Stacey Lawalin has been creating art as a hobby all her life. It took real strength for her to turn it into a business, though.
In 2009, Stacey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 34. She struggled with health issues for the next few years until, no longer able to do many of the things she once did, she was forced to give up her job in 2014.
When her disease finally stabilized, she began began looking for a purpose again. She wanted to contribute to her family’s income in some way. She started out creating pieces for herself and posting them on Facebook, which led to her friends and followers asked her to make pieces for them. SB Custom Designs became a business for Stacey in 2017.
Stacey finds beauty in life’s simple things. Taking an old piece of barnwood from her grandparent’s farm and giving it a beautiful new purpose is her happy place. Crafting is relaxing and therapeutic for this inspirational lady, and her husband gets a chuckle from the fact that she uses his tools more than he does.
“We built a large garage a couple years ago,” Stacey tells us. “His goal was to be able to have all of his tools in one spot instead of several different outbuildings on our property. However, I have basically taken over the garage with all of my craft stuff. And now he tells all his friends that he needs to build another garage just so he can have his own space.”
His and Hers garages? We love it.
Stacey listens to country and old rock to stay focused while she works. “I find inspiration in songs that remind me of when I was growing up, when times were simple,” she says. Nostalgic songs “help me reminisce of the days growing up when life wasn’t so hectic and family and faith were all you needed.”
We all need a little of that sometimes.
More than anything, Stacey likes to create rustic pieces, like her planters and welcome signs. Her customers are also big fans of her lighted blocks, because how could they not be? Swoon!
Stacey is looking forward to Market Day on May 11 & 12 because she can’t wait to meet new people and make new connections in the artisan world. “In the end,” she says, “I [mainly] hope I am able to send some handmade items home with people who love them.”
You can’t ask for more than that. So come on out and find something to love.
See you there!