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Lilli’s Lunch Notes

pect. With social media reaching so many people, it is a free and easy way to get your idea out there. Making a product that a lot of people will want to buy ~ that is the tough part, ” she says philosophically. While she’s proud of the work she does with her frames, the Lilli’s Lunch Notes are close to her heart because they were inspired by her middle daughter’s experiences. “My napkins,” she says, “now, this is something that I really love to talk about. When Lilli was in kindergarten she was diagnosed with having a learning disability. Then, two years later, she was diagnosed with a form of adolescent epilepsy. Needless to say, school was a struggle for her. She would tell me every day that she didn’t want to go to school. She would say, ‘it’s dumb and I don’t want to go.’ “My heart broke. Every day I would see her frustration and her sadness. I knew she didn’t want to go. She wanted to be in her safe place, home with me. I decided one day to write a note to her and put it in her lunch box. I wanted her to know that I was thinking about her, that I was there with her. She told me that she loved her note and she brought it back home to save it. Her smile made me happy! So, I kept writing notes and putting them in her lunch. “At first, they were just words, but then I began to draw pictures. The notes would come back home

Stacey with daughter, Lilli, and mother, Joyce Dulin. paper. I have them for weddings, baptisms, pet loss, friendship. All of the frames are customizable. You can use the saying on the frame or completely change it. If it will fit, I can make it. “I sell two sizes, 4” x 6” and an 8”x 8” frame that holds a 3.5” x 3.5” picture. I can usually get a frame out in a couple of days. I have been making frames now for about two years. In that time, I have done almost 6,000 of them. “Making a product that someone loves is what inspires me. I love reading the reviews and hearing the joy in the voices of my customers. It really brings a sense of pride.” Etsy is an online site that gives creative people and crafters a central marketplace and outlet to sell their creations. It’s a wonderful clearinghouse for creative people like Stacey. “Coming up with an idea, I think, is harder than the marketing as18

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