Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Etsy Friends Portrait II: Beccijo - Little Sister

I remember my seventh grade German teacher all too well. Her name was Frau Sieben (Mrs. Seven- really!). Every week we had to write an essay about a topic. The following Monday Frau Sieben would come back with three essays in hand. Not naming the respective author, she would first read the worst essay, the one that received a failing grade, out loud to the class. Then she’d move on to the middling essay, the essay that received a C. Last she would hand the best essay, the one that got an A, to the student who wrote it, and make that student read it out aloud in front of the class.


We would all sit there in fear hoping that our essay would not be read out aloud, to be snickered at and ridiculed by the class. Of course, everyone would look around trying to guess whose crappy essay was read. Was someone blushing over there? Sound like the dark Middle Ages of education to you? I sure hope things have changed in German education! Only one time that year did I received an A and was picked to read my essay to the class. That week’s assignment was to write about a family member. I chose to write an essay about my little sister. Growing up in a household with 4 sisters can be a challenge at times. To say the least, I was not always getting along with my sisters. Being number 4 of the lot, I was often jealous of my youngest sister. She stole my spot of being in the limelight coming along 4 years later. Yet, in writing this essay about “Meine Kleine Schwester “ I learned a lot. I realized how much I loved her, despite the jealousy and anger I often felt towards her. As it turns out, of all my sisters, I am closest to my youngest sister, and I have the strongest bond with her these days…

Now what exactly does this have to do with my etsy team? Due to the nature of our profession, which is ruled by female crafters, we are mostly a team made up of women. Our team is like a big family with lots of sisters… Sara, or Woolies, I like to think of as a big, wise, older sister. Beccijo I see as a little sister. I am not really sure why. Maybe it’s because she joined the family later. I don’t really know her age for sure, but I feel she is a lot younger than me. Full of positive energy and the fearlessness of youth, she immediately became a leading member of our team. Beccijo runs our NaturalKids Website with her husband Wade! We are so grateful for that!
I often wonder how she finds the time to do so much work for our team, raise 4 kids, and to make the most amazing wooden play sets and little painted people. Does she ever sleep?


Go check out her store and lovely blog

http://www.theenchantedcupboard.etsy.com/
http://www.thereluctantcitydweller.blogspot.com/
and take a look around. Planning on a wedding? You will find unforgettable cake toppers – hand painted – to look like you and your spouse to be.

10 comments:

FairiesNest said...

Another wonderful post! I love the idea of the team as a family!

germandolls said...

Hey Cyn, I am wondering where to put you in the order. Are you a middling sibling?

kats in the belfry said...

she must have elves helping her.

CurlyMonkey said...

Such a great post!

Eve said...
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Eve said...

A touching trip down memory lane and a great tribute to Beccijo, who is such a hard worker and organizing queen!

s. maddrey said...

What is your secret Beccijo? I wish I had a little more of your energy. Thank you for sharing!

BirchLeaf Designs said...

Lovely post Ulla! Beccijo is a Fireball that's for sure!

cutelittlething said...

I am really enjoying these wonderful posts, and feel like I am getting to know these great women better too! Keep 'em coming Ulla! These little profiles from the point of view of others would be a great addition to the e-newsletter!

germandolls said...

Fireball - there you go, Beccijo! Got you a new nickename. =)