On a personal note…



i've been reflecting about all the changes over the past few years. our new shop, being engaged, (slowly) planning a wedding and, of course, working side-by-side with my sister every day since this past Summer. i'm incredibly grateful for this place in life and hoping to settle in more and more with each coming season. i feel like i've found my fit in life. when i think about the future i imagine many seasons building what we've started here with our shop and family. more clothing collections, more window displays, more forts at home and scary movies with popcorn. 

all of that to say… i'm really thankful for this season in life, for the people surrounding me in Springfield and for you, my blog readers, who have been so supportive and kind. XO. elsie

  • Such a lovely post with a wonderful sentiment. I adore hearing good news from the lives of others! Share the happiness & spread it around!!


  • How sweet! You deserve a hearty pat on the back for all you’ve accomplished. I saw Red Velvet made it into the 417 mag Best Of issue. Congrats!

  • my world would NOT be the same without you. i’m grateful that you chose to share your life’s journey on this blog.

    by the way… your hair is looking SOOO good! i’d love to see you do some sort of hair tutorial 🙂 just a thought!

    have a GREAT weekend!

  • you’ve been working hard for all of this to happen and you deserve it! 🙂 Keep up the FANTASTIC work and we, your blog readers, will continue to read your adventures 🙂
    hugs from France

  • You are such an inspiration… following your dream and making it a reality. Most of us only DREAM of doing something like this, and here you are DOING it. Amazing. Thank you for the inspiration to actually PURSUE my dreams.

    Have an amazing day!


  • favorite post ever! you’re so kind.. and I found that out myself this year. I will be writing more letters to the red velvet shop soon!

    even if you don’t write back.

  • We’re thankful for you, too! For being such an inspiration and showing us that you can live the dream, whatever that means to each one of us. It’d be hard not to look forward to your posts and want to know more about what you’re up to next when you’re such a tactful person, so kind, and because you are genuinely grateful for all that you have accomplished.

  • Elsie, I have been a fan of yours since your scrapbooking days…and even though your blog is geared to 18-20+ year-old gals I read it everyday. It always makes this 60 year-old gal smile. Wishing the best to you! LC

  • Elsie, you are such a creative genius, and you deserve everything you have! You’re an endless vortex of inspiration. Don’t ever stop doing what you’re doing! You’re incredible!

  • suddenly all the pieces come together.. perfectly.. its a great feeling when you finally realize it. safe and warm – and alhtough you found your place there is a exciting and challenging time in store for you. enjoy every second of it. you earned it. thanks for sharing so many parts of it with us.

  • You deserve every happiness that comes, and all the memories of these good times will lift you up when the road becomes a little bumpy.

    I am simply grateful that I discovered you when I did – you are always inspirational. Thank you 🙂

  • what a lovely post. it reminds me to be thankful of all the wonderful things in my life right now. you are such an inspiration.

  • I’m so happy you found a great niche! sounds like everything is going swimmingly for you and thats the most beautiful thing about reading blogs like this =) So happy for you!

    <3 Sarah

  • So glad to hear such genuine words about how you feel in this season of your life. Being grateful & expressing it is amazingly rewarding! Love checkin got your blog on a daily such creative things you & the Red Velvet gals come up with! Cheers to much more positive & awesome seasons to come for all of us!!!

    Daisy =D

  • I an happy for you in this serendipitous moment in your life. Write it all down. Take a million photographs. Be happy and thankful. Congratulations!

    xo Erin

  • Congrats Elsie! I’m starting to feel the same way myself. Also, thank you so much for your e-course, Blog Love. It is very insightful and inspiring! I hope all the best for you in this wonderful new year.

  • I think it’s great of you to take the time to thank your readers. It really shows how humble you are which makes everything about you more likable. (I think that’s how you spell it?)
    Thank YOU for being so inspirational to everyone and making everyone feel so welcome reading, creating and shopping with you! =)

    XO Amber

  • I can totally relate! My sister is getting married, and while we are hours apart planning the wedding together is bringing us so much closer! I am vamping up my Photography and surprising my baby sister with an “sister trip”! Its going to be a GREAT spring!!

  • You are so inspirational and kind! I look up to you soo much and hope to be as successful one day as you have become!

  • Thank you for sharing this post… it is very uplifting, and reminds me to be grateful for all the wonderful things happening in my life as well. All the best to you Elsie! Your adventures are truly inspiring!

  • It has been so fun and inspiring watching all the new things happening in the last few months – here’s to a bright future!

  • Elsie, I’ve been hanging around your blog since you were still a big part of the scrapbook industry. It’s been so joyful for me to watch you grow, evolve, change directions, and gain all this experience and wisdom!

    I feel like I’m so proud of you, though that seems like the wrong word, since I’m not your mother or your mentor! It’s the closest word I can think of.

    Congratulations to you and all you’re doing.

    Much love and respect.

  • what a great post, I love the idea that not only do dreams come true, but they evolve and grow with us! so glad you are in a great place right now, and looking forward to seeing all to come!

  • Love this post! I’ve been doing a lot of reflection myself lately. I feel so lucky with my life 🙂

  • i’ve only been reading your blog for about a year; found one sleepless night with a new baby in my arms. you have been an inspiration. thank you for sharing with us. 🙂

  • All the best for you this year, thanks for sharing with us your inspiration and creativity.
    Muchas graacias y suerte en todo!!!

  • Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us, Elsie. We, your readers and followers, are blessed to have you. Much love and hugs, and may God be with you.

  • My thoughts are right in tune with all my fellow readers! You are inspiring and just lovely…its like your a friend that I can’t wait to see every day. I hope my readers feel that way when they read my blog! I’m just starting a business and making my own designs…one of my goals…to one day be in cahoots with you and your team! Thanks for being there and putting yourself out there, I appreciate it very much! Garsh…I hope you don’t think I’m a creeper…well…I solemly promise I’m not! 🙂 Hearts, Janna Lynn

  • Your in such a good place! I’m so excited for you as a reader of about two years (I’ve lost track). I can’t wait until I get a chance to actually visit the shop, I’m sure it will be even more amazing by the time that happens. After all your hard work, you definitely deserve this happy place in your life!
    Much love <3

  • And we’re thankful for your blog! It’s so very inspiring. I think that this is my year of big changes, and i’m hoping to come out of it as content as you did with your year of change.

  • Thank you for all the amazing posts! I discovered your blog a couple of years ago and it has been such a huge source of inspiration since.

    Thanks again!

  • You are a serious source of inspiration to so many of us Elsie! Sometimes when my determination is lagging I think of you and the other Red Velvet girls and that’s about all it takes to get me up off my butt.

  • You’re a very successful girl because you’ve worked hard and earned it ;). It’s great to see people whose lives have paid off; I mean, to see that life can be fair. I hope I can make my dreams come true, too 🙂 *fingers crossed*

    Hug from Buenos Aires!


  • I can completely relate with that feeling – and while I’m not totally there yet – I am always looking for it. Almost 😀 I’m so happy to hear that you are. It’ll be a beautiful life Elsie 😀

  • Aww Elsie this is just really really sweet! It is so important to be grateful for what we do have and you are displaying a perfect example of this!!

  • I want to congratulate you. It’s so hard to find your place in the world…to find that thing that you’re meant to do. It’s totally awesome that you have found yours.

    Also, I want to say thanks to you for being such an inspiring person. When I read about what you are doing in your life, it really helps me believe that I can follow my dreams.

  • I’m touched. Thank you for all of the inspiration and amazing stories of your much-deserved success as well as your adventures in life. 🙂

  • Congrats!!!!!!!!!! I think that probably if all this good things are happening is as a reward for a hard work!



  • Elsie- I love your blog, and I’m so happy that everything is starting to fall into place for you. Your news, tips and creations are awesome. And like one of your other readers, I too don’t fit into the ‘norm’ age group ( I’m a 36yr old married mum of two little boys). So you are inspiring people of all ages 🙂 . Sending big hugs from Oz 🙂

  • Elsie I am seriously so Grateful for YOU dear. You are such an inspiration to so many people.
    One day I am going to come pay a visit:)


  • Thank you Elsie, for always being such a huge inspiration…whether it be fashion, design, hair, or just being who you are! Thank you! For our summer vacation we are heading to Springfield, I hope to get a new tattoo and see you and your amazing shop! Have a lovely weekend!


  • We LOVE you and know how hard you work!………………………….
    You inspire us…………………………………………………………..
    And we will always think of you as the first Jewel that your Mother and I were allowed to create…………………………………Love You…..

  • This post made me really, really happy. Following your bliss isn’t always the easiest path, but you’ve found proof of its rewards and that’s a truly amazing feeling!

  • Yay for sisters! My sisters and I hope to one day work side by side together. I think it would just be the most ridiculous fun ever. No one can make me laugh about silly stuff like my sisters can. 🙂

  • Wow, Elsie, you are so wise to be so young. You have a season where all the fronts of your life….love, family, career, creativity are working in harmony. The BEST thing is that you know it and are savoring it. Enjoy this magical season!

  • Thats what i like about your blog. That you prove to me thati can live on my dream. Thanks for showing me that it is possible!

  • Elsie, to me you appear authentic and true. It shines in your blog, your shop and relationships. So all of your readers here, could only love and support you all the way.

  • Elsie, it’s really one of the best post. I like your inspiration. And your creativity is got some different. I really like your effort. Thanks for the sharing some great thing.

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