In 2010, life as I knew it was unraveling. My father was fighting terminal cancer, we were stationed far from home, and my husband was headed to Afghanistan. I was struggling with my role as a stay at home mom, and we had just found out we were expecting our second child. My heart was heavy and my spirit was depleted.
I was longing for routine and balance, and at the same time desperate to use my brain for more than just the Elmo song. Faced with having to put my babies in daycare if I returned to work, I turned instead to my love of business. Equipped with only a sewing a machine and a computer, I mapped out a plan that would allow me to stay at home and still be creative. With a newborn in my arms and a toddler on my hip, a handmade business was born.
What followed was the hardest, most exhausting year of my life. When I look back on those days now, I’m honestly not sure how we made it through. But somewhere between diapers and goldfish and late-night nursing sessions, I managed to build the foundation of a business. Sewing became my therapy and handmade quickly became my passion. Three years after those humble beginnings, we took a leap of faith and re-branded to a lady’s accessory boutique, fulfilling my dream to design and create. And we’ve never looked back.
Over the past eight years I have been blessed with a village of strong, creative and incredibly talented women. They cheered me on through successes, picked me up when I fell flat on my face, and gathered around my cutting table when I was overwhelmed. They are my constant source of inspiration and encouragement.
Running a business isn’t always neat, pretty or glamorous. I consider myself a very lucky girl to have a husband that stands beside me fearlessly and relentlessly, every step of the way. In the early days I had no idea what direction the business would take, but I knew as long as I surrounded myself with the things and people I love, Abby Maddy would go far. It’s been an amazing journey and we’re so glad you’re here to be a part of it.