The dream of Gabriel's Good Tidings began decades ago as I sat with my mom and grandmothers learning to sew. I imagined the day when I would create products that people wanted to purchase. As I spent many of my younger years in the sewing rooms of these women, I began to develop a love for fabrics and creating products. Little did I know that my aspirations would one day provide for my family, support other women working from home, and grow into a thriving business.
After college, marriage and two kids, I worked as a pediatric nurse for ten years. Through a series of horrific events and deep grief, I needed to leave nursing. However, I had promised my husband that I would work to support him through graduate school, and he had approximately 18 months left to finish his master's degree.
As a way to take my mind off of the sadness and loss, I began sewing again. The dream of creating products people would purchase was long buried underneath the busy-ness of family, work and life. However, a dear friend saw potential and suggested I start selling online. I was desperate to provide an income for my family.
In the summer of 2013, I started small and slow, but was quickly met with a high demand for products and nothing but growth for the business.
The following years of 2014 and 2015 were filled with explosive growth and a huge learning curve for me.
As the business grew I knew I had a choice to make. Either keep things small and do it all on my own, or find help.
I was committed to staying true to several core values: every product handmade in the USA, continue working from home, and when I need help, look around my local community for a woman who needs work.
I made the very intentional decision to grow the business as large as God allows, with the purpose of providing work for as many women as possible. These are women who, for the most part, are otherwise unable to work outside their home. Without these sweet ladies, this business would likely have closed its doors years ago.
At Gabriel's Good Tidings, my mission is to create high-quality, boutique style products that help women find essential items and brighten their space. Purchasing from Gabriel's Good Tidings not only guarantees a beautiful, handmade, boutique-style item in your mailbox, but it provides work for women. Purchasing with purpose blesses my family and theirs, and we are grateful for our customers.
The Gabriel's Good Tidings Team
In late 2014, I was able to hire Lindsay, a wife and mom of two. Lindsay works tirelessly to package each item in boutique-style packaging, and ensures that the right item gets to the right customer. Since she began working for Gabriel's Good Tidings, she and her husband have been able to purchase their first home!
Consistent with the 2015 growth, I was able to provide work for Keilani, Katie, Dena, Erin, Gisele, Sara and Traci. Each of them are women who sew products for me, in their own home. They have been specifically trained to be attentive to detail, meticulous about quality, and specific to the brand. Today, Keilani, Katie and Traci continue to sew regularly for customers.
Keilani is a wife and works full-time at a veterinary lab during the day. She is a genius with cats and dogs! At night and on the weekends, she uses her creative energies to earn extra income for her family by perfectly sewing a variety of the Gabriel's Good Tidings products.
Katie is a wife and mom of two - a three year old and and an infant. In between diapers, nursing and playtime, she finds time to sew the most beautiful of stitches. You'll never see Katie without a smile, and I'm so grateful she showers her kind heart on each of our products.
Traci is a wife and mom of three, and is my sister! Her husband is a pastor and Traci is always hosting a home full of people! She sews dililgently during naptimes and evenings.
In 2016, I've added Nicole and Kathryn to our team. They each manage one entire product from start to finish, and does so with such excellence. Nicole is a wife and mom of three, and Kathryn is a wife and mom of two (+ one on the way!).
Sierra joined us in 2017, assisting in the cutting of materials. She works full time at a local radio station and has the most adorable nieces and nephews.
Portions of this story have been featured in Crystal Paine's newest book, Money Making Mom, and I was interviewed on the Brilliant Business Moms podcast in late 2014.
Photo credit: Sara G Photo
Product photography credit: Ashley Roberts Photography