WhirlyBird Designs.  A labor of love.

To start "blogging" on my website, I guess the best place to start is at the beginning, whith a brief history of WhirlyBird Designs.  So please, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Becky.  I was born and raised in a small town in central Virginia.  I met my husband in college, and we have two beautiful children together.  A girl, and a boy.  The perfect American Family, as they say.

Our story is pretty basic, nothing too terribly crazy.  We got married, bought a house, and started a family.  I decided to leave my career in the medical field to focus on being a mom--and not once did I regret that decision.  I love being a mom.  I love everything about it.  When my daughter was 3 1/2, we were blessed with our second child, and I started to feel the "itch" of needing more.  I wasn't unhappy.  And I wasn't unfullfilled.  Actually, I wasn't even looking for a job or a way to make money.  I started feeling like I just needed a hobby.  Something to do with what little spare time I had between preschool drop offs and nap times.  While shopping for gifts, I stumbled upon personalized jewelry.  I thought it was interesting, and for whatever reason, I just kept researching it.  I was up nearly all night long trying to figure out how it was made.  The next day, I sat down, and told my husband I wanted to try and see if I could make it.  He was supportive (though I'm sure skeptical), and agreed to see what I could do.

So I started a little shop.  I made a few things, and decided to set up an etsy store.  Etsy was foreign to me at the time, but I still thought I'd try it out.  What was the hardest part?  Deciding on a name!  My husband and I talked about different name ideas but nothing seemed fitting.  Someone once told me  not to name the shop after myself.  Name it after something important to you.  So I sat online on a dictionary website and typed in various things to see what could happen.  Then it hit me. My husband is a helicopter pilot, so I typed in "Helicopter".  The first word that came up was "WhirlyBird".  And that, my friends, is how WhirlyBird Designs was born.

Now 4 years later, my business is thriving.  I work full time, and absolutely love what I do.  It's challenging and creative all at the same time.  I have spent so many hours researching things, coming up with new ideas, and dealing with the always changing cyber world.  Its not easy--and I certainly don't recommend starting a business to anyone...because wow...its hard work...but This is my passion.  This is what I was lead to do.

Until next time.