My name is Kelly and I am the mom of three children and owner of A Crystal Garden LLC. Before the adoption of our third child, I had a "real" job out in the full time business world with quite a few degrees hanging on my wall. Through mergers and acquisitions, our division ended up being closed and I found myself with a big decision to make. Our new daughter was only a few months away from coming home to her forever family so I decided to take a year off to get her settled and help everyone transition into the new normal. That year turned into years!
I grew up going with my mom and aunt to craft shows and began selling Frustration Pencils when I was only 12. My mom sold all kinds of crafts along with doll house miniatures, while my aunt specialized in felt. Crafts have just always been a part of my life so it was a natural for me to gravitate towards the craft community.
When my daughter needed a hair bow to match her first Halloween costume, I decided to try and make one. I purchased instructions off of Ebay which also introduced me to making bracelets. In 2006, I began creating bracelets with Swarovski crystals (thus the name A Crystal Garden) along with a few hair bows on the side and selling them on Ebay. I was astonished at how fast the business grew and found myself overwhelmed with trying to get orders out timely. I dropped the jewelry side of the business in 2010 and added The Pooch Patch with hair bows for dogs. I slowly started adding felt items into The Hair Bow Patch around 2012 but the felt side of my business truly blossomed when I opened The Badge Patch in 2014 selling both button and felt badge reels. Early 2015, I opened The Book Nook Patch selling planner paper clips, magnets and pins.
I want to thank all of my wonderful customers throughout the years. Without each and every one of you, A Crystal Garden would not have grown into more than I could have ever dreamed possible..
Kelly ~Owner of A Crystal Garden LLC featuring The Hair Bow Patch, The Pooch Patch, The Badge Patch and The Book Nook Patch