Sit down, snuggle up and get ready to know the talented Katy Day a little bit more, one of the amazing Cheerfully Given sellers….
1. Introduce yourself to us in one sentence ….
Katy Day- A work in progress (Philippians 1:6) mainly running on coffee and Jesus!
2. What is it that you make?
I design and make jewellery, my passion being creating Christian jewellery that will spark conversations about the gospel. I have a shop on Etsy that sells a mix of secular and Christian jewellery and also on the new website Cheerfully Given which a Christian based website .
3. Tell us the story of how it all started.
I started making jewellery when I was pregnant with my son, 12 years ago, as a hobby. After dabbling with selling it to friends and family and at craft events I went back to work as a primary school teacher when my youngest started school. However, it became apparent in only a few years that teaching and motherhood weren’t compatible due to the long hours worked and a very grumpy snappy mum not being around for those all important chats and laughs that are fundamental to family life. After praying and trusting where God was leading, I left teaching in 2014 in order to seriously concentrate on my business and it has been blessed by God and growing steadily since! God has directed my path the whole way along and continues to do so, he’s the ultimate ‘Boss’!
4. How do you include your faith into your work and what you make?
At craft events/parties I always take a mix of Christian items and secular, as a a kind of silent witness. I try and conduct my business relationships as an example of my faith as well, remembering that I should work ‘wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,’ (Ephesians 6:7) It’s important to me to try and include God’s word in my pieces, either directly as part of my designs, like my fabric bracelets which I print myself or the stamped bracelets, or in a personalised way, such as my sterling silver jewellery which is presented on a card with scripture.
5. Do you have any inspiration or encouragement for us?
That everything takes time! When I was younger I was so impatient and used to run ahead of God a lot when He gave me an idea and then I’d waste time having to turn round and come back into line with Him! Now I’ve learnt patience and not to be so hard on myself when I don’t get it ‘right’ the first time. Or the second. Or the tenth! That time with your children, not things (or even ‘experiences’) is what really matters. Those times in the car chatting, or when they climb up on your lap just before bedtime (my kids still do this!!!) or want to tell you about their day…those are the times that your relationships get closer. Honesty as well, I tell them when I don’t know the answer, I say sorry a lot when I’ve done something wrong. Pray with them, even when it seems they don’t take any notice, you will look back and see God’s hand on their lives and be able to tell them. My daughter is 14 and has just made a re-commitment (praise God!) after a difficult few years, my son is nearly 12 and also made a re-commitment this summer. I can see that God still has a lot to do in them, but that’s ok, He is still working on all of us! The most important thing…teach your children about Jesus, or the world will teach them not to. Talk about God, His word, the truth of it every day in ‘normal’ conversations and situations. As the world grows more fake they need His truth to stand on more than ever.
6. Please share a photo of your favourite mug!
Thanks so much for having a cuppa with me Katy – praying your business goes from strength to strength x