One of my all-time favorite movies is You’ve Got Mail. Have you seen it? I’m happy to loan my VHS tape to you as long as you be kind and rewind. . .
You’ve Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, is about finding love online. And, in person. Because they met online and then met in person but didn’t realize they were corresponding online when they met so some stuff happened and they hated each other for a bit and then they fell in love. It’s complicated.
You see, Meg Ryan’s character Kathleen Kelly is the owner of an independent children’s bookstore who is put out of business by Joe Fox’s (Tom Hanks) corporate chain that opens up around the corner. Grrrr.
Seeing Kathleen Kelly in her shop, interacting with her customers, knowing all of the kids’ names and favorite books, decorating her store window, and rocking a super cute hairdo inspired me to dream about becoming a children’s book author one day. And, of owning my own shop.
Soon thereafter, I set off to college with a (very rough) first draft of a children’s book, declared myself an English major and indulged in classes like Children’s Literature where I got to read and write papers about old fairy tales. I also got myself a short haircut like Meg Ryan which I admit wasn’t the best move for my super straight, thick locks and for someone who looks nothing like Meg Ryan. . .
At the time, owning and operating my own shop was just fantasy. C’mon, I wouldn’t do it in real life. Would I? I was at college in the city, volunteering and interning at nonprofits which led me to pursue social work and fight for social justice and change the world!
I certainly haven’t given up on making my mark on the world. Twelve years later, I’ve just revised my strategy. As silly as it may sound, and as fictional as she is, Kathleen Kelly’s impression on me stuck. Especially what she says to Joe Fox when he’s trying to convince her to forgive him for putting her out of business.
Joe Fox: It wasn’t… personal.
Kathleen Kelly: What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It’s *personal* to a lot of people. And what’s so wrong with being personal, anyway?
Joe Fox: Uh, nothing.
Kathleen Kelly: Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.
With Home Made, business is personal. I’m not just trying to sell you stuff, twisting your arm so you make beautiful handmade things. I want your experience with Home Made to feed your soul. To give you an opportunity to connect with me, with other crafty peeps, and with that creative part of yourself. To go into a shop where we make eye contact and say hello, where we know each others’ names and chat about our latest projects, and where leave you feeling satisfied — for having found awesome fabrics and yarns, creative inspiration, and real, human connection. Which begins by being personal.
Home Made is my home. Sure, I live here but, in a more figurative way, Home Made is exactly the gig I want and believe I’m meant to have right now. I bet that’s how Kathleen Kelly felt, too. She just didn’t try to be clever with her business name. . .
On Saturday, THIS SATURDAY, I turn thirty two. Thirty two?! Comments that I don’t look a day over 25 are forever appreciated. It’s pretty special that I get to turn 32 while doing what I love and sharing it with you.
That’s why I’m offering 10% OFF purchases of $32 or more and 20% OFF purchases of $64 or more THIS Saturday, April 20! Because birthday love is better when you share that, too.
The fine print: Sorry if this bums you out, but this offer excludes class fees.
See ya on Saturday! And, if you still rock a VHS player, let me know if you want to call dibs on borrowing the movie first! ;)