Category: Galilee Life Vendors

Meet our amazing vendors and get to know their wonderful stories.

Meet Yvonne from Art by Vone

Art by Vone, owned by Yvonne is an amazing art gallery boutique featured on Galilee Life. We wanted to get to know the maker behind the art, Yvonne so we asked her some questions!

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Can you introduce yourself to us, and tell us a little about you?
My name is Yvonne Carson. I’m a 63-year-old grandmother of 9 and raised 4
adult children from the time I was 15 years old; never married! I am a licensed minister and went to Oral Roberts University for 5 years where I earned 2 master degrees (Master of Divinity and Christian Counseling-Marriage and Family Therapy) from 2008 through 2013!

What niche/craft/etc do you do? How long have you been doing it?
I never had an actually hobby before. In my younger days I learned how to sew using patterns and when I became pregnant as a teenager I went to a school for pregnant teens and one of the teachers taught us basic crochet stitches and helped us make an outfit for our baby. I never really made anything after that time. One day I was walking the isle of 99 cents here in Nevada where I live, and I saw yarn and crochet hooks. I was very surprised to see those items in a 99 cent store. I proceeded to walk away, but a voice (the Holy Spirit) told be to buy it and see if I still remember how to crochet the basic stitches and so I did. I was surprised that I could recall the names of the stitches and could actually do them. I still had NO idea what or how to use those stitches. I tried working the stitches to get them even but failed; however, after about 3 days of persistence, I had it. So, in August of 2014, I started actually crocheting bags. I could see images in my mind and, I believe God helped me to do it. I keep seeing things and miraculously I was actually making real things like beanies, scarves,
ponchos, jewelry, and eventually crocheting dolls and learned how to start
reading patterns. I would share my projects/accomplishments of Facebook and people started asking me how much I charge and did I do craft shows and I would laugh and tell them that it’s just a hobby; I’m a beginner. They would say, “You’re work is not the work of a beginner!” I sold quite a few beanies, scarves and especially the dolls! Fast forward, I heard God speak to me and told me that I was an artist on my 60th birthday! I drew little things hear and there, nothing amazing! Lol…But something literally was imparted to me by God that very day, because my art took off! Without training or anything I was creating things I had never created and my
faces were starting to look really, really good! I am so passionate about drawing and creating because I feel I get to play with my heavenly Father and share HIS glory through the work of my hands whether it’s art, crochet, or writing!

What inspired you to become a small business owner?
Now that I’m older, I want to use the time I have left to do what I’m good at doing, sharing it with the world and bring glory to God. I am praying and hoping that I will become financially independent to be a better steward of my life and to be able to make financial contributions to agencies that matter to me and to God such as domestic violence shelters, sexual and physical abuse again women and children and seniors/elderly people. I want to leave a legacy for my family too!

If you look back to where you began when you started your business
journey, what do you wish someone would have told you? Was there a
secret you learned a long the way that you wish you new earlier? Or are
you glad you learned the lesson when you did?

I really wished that someone had told me to worker harder on myself than I do my business! I wished someone would have told me and showed me how my mindset and faulty belief systems were hindering me then maybe I would be further along the way. I wish I had learned that mindset is the problem, not money! I still know I haven’t made that switch yet because I am still struggling with deep seated issue from my past that keeps me self-sabotaging and perhaps even playing small. I often wonder if this is what’s keeping me from selling my art more often and consistently. I’m glad that I know this now, and I’m willing to work at it one negative belief at a time; Lord knows I have far too many than I care to admit. I’m just keeping it real
and being transparent, if it helps one person, it’s worth sharing it!

During your journey, have you had any failures, or wanted to give up?
What made you keep trying?

Oh my goodness, YES! Yesterday, I was and still thinking about closing my
Shopify store! I feel like quitting almost all the time because in my mind I don’t see the result. In my mind, no sales equals failure! When I feel as if I’m making zero impact in people’s life, I want to give-up and say what’s the point to keep doing things I’m doing and seeing zero result.
God does things very differently than we do things, and He gives me the grace to keep going because it’s HIS plan, will, and purpose for me, not mine! There’s something in me that just can’t seem to totally give up and just stop; I just can’t even when I feel like it.

What unique perspective do you bring to your niche?
I’m not sure that I bring a unique perspective to my niche. I just know as a
Believer and Follower of Jesus Christ, I co-create with HIM. I don’t know how to fully articulate how Holy Spirit, God’s Creative Spirit, works in and through me with respect to art and creating. I see images in the spirit and sometimes I just get a sensation to draw and just allowing myself to draw; I rarely ever plan out what I’m going to draw. It’s more of an intuitive process. I guess that’s pretty unique and unusual; I’m not sure. God
may deal with other artists the same way.

Do you do this full time? If not what else do you do? Do you have any
other hobbies that you pursue outside of your business?

I don’t have a job at this time and haven’t for a long time. I want to expand my art in various directions and I feel these ideas are straight from the throne room of God. I want to get back into sewing and a little crochet, knitting, and I want to learn how to make jewelry and faces using polymer clay someday soon!

What is your favorite social media platform?
You know, I’m not sure if I have any favorite social media platforms, but if I had to choose, I would have to say Pinterest is my most favorite place to go for inspiration.

What is one thing that you need to succeed in this business?
You definitely NEED to have the right mindset that believes in what God’s placed on the inside of you is good enough, more than good enough in fact! You have to learn how to believe in yourself without become prideful and taking all glory for yourself instead of giving the credit to God who give you the grace to succeed. You have got to do the work and not allow yourself to become distracted my social media and new and shiny objects! Just stay in your own lane, perfect your craft and always be a student who believes in life-long learning!

What is your biggest accomplishment in your business so far?
For me right now, getting those creative ideas onto paper or canvas and putting myself and my work out in the world even though the profits aren’t coming in YET! Not giving up when I feel discourage or frustrated.

If you could tell your future self something, what would it be?
Always stay connect to your power Source (GOD), pray and keep seeking HIS wisdom for EVERY aspect of your life. Serve other with your whole heart by sharing the precious gifts, talents, abilities, creativity you’ve been blessed with and you’ll never want for anything because you will be rewarded!

What is your most popular item that you sell? What has this taught you
about yourself?

I have to be honest here; I’m not doing a whole lot of selling my artwork. I have sold pieces here and there so I cannot say that I’ve got popular items that I’m selling at the moment! I pray this will change quickly! Lol

What advice can you give to anyone that is thinking about joining the
Galilee Life family?

I would say if you’re seeking a genuine community where the leaders of light and show or demonstrate genuine love and concern, then this is the community for you! If you’re looking to support like-minded, creative small business owners, this is the place to be; this is a NO drama zone! Lol

What made you become a vendor on Galilee Life? What stuck out to
you? How long have you been a vendor?

Being connected to like-minded people who share my Christian values and who actually live what they say that they believe! A community of people who are willing to help others and not compete against others!

Lighting Round! Don’t think just answer:

  • Beach or Snow? Beach
  • Books: paper or audio? Paper
  • Netflix or Cable? Netflix
  • Tea or coffee? Tea
  • YouTube or Podcast? YouTube
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
  • Sweet or Salty? Sweet
  • Favorite meal? None
  • Favorite Book? None (I love spiritual and personal development)
    *Favorite song? None (love gospel and inspiration songs)
  • Favorite quote? “Take what you have and use it to create what
    you want.”
  • Favorite Bible Verse? “No weapon formed against you shall prosper”

We hope you loved learning about Yvonne as much as we did! She is such a beautiful soul, with so much talent! For more information visit her shop, and also check out https://society6.com/designsbyvone
https://www.redbubble.com/people/ArtByVone/shop?asc=u

God Bless!

Meet Karen, creator behind Daily Reprieve Crochet

Karen is the owner of Daily Reprieve Crochet and she is a vendor here on Galilee Life!

We’ve had the privilege of getting to know Karen over the last few weeks, and We are so excited to be able to introduce her to you all! She’s so sweet and kind! One look at her shop will have you head over heels in love with all of her items!

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Karen, owner of Daily Reprieve Crochet

We asked her some questions, and here’s what she had to say!

  1. Can you introduce yourself to us, and tell us a little about you? My name is Karen and I live in Michigan. I grew up and continue to live in Michigan. My parents were dairy farmers and my brother continues on the same farm that my great-grandfather started. I am happily married to Dean for 14 years and we have two children, ages 13 and almost 12. I have homeschooled my children from the beginning, until this past year when we sent our daughter to school. We continue to home educate our son. Before staying home with my children I was a respiratory therapist.
  1. What niche/craft/etc do you do? How long have you been doing it? My one craft that I have enjoyed for the past 42 years is crocheting! My Grandma taught me when I was only seven years old. I remember that she had me chain an entire ball of yarn for my first project. I often recommend my crochet students start the same way.
  2. What inspired you to become a small business owner? Well, I have gotten much more adventurous with crocheting the past five years or so! I love trying new yarns and patterns. My first and foremost reason for starting my shop is to support my “yarn habit”. I also love sharing my work with people who appreciate it. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone wear something I made for them, or tell me how much they enjoy using it. If you are my friend or family member, you have probably gotten something crocheted for your birthday or a Christmas present at one time or another.
  3. If you look back to where you began when you started your business journey, what do you wish someone would have told you? Was there a secret you learned a long the way that you wish you new earlier? Or are you glad you learned the lesson when you did?I love to do research, so when I get into something I will dive in and see how others are doing similar things.
  4. During your journey, have you had any failures, or wanted to give up? What made you keep trying?I have had a couple of failures. I tried using Etsy. I ended up spending money to use the platform and no one ever bought anything. I felt like it was quite a bit of work to get everything listed, with no reward. I also once made a bunch of things and brought them to a craft sale. This was winter, so I made several hats. But the day of the craft sale, I became ill and couldn’t attend. My sister and my children covered for me, but I wasn’t able to have the interaction with potential customers. This venue was a place where many people would have known me and recognized me, so I always wonder if it would have gone better if I would have been there. Again, it was a great deal of work but I didn’t make enough money to cover the cost of my yarn supplies. A year or two I started following Vone Kevitz on her YouTube channel, and then on Facebook. Her enthusiasm for Galilee Life won me over. The support from the Galilee Life platform amazes me. I have never known anything like it! I love how they share my faith. I get genuine Christian encouragement every day just by following Neivis’ posts. She inspires me to keep going. Now with this triple feature and the opportunity to do a business review of my shop, I see new possibilities! I am learning all about marketing and using social media through the July challenge. It is something I can fit into my day and doesn’t feel like a burden.
  1. What unique perspective do you bring to your niche? I truly have a passion for crocheting. Crocheting is my daily reprieve. When I crochet something, I am thinking of the person who might wear it. I will pray for that person too. Prayer and love go into my work. I don’t want anyone to lose a button or have anything I make them unravel, so I am really careful about weaving in my ends and fastening buttons or motifs so that things won’t unravel. When I make something, I hope that someone will be able to enjoy it for many years. I think providing care instructions for each individual type of yarn and item is important.
  2. Do you do this full time? If not what else do you do? Do you have any other hobbies that you pursue outside of your business?Crochet is my hobby and my obsession. If I am sitting down for something other than eating, you will find a crochet hook and some yarn in my hands. A few weeks ago my daughter had a friend over, and the friend noticed my yarn bag. My daughter told her, “My mom might forget to bring her purse somewhere, but she never forgets her yarn!” So funny, but true! I love to read, but lately I prefer audio books so I can crochet while listening. I play the piano and occasionally play the church organ. I love being outdoors to crochet or ride my bike. My husband and I dream of doing more traveling. I am always ready for a road trip! Every few weeks I love going to visit my parents and the farm, which is about 100 miles from our home.
  3. What is your favorite social media platform? I love Facebook. It is so cool to be able to keep up with people from the different places I have lived. In my younger years I lived in a few other states at various times; Virginia, Georgia and Louisiana. This was back when it was very expensive to make long distance calls and before Facebook was a thing. I love that I can catch up with people that I knew years ago through Facebook.
  4. What is one thing that you need to succeed in this business? Customers who want to buy my items! I think I may need to find more of a niche, but the conflict comes in that I love to try making new things instead of repeating patterns over and over, unless they are smaller items like hats or market bags. I truly love to make shawls. I would like to find out who loves to buy homemade crocheted shawls, and how to help them find my shop.
  5. What is your biggest accomplishment in your business so far? Perseverance!
  6. If you could tell your future self something, what would it be? God works out everything for your good and His glory.
  7. What is your most popular item that you sell? What has this taught you about yourself? This makes me laugh a little bit. We did the one craft sale I mentioned, but I also did one day at my local farmer’s market. What sold the most were my daughter’s homemade dish scrubbies! I just added some of those to my Galilee Life shop, incidentally.
  8. What advice can you give to anyone that is thinking about joining the Galilee Life family? If you would like unprecedented support and encouragement in starting an online shop, this is the place for you! Trust me that it is so much more personalized and supportive than Etsy. The leadership team at Galilee Life generally cares about all their vendors and they are willing to help with anything. All you have to do is ask.
  9. What made you become a vendor on Galilee Life? What stuck out to you? How long have you been a vendor? I was inspired by the things Vone said about it. I was so thankful that there weren’t listing fees. I thought that the terms were very reasonable. I have been listing items since around March of 2020.
  10. Lighting Round! Don’t think just answer:
  • Beach or Snow? A cool beach! lol
  • Books: paper or audio? audio…so I can crochet!
  • Netflix or Cable? Netflix.
  • Tea or coffee? Tea
  • YouTube or Podcast? Either.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
  • Sweet or Salty? Sweet
  • Favorite meal? Steak salad
  • Favorite Book? Bible*Favorite song? Our Great God with Todd Agnew and Rebecca St. James
  • Favorite quote? “Do the next thing”
  • Favorite Bible Verse? Passage- Psalm 34
  1. Anything else you’d like to share?? I also love to write. I have a blog, but it has been inactive lately. I plan to still add to it. A few years ago I started interviewing my dad, uncles and brother to write the history of my family’s dairy farm. I plan to finish that sometime in the near future.

 

 

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Heirloom baby blanket in the works.

To shop Daily Reprieve Crochet, and to check out what she’s up to check out her links below!

Shop here: https://galilee-life.com/vendor/dailyreprieve/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailyreprievecrochet/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DailyReprieveCrochet/Blog:  https://blueandgreentogether.com/

We also reviewed her Water Lilies Scarf and show off a beautiful wall hanging she made! Check it out here:https://youtu.be/oxeUPMk2LN8

Blessings!

MEET SHEL OWNER OF SHAE MARJ!

We had another opportunity to chat with another vendor and small business owner Shel, who owns Shea Marj!

If you’d like to connect with her you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

FB: @celebratewithshaemarj

IG:  @shaemarj

P:  Shae Marĵ


Read more about her below!!

1. Can you introduce yourself to us, and tell us a little about you?

 Hello! I’m Shel, owner of Shae Marĵ. As long as I can remember I have enjoyed jewelry. I like the look of it, the sound of it and how complete it makes an outfit feel. I started making jewelry about 11 years ago as a hobby. One day a friend asked if I ever considered selling my pieces and that was the seed that started of Shae Marĵ, which has been official for 3 years now.

2. If you look back to where you began when you started your business journey, what do you wish someone would have told you? Was there a secret you learned along the way that you wish you knew earlier? Or are you glad you learned the lesson when you did?


Yes! I knew success didn’t come overnight, but I wish someone had prepared me for the time investment required in a small business.
The secret I learned along the way is, it’s okay to fail. It is difficult when you are passionate about what you do, to not have things work out the way you envision they would. But with each fail there is something to be learned. We must identify that “something” and absorb the lesson.

3. During your journey, have you had any failures, or wanted to give up? What made you keep trying? 

Absolutely! First of all, I enjoy what I do. There are times, for personal reasons, I have stepped back from the business and each time I have missed it so much. That is one reason I keep trying. The other reason is I know my why(s). When you know your why, it motivates you to push forward.

4. Do you do this full time? If not what else do you do? Do you have any other hobbies that you pursue outside of your business?

I was doing this full, but I am now learning to balance it with other pursuits and home life. I like to dabble in sewing, drawing and a little painting. I also really enjoy nail art!

5. What is your favorite social media platform? 

Instagram

6. What is one thing that you need to succeed in this business? 


Ha, ha…Jesus! All joking aside, he grounds me. If it wasn’t for my relationship with God, I probably would have quit a long time ago.

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7. What is your biggest accomplishment in your business so far? 

Honestly, staying in business. There are stresses that come with entrepreneurship. It is not always easy or pretty. However this journey ends, I made a commitment to myself to see it through.

8. If you could tell your future self something, what would it be? 

Great question! I would remind myself of the small beginnings. The moments and times that taught us how to perceive. We will need it for the next level (wink).

9. What advice can you give to anyone that is thinking about joining the Galilee Life family?

Do it! You will not regret it. The personal touch and community is unlike anywhere else.

10. What made you become a vendor on Galilee Life? What stuck out to you? How long have you been a vendor?

Funny you should ask. A comment was made recently on a post, that stated I have been around since the beginning. I guess I never realized that. I had been on another ecommerce site, with no success or growth. I had seen GL popping up in my feed repeatedly. I looked them up, emailed Neivis a few times, and prayed about it. It was the right move. From the very start it was the level of professionalism and genuine desire to see me succeed that stuck out.

11. Lighting Round! Don’t think just answer: 

* Beach or Snow? Beach

* Books: paper or audio? Combination of both

* Netflix or Cable? Netflix

* Tea or coffee? Both

* YouTube or Podcast? Both

* Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

* Sweet or Salty? Sweet

* Favorite meal? Honestly, I really enjoy a good salad. Usually loaded with all the fixings, except croutons.

* Favorite Book? None at this time.

*Favorite song? Presently, it is All I Want Is You – Live Free, Pastor Mike Jr

* Favorite quote? Storms make trees take deeper roots.

* Favorite Bible Verse? Romans 8:28

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Hope you enjoyed learning more about Shel! Go check out her shop here: https://galilee-life.com/vendor/shaemarj/

MEET ELLEN FROM EARTHWISE EMPORIUM

Hey everyone! We are so excited to introduce you to Ellen, the creator behind Earthwise Emporium! We love her mission behind her brand, and love how she gives old fabric new life by incorporating it in her hand sewn pouches! We hope you enjoy reading more about her as well!

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Ellen!

1. Can you introduce yourself to us, and tell us a little about you? 
My full name is Ellen Moorman Helms; I’m a Christian, blessed to have had been raised in a home with unconditional love.  My five brothers and I grew up in a blended family.  I’m an introvert with extrovert skills, married to another introvert and we have three adult fairly introverted children and two grandchildren.  I’ve been a stay-at-home mother at a time when being a woman at home hasn’t been respected (or so it felt).  That was a decision Dale and I made before we were married and we never regretted it!!  Proverbs 31 has been my guide; I’m very much a homebody!

2. What niche/craft/etc do you do? How long have you been doing it? 
I have a few 😉  Knitting, 55ish years; Sewing; 50ish years; Crocheting 40ish years ; Cross stitch 40ish years; Quilting; 30ish years


3. What inspired you to become a small business owner? 
It sounds kind of prideful but since I’ve been crafting for my family and myself for years, I thought if someone were willing to pay for what I made, it would be an indication that it wasn’t “just something cute” I could do to save money (which is one reason why I crafted for myself and my family).  And I love making things, can’t keep or use it all, so why not have a shop and sell them! 


4. If you look back to where you began when you started your business journey, what do you wish someone would have told you? Was there a secret you learned a long the way that you wish you new earlier? Or are you glad you learned the lesson when you did? 
Two things: 1)  most people don’t want to spend “good money” on something handcrafted and 2) DON’T underprice yourself and have confidence because those who appreciate the work put into what you make will be willing to pay the price!  This came “home” to me when I was visiting a quilt shop with a dear friend who was/is a professional quilter.  She told the shop owner “Thank you for pricing the quilts as you do!  It gives the rest of us credibility!” 


5. During your journey, have you had any failures, or wanted to give up? What made you keep trying? 
LOL!  have I had failures LOL  my experience on Etsy a few years ago felt like a complete failure.  it felt like the only few sales I made were “pitty sales” from people who knew me but they didn’t lead to more sales.  I closed the shop and concentrated on the charity crafting I do.
What encouraged me to try again is an IG conversation I had with Vone Kevitz!  I was in Target feeling so down because of some family things.  Vone told me about Galilee Life, that she’d closed her Etsy store, how supportive GL is and that “we pray for each other.  We’ll pray for you and [your family].”  That had brought me nearly to tears…the idea that strangers would pray for me!!


6. What unique perspective do you bring to your niche? 
I didn’t live through the Depression but that spirit of the Depression-era lives in me….use it up, reuse it, make do with what you have, waste not want not…etc.  This became very important to me when I began seriously crafting for charities, especially for the Pine Ridge Reservation, an area that has the worst poverty, high unemployment, high suicide, high drug and drinking rates.  One group I’ve crafted for for nearly ten years serves the newborn babies;  before this group came along, newborns were going home wrapped in newspaper.  In a country as rich as ours this didn’t make sense!  Fabrics, yarns and other materials began to find their way into my home when other people learned I reuse them.  So out of this abundance, I thought why not also create things to sell?  I asked a Christian friend of mine if it was wrong to make money from supplies someone gave me, with no caveat, and she said “No, they gave it, it’s yours now!”

7. Do you do this full time? If not what else do you do? Do you have any other hobbies that you pursue outside of your business? 
This is part-time.  I’m not otherwise gainfully employed, I take care of my home and family, sing in two chorales (one at church, one in a secular community group) before the corona virus and will again as soon as we’re able.  I also craft a lot for various charities, primarily the Pine Ridge Reservation and our local hospital.


8. What is your favorite social media platform? 
Probably Instagram.


9. What is one thing that you need to succeed in this business? 
I remind myself that if this is truly what God wants me to do, I’ll succeed!


10. What is your biggest accomplishment in your business so far? 
I’ve just sold one item since being on GL; my biggest accomplishment was a few years ago; I used to sew dresses for breastfeeding mothers which enabled them to breastfeed discreetly. The biggest accomplishment was making a matron of honor dress for a wonderful friend so she could nurse her baby before and after the ceremony.  She was thrilled to pieces (and said I definitely UNDER charged her!)


11. If you could tell your future self something, what would it be? 
Just do it, God gave you the skills, He’ll guide your journey!

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See her full assortment in her Galilee Life Boutique


12. What is your most popular item that you sell? What has this taught you about yourself? 
I’ve only sold one item in GL to another vendor.  I’ve learned I want to sell more 😉


13. What advice can you give to anyone that is thinking about joining the Galilee Life family?
Do it!!  It has the most personal and kindest atmosphere!


14. What made you become a vendor on Galilee Life? What stuck out to you? How long have you been a vendor? 
Vone Kevitz raved about GL and encouraged me to join. (See #5)  What stuck out to me was the personal touch, the caring atmosphere, and the foundation of faith in God!  That’s not at Etsy or eBay, or Amazon.  I still sell on eBay but that’s mostly for “yard sale” type stuff I want to get rid of.  The vendor forum is such a welcoming place to share our frustrations, ask questions.  The site isn’t a “dark hole”.


15. Lighting Round! Don’t think just answer: 
* Beach or Snow?   Snow

* Books: paper or audio?   Audio

* Netflix or Cable?  Netflix

*Tea or coffee?  TEA!!

* YouTube or Podcast?  YouTube

* Chocolate or Vanilla?  Vanilla (chocolate can contribute to migraines)

* Sweet or Salty? Sweet

* Favorite meal?  Roasted potatoes & vegetables

* Favorite Book?  Light in the Window, Jan Karon

*Favorite song?  Amazing Grace

* Favorite quote?  If you can do something about it, do it.  If you can’t, let it go!  (my father)

* Favorite Bible Verse?  Phil 4:13

I hope you loved learning more about Ellen and her handmade business! Go check her out on Instagram @earthwise_emporium and her Galilee Life shop here!

You can watch her full interview here, and her pouch review too!

Blessings!