I love that you cannot find this tee anywhere! Nope, it's not your typical tee that is mass produced and everyone else in the world has it. It was created by a lovely hard working mama who wants to make a living and honor her son's memory while doing it. Sarah's one of those people with a lot of creativity and depth. She used her creativity to help her get through an extremely painful part of her life and is now spreading awareness through her story. I mean, her strength is just as admirable as her perfectly designed tees! Read the short interview I did with her below to get to know her and her story a little better! (ps theres a little treat for you at the end)
|Sarah with her husband, adorable daughter, and photo of her baby boy, Jack.|
|Their precious son, Jack.|
What inspired the name, Jumping Jack? / Who or what really motivated you to open up your own shop?
Before Jumping Jack, I was a full time preschool teacher and did photography on the side. In 2011, our son Jack was born. Shortly after his birth, we started noticing he was having trouble holding his head up and breathing on his own. After a whirlwind at the hospital, he was diagnosed with the #1 genetic killer of infants and children, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA. Jack required 24 hour care. He was unable to hold most baby toys because of his weak muscles. I started to craft and make him small fabric crinkle toys that he could hold. Crafting was very therapeutic for me during this horrible rollercoaster ride we were on. In August of 2011, I opened my etsy shop with Jack right there by my side. I sold crinkle tag toys and headbands. The very first headband I made was actually for Jack. We needed something to help hold his oxygen and feeding tube in place. Jack lived 199 days. He is the strongest boy I know and the reason I do what I do each day.
What have you learned from your experience?
Instagram has been a great avenue to share our story and spread awareness about SMA as well.
What is a goal/dream that you hope to accomplish?
Describe what a typical day looks like for you.
How would you describe your personal style?
What's something quirky about you that most people may not know or a fun fact?
Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your story and for allowing me to feature you! I cannot wait to see how your shop continues to grow and of course I wish you all the very best along the way!
I hope you all enjoyed reading this and that you take a minute to go check out her shop! Christmas is right around the corner (only 4 weekends away!!) so don't wait till stock is down and shipping has to be of concern! Just hop on over to https://www.etsy.com/shop/jumpingjackjack now and use the code SHOPSMALL15 to receive 15% off of your purchase! Happy shopping!