Thursday, January 25, 2007

making our dreams come true...

deb and i were talking tonight (as we do most nights) as we finish up final prep for the show - about when we were little. i have talked about in the past we used to help our cousin maisie out with her trade shows. i can remember we were probably 10 or 11 years old. maisie was an older cousin of ours. she had a fairly successful business importing traditional chinese art. and she would have my mom show her things at tradeshows. sometimes we would tag along and yes we broke the rules and snuck into the show to help.

sadly my cousin passed away a couple of years ago from cancer but each time we do a trade show, i do think of her from the catalog folding to the booth setting up to physically being at a trade show for hours.

but along with the tradeshows, she would subscribe to craft journals for us. i remember deb and i used to POUR over them of craft opportunities - some were simple - like making your own buttons and selling them for $1 a piece with that badge machine. but one of them caught our eye. it was a stamp making machine. and from what we could tell from the picture - you could make your OWN polymer (aka clear) -stamps. and the machine was from japan and cost like $169. we were SO EXCITED. we tried saving up our money to get one but we couldn't work out the logistics of a wholesale ID (LOL). issue after issue, we would eyeball this machine trying to figure out how to get it.

but it never happened.

so when i look at our stamps today,


it is really like a dream come true. except we don't have to be making our stamps on our kitchen table. and the scale is a bit bigger too! wow.

but what this reminds me is that it is never too early to DREAM BIG. even at the ages of 10 and 11. we had a vision. and it isn't just our stamps this time - it is everything else. someone mentioned to me that we are known for our ribbons and chipboard - true but as with all things, we don't adhere to the status quo. we want to try different things for our customers and ourselves. that is how you grow. that is how you learn.

so for that, i want to thank our cousin maisie for the inspiration - i only wish you could be here to see what we have done with MR. i think you would be proud.

18 Comments:

At 1/25/2007 01:23:00 AM, Anonymous Lea said...

What a great story, Caroline!! And, such an awesome memories to have of your cousin.

 
At 1/25/2007 01:44:00 AM, Anonymous Mickey said...

Wonderful memories. Loved that flower stamp!

 
At 1/25/2007 06:29:00 AM, Anonymous Rachel Greig said...

great post Caroline! I'm sure your cousin would be VERY proud of your products and success! (as we all are!) :):)

 
At 1/25/2007 06:29:00 AM, Blogger Robyn W said...

Am sure she is proud, congrats on all the new product and have FUN at CHA

 
At 1/25/2007 07:32:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

I'm sure that she's definitely proud of both of you and your continued success! DROOLing on the stamp!

 
At 1/25/2007 08:12:00 AM, Blogger Life's insanities by angela1044 said...

I love your story and am so glad that you are taking us on your journey of discovery. I think that is why you are so successful.

 
At 1/25/2007 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Kimberly Conlin said...

What a tribute to your cousin!! You brought tears to my eyes this morning! Thanks for all you do for MR!!! This is JUST the beginning!!!!!!!!

 
At 1/25/2007 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Anam_Kihaku said...

that is a fab memory. and you have both done her so proud. I have watched MR sinc ethe beginning and love every step. MR has been an inspiration to me setting up my own company so thank you for passing on the inspiration and determination.

 
At 1/25/2007 11:10:00 AM, Blogger Marina said...

Oh Caroline, this is such an amazing story, thank you for sharing it with us, and I whole heartedly agree your cousin would be very proud of you both, you have accomplished so much a true inspiration to anyone wanting to own their own business!!!

Congrats to both of you!!!

 
At 1/25/2007 11:17:00 AM, Blogger my4blessings said...

What a fabulous memory! Look where that influence led you! Your stamps are looking pretty darn cool, Miss Caroline.

 
At 1/25/2007 11:26:00 AM, Blogger judi said...

A beautiful story, C.

 
At 1/25/2007 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Jillian Anger said...

You are so not good for my bank account Caroline! How am I supposed to resist all this great stuff...especially with a girl on the way!

 
At 1/25/2007 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Dreams are awesome! Thanks for sharing your story, she would have been VERY proud :)

 
At 1/25/2007 02:40:00 PM, Blogger Heather said...

WOW. Great post today, Caroline! I where your vision came from - and seeing what it's turned into. You made me misty eyed today!

 
At 1/25/2007 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Margie H said...

What a GREAT story/memory of your cousin! I'm sure she's smiling now...it tells you how things come back in a circle. Much luck @ CHA-W!! MargieH in Chicago

 
At 1/25/2007 11:05:00 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Congratulations to you both on not only chasing your dream, but for making it come true!

 
At 1/26/2007 05:24:00 AM, Blogger fleurie said...

jsut goes to show...you can
DREAM BIG.....and ACHIEVE BIG...
well done

 
At 1/26/2007 10:09:00 AM, Blogger Bobbi-Lynn said...

What a sweet story!

And *gasp* those stamps are awesome!!! Maya Road rocks!!

 

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