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Many people have asked me how I came up with the name - Serenity Lane,

and the significance of the pink Gerber daisy.

I started Serenity Lane officially July 1, 2011, but the idea had always been in my head. We used to live on a road called Serenity Lane, and I always thought that was such a quaint and cute name. I've always loved to craft, but while living in that house, my love for rubber stamps began.

The pink Gerber daisy has a special meaning for me. In the spring of 2010 I was asked to lead a women's spiritual life retreat. The theme I choose was "No One Can Take Away Your Joy". In doing research for the retreat, I learned that the Gerber daisy symbolizes cheerfulness and joy, and the color pink symbolizes - in the Christian sense, joy and happiness. I adopted these symbols and used them in the retreat. My mom went on this retreat with me, and a week after the retreat she got very ill. She spent 2 months in and out of ICU, and we were told her disease - Scleroderma, was finally going to win her almost 30 year battle. My mom passed away 6 months later. Mom and I were close - I "dragged" her off to retreats and outings all of the time. The one I led was our last "outing" together. The scripture I focused on for the retreat took on new meaning for me (John 16:22 ~ Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.). The pink Gerber daisy symbolizes many things for me - the joy and happiness crafting brings me, and a special way to remember my mom, and knowing she would love that I've stepped out and started this new adventure.

So -- welcome to Serenity Lane Designs! There are so many things for you to check out -- I love to rubber stamp, and am always looking for new things to try. I have also started using a Cricut - loving it!  I love to do custom orders, so please feel free to drop me a note anytime.

A few years ago, I had the honor of appearing on ABC's The Chew. It was an exciting adventure for me. I was able to craft with the hosts -- you'll be able to read about it and see some behind the scenes pics on my blog soon.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my creative journey's story -

and remember . . .no one can take away your joy!

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