. Your work is strong and beautiful, a true reflection of you and who you are. Continued success.

  • LindseyBollhoefer

    Lindsey Bollhoefer from OfUseAndPureWhimsy said 3 years ago

    Your kids are so blessed to have a mom who chooses daily to be strong for them!

  • crown1001

    P from MaxplanationPhotos said 3 years ago

    what a touching story

  • tnmom3grls

    Tara from VintageMotherFinds said 3 years ago

    Sorry for your loss. As a single mother I know how hard it is to be strong for them and to make the best out of what you have. You are my inspiration. Also trying to start my own vintage finds business on here to take care of my kids as well. May the force be with us!

  • KnottyLace

    Lacey L. from KnottyLace said 3 years ago

    Thank you! From the bottom of my heart.

  • KimberlyOArt

    Kimberly Overfelt from KimberlyOArt said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story, oxo

  • KimberlyOArt

    Kimberly Overfelt from KimberlyOArt said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story ~ oxo

  • xutian1

    ya mo from 2013color said 3 years ago

    Beautiful

  • tammykilgore4

    Tammy Kilgore from DreamyBeadworks said 3 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration!!

  • NatashaGdesigns

    Natasha Collins from NatashaGjewellery said 3 years ago

    Your courage, love and determination are deeply touching. Your work is beautiful!

  • cantoniadou

    Christina Antoniadou from PhotoPrintsCY said 3 years ago

    May God bless you. I am very happy that you have found your way and are able to feed your children through this website.

  • TwoButtons4ever

    Michelle T from TwoButtons4ever said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your touching story. Thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  • uthings

    saoraya from uthings said 3 years ago

    really admire you :)

  • RoughMagicCreations

    Mollie Ann Meserve from RoughMagicCreations said 3 years ago

    Thank you. Truly. Thank YOU!

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    Rosie Dupuy from ApplewoodHandwovens said 3 years ago

    Through all your heart break and adversity I think your greatest talent and accomplishment is the example you've given your children.. Your art work and tenacity are outstanding... I pray you continue to do well.

  • stefaniafidoamico

    stefania rocco said 3 years ago

    a bigh simpathetic hug to you Laura and to your lovely kids.

  • busterandboo

    Buster and boo from busterandboo said 3 years ago

    I admire your strength and wish you nothing but great things.

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic from ShabbyNChic said 3 years ago

    You are a strong and inspiring woman. I lost my father when I was young and it absolutely changed who I became, but I always remembered that because loved ones are always in our hearts that my father was ALWAYS with me. I wish you and your children many happy days!

  • BlackBearStudio

    Anne Aull from BlackBearStudio said 3 years ago

    Hi, I also lost my husband suddenly in March of 2011. He was 20 years older than yours, but loss is loss. It is great to see that you are doing well. Women truly are amazing. I knew I was strong, but am realizing just how strong. Take care

  • nicoleduff

    Nicole Duff from MoodDesignStudio said 3 years ago

    Words can not express such a tragedy, nor such an amazing triumphant spirit! Many prayers for your and your children's continued courage and healing. Thank you for sharing your story. Many warm Hugs! Nicole

  • suzov

    Suzin Michele from suzov said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration, a hero to your babies, and for all of us whom you have shined your light upon. Happy Mother's day to you! May you continue to reflect your blessings and may they return to you and yours exponentially! To Life, with much love! Suzin

  • NiteOwlTreasures

    SOPHIA BIRLIDIS from SunFlowerBargains said 3 years ago

    Prayers and Blessings to you and your children... I wish for your continued success with your etsy and home business... Your pieces are beautiful as are your children... Happy Mother's Day and so very sorry for the loss of your Husband...

  • DOTTO

    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 3 years ago

    Laura your shop is a DREAM. I am in awe of you and your babes, lady. keep up the beautiful work!

  • LotusStone

    Kristen Briggs from LotusStone said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this and for the beauty that you create.

  • CoutureByAyca

    Ayca Hoser from CoutureByAyca said 3 years ago

    Touching story! Sorry for your loss ... You are a strong and inspiring woman... May God bless you and yours ...

  • PrettyPinkyPink

    Em Hovakemian from LifesABeachVintage said 3 years ago

    You're truly an inspiration, to us & to your kids. Wish you the absolute best of luck in your future endeavors. :)

  • lilosrw

    lilosrw said 3 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing your feelings. So empowering story! Wish you the best!

  • dannylions

    Danny and Mom O'Mullan from Dannylions said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I love how you were able to write and describe your grief in words. So true. My situation is different but my grief seems like it will never ever go away. I read somewhere that within the deepest wells of grief, the highest form of joy will be felt. I think it means that if one does not ever feel extreme trauma then that same amount of joy or happiness will never be felt. I await joy. It is my hope that yours will be felt throughout your lifetime. As each of your children celebrate milestones you will feel so much more happiness than others. You appreciate more, you feel more. It is like an exclusive club that I never asked to be in, but my cards were dealt to me and no one else. May God guide you and keep you in the palm of his hand. Xox

  • sheilamcbryde

    Sheila McBryde from vintagejewelryanew said 3 years ago

    What a courageous and talented woman you are! Thank you for sharing your story and best wishes to you and your lovely family:)

  • karlyrose1

    WhiteKittenCreations from WhiteKittenCreations said 3 years ago

    I am so sorry you lost your husband. I am widowed also but my children were a little older. You are right about it being an isolating experience. I understand and will keep you and your children in my prayers.

  • lidiamarini

    Lidia Marini said 3 years ago

    you made me feel so bad ,for feeling sorry for my problems, I wish I had your strength ,when my husband left ,I dint and my kids even 20 years latter are suffering for it ,got so depress ,was hospitalize for long time and more than once ,you have a beautiful art to help you but with out your strength you probably will not made that much difference ,is something to be grate full ,thank you for sharing ,your children are bless ,having you as there MOM

  • BookLounge

    Emma Shows from BookLounge said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us your story. How very touching and inspiring. I am also a single mommy, divorced, and have 2 children. My creations meet with their approval or not at all - I think it's wonderful that your children are able to join you in your passion and have that form of release, too. Many blessings and much healing to your whole family. May your memories of that love and that man grow stronger as you share your memories with each other.

  • YammasCrafts

    Sam May from YammasCrafts said 3 years ago

    All the very best to you and yours. I couldn't imagine getting back up after being knocked down so hard, but you have and are truly an inspiration to us all. loads of love and hugs x

  • JewelryByMondaen

    Michaela from JewelryByMondaen said 3 years ago

    Hope all these wonderful comments give you strength and hope! Thanks for sharing your story with us! All the best to you and your children!

  • craftysou

    Soula from craftysou said 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. I wish the best for you and your children! You are very talented and I love your jewelry!

  • CKandITreasures

    Jennifer H from CKandITreasures said 3 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day. Your creations are beautiful.

  • pattykelly3302

    Patty Kelly from Bigmmama said 3 years ago

    Laura, Happy Mother's Day! Your beautiful children are blessed to have such a remarkable Mother. Thank you for sharing your story; you inspire & deeply touch my soul.

  • TokyoBlossom

    Julie Fuller from TokyoBlossom said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your story. I can't even imagine the pain you must feel. Thank for being an inspiration to us all by being the brave mom that you are. Happy Mother's Day, and may God bless you and your family. <3

  • AutopilotEmpires

    Adrienne Hatkin from AutopilotEmpires said 3 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day, Laura! You are amazing.

  • emeraldorchard

    E.S. from EmeraldinebyES said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful story! I cried through most of it... cuz sometimes I forget to thank God for all that He has given me. Stay strong and keep going. :) Your kids are gorgeous.

  • auntiemae

    auntiemae from auntiemae said 3 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day, Laura!!! I thank you for your story.....your children are Blessed to have such a wonderful, talented mom. I pray that you continue to receive orders and for you to stay healthy.

  • rcluvs2bowl

    rcluvs2bowl said 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I look forward to ordering my first piece from you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura for sharing your journey !! Thank you to Etsy. as well ! My heart goes out to you and your children.You are a true hero, May God bless you and shine His face upon you ! Happy Mothers Day . XOXOXO

  • clivebarron

    Clive Barron. from CliveBarroncreatives said 3 years ago

    Laura ...thank you for your story, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children, I am proud to have heard your story, I can tell others about my friend the lady that never gave up, that kept going , Hang in there , what does not kill you makes you strong, This is a saying I have found so much strength in..Regards. Clive

  • RocherRougeDesigns

    Brooke Spiers from RocherRougeDesigns said 3 years ago

    May God Bless you and your beautiful children. Prayers for strength, guidance, and perseverance.

  • tamarakraft

    Tamara Kraft from tamarakraft said 3 years ago

    I started my Etsy business shortly after being unexpectedly widowed. It allowed to to laugh again, which eventually broke through the pain. I'm very grateful for the platform and the community.

  • terilynn1230

    Teri Lynn from OstervilleOwlBoutiqu said 3 years ago

    Laura, I know that numbing loss of your soul mate, your strength and love for your beautiful children carry you forward. Your work is beautiful, and I wish you success, and may your work be inspired by the happy memories of David in your heart.

  • suzikay

    Suzanne Knighten said 3 years ago

    One of the most moving stories I have ever read. God bless you, Laura. And God bless and keep your beautiful little brood together. I, too, married my absolute soul mate and often think even after all the years we have had together how devastating losing him would be. Artisans have a way of healing their own souls through the work of their hands which is imbued with the physical form of their own spirits. I think God shows His beauty through their endeavors and the end results feed the spirits of the rest of us. We all have a gift of some sort, but the gift of being able to bring the healing of self while enriching the lives of others through the hand wrought art forms is a such a unique one. I hope your life grows in such a way that you reach many others. Thanks for sharing your story. You are an inspiration in the midst of a diverse circumstance.

  • CoveredWagonGoods

    CoveredWagonGoods from CoveredWagonGoods said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • DreamcatcherMan

    William Minchew from DreamCatcherMan said 3 years ago

    Laura, what a heart wrenching story! You are a very strong woman and you have survived a very hard ordeal! It's people like you and your family that inspire us all and give us hope that we all have the strength to go on, no matter how difficult life may become. We can find a way to make it and not give up on ourselves and life. Life is very hard for all of us, we go through giant problems on an every day basis, but somehow we all have the courage to go on. To make life the best we can for ourselves and our families. Your story brought a tear to my eyes, thank you for sharing it.

  • inspirebynancy

    Rosario Uriarte from inspirebynancy said 3 years ago

    Thanks to share your very moving story, is really true inspiration. And specially today for me, reading this give me motivation to keep going. God bless you and Childs and my prayers are with you.

  • ArtisanCrystal

    CrystalCreations from DreamWeaverJewels said 3 years ago

    Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day. I cried when I read your story. Thank you for inspiring me, there have been lots of times when I just wanted to give up~ but you have inspired me to keep trying even when it seems there is no hope left, somehow we dig down deep and find the will to go on and keep trying. Love to your family. Your jewelry is beautiful! Thanks for inspiring.

  • m25roundabout

    simon owens from ProdigalCarving said 3 years ago

    Wow, what a story, a true story. I totally admire your courage, and your will to succeed. What can I say?....Well done. True grit.

  • artoncollection

    jessica lowry from artoncollection said 3 years ago

    you are such an inspiration. i just hearted your white gold wedding band, i hope to wear it some day :)

  • pixieharmony

    Cindy from pixieharmony said 3 years ago

    What a heart breaking, yet powerful story. You give me strength...and for that I am thankful. My prayers are with you and your sweet family.

  • soulshineproducts

    Sonnie Plakotaris from soulshineproducts said 3 years ago

    YOU are an inspiration! Amazingly powerful woman. <3

  • RefinedMetals

    RefinedMetals from RefinedMetals said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have been an inspiration! Your raw truthfulness has helped more than I can possibly put into words! Blessings to you and your family.

  • AmyMeredithHutson

    Amy Meredith Hutson said 3 years ago

    Thank you for opening up and sharing your personal story, very moving & inspirational...best of luck to you and your beautiful children! Amy Meredith Hutson

  • blushingbeetle

    Brette Blair from TheBlushingBeetle said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Such beautiful work. All the best to you and your family.

  • lovepetals

    lovepetals from lovepetals said 3 years ago

    You are a strong woman. Stronger and more courageous than you know. You have encouraged me. Thanks for sharing your journey. God Bless You and your children.

  • elseetee2

    Laura Treloar from Specimental said 3 years ago

    I wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to leave me a message here, or has sent me a direct note. Every time I sit down to post a thank-you, it find that I can't sum up what I want to say- so, I decide to leave it for a bit longer. This outpouring of support from people I will likely never meet has been amazing. It is a bracing and deeply-felt experience for me to come here and read the responses from the community here on Etsy. Thank you so, so much.

  • candacebridget

    candace Hittle Bridget Wentworth from RoseLynnBoutique said 3 years ago

    Your story is amazing and you are so strong. keep up the good work, your jewelry is beautiful. Wishing you and your family the best.

  • CedarwoodCreations

    Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations said 3 years ago

    Wow! Wishing you more sales than you can handle.

  • JKistlerStudios

    Jennifer Kistler from JKistlerStudios said 3 years ago

    Wow. That's a lot to go through, a lot to take care of. Glad you found your way back to creative work, it can be so therapeutic. Best wishes for your family, and make sure to take time to relax !

  • MichelleWorldesigns

    Michelle from MichelleWorldesigns said 3 years ago

    You are truly a strong woman! God bless you and your children. Thank you for sharing such a personal reflection of your life!

  • Starzyia

    Starry from Starzyia said 3 years ago

    I am so glad that your business is doing well, you seem like such a deserving soul. No one thinks when they get married about being such a young widow and yet it happens. Good on you for getting out of bed each day, loving your kids, and doing something fulfilling. I hope you will always find enjoyment in what you create and that you and your family are blessed to always receive what you need.

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 3 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing story! You are a great writer too, if any of your other jobs don't work out, or maybe as another side job, you should write.

  • praewa

    chanatip pitavivadhananont from praewa said 3 years ago

    You 're very strong : )

  • swipxa

    Tony from SwipxaPapercut said 3 years ago

    I just wanna show you a thumb, Great brave woman. A very lovely mother and amazingly gorgous works. I never had such a pain but I am always thinking when I am alone in late night how that will be when I am really facing that? whether I can stand it...

  • artsylizy

    Lizy from artsylizy said 3 years ago

    Dear Laura, Your work is beautiful, just like you, and you are not alone... he is watching you and your children from up there, and you will always have the support of our awesome Etsy community :)

  • fiobeads

    Fiona Ng from FiobeadsCreation said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are such a brave women! Your jewelry is unique and edgy and I am truely inspired by your work! You Rock!

  • bunniej

    Brenda Meyer from Nalishouse said 3 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to us all. Blessings on your day.

  • chandralarose

    Reba G from createdaily said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have been an inspiration! You have a beautiful family!! Blessings to you

  • autumnscreek

    marie from autumnscreek said 3 years ago

    wow. wow. wow. what an amazing story. i am so sorry for the loss that you and your children endured. your words speak volumes though and one can see how strong you are through them, your children are so blessed to have you.

  • irwin1014

    Danny Irwin from irwin1014 said 3 years ago

    What was the hardest part of starting your business? How much advertising do you use daily? Do you find that the more you advertise the more hits your pieces get?

  • sweetgumballinc

    sweetgumballinc Gumball from sweetgumballinc said 3 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story, the heartbreak...and how you got through it. keep being that strong role model for your children. you are an inspiration, a beautiful woman, and so talented. xo's

  • janetjackson894

    Janet Jackson from JBCandyDressDolls said 3 years ago

    when we feel down and it seems that the whole world is turning against us there is a voice that said "hello", i love you i need you to continue on for me and everyone else that loves you. You know you can do it and from what i have read you are a strong and amazing person. i can understand how you feel and i am just beginning my on business, wishing you the best with yours & hope that i have the same strength as you.

  • barbarascreativework

    Barbara from BarbarasCreativeExpr said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story - you are truly an amazing woman!

  • ShelBele

    April Bellino from Amadeusdesigns said 3 years ago

    Wow Laura... that's a heart warming and heart wrenching share on your life's most tragic days. To say you inspire is an understatement your children are very blessed to have you as their mom... as if your not talented enough i experienced everything with you as you shared, your a gifted writer as well. Thanks for your courage and honesty and I'm so glad to have run across your story, and some day I hope to afford a piece of your beautiful jewelry ;) Blessings... april

  • MelbourneSkincareCo

    Sarah from MelbourneSkincareCo said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to us all. Love and creativity are the answers to everything. Well done! I wish you and your family all the luck and love in the world. Sarah

  • lilylunasmocking

    Henriette Wesselman from LilylunaSmocking said 3 years ago

    I understand Laura. My younger son Chris (28) died three yeas ago and I find smocking very consoling. He is my muse, smocking while listening to opera at the same time gives me a feeling of serenity. Good luck to you!!

  • artworksbycarol

    carol pulliam from artworksbycarol said 3 years ago

    My husband says that all the time also...FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION...it's what makes him successful in each task,I am encouraged...

  • MyArtPlace

    Frances Perea from MyArtPlace said 3 years ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your poignant story. It helps to remind me that we can endure and thrive even through the most painful and heartbreaking losses.

  • littlestephanie49

    stephanie from SkullMoto said 3 years ago

    Thank you Laura for sharing, I could fathom losing my husband and raising my two babies alone. Amazing work from an amazing women. Blessed be sister.

  • JewelsByDesign

    JewelsByDesign from JewelsByDesign said 3 years ago

    Laura you packed a lot of living into a small amount of time..you were able to give your husband a marriage and children and happiness to last a lifetime for you now that he is gone. You are strong and will survive and you are an inspiration to the millions of women who work so hard everyday to just live and share a life with someone special. You have shared your tragedy to help others showing them that life can change in an instant, and it will never be the same again. Thank you for your courage and thank you for sharing. Bless You. Susan

  • GothDollie

    Elizabeth M from GothDollie said 3 years ago

    I am in awe

  • hariprasath

    hariprasath from hariprasath said 3 years ago

    I am in awe

  • BannadStudios

    D'Anna Balliett from BannadStudios said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I appreciate your strength.

  • NewEveJewelry

    Megan Craig from NewEveJewelry said 3 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Art can really heal hearts! Your work is lovely and you are such an inspiration. Stay strong!

  • AffordablePhoto

    Linda Shank from Affordablephoto said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful.

  • JenLovinglyHandmade

    Jenny P Y from LovinglyNie said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.. you are indeed a very strong woman.

  • VintageLover818

    Alice Monique Ledezma from VintageLover818 said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration! I had tears as I read your story. Thank you for sharing you are a STRONG Woman!

  • uthings

    saoraya from uthings said 3 years ago

    You are super mom :) Thank you for sharing your story.

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo from lunahoo said 3 years ago

    Hi Laura, I’m very sorry your husband's death, This is a terrible blow. Laura you are an example that inspires us all. Love and believe in what you do have been an important driver for your family. I love your jewelry and I wish you much success with Specimental. Hugs!

  • MoodyMe

    Melissa Moody from MoodyMe said 3 years ago

    Laura, May God's many Graces be a guiding light. Your work is admired. Much love to you and your wonderful family. xo, MJ

  • barbarajordan189

    Barbara Jordan from colorfulltreasures said 3 years ago

    Thanks for you're inspiring story'i am new at itsy have been very ill with heart problem s,am trying to work part time'am praying that my purses and ventage collection will take off soon.my love is making things,I know this late but am wishing. You the best.BARBARA

  • coolranchstudio

    caroline from ohchalet said 3 years ago

    what beautiful children! and such gorgeous work. my very best wishes for you and your family, laura!

  • iriswang2

    Iris Wang from JustCutebyIris said 3 years ago

    Wish you the best of luck, Laura! I love your pieces.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    You are something amazing.

  • Lightwhistle

    Carrie-Ann Mohr from LightwhistleImages said 3 years ago

    Bless you woman, many times over!

  • RocksandLydiaAnn

    RocksandLydiaAnn from RocksandLydiaAnn said 3 years ago

    Laura, how inspirational! I can no longer feel sorry for myself and use that as an excuse not to get anything done. You should be very proud that you have been able to support yourself and your children, it is a task not easily obtained. So sorry for your great loss, you and your family will be in my prayers for continued success.

  • ToniDesigns

    Toni from ToniDesigns said 3 years ago

    So moving. Prayers and good thoughts for you all.

  • roxibiju

    Bee Free from AtelierBeeFree said 3 years ago

    If you can stand up and get over this you can do every thing that show in your life. You are strong, you are free spirit...and when you have bad moments don't forget this.

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 3 years ago

    I love the rough, organic, gorgeous simplicity of your jewelry. I am so sorry for your loss and I am deeply moved by your courage. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. You have touched many, including me.

  • littleplaidcat

    Colsie Ann from LittlePlaidCat said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such a personal and emotional story. Your strength is inspiring, your work is gorgeous. I wish you and your children all the success in the world.

  • eauld

    elaine from TuppenceScotland said 3 years ago

    Inspiring, and really beautiful work, thank you so much for sharing, sending all best wishes to you and the children from Scotland and wishing you huge success with the business.

  • acordoba

    Ana C from Anaspapeterie said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.I love your work!

  • Spoonier

    Tami Miller from Spoonier said 3 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful, and your story is one of ultimate strength. I went through a divorce and an injury that left me a single mom of two- unable to work in my 8 year massage field and devastated by the loss of my marriage. You pulled yourself together much quicker than I did. I admire your courage- it takes a lot to even go to the store the first time after a loss like that... Etsy has offered me an opportunity to be able to spend much more time with my children and work from home as well as find a creative outlet that really works to help support our family. I'm sure you will have continued success here as your work is full of Uniqueness and Quality- as it seems you are too. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • pumpkiandmo

    Kathi from PumpkiAndMo said 3 years ago

    I already had read the 'quit your day job' article about you long time back and I couldn't help but admiring your strength wondering if I would be able to do what you did- getting up and moving on.. :) I wish you all the best and hope your success will continue to grow and, by that, keep on supporting your lovely family ! Thank you for sharing and lots of love! Ps: Your work is very strong - beautiful pieces you have created!

  • rhounshell

    Rebeccah Hounshell from rhounshell said 3 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. My mom just passed away in February. I miss her very much and sometimes it hard to work. But then it is the one thing that helps keep life moving. Your story is sad but also inspiring to me. I want to get myself going again. Thanks for sharing.

  • ShadowKyat

    Chenoa McGee from Kyatastic said 3 years ago

    The idea of loosing my husband is unbearable.... but I have to deal with that threat every time he gets deployed. The life of a military wife is a hard one. Every time my husband leaves to go overseas, those first few days are the hardest. I end up shutting down and have to convince myself that he is coming back. But if the day came where he didn't..... well, let's just say that I think you are a lot stronger than I am. I wouldn't know where to begin to explain it to our kids, much less to find the strength to continue to work creatively.

  • veryverdant

    Sonja from veryverdant said 3 years ago

    What an amazing and courageous woman. Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is amazing. Best wishes to you and your beautiful family!

  • claretimmington

    Clare Timmington from MarigoldMint said 3 years ago

    inspiring! thankyou for sharing.

  • wolfelinda1

    Linda Wolfe from CraftsbyNinnie said 3 years ago

    Laura So sorry for your loss, thank God you have your children,what a beautiful gift God gave you and your husband. I can amagine when you look at your children you can see a little bit of him what a blessing. He will always be with you. My tears fell as I read your beautiful story, you and yoiur children will be in my prayers. God Bless You, Linda

  • Soaptheearth

    Ali Richardson from Soaptheearth said 3 years ago

    Just read your moving story. You are walking through life's journey with grace and courage. Your work is beautiful. Wishing you much luck and many sales in the future.

  • minskis

    Minskis Rocys from Minskis said 3 years ago

    Nice story :)

  • vdownham

    vdownham from Eclectasism said 3 years ago

    Bless you, your story is an inspiration to others that may or may not face similar challenges in life. Continue on!

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 3 years ago

    Failure is NOT an option. Go you!

  • DonnaWalker

    Donna Walker from DonnaWalker said 3 years ago

    Laura, you have turned a nightmare and tragedy into a strength. Brava. It takes a strong person to pull though and to share this- you are a beautiful example to your children. Etsy has created miracles for many sellers, it is a powerful tool. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • lquimby02

    lquimby02 from JewelryTreasure4Ever said 3 years ago

    I'm sorry for your loss. I'm new and I have just read your post. I'm very sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers. You are a very strong woman to continue on and take care of your children.

  • carrieamosher

    Carrie Mosher from CannemoPhoto said 3 years ago

    Beautiful story, wishing you good fortune moving forward.

  • VenitasBoutique

    VenitasBoutique from VenitasBoutique said 3 years ago

    A message was in my Etsy e-mail today, I read your heart felt story, moving me to tears. It make me stop and think to take a look around me which made be appreciative to what I have in my life. Laura you are such an inspiration to all of us, bless you, keep up your wonderful creativity going, stay strong & remember you have those wonderful children you have to remember him by,cherish them! You are one of my favorites now, stay strong,best of luck to you & your children! Post to Pinterest at pick times!

  • mintege

    Christine from Mintege said 3 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Stay strong!

  • bellfas

    Brenda Bell from ZuliKids said 3 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations on your Etsy Business.

  • creativedesignsstore

    Renata from creativedesignsstore said 3 years ago

    O Laura !!! Every time I wear the most beautiful ring you made me I think about you and how are you doing. I am so happy to read that your amazing jewelry is giving you a strength and much needed income. Much love Renata

  • NightFlowerCreations

    Sherry Lowe from NightFlowerCreations said 3 years ago

    That was wonderful of you to share your story. You are a strong person! God bless you and your children!! -Sherry

  • drvvxgao

    DRVVX Gao from DannyboyWorkshop said 3 years ago

    your courage is inspiring. Your creativity is beautiful. Best wishes to you and your family.....

  • patriciamarion2

    Patricia Marion from compassion2013 said 3 years ago

    amazing woman you are... i am crafting to sell to care for my medical needs of my Son...

  • Lianapapillon

    Olga - Anastasia Kalfopoulou from LianasPapillons said 3 years ago

    Laura, keep going. You are a very special woman.

  • julsofparadise

    Julie from julsofparadise said 3 years ago

    Laura - a virtual group hug to you and your 3 adorable urchins!!

  • MontageDecor

    Jeri Kidd from MontageDecor said 3 years ago

    Dear Laura, just happened across your story while on the way to making a Treasury. You, Laura, are a Treasure for sure, and your beautiful children. I was with someone for years who had the same thing happen to his Mother, she is still alive at 96 yrs. old and somehow managed to be both Mother and Father to her 3 kids. He was the youngest and only 3 when his father had a heart attack in the woods. He had mailed my friend a postcard with a bear on it, and wrote: "How do you like this bear, boy?" What an unusual and special thing to do, not knowing it would be his last communication with him. He and his sisters are the nicest people I have ever met, kind, caring, and supportive and I encourage you as you move forward. I know it takes many years, wishing you love during this time and always. Your shop is amazing, and glad you had it to fall back on as doing ordinary things during those times is what keeps us moving on. best, Jeri

  • LadySummerset

    Carolyn Summerset from Kehahs said 3 years ago

    He was so handsome! Love your work! http://www.etsyshopownersnetworking.com/

  • cherryandviolet

    Angie Morrison from BrenLively said 3 years ago

    Laura - Your story truly touched my heart. Your strength is such an inspiration. You have an amazing talent and your jewelry is stunning! Take care :)

  • christinagomez3131

    Christina Gomez from SheWearsitWell said 3 years ago

    I'm ashamed to say that I have been avoiding reading your story for a while, because I knew it would bring me to tears. I cannot imagine how hard it has been on you and your precious kids. My mother was murdered when I was 7 and I still miss her. You are a very strong woman, to be able to bear the greatest sadness in life, and still be able to provide for your kids. I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • septemberstation

    Julie and Jade Station from JulieandJadeVintage said 3 years ago

    Blessings to you and your family.

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Keep going, there's nothing more rewarding than what we do as crafters!

  • kdbspace

    Kim from CharisBabyDesigns said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, your story is amazing!

  • vanrobmac

    Jenette Robert from OverTheMoonBridal said 3 years ago

    You are a strong women. Continue on.

  • malloryottariano

    Mallory from DarkstarHandmade said 3 years ago

    You are an incredible and admirable woman Laura. Thank you for sharing your tragic yet inspiring story with us all.

  • bluefolkhome

    Margo Seibert from bluefolkhome said 3 years ago

    You are very strong, and you don't even know how strong you really are yet. You have the strength to do what it takes. Your work is absolutely gorgeous and undoubtedly you will continue to be able to support your beautiful family. Take it one day at a time and you'll get there!

  • PearlAmourJewels

    Asma from PearlAmourJewels said 3 years ago

    A beautiful story...wishing you the best.

  • 2ndHandMade

    Serena Lee from 2ndHandMade said 3 years ago

    Thank you for having the courage to share your story, Laura. I can't even imagine how dark, lonely, and sad those days were shortly after your loss. You have given me hope that life does and can go on after tragedy. I'm glad you have found a sense of community here on Etsy that has helped you get through the darkest of days. Much continued success to you and your children.

  • devonegray

    Devon Gray from WellHelloSunshine said 3 years ago

    I admire your strength to look for positives during such a hard time for you and your family. I hope you find continued success for Specimental. Beautiful pieces!

  • EuropeanFlingVintage

    EuropeanFlingVintage from EuropeanFlingVintage said 3 years ago

    You are an encouragement & inspiration to all! Continued success & happiness are wished for you & your family!

  • veronicabotelho1

    Veronica Botelho from ManumillaDesign said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! You're an inspiration and encouragement! Your children are proud of you! (I lost my father when I was 6 and my mum was my hero, she suffered a lot but she did a good job growing me and my sister up... even if she did it by her way! I was really proud of her!)

  • CecilliaDouSH

    Cecillia Dou from CecilliaArtClip said 3 years ago

    What a touching story. You are encourage me, Laura

  • shobelyndayrit

    shobelyn dayrit from Perkystuff said 3 years ago

    I was teary eyed when I was reading your experience but I am also encouraged to live my life fully with my husband.Sometimes, I am so ungrateful about my life and when somebody who shares stories of survival just encourages me to move on.Lots of luck and love to you from me.

  • inbloomdesigns

    Jillian Driedger from inbloomdesigns said 3 years ago

    You are a true inspiration. I thank-you for sharing your story. I admire your strength!!! Beautiful pieces you create!

  • portraitsbybillie

    Billie Bennett from portraitsbybillie said 3 years ago

    What an inspirational story, my dear you are a very strong lady. I have three kids and that is job all on its own. Kudos to you!!!!

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 3 years ago

    Great story, very inspirational!!

  • blueglass79

    blueglass79 said 3 years ago

    Me and my husband cried through this whole story. An inspiration to us all...thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • whitneysurane

    Whitney from madlywish said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing such a profound and personal story. You are inspirational!

  • dawkinsrising

    ShadeGreenPublishing NaturalFruit Body Butters from NaturalFruit1 said 3 years ago

    Wow! thanks for this post.

  • artpower

    Elena Petrova from ElenasArtStudio said 3 years ago

    Thank you for being strong! thanks to Etsy for writing about it. All the best to you!

  • WorldClassEmbroidery

    Lisa Boam from WorldClassEmbroidery said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • adopt4jesus

    Karen Kaye from KKsThisAndThat said 3 years ago

    Your story is inspiring and your children are beautiful. Your artistic talents are impressive and what a gift you are bestowing on your children teaching them your trade and showing them how to survive after such a difficult situation. Warmest wishes to you and much continued success!

  • Thebaroqueprincess

    Lisa Neuberger from Thebaroqueprincess said 3 years ago

    I am soo happy for you and I wish you all the best things in the world by making your beloved jewelery It is also my dream to make a living while being at home and staying and being able to help support my family! Very Touching story! Love the photos! Lisa

  • MeganHowardPPC

    Megan Howard from LovePitterPatter said 3 years ago

    This was such a heart-string pulling and inspirational story, all rolled into one! As a stay at home mother of two young boys and a BFA (with no guarenteed income, only what I make from my creative business), I can not even imagine what I would do if this happened to me. I would hope I would be as strong as you, but I just don't know! You are a true inspiration that it is possible. Thank you for sharing your story!!

  • MrsLYH

    Mrs. Hall from MGGlobalChic said 3 years ago

    You are amazing! And your children are blessed to have you as a mother.

  • flauntdesignsjewelry

    Lin from FlauntDesignsJewelry said 3 years ago

    I have long admired your work, Laura, the beautiful simplicity that allows the stones to be the star. Not only keeping it together but making your business thrive along with your children is quite inspirational and humbling. You are one strong, amazing lady and I am absolutely sure that David is watching and so very, very proud of you. Thank you for sharing...

  • Nicias

    Deborah and Nicia from NiciaPetCouture said 3 years ago

    Best to you!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 3 years ago

    I keep reading this story over and over again and I am filled with so much sadness and awe. Sadness because I cannot imagine losing my husband, and we have one child. I can't bear the thought of having THREE and losing him. And Awe because you are amazing. You are beautiful, gifted, and driven. You picked yourself up and started moving because as your amazing husband once said "Failure is not an option". What wise words...it's as if he somehow knew you'd need to remember those words. Wishing you and your family all the best.

  • PippiHepburn

    Lisa Best from PippiHepburn said 3 years ago

    Thank you for your story, so inspiring. Your work is beautiful. I also love, as previously stated, that you show your messy workbench. Love it because most of us work, create a mess and clean it up later. So many pics of artisans shown in blogs are so neat and that is just so staged. Love your overall honesty and for that you will do well, I am sure. Happy life to you all!

  • danyellejohnson1

    Tiffany from TiffanyMcGraw said 3 years ago

    Your story really inspired me. Failure is not an option really stuck with me. Praying for continued success for you and security for your family.

  • LetterKay

    Kayla from LetterKay said 3 years ago

    What an amazing and inspirational story!

  • KlidonasPhotoJewelry

    Stephanie from KlidonasPhotoJewelry said 3 years ago

    You are a true inspiration !!! thanks so much for sharing your story and your Art with all of us XOXOX !

  • brendawolfe2

    Brenda from ClassicStash said 3 years ago

    Laura.... It is people like you that share the pain of the soul that makes one see that life is truly a special thing that is not to be taken for granted. It is indeed remarkable what strength and courage you have found in yourself from the loss of your wonderful husband. May you and your children go through life remembering the gift you were given to know and love him. I am grateful that you have taken the time to write this, it had to be difficult at best. I hope that you take care of yourself, so that you may take care of your children as well as your business. My thoughts are with you, Brenda

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 3 years ago

    I love your shop! Your designs and your story is wonderful!

  • BaltimoreRescueGroup

    BaltimoreRescueGroup from BaltimoreRescueGroup said 3 years ago

    Laura, I hope the Universe brings you peace and love and joy. You are an amazing woman all the way around. Every one of us has a story. Some more tragic than others; none the less thank you for sharing yours with the world. maybe you should take up writing as well- you are compelling. Best wishes, Deb

  • Nikolai75

    Nicole Grace Photography from NicoleGracePhoto said 3 years ago

    Such a touching, inspiring story. Best wishes to you and your children.

  • atticoftreasure

    Jan Rannacher from AtticofTreasures2007 said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your strength. You are inspirational. My heart goes out to you and your children.

  • djstrahan

    Dj. Strahan said 3 years ago

    Hi , And I thank you for sharing your Story and I am so happy that I was able to find this site from reading in a magazine , I understand everything that you have said , I too know that feeling so very well because I share what I call a Widow Sisterhood with you , My Husband of 43years Suddenly pass way ,it was unexpected and very hurting for me and my adults Children , It has been about 5 years and I can tell you that it seem like it was yesterday ,I am doing better , I have been busy trying to find ways to make extra income , I was always great with sewing and making many things , but because of some health Issue that have prevent me from Sewing which I love , I had to find some thing else to do to bring in income , I am sorry that I cannot use this site for the products that I sale , out products are healthy Chocolates and healthy Shakes that is great for health as well as weight management , I am with a company , but I really need more exposure to get the word out about my products and it can also help others Woman like myself make extra income also ,I like to have you and maybe others check out my site and see what we have to offer, LiveSmart360.com/delorisstrahan , I wil be purchase something from your line , I believe in help support my sister in the Widow world ,You are a great Inspirational Woman to me and many others , I also have a Group of Ladies where we reach out and support each other , I like to have you as part of the group , We all are in different States , but we are connected vie phone and internet , I am the Creator of the Group , I thank you for your beautiful story and many Blessing to you and your Family , and much success to your Business .,If possible I love to hear from you , Take care and God Blessed . Regards Dj.

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 3 years ago

    You Are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing you story. You are strong and courageous and also a marvel.

  • Grampasworkshop

    John and Valarie Ireland from Grampasworkshop said 3 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration. I wish you and your children all the best. Thank you so very much for sharing your story.

  • SapphoProductions

    Seas from SapphoProductions said 3 years ago

    Wow. The power of your story in combination with your craft is beyond inspirational. . .sending out lots of love and respect.

  • kkarionwoodsglenn

    Karion Woods from KlassyGems said 3 years ago

    My God's grace and mercy be with you and your children forever more. Thank you for letting The World know that there is Life and Peace after the storm. Thank Be Abundantly Blessed.

  • OliveStreetStudio

    Jennifer from OliveStreetStudio said 3 years ago

    All the best to you and your children as you continue to move forward. From a close-byer out in Long Beach - Jennifer

  • elizabethfrederick5

    elizabeth frederick from booksatwisteria said 3 years ago

    My daughter lost her husband with 7 children, 5 at home. The day it happened she looked at me and said" what do I do now" I just said put the kids to bed and tomorrow make them breakfast. She has held her family together and although it will never be gone, she has relearned to live for the children. That is what has to be done so you do it.When he died, it should have been me. I am so much older. He was still needed to help her with those children. Thank goodness she is also strong.

  • joyceblake1

    Joyce B from Featherstrokes said 3 years ago

    Hi, I am so sorry for your loss, you are an incredible strong, independent woman, you will do it. Your kids are really cute too. My Mother was in the same situation when I was 14 we lost my Dad, 3 teenage girls to raise alone. Its quite amazing what women can do when they have too, I love your work, maybe you can help me, I just got back from Banff, and I purchased a piece of Ammolite, I want it made into a pendant, I think they said it is heat sensitive??? I make soap, and sell essential oils, just started on this site, If you think you might be able to help me, I would appreciate it..Hope to hear from you..

  • SaimuiSamurai

    Michelle Saimui from WomenLand said 3 years ago

    You are amazing Laura.

  • Simag

    SimaG from Simag said 3 years ago

    Laura, you are an amazing woman!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us♥ Sending you and your family lots of hugs, strength, and good wishes your way!! Your work is amazing!!!!!!!

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 3 years ago

    :)

  • ToniDesigns

    Toni from ToniDesigns said 3 years ago

    I hadn't even known this story and if I'm not mistaken I'd included Laura's work in one of my treasuries just because it was gorgeous. Fantastic!

  • bethanyhandmade

    bethany from BethanyHandmade said 3 years ago

    You are such a strong woman, Laura. This is a tragic but inspiring story. I am so sorry to hear about your husband but it sounds like you are doing an amazing job as a single parent and setting a wonderful example for your children. God bless you!

  • Craftelina

    vik and ig from Craftelina said 3 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. God bless you and your family. You surely can give much strength to other people too.

  • sierrasongbird

    sierrasongbird from sierrasongbird said 3 years ago

    Your story was very touching but also inspiring...Blessings to you and your lovely children...I love hearing that they are following in your footsteps!

  • monicavargasdesigns

    Monica Vargas said 3 years ago

    Wow, I wish you and your children all of the best and can only imagine that your husband is so proud of his wife and children for being strong, even in the midst of what occurred.

  • JulietRivada

    Juliet Ramos from ToyKalapawMi said 3 years ago

    sad story but inspiring when it comes to bouncing back to life

  • tarren

    Tarren Pearson from tarren said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiring, strong, talented, beautiful spirit.

  • Daisy6251

    Daisy6251 said 3 years ago

    Beautiful story and you are amazing. and very inspiring.May God Bless you and your children.

  • LaddcoDesigns

    Tavia Ladd from LaddcoDesigns said 3 years ago

    My story is so similar to yours! I only started making jewelry around April this year, when my husband tragically and unexpectedly passed away May 30, 2013. I also found that the jewelry making is a way for me to keep my mind occupied, instead of allowing my mind to race. I would love to talk with you more! Best of luck to you! :)

  • 443Jewelry

    Daria from 443Jewelry said 3 years ago

    Unbelievably inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  • WhimsicalFolk

    Kimberly Barnes from KimberlyBarnesArt said 3 years ago

    Thoughts & prayers are with you..so sorry for your loss, I wish you much success

  • sophienature

    Sophie Nature from CREACOLOR said 3 years ago

    Bravo Laura ! Amazing strength ! +++ Lots of good thoughts and prayers.

  • NinelParuna

    Ninel from SoftKnitArt said 3 years ago

    What an amazing story. I am sorry for your loss. The jewelry is great. I wish you and the family all the best!

  • kristengaudette

    Kristen Gaudette from kristengaudette said 3 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Best of luck and keep up the amazing work.

  • sumassets

    Amnaj Ruamsupnukul from SumAssets said 3 years ago

    very nice

  • ScarlettSlipper

    Lorri from ScarlettSlipper said 3 years ago

    Thank you for being willing to be honest and share such a personal story. Your work is lovely and you have my best wishes for good days, weeks & years ahead with your children and business. Bless you!

  • emmasnana

    Shirley Freeman from Thefabricofmylife said 3 years ago

    What a brave lady you are. I will always remember your story. You and your children are in my prayers. Shirley

  • GoldberryCards

    Justine Hettler from PolarRootStudio said 3 years ago

    Very inspirational, thank you for your story.

  • topvistama

    topvistama from KleponDesign said 3 years ago

    great story.... brave woman... God bless you.

  • yoyozhou

    YOYO Zhou from DIYfittings said 3 years ago

    Dear Laura, this is yoyo, i come from China! This is the first time i read the story from you, i am very shock, hope you and your small children are very well and you business will be more and more big, i don't know how to expression, but i am sure you are the greatest mother

  • 1983momo

    monica cervantes from Artsylady83 said 3 years ago

    wish you and your kids the absolute best...you are so brave and gifted you have amazing pieces....

  • jewlsgifts

    Jewls Gifts from JewlsGifts said 3 years ago

    Your story is sad yet insperational... Goodluck for the future to you & your beautiful children :-)

  • artbycarrie10

    Carrie Paquette from Artbycarriepaquette said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work! love the rough diamonds and steel grey pearls! Congrats on your success! You are an inspiration!

  • eclectiqa

    ☆ Joni A - Vintage Picks for You and Your Home from Phyndz said 3 years ago

    You never know what Life is going to hand you and you either give up or keep going. What a brave, strong woman you are! How blessed that you have your creativity to lift you up, as well as your children of course! As others have said, truly inspiring. All the best to you.

  • G0ddessM0ther

    Gretchen Hunt from G0ddessM0ther said 3 years ago

    It is great to read of another great woman! My story is similar except I was already working as an engineer when my husband died suddenly leaving me with 6 children ages 18 months to 12 yrs. Anything is possible, and now I want to move to a different career, writing and creating so I can be home with my children more than my current career allows. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • percivalroad

    Anastasia from percivalroad said 3 years ago

    Im so sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing your touching story. your pieces are very beautiful!! stay strong and keep creating!

  • stephslinen1

    stephslinen1 from StarlilyDesignStudio said 3 years ago

    All the best to you & your children, your work is beautiful!

  • mileydisbacallao

    Novalie from NovalieJewels said 3 years ago

    Your story is inspiring. Wishing you all the best. Your pieces are amazing!

  • accessoryalamode

    Deborah McGovern from deborahmcgovern said 3 years ago

    Such a heartfelt and inspiring story Laura. I am so sorry for your loss. He seems to be the driving force of an angel watching over you and your children. I am happy to read of your success of your beautiful jewelry. Keep it up...you are so talented!

  • ClareWebsterInc

    clare webster from yesItwasme said 3 years ago

    What a talented, beautiful and inspirational woman you are. Your children must be extremely proud of their mum! x

  • CraftingEngineer

    Tia Berg from TheCraftyEngineerx said 3 years ago

    Such a touching story, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your jewelry is so beautiful, you are very talented. Keep up the good work!

  • JulieCrowther

    JulieCrowther said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Mine is a similar one, except that my husband went from being a budding homebuilder to being in a wheelchair. It took almost a year before he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called POEMS Syndrome. We also have three small daughters, and are struggling to get by.... all the very best to you...lots of love

  • 2joyfoglietta

    Joy for your heart Foglietta from Joyforyourheart said 3 years ago

    Hi Laura - your story reminds me of the ocean - the waves crash with such fierce energy & yet are still calming, all at the same time. The way God has used you to get through all that darkness. I know Dave would be so proud of you and expect nothing less. Those children are your blessings too, I am sure and your courage has taught them so many lessons. May you continue to move forward, feel peace & happiness and know & believe in your deepest part of your heart that you will see Dave again. I cant wait to spend time looking at your shop. I just opened up mine today. I am a rookie at trying to sell anything but an addicted photographer of nature. God Bless you Laura!

  • shimmeringleaves

    Diane from ShimmeringLeaves said 3 years ago

    Your story is tragic yet beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 3 years ago

    Incredible strength, beautiful work.

  • wendikroeger

    Kelly K from FunFactoryGirl said 3 years ago

    This is a very touching story, and it really got to me. I believe that you will find your way out of this situation, and that your life will continue to be as beautiful as your jewelry. Thank you for sharing this story with me!

  • liliavaniniboutique

    Lilia Vanini from liliavaniniboutique said 3 years ago

    is a sad story but women are strong and capable to continue our lives, unfortunetly pain is part of our life, that is the reason I always think in enjoy every single minute of our life, problems and complications are just little things that at the end are resolve in one way or another, our lives, our moments, our peace, is what is most important and life. I wich you all the best, Laura Thank you for sharing your story Lilia

  • Madebypeter

    Peter from madebypeter said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • Penikeni

    Pen from Penikeni said 3 years ago

    thanks you for sharing your story it made me sad and it also gave me the courage. This story inspires me because it shows that life is not easy and pain will always be a part of our life but there is also good times. I like your work best of luck!

  • adujeva

    Olga Adujeva from AduevaArt said 3 years ago

    Ahhh, Laura! Your story is touched me. Part of me was ready to cry while reading, but other part was amazed with you will and strength. Your works are beautiful! Thank you for sharing and inspiration. best wishes to you and your children!

  • dmcfarla

    Deanna McFarland from TinaSuesVintage said 3 years ago

    Hi Laura! What a inspiration you are!! I hope that you find the peace you need and fulfillment you so deserve. I truly love your jewelry... I wish you the best! With Kind regards.

  • intoxicatingtreasure

    Sharon Camp Edwards from SpunkinCardCo said 3 years ago

    I just read your story, Laura, and am truly amazed at your determination to not only keep your family focused but also to keep your business flourishing. You are an inspiration and role model for us all.

  • sookchom

    sangduan sookchom from Sangduancrochet said 3 years ago

    Thank you for share your story with me.

  • houseofmerylene

    Ashley Jackson from HouseofMerylene said 3 years ago

    Stay strong my dear !! Your work is amazing and it shows !! God Bless you and your children !

  • toland1981

    Panida Toland from SuperCutCrochets said 3 years ago

    You are the best and be strong my dear !! God Bless you and your children

  • jessicasymonds

    Jessica from ButtonBadgereels4u said 3 years ago

    You are a true inspiration to all of us.

  • yesseniadmartinez

    yessenia from AngelPegCakeToppers said 3 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • womentreasures

    Women Treasures from womentreasures said 3 years ago

    Really touching,the important thing is to overcome it and move on :) well done

  • womentreasures

    Women Treasures from womentreasures said 3 years ago

    Well done,You overcame tough odds to make ends meet.U are a winner in life :)

  • sarahmercius

    sarah mercius from VintroMarket said 2 years ago

    You're a very intelligent and resourceful woman. Your children are blessed.

  • meghandjulie

    Lisa from MeghanandJulie said 2 years ago

    My heart is beating so quickly after reading this because it is my greatest fear. My husband is the only one who works because we have 4 boys, 2 of whom have autism and I can not work out if the home because i need to care for them. God forbid something happens to him, I don 'to know what I would do. I am so proud of you for working so hard to care for your beautiful kids. Wishing you God's blessings.

  • jahs1124

    judi svrga said 2 years ago

    be gentle with yourself...may the Universe surround you with love and bless your children..may your creativity be your solace.

  • MrsBx

    Eileen B from LeisurePleasures said 2 years ago

    One of the most important things we can teach our kids is that they can rely on their own abilities to make a living doing what they love. As your children watch you perfecting your craft, they will intrinsically pick up on their own abilities to pursue their dreams and make money in the process, outside of a 9-5 job. Isn't that what many of us hope to accomplish, say, in our retirement years too?

  • Irensong

    Iren Barnum from IrenSong said 2 years ago

    What an inspirational and personal story. I am very thankful for this post! Keep all your great work and know that I am very very proud of you and your children! Blessings on all of you.

  • EstateAurora

    AuroraHorton from EstateofAuroraHorton said 2 years ago

    This is so inspirational! Good for her!!

  • anetapruchnik

    Aneta Pruchnik from Torebeczkowo said 2 years ago

    Laura, you are a strong woman. Thank you for sharing.

  • ShelleyCampbell88

    Shelley Campbell from ShelleybellDesigns said 2 years ago

    A personal story that has the power to touch everybody. Very inspiring.

  • vicsvintagecloset

    Vic from VicsVintageCloset said 2 years ago

    may God shine his blessins on you and your family. My heart goes out to you

  • faye4kay

    fatula waluyo from ShoppinkStory said 2 years ago

    Very inspiring, Thank you for share this story I got more power from that

  • janvalencia2

    Jan Valencia from BeautifulHomeAccents said 2 years ago

    God gave you strength when I'm sure you didn't think you could make it. You are very strong and have inspired others. Love your work . May God continue blessing you and your family.

  • costicagal

    Constantin Galceava from PaintingsGalceava said 2 years ago

    Interesting story, good for you!

  • QuirkyBoots

    Deanne from QuirkyBoots said 2 years ago

    an amazing story, so brave and inspiring x

  • kathy195712

    Kathy Brown from KearstinsCreations said 2 years ago

    Love to your beautiful family,an amazing story,so brave and inspring.

  • motherearthbeadwork

    Sarah from MotherEarthBeadwork said 2 years ago

    Wow! Thank you with all of my heart for being so strong and telling your beautiful story. I started my Etsy store too right after my husband came off of life support (he lived). It is in those moments of extreme fear and not knowing what to do that our souls are bare that we come alive. In our darkest night there remains goodness. You are a strong and beautiful soul. I did take a look at your store too. You make lovely pieces. Best of luck going forward. Heart hugs, Sarah

  • sassyfrass1

    Sassy Frass from SassyFrassOriginals said 2 years ago

    It is not the kite but the air which makes it fly. Such a beautiful beginning and ending. Your future with your children looks to be an amazing one! God bless you!

  • ontheedgedesigns

    Tina Hanks from ontheedgedesigns said 2 years ago

    Just happened upon your (life) story today. Very inspirational ( - : I hope all continues to go well for you and your family. “Specimental Junior” how cute!!

  • ColoThreads

    Neesha Erlendsson from ColoThreads said 2 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! You are an amazing woman!

  • kicjamdesigns

    Kevin and Christina from KicJamDesigns said 2 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry...beautiful family...beautiful writing. All the best to you and yours.

  • sereart91

    Serena Marongiu from SereArtShop said 2 years ago

    I love your works, i love your story (even thought it's so tragic i would prefer to sit bored at my pc with you happy somewhere in the world with your family.) But life doesnt ask for permissions when it comes to sudden changes, and I know it well. I kept on drawing and drawing since i made it my lifestyle to fight depression. Drawing and creating has saved me from anorexia, along with my -at that time, almost 9 years ago- newborn cousin. Now that i'm older i try to link the two things that saved my life by teaching in creative labs for kids. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if i didnt have these two blessings, but i still refuse to know the answer. So thank you. You're an extraordinary woman. I'm sure your husband would be immensely proud of you and your wonderful children. A huge hug From a little italian island called Sardinia Serena.

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns from GiftedDesigns said 2 years ago

    I know it doesn't mean much coming from a complete stranger, but I send you loads of love, luck and well-being. Your jewelry is an inspiration to someone like me as is your story. I'm not a mother and not married, but I'm going through my own struggles. It's not a matter of hoping to be successful...it's a matter of HAVING to be successful. When I read stories like yours, it makes me feeling like I really can!

  • michellestantoine

    MiChelle St. Antoine from ArtfullyReDesigned said 2 years ago

    Like many others I too have known struggles in my life. Your story is both heart breaking and inspirational. Peace, comfort & success be with you & your family.

  • Janeeyrebridal

    liu hao from Janeeyrebridal said 2 years ago

    What a sad story.I know you are a brave and strong women.And love your beautiful family.

  • threadbareboutique

    Heidi Stone from threadbareboutique said 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. You're such an amazing woman! I feel honored to have my forever jewelry created by you!

  • NaturalVintage

    Amy from NaturalVintage said 1 year ago

    Laura, thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Parts of your story are gut wrenching, and then I go back and look at the picture of your beautiful smiling children and it lightens my heart again. I'm so glad you found your way back to your studio. For me, that's where my soul is nourished, and you certainly need that right now. From one woman and mother to another, I'm proud of you for peeling back those covers and getting up every morning, putting one foot in front of the other. It's hard as hell some days, but you're doing it. You go girl!

  • JescoJewelry

    Pamela Dudrow from JescoJewelry said 162 days ago

    Hi Laura, I arrived at your comment column via a picture of one of your astonishing rings! It's amazing there are so many roads to this Etsy article. I'm writing to check in with you and to let you know the impact your story has for me. I'm working on a line of fold formed pieces I've named Refiner's Fire. The fold forming metal technique imitates life on so many levels. I also believe that creating jewelry pieces allows us, on a gut level, to work through our grief when someone so precious is taken. As you said it gives us purpose and helps us regain control. I wish you continued success, and remember, the piece that comes out of the fire is so much more exquisite than the piece starting its journey into the fire. God bless you, Laura!

  • BeckysKreations

    Becky Wolford from BeckysKreations said 66 days ago

    Heart touching. Wishing you the best. Love the fact that your jewerly has that hand made energy in it. Exquisit! Beautiful! Perfect!

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