“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”- Ecclesiastes 3:1
I know I had announced last year, that I was going to be winding down my wreath business with John’s retirement. When John delayed that retirement decision for a few more years, I decided to keep going with my wreath creations. However, as I turn 60 later this month (OH MY! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?????), in the words of Dr. Laura: Is this what you want to be doing between now and “dead” and my response was unequivocally “NO”. My original goal and purpose when I started Twentycoats Wreath Creation was to provide an outlet for my grief (which was very healing) and to create an endowment at Methodist Children’s Home in Elizabeth’s name. It was my way, of continuing her legacy long after I was gone and also to put her thumb print on a place she cared about (the endowment was completed in 2015). Secondly, was to award scholarships named for Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes at Salado HS where they would have graduated. John and I have been faithful in that commitment for the last 4 years and we look forward to the 5th recipient this spring. With these goals complete, and wanting to turn my time and attention to other things as I enter this phase in my life, I have made the decision to permanently close my wreath shop.
So what does that mean in the short term?
- I have begun the process of selling off my wreath supply inventory.
- I will still make a few wreaths throughout the year to use up my inventory, but I will no longer take any orders. Orders almost always require me to buy supplies, something that I can no longer do. I will be in touch with my clients that I have had on my “to be completed wreath list” to complete and or cancel their requests based on their current situation.
- Any wreaths that I do make going forward will probably be floral. I am selling most of my deco mesh supplies. So, if you were holding off wanting to have a wreath from Twentycoats, you should be sure and follow my Etsy store and my business Facebook page.
What does this mean long term to my customers?
- I will close my Etsy store.
- I will take my website http://www.twentycoats.com offline.
- I will shutdown my Twentycoats Wreath Creations FaceBook page.
- I will shutdown my Twentycoats Pinterest page.
- I will change my Instagram account from my business to a personal account.
This is bittersweet. To be honest, this decision was extremely difficult. The name of my store carries Elizabeth’s business name, her logo, and her favorite flower. For awhile, I struggled that somehow I would be dishonoring her memory or her legacy to stop. But I believe she would support this decision. And since we don’t live in this physical body forever, the reality is that at some point, this would have stopped and caused a huge burden on my family to deal with. Additionally, when you run a wreath business in particular, you no longer have holidays. You are consumed with orders and meeting deadlines. And even though I was very blessed, and so very thankful that there is a part of my daughter and grandsons spirit in homes and businesses from coast to coast across this country, it is time to bring this chapter to a close and look forward to what is next.
Turning 60 makes me realize I don’t have the “time” of life I use to take for granted that I had when I was in my 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. And continuing my business, would not be the right path forward in this season of life.
For all those that have supported my mission, and followed my story…..there are no words other than “Thank you”. This has been an amazing 5 1/2 years. In many ways this last chapter has been more gratifying than the previous 30 years I spent in the corporate world. For all of this, I am honored, humbled and blessed. I will continue making wreaths for Elizabeth and the boys, and maybe I can finally make some for my front door! You see, when you have a wreath business, that also means I never had time to do a wreath for my own door……sigh.
I will close this post with the verse I started it with……
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Thank you again for your support as I enter this new chapter of life.
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