Welcome to Ladybug Wreaths…
Overcoming Fibromyalgia & Celiac I Now Teach Others to
Make Door Wreaths & Sell Them on the Internet!
Hello, my name is Nancy Alexander. I am a “Southern Girl” born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. I am an artisan, a dreamer, a floral and interior designer, an entrepreneur, and a lover of nature. I have been named; a world-renowned wreath-maker… because, I LOVE MAKING UNIQUELY DIFFERENT AND BEAUTIFUL WREATHS!
I have been blessed with many “artsy” and creative talents in my life. I’m also blessed to have married the man of my dreams, my true-love, Stephen, forty-one years ago. I am totally in love with God, my husband, and my family which consists of two strong, Christian young men, their beautiful wives, and four “Amazing Grandchildren”!
God is my strength, my peace, and my courage. I love being an artist. I love making door wreaths, going to yard sales, painting and distressing old furniture, and working in my garden. I also love teaching others how to make a wreath through the workshops we now have in my studio! God has so richly blessed me with JOY and His GRACE.
I found my passion and talent designing & making door wreaths almost thirty years ago. This led me to purchase an upscale silk floral and design business in my hometown. During the time I owned “The Straw Basket”, my business expanded into multiple locations with as many as eight employees at one time. This was fun, it was hard work, and stressful because the entire time, I was fighting a debilitating, chronic illness. I overcame Fibromyalgia and Celiac to teach others to make and sell wreaths on the Internet through my coaching site. Anything made with your own hands can be such an exciting and fulfilling hobby!
My life has been guided by my health — or lack thereof. I became sick when I was twenty-eight years old with two small children. No one knew what was wrong, especially the many doctors I put my trust in over the years. I spent over three years in bed, and then couldn’t even drive a car for almost five years. I was in severe pain every day and prayed faithfully every day that God would heal me; I prayed that He would lead me to a diagnosis, and I prayed for my family who were impacted and suffering from my illness just as I was.
My prayers were answered — but in God’s timing, not mine. And, His timing for me was twenty-five years later.
I struggled and fought my way back — I really fought. During these years, I read, I researched, I prayed, I saw many doctors, I took drug after drug that was prescribed (many of which I had adverse reactions to), but there was no answer. There would be seasons when I was better and could work the sixty to seventy hours a week. Then, other times, I could hardly get out of bed.
Finally in 2003, Steve and I knew it was time for me to close my business. I could no longer handle the work-load and the stress. We were building a new home at the time, so we designed a spacious custom studio right across the breezeway. I didn’t know if I would ever be able to work in it, but I was always hopeful.
During this time, I was still reading and studying anything I could find on the Internet about my symptoms, as well as trying many supplements which my research made me think would help. They did!! I began to improve. I began to work again. Oh, I was far from being well, but the changes for me were significant.
I had NEVER sold anything online before, but started reading about eBay. I had no help, but I read and studied everything I could get my hands on for an entire month. Then, spent the next three months learning how to promote and sell my wreaths on the Internet. Finally, I was ready to list some wreaths.
The very first e-Book I ever read was written by Jim Cockrum, the most trusted, and well-known Internet Entrepreneur online today. Jim is now a dear friend and mentor. His first book, “The Silent Sales Machine” helped me as I was researching how to sell my wreaths effectively. I enjoy being a member of both of his coaching sites: My Silent Team, and Offline Biz.
Jim now has a new “best-selling” book, “FREE Marketing 101″ and has written about me and my success in his newly released book. Jim and I have talked quite often about “Divine Appointments”, and the fact that I believe he was sent into my life to encourage, teach, and inspire me; while Jim says I inspire him more than he inspires me.
Soon, things really began to happen for me. Ladybug Wreaths was born! I already knew how to make door wreaths — beautiful ones! They began to sell. My online reputation was growing very quickly. In a few short months, I became a “Power Seller” on eBay. Soon I had my own website, and we were shipping wreaths all over the world.
As my business grew, so did my faith in God, and my determination to finally get a diagnosis. I had begun to suspect what it was from my research on the computer, so I made myself an appointment with a specialist at a large women’s hospital in a nearby town. She confirmed my suspicions — I was suffering from a very severe, chronic case of Fibromyalgia.
Several years more passed with many ups and downs in my health as my Internet business flourished. Then, about five years ago, I was led (by “Divine Appointment” again) to a marvelous Nutritionist who has literally saved my life!
She found that I also had been born with Celiac Disease. It is what caused my Fibromyalgia as well as various other health problems.
Chronic illnesses are a severe problem. Pain was the main focus of my life for so long. It colored the way I thought and felt, and reacted to the world around me. If I had not received help from this amazing, caring doctor when I did, I probably would not be here today, or, if I was, I would most certainly be in a wheel chair.
So, having said all of this, I feel my goal or mission in my life is to make a difference in the lives of others by teaching them a hobby or business that makes a difference; a hobby that gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning; one that wakes you up with such a start of anticipation that you just cannot lie in bed, no matter how badly you feel.
I want your brain to start spinning with excitement, energizing your body in such a way that you cannot wait to work on your special project for the day! I want to encourage you to appreciate the beauty found around you in a smile, in nature, and in those who are dear to you as you learn how to make a door wreath.
YOU CAN DO THIS – has been my slogan! Even in my weakest, darkest times, I could find a few minutes, then a few hours, and then even days when I could get my mind on something fun and exciting, which then made the energy follow! Yes, Yes, YOU certainly CAN do this too!
Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”. And, thanks to “Him” I finally can!
A friend, Molly wrote this in her blog, it expresses my thoughts and feelings in an amazing way:
“By picking up the pieces of a broken life and putting them back together, a person cannot help but be changed. This change is a beautiful thing that results in a deeper understanding of others and their situations, and gives us a chance to share our experiences with them, showing them that there is a way out — a light at the end of the tunnel.” “I believe that I have not just been broken, but put back together by God in a beautiful way — a way that I could have never imagined on my own”
I am blessed every time I look into my husband’s eyes and see how much he cherishes me. I am blessed when our home is filled with our boys, their wives, and our four precious grandchildren running around calling, “Mimi come outside and play with me.” “Mimi, do you have a surprise for me?” “Mimi, read a story to me.”
Technically, I still have Fibromyalgia, and will always have Celiac Disease. I eat exactly what I need to eat on my Celiac diet. I take supplements my Dr. says will help and even cure my body. We are SO blessed! Please let me encourage you and teach you to do something in your life which will bring a smile along with a sense of accomplishment! And, together… “We Will Sing Until The Whole World Hears…”
PS: Steve and I attend the fastest growing church in the United States, www.NewSpring.cc, in Anderson, SC. Just recently, Steve and I were honored to be asked to sing in the choir at our church. New Spring now has eight locations, and services are broadcast all over the world. Just this past Easter, 29,000 people attended services at New Spring (that is not counting thousands more watching online through podcasts), and over 1,000 were saved!
So, Steve and I were honored to be asked to sing in a choir of 25 to 30 people since New Spring only has a choir once to twice a year. Sure, I was nervous knowing how many people we would be singing in front of, and I normally am not a “singer” like my husband. But, I sang to praise my Lord and Savior — I sang only to “Him”!
You’ll never guess the name of the song we sang…”OVERCOME”!