Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Inspiring People {Sarah Mendenhall}

So, for today's post, I'd like to introduce you to an inspiring
young woman and her blog. I came across her and her sister Hannah last
year and am so impressed by their fervor and desire to serve and trust the Lord.

It was difficult to condense all that they do but for now
I wanted to introduce you to...

{Captured by Little Light Creative}

...Sarah Mendenhall!
The elder of the two Mendenhall sisters, Sarah is a lover of Christ,
her family, and all things sweet and vintage.
On her blog, forgiven. love much, there is much inspiration to be found
in her cute, creative, and modest approach to dressing in a feminine way;
each week she posts different outfits for each day as well as some
yummy recipes! I appreciate her evident contentment as she serves
her family at home.

Sarah also keeps a shop on Etsy called,
which showcases her fun vintage finds as well as an arrangement of
handmade items. Sarah uses this venue to donate to Compassion International
by using 50% of all profits from her handmade items towards this ministry,
you can learn more here.
Recently, I was able to benefit from winning this adorable headband during a
giveaway that Sarah hosted. Quality is important to me,
especially in handmade items, and I am very happy to say that I'm very
content and impressed with her work
--I'm looking forward to working with her again in the future!

Before we wrap up this post, I'd like to share an interview I had with Sarah-

Sarah, what was your main drive in creating your shop?
When I started thinking and praying about opening a shop, I simply wanted a way to develop some small business skills and make a little money for myself and the future. Now that I have been open two and a half months I have come to realize how it can be used for so much more! I have met many new people, networked, participated in giveaways and been able to donate some of my proceeds to a worthy cause.

How exciting! That leads to our next question about where you donate 50% of the proceeds from your handmade items, how did you come to desire to donate to Compassion?
My family has sponsored children through Compassion International for over 10 years now. When I was working full time I always donated a portion of each pay check to CI. I want to be able to continue to give even though my income is much lower than when I was working outside the home. :)

I'm always interested in how people choose the name for their business, how did you choose yours?
:) Funny little story. When I was five years old I named one of my dolls Spancy Ketosherosh! When I was throwing around names for my shop my sister Hannah suggested SK and it stuck. :)
What influences you the most in your business?
I believe that modest fashion, style, and home decor doesn't fit in a tiny little legalistic box. God has given so many people the gift of creativity in making clothing and home goods.
What do you hope to do in your shop this year?
I hope to expand my inventory and add some additional handmade items. I would love to continue to upgrade my packaging and streamline my shipping!
You can catch up with Sarah more by her blog or her shop!

What about you?
Do you have an inspiring friend in your life?
Someone you think would be helpful to showcase?
Drop me a line! I'd love to share that connection here.
Just email me and we'll start that conversation. :)


Hannah Mendenhall said...

Hey I know her!

: )

Jacqueline said...

Thank you for sharing Sarah and Hannah's work. I, too, have been blessed by these dear young ladies! Their love for Jesus shines through as they encourage others.
I love the idea of sharing inspiring people. Thank you for being a conduit for God's grace and mercy.

Elena said...

Hannah~You're funny. :)

Jacqueline~Thanks so much for stopping by! I look forward to getting to know these girls better. :)


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