Welcome to Tracie Pond Designs (Formerly known as, Creations For Kindness).
Who is Tracie Pond? I am a happy 40 something year old. I am blessed to have a loving husband of 18 years. Ten years ago I left the corporate accounting world to become a stay at home wife. It was the right decision, but it was hard at first. It took me a good 5 years to get adjusted to it. My love for flower gardening grew, I learned that cooking and canning was fun and I started making cards.
Something I left out that is kind of important. The first three years after leaving the corporate world I started selling craft supplies on eBay as DoodleBug Scrap Shoppe. I thought this would be a good way for me to learn more about the cardmaking community and fund my new craft interest. Well, I got to interact with a lot of amazing people who some I still am in contact with. But, I did not have time to learn and create. I kept getting busier and busier, our home had so much inventory coming in and packages going out. I got little sleep and had no Family time. I loved that I was satisfying my customers and that kept me going for awhile. But, was that what I really wanted out of life?
I wanted to do more, but what??? I wanted to learn. I wanted to create. I wanted to help. I wanted to inspire. More and more time was spent creating cards for card drives and card exchanges. Creations For Kindness was formed. This provided me a way to encourage kindness, to help and to learn and to grow. A simple smile (handmade card) can help so much.
Another something important that I left out. Creations For Kindness was formed when my Husband lost his job of 15+ years due to a new company take over. We lived off of our savings for 10 months. Life works in funny ways. I knew he would find work, but when and where was a daily concern. This allowed me time to focus on what I was looking for out of life. I am always most happy when I am helping others and when I see people smiling. So, Creations For Kindness was formed. Gratefully, we stayed in Michigan, but we were apart during the week for 8 months until we could relocate. Emotional and tiring couple of years, but we are stronger because of it. Why the change?
New chapter begins. You may say, but what is Tracie Pond Designs? Well, I sort of am rebranding in a way. I think it is very important/respectful to acknowledge someone by their name. Even when going to the grocery store at the end of checking out I say thank you “name”. I love Creations For Kindness and what it stood for. That will always remain at Tracie Pond Designs. I want people to know who I am by my real name. Honestly, this means I am gaining more confidence and am growing. This is such an exciting adventure!
Exciting adventure, yes, indeed. When I started Creations For Kindness I had no clue about Share Handmade Kindness. I knew of Jennifer McGuire, but I did not know much about her. I eventually found out about her campaign and was a little emotional, but I had to keep in mind my purpose. Long story, short I am now officially supporting Share Handmade Kindness and am happy about it. It has been nice learning more about Jennifer and becoming more comfortable about what she stands for. I am grateful she reached out to me. I even got to be part of a Hero Arts Catalog Release Blog Hop. Kindness is what matters. Nothing has changed with my beliefs or why I do what I do.
One door closes and another door opens. We may not always understand why right away, but I look at is as growth. We are settling down in our new home, which we love. I am finally at a place where I can spend more time learning and growing.