Skip to content

On a 38th Birthday and 5th Anniversaries

I’m not one to post overly personal life posts, but I’ve been thinking a lot about things as I approach my 38th birthday and have 2 5 year anniversaries this year.  I’m so lucky and here, a few days before my birthday,  I find how important it is to acknowledge.

So here I am, days before I turn 38.  I would much rather be turning 38 than 28.. and certainly 38 than 18!!  I have learned a lot in those years. I have grown a lot, changed and become the adult I am (hahaha.. I’m an adult!!)  I’ve had many “jobs” – lifeguard, Starbucks barista, Starbucks manager, restaurant manager…. when I became a massage therapist (at 26) I knew that I had found my life calling- my career.  Things fell into place in my life. I was a healer. I had amazing friends, a connected family,  a FANTASTIC apartment in Chicago. I was happy.

Jazzturtle Holland Workshop

Fast forward a couple years and I met Bryan. I was on the road with a band, tour managing and doing massage. He worked for the record company and merchandise house they had just signed with.   We fell in love.  I moved to NC and continued to do massage. In fact, my massage business thrived.  I missed my friends and family, but I was happier than I’d been in Chicago, because I was in love.
hands
We just celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. When Bryan proposed,  I wanted to make special scarves for my bridesmaids, so I decided to teach myself to knit. And then I couldn’t find any yarn special enough, so I taught myself to spin.

So I spun yarns and knit scarves. And then I spun more yarns and more yarns. And I spun more yarns then I knew what to do with. So I started an Etsy store.  I sold my first yarn in March 2008. Just over  5 years ago.   In Dec 2008, when my husband got caught up in the economy crash and was underemployed for about 18 months. I was able to put my head to the ground and spin spin spin. Our hard work kept us above water.  Jazzturtle handspun yarn Stitches South 2012 Bryan built this website.  We started to go to wool festivals and yarn shows.  He took his many years of working at music festivals experience and taught me the in’s and out’s of vending a show booth.   We’ve vended all over the place!! We’ve pulled a trailer with a Malibu up a mountain in the snow!

9719167570_1db969b9f0_o (Large)Then I started being asked to teach. I had knowledge that people wanted me to share.  I love teaching. I’ve been teaching my entire life – Sunday School, swimming lessons, music class, teaching customers about coffee.. so sharing my love of fiber was easy.

So I started to teach. Teaching has given us the gift of travel. I’ve taught at festivals like SAFF and Stitches!   We’ve been to Holland and we’re going to New Zealand! I’ve been to Copenhagen and back to Holland. I taught on a cruise to the Bahamas! I’ve spent time in California and Florida, and trips to Seattle and Minneapolis are in the works.

_MG_9167It’s been 5 years since I started  JazzTurtle Creations. I’m writing  my first book.  I’ve been in Lexi Boegers book, and Ashely Martinieau’s upcoming book.   I’ve started writing for PLY Magazine. My first article was just published,  the second is done and approved and a third I’m writing now. My yarns are now being carried in shops like Skacel in Seattle, Downtown Knits in Apex and StevenBe in Minneapolis.   I sell yarn and fiber in my etsy shop.  I have opened a second shop for my wearables and home decor.

Even more important than the success I’m having with my business, I’m happy..

5525
I have an amazing group of great  friends that are spread across the globe
_MG_1131 (Large)
Fantastic and wonderful friends, that make me laugh, encourage me and support me when I’m down.
1053361_10200850697782822_1056524633_o
esther2I continue to learn and grow as an artist.  My love of weaving grows with each throw of the shuttle. My SAORI loom and my Majacraft Dynamic Heddle loom are getting lots of use and endless enjoyment.  I’m designing garments with my cloth.   I plan to do A LOT more with my weaving.  I want to teach more creative weaving classes.  I want to grow as a weaving studio.

jazzturtle vithard park knittingI’m excited that there are now wonderful patterns by talented designers using my yarns, with more to come!!   I have even come to enjoy knitting myself. A lot.  I’m enjoying the challenge of learning something new.  I’m lucky that I have a great teacher, who’s very encouraging!  He’s helped me tailor my ideas into patterns, and now I’ve started designing my own!  Knitting has given me an entirely new appreciation for how color works when knit, which has improved my yarns.

_MG_1859 (Large)So here I am, a few days before I turn 38, well into 5 years of my business and 5 years into my marriage.  I can say that I’m happy.  I love my husband.  I love my family.   I have great friends far and wide. Friends who knew me before this fiber whirlwind started and friends I’ve met along the way.   I work hard.  It’s not an easy life, but I’m happy.  I work for myself.  We don’t live large, but we have enough to pay the bills. We get to travel.   I am blessed to have great massage clients. I continue to be a healer. I continue to be a teacher.  I continue to be a student.  At the 5 year mark, my business is growing. I can say that it’s thriving even.  There are new opportunities on the horizon.

So bring on 38! I’m ready for this new year!

Advertisements
24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Joyce Yakamavich #

    Very interesting synopsis which gives me so much more insight into who you are and the road you traveled to get here! Thanks for sharing. Best of luck on your endeavors as you continue to grow and move forward in the world of fiber!

    September 19, 2013
    • Thanks Joyce! It was a road of ups and downs.. but the downs make the ups more special!! Thanks for your support!

      September 20, 2013
  2. wonderful, lovely blog….happy birthday dear friend…..

    September 19, 2013
    • Thanks Deb! I couldn’t find a photo of us to use.. we have to be sure to take one at SAFF! I love you so much and can’t thank you enough for your love and friendship!! You mean the world to me! See you soon!! xoxo

      September 20, 2013
  3. Thanks for sharing………..awesome!

    September 19, 2013
  4. Congratulations on 5 wonderful years in business – Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday. Great blog post!

    September 19, 2013
    • Thanks Brenda! You’ve been with me since the beginning! You’re the first one to make anything with my tailspun yarns, and look where it’s gone!! Much love to you!! xoxo

      September 20, 2013
  5. Congratulations on all your success, and on your happiness. You deserve it – you have worked SO HARD for it, and that is an inspiration. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY [a little early!]

    September 19, 2013
    • Thanks Chris! You are a special person and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you over these years!! Much love!! xoxo

      September 20, 2013
  6. that was beautiful Esther. you are beautiful. Happy Birthday to you and Congratulations

    September 19, 2013
    • Thanks Kristine! you are also an inspiration to the community! I’m flattered and have enjoyed getting to know you as well! xo

      September 20, 2013
  7. Thank you for sharing your wonderful journey! Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Love and hugs for a fun and adventurous future together!

    September 19, 2013
  8. Joyeux anniversaire Esther ! I follow your blog since I started to spin because you are one of the fiber artists that maked me love spinning and crating with artyarn ! Hope you go on creating for a long long long time !!

    September 19, 2013
    • Thanks so much!! I’m happy to have inspired your journey!! xoxo

      September 20, 2013
  9. Amy #

    Congrats on all your continued success, Esther! May this year be another to be grateful for. Amy

    September 20, 2013
    • Thanks Amy! I have really enjoyed getting to know you this past year! hope to see you this Spring! xo

      September 20, 2013
  10. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversaries! Congratulations on all your much deserved success!!!

    September 20, 2013
  11. Esther, you are such an inspiration! You work harder than anyone I know at fiber art and the results are amazing. Happy Birthday and Anniversary and congrats on all your successes. They are all perfect reasons to celebrate! It’s so much fun following your story on Facebook as it unfolds. We simply must find time some time to get to know each other a bit more. Maybe you would come to the Pacific NW and teach our guild to spin art yarn (several people are asking to learn…they are already traditional spinners).

    September 20, 2013
  12. Amy Matilda #

    Happy birthday to you Esther, and may the next five years be every bit as wonderful for you! You have accomplished some amazing things, and your work is so beautiful. See you at the next SWAY Guild Spinning Extravaganza, I hope! xoxo
    Amy Matilda

    September 21, 2013
  13. Susan Stark #

    Happy birthday, Esther and happy anniversaries!

    October 6, 2013

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. 9-19: Community Thursday! | Threeravens Fiber Studio

Comment on this:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: