Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Making a Difference
I found this lovely shop I wanted to highlight. Her items are so beautiful I wanted to share them. However, after getting to know her more I am exited also to share how she makes a difference with her craft.
Here I'll let you read it in her own words:
Name: Lauren Gibson
A little bit about me: I'm 26, and a dreamer. I am a stay at home mommy in The Woodlands, and love to do what I do.
I have always been creative, and learned to sew at a young age. I was taught by my grandmother (Nana) and my mom (Tama). I have always loved fashion, and at a young age moved to New York City. I had the opportunity to intern for designer Cynthia Rowley, which was an amazing experience.
To tell you why I became a designer would have to be because of my sweet memories of being a little girl (about 4) and dancing around in my Nana's silk bed sheets (my cape), adorned with her costume jewelry. I felt like a princess. My Nana has collected jewelry from my family generations back, and I felt like each piece had a story. This inspired me to use antiques in my pieces. I love textures, antiques, fabric and jewelry. Together,
these form my concepts for my collection-- Making every woman feel beautiful
I started the company in 2009, shortly after my mom passed away from Cancer. She was my best friend, and my biggest supporter. She was an artist herself, and she told me to follow my dreams and be creative. This motivated me to leave the marketing/PR world that I worked in for over 5 years. She has changed the course of my life, and I'm so excited for what the future holds. The name Rosebud Lips was actually the nickname that she gave me when I was little, then my little girl (her grand daughter).
My other passion is to support organizations that fight human trafficking. Set Hope Free. This is a project that I'm so passionate about. It's about redeeming women who have been held captive and have been sold into slavery. Human trafficking doesn't just happen in other countries, but in our cities. Please know that each item that you purchase contributes to a care package that is being sent to help these women reclaim their dignity. To make them feel beautiful again. To learn more, go to www.iamchange.org and see what we are doing.
Inspirations: I aspire to Set Hope Free. To make my mark on the world, one person at a time. To truly give so much when I'm here, that there's nothing left by the time I'm gone.
My favorite desert: This would have to be cool whip out of the can (is it bad that my 16 month old knows how to do this too?), or cheesecake!
My travel dreams: I would start by going to Thailand. I would take my camera, Chloe strapped down on my back, and a journal. I would keep a journal of pictures to diary my events. I would go visit the brothels and the red light district. See most of the places that I know most tourists don't visit. I have always wanted to just sit and absorb the surroundings, in a country that I'm not familiar with. I would then go visit "The Well" an organization that sets up safe homes for women to live in after they have been trafficked. I would show the women in the homes how to make my products as a means to emancipate them from sexual slavery. This would make me smile :) I would also pick up loads of the finest silk while I'm there. What a dream.
Why I do what I do: I do what I do because I love to make people feel beautiful. If it's a piece of jewelry, a hat, or a fun neck tie, I love to see people smile. It also enables me to be able to work from home to raise my daughter. I think that's the best gift that I can give her.
Where you can find me: You can see my Esty site at www.rosebudlips.etsy.com or go to my new site at www.rosebudlips.com. I'm also on FB (facebook.com/pages/Rosebud-Lips/115043623366). Would love to see you stop by and leave your feedback!