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Today's guest is Christine Drumheller:
Here are a few words from Christine:
I first joined Cocoa Daisy, as a subscriber, in 2007. I later tried out when Cocoa Daisy had a Design Team call, and made the team. About 6 months later, Tricia (the owner then) asked me to start creating the project kits. I loved coming up with ideas for the project kits and putting them together! Soon, I was joining Tricia for her trips to CHA, so I got a good idea of how much work goes into putting together the main kit.
Well, fast forward to 2010. I found myself having to leave my marriage of 11 years, with no work history for the last 8 because I'd been a stay-at-home Mom. At that time Tricia happened to be pregnant, moving to another state and planning to close things down here at Cocoa Daisy. I approached her and said I wanted to do it!
I was terrified... leaving a marriage, moving in with my parents and starting a business all at the same time. That was the worst, most stressful summer of my life! But I knew I had to give it a try because it was the perfect scenario for me. I'd be doing something I love and I'd also be home with the boys.
My background in graphic design from before I became engaged, including 10 years' experience as a Composition Manager, gave me the confidence to jump in and pray that God had placed this opportunity in front of me for a reason.
It's been an amazing two and a half years! Learning as I go, always trying to make changes and improvements, working to get the kits out on time and to give my 100% to customer service has been more than stressful at times, BUT I wouldn't change a thing!
Lately I have changed my focus from 12x12 layouts. I adore mini albums and I am addicted to instagram - so creating a mini album filled with instagram pictures from my phone seemed the perfect way to capture our daily lives.
- Cocoa Daisy Scrapbooking Kit Club
- Cocoa Daisy on Facebook
- Follow me on instagram: christinedrumheller
On today's podcast we discuss Christine's journey towards becoming the owner of Cocoa Daisy as well as the struggle for balance between work, home, and creative desires. I hope you'll listen in to our conversation and leave us your thoughts!
P.S. I'm headed to California today and will be away for two weeks.
First I'll be in Anaheim for the annual Craft & Hobby Association Show (CHA). You can find me in The Crafter's Workshop booth Sunday 12-1pm and Monday 10am-1pm, Sakura booth Monday 2-3pm. Most of the time I'll be walking the show floor. Be sure to say "hi!"
Then I'm headed to San Francisco for a few days of R&R with my West Coast family and friends. (My grandma just turned 93!)
And finally I'm spending two days teaching in Santa Ana! Super excited about the class!
While I'm away I have written and scheduled lots of awesome blog posts for you to read. But, if you want to see what I'm up to while I'm away, I'll be using my phone to post photos and thoughts to instagram and twitter.
California, here I come! :)