At House of Crazi we love celebrating and spotlighting other small businesses. Especially those that are doing big things and ESPECIALLY those run by strong women. After all, that's our name sake here at House of Crazi. Catch up on why we decided to name our business House of Crazi HERE. The Gifted Wreath is no exception. She clicks all our boxes and when you buy from her shop, you're contributing and donating to an unbelievable cause (more on that in a bit). I love to call it "Shopping with a Purpose."
We first became aware of TGW when we teamed up with them to do a giveaway back in September (which was an incredible success). Tammy is the owner and creator of all the beautiful wreaths that you see on her Instagram feed @thegiftedwreathllc or if you'd like a direct URL, click HERE. I immediately fell in love with Tammy and the kind hearted person she is and knew that I wanted to know more about her and her brand.
We wanted to know more about her and so we asked her if she'd like to join us on our Small Business Spotlight and of course, being the sweet person she is she said yes! So we asked her a list of questions and here are her answers. Let's get to know this amazing women on a deeper level.
I came up with my business name by first thinking about my business’s mission and purpose. I knew that I wanted to give proceeds to help my son’s cause, so I immediately thought of the word “giving.” Within minutes I came up with The Gifted Wreath. I wanted to express to potential customers that my signature specialty is gift giving!
In January 2017, I was going through a very difficult time in my life. It was about this time that my son became fully wheelchair bound. My son suffers from a rare, genetically progressive and life shortening nerve disorder called Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA). He was diagnosed at 4 years old with this devastating disorder, and watching his body go from standing and walking to not being able to bare any weight on his feet in these short few years has been gut wrenching.
I had organized a successful 5k fundraiser for several years prior raising over 100k to The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), but with several key team members moving out of State, we found that it was time to start a new journey. Desperate to continue on fighting and raising awareness for my son, I found myself reflecting and praying to God for help. I kept meditating on 1 Peter 4:10. “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace.” I always had a love for making things beautiful and found crafting therapeutic.
So, as I was laying in bed one day paralyzed with sadness, I starting thinking about this bible verse. I started brainstorming things I enjoy doing and shortly after I came up with the idea to create and sale beautiful wreaths to benefit my son’s cause! It has truly changed my life.
My favorite part about The Gifted Wreath is being able to donate a percentage of each sale to FARA on my customer’s behalf. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving and is what keeps me going!
A typical day for me looks like:
6:15 Wake up
6:30 Feed Luke breakfast and get him ready for school
7:00 Load Luke’s power chair into the van.
7:20 Drop Luke off at school.
7:40 Switch off with my hubby and get my daughter to her bus stop.
8:00 Go through my emails and my shop’s orders for the day.
9:00 Eat my breakfast
9:30-12:00 p.m. Make Wreaths, Package Wreaths, Go to the Post Office, Shop for supplies, Business Management.
12:30 p.m. Clean the Home
2:00 p.m. Pick Luke up from School and get him settled into the house.
3:00 p.m. Pick up my daughter from the bus stop.
3-6:00 p.m. Homework, play time, Luke’s Doctor Appointments
6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Daughter’s Volleyball Practice
9:00 p.m. Bath time and Bedtime
10:00 p.m. Parent time and sleep
Because I work from home, I try to have all of my business stuff completed or set aside by the time my kids come home from school. This way I can be sure to give them my full attention when they are home. However, sometimes I’ll need to finish up on some orders while the kids are playing or doing homework. It makes me happy that I’m still near them if they were to need my help. On some of my busier days, I’ll have a family member come over to help. This has been a life saver as sometimes it takes a village to run a business from home.
One of my favorite delicious snacks I like to make is pumpkin muffins. It is so easy to make and is Weight Watchers friendly. All you need is a Spice Carrot Cake dry mix and a can of Pumpkin Puree. Mix the two ingredients together, pour the mixture into a muffin pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the muffins are slightly brown and firm. You can even add raisins or chocolate morsels. They are super yummy!
The only time I can drink white milk is if it’s in cereal. I could watch Dirty Dancing and Grease every day of my life and it still would not get old to me. I rarely wear any make up, at best just mascara and shading my eyebrows. I usually wear flip flops everyday (even in the cold). I just celebrated my 20th anniversary in Europe, we visited Paris and London. I am terrified of going on a cruise. My favorite thing to do is decorate my home!
I absolutely adore Tammy and learning more about the person behind the brand is what makes shopping small so important and special-- you always make a direct impact in the lives of so many people when you shop small. So this holiday season (and spring when we're getting ready to re-do our home decor) please keep in mind The Gifted Wreath. I know I will!! For just us, Tammy has gifted us with our own special promo code for 15% off: CRAZIDEAL
Until next time!