Lots of good things can happen over a pot of coffee and a plate of muffins, especially when those gathered are dynamic and creative women! Recently I met Leona Davis, a lovely woman and music teacher with a calligraphy business and a nonprofit “Forget Me Knot Flowers” which takes wedding and event flowers and repurposes them for people in nursing homes, rehab centers and shelters. Lisa Blaber recently met Jenna Rayevsky who, along with her four year daughter Winnie, had stopped one morning to admire Lisa’s garden. Jenna also has a home based business—creating wedding flower arrangements that are both winsome and exuberant, much like Jenna herself. These new acquaintances all had something in common with Rally Beads—a passion to create something simple and beautiful and a purpose to make a lasting difference. Around my kitchen table, we gathered to laugh, swap stories and share ideas, to get to know one another and celebrate the commonality of being home-based artisans and business women, dedicated to creating beauty and giving back to society, doing what we love and adding value where we live.
Communities like ours are full of entrepreneurial woman, with unique talent and products. We realized in our meeting we all brought a custom and creative touch to a wedding day or what we at Rally Beads call “the best day EVER:” Beautiful cards, flowers and bracelets that help a bride tell her own story; one with a happy ending—flowers that get a second life bringing joy to others. We hope to collaborate with these two special women, and wanted to give them a shout out here. Visit forgetmeknotflowers.org, littlepearldesigns.com and jennarayevsky.com. And if you know someone who is getting married….