Friday, December 18, 2015

Meet Liz // The Ark Threads

I love sharing great brands with you guys that I feel like are truly unique, comfortable, and well made. I also love it when there's a wonderful message shared through those awesome companies! With that being said, let me introduce you to The Ark Threads! Liz has done an incredible job of creating some really great designs for tees that also carry a great message! It also helps that the tees are super soft and kid approved :) I can't think of anything better than, comfort, style, and best of all, truth. She made sure there were t-shirts for kids, babies, and adults! So literally, everyone in your family can rock her perfect designs and spread a good message at the same time. Now wherever my kids go, they're spreading a message. It's so cool to see how proud they are to wear their new tees and talk to other kids about what they say and what it means. It gives kids the chance to voice their beliefs in such a genuine way and those opportunities are incredibly valuable in so many ways. Clearly Liz is one hard working, creative, inspired, driven, and dedicated mompreneur! She has a family of her own and manages to find time to bust out all these perfect designs! You can read more about her below! First, take a little peak at the tees she sent us to get an idea of what she has to offer!

"Bible stories are for real"

I mean, how perfect is this one!?

"the greatest love story ever told"

I'm all about reminding my kids what Christmas is really all about, and this tee does that for me :)

"JOY . yourself . Jesus . others" and this one has a hood! Super cute and she could not WAIT to show this one to all of her friends! I mean, if my tween over here approves, I've found a true gem people!!

Ok so, now you see why and how much we really love this company, but I'd love for you to hear from Liz herself! I was able to ask her a few questions so we could all get to know her a little better and understand how she came to open up this awesome shop! I'm excited to share that with you all!

What inspired the name, The Ark Threads?  

When I first started my business it was called Little Charmings. I just wanted a cute name. I thought if Snow White and Prince Charming had kids they would have little charmings running around. Thats when I thought, Hey, our kids are our little charming's. So I went with that name in the beginning. Than after about 7 months or so I decided that I wanted my customers to know who I was and what I sold just by hearing my business name. That is when I decided to change it. I had a bunch of names in the running. I belong to a Facebook group with a bunch of gals that run their own Christian stay at home businesses and they helped me settle on The Ark Threads. The Ark obviously because of Noah's Ark and Threads refers to sewing needle and thread. I use to sew leggings but now I focus on tees only.

Who/what inspired you to start your own business?

I always had an entrepreneur mind set. I tried to make home made ping pong table tops, my own photography studio, crocheting on etsy, blogging. It all kind of went no where. Than one day I hopped on Instagram and saw really cute tee shirts that moms were making from home. I thought it would be really neat to make tees that talked about Christ and would shine the light on Him. I wanted to get the Gospel out to people and remind everyone about Christ's message of hope and His love for us. That is what it is all about.

What has been a huge lesson learned so far? 

Sometimes I get down when I see other companies doing so well. I will come up with a design and than see someone else's and wonder if mine is good enough. But when I bring my thoughts back to why I'm doing this, the negative thoughts disappear and I just keep going. I remind myself that there is no destination. It is a journey and Christ is helping me. I can either quit and go no where or keep going and see where this takes me.   

What is a goal/dream that you hope to accomplish?

I hope that I can remind people of the gospel or even introduce the gospel to those who have never heard Jesus's name. It's really a fun way to teach kids about God too. Instead of wearing princess shirts all the time, my daughter will wear an Ark Threads tee. She loves Jesus and she loves that mommy made it for her. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

I take my older girls to school and than go home with my two younger ones. Yes, I have four! I'll get the two kids breakfast and set them up with something to do. Than I try to get work done on the computer and catch up with orders, emails, and I like to post to IG twice a day so I'll get those ready. I might work on a new design in photoshop or order more marketing materials online. Than I try and play with my kids, feed them lunch and put them down for naps. The girls get picked up at 3:30pm. and its back home for dinner, baths and bedtime routine. Our bedtime routine with four kids takes us about an hour. After that I'm usually heat pressing shirts with my husband. He helps me out and I wouldn't be able to do it without him! We like to watch a television show ( we love Heartland at the moment! ) and than we will get to bed. The next day it starts all over again! 

How would you describe your own personal style?

I loved drawing growing up and even got one of my drawings published in Teen Beat magazine. I drew the 3 Hanson brothers because yes, I was a huge Hanson fan! lol I went to college for photography. I like to use both talents to create my designs in photoshop. I get my inspiration from music artists, bible scripture and even my family like to give me ideas! 

If you could have any super power what would it be?

Hmm, I think being the Flash would be helpful, because I could get a lot more done in one day!

Thank you SO much for sharing Liz! I love your story so much and am grateful that you decided to go for it and put to action a vision you had to spread the gospel! I'm honored to support you and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you shop!

Make sure you visit and check out all the options! They're great to give as gifts as well because lets face it, you won't find these designs anywhere else while shopping around at the local mall. Make sure to use the code JOY20 to receive 20% off of your purchase as well!! The code is good from today through December 31st! Also be sure to follow The Ark Threads on instagram to be the first to hear about new releases and sales!

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