Hello!! My name is Kristal Duncan. I am with a wonderful man named Nathan Seybert. We have three children. Wade is 13, Rileigh is 11, and Emilee just turned 5. We also have a tea cup chihuahua named milee. We are a very family oriented group with very strong personalities. Any of you with children these ages know exactly what I am talking about when I say "drama". Hahaha. There is always daily drama of some sort.... Rileigh has no clothes, Emme won't stay out of Wades room, Wade keeps changing the channel. One wants cheese pizza and one wants pepperoni. I became a mother at a very young age and I have learned as I have gone. I have gotten the chance to grow with my children. I have told them that if given the chance to have the exact same children as I have today I would have waited a few more years but I wouldn't change a thing. My children are my life, my pride, and my joy.
During the day Monday thru Friday I am a nurse. I work for a very respected longterm care facility as the MDS CarePlan coordinator. I love my job and I love my residents. My job is the most rewarding career I could have ever chosen for myself.
Recently Nate and I have started a small business called Rustically Chic. We started making handmade bows.... this business has grown greatly. We now make custom signs, vintage windows with vinyl pictures, and much more. We started an etsy store and also feature vintage items there. This venture has brought the two of us so much closer and I wouldn't change a thing for the world.
Our newest venture is to raise money for a little girl named Lanie Watkins. I do not know Lanie or her parents, though they are from my hometown. I began following her story through a friend on my facebook. Her status would read "LANIE UPDATE". In the comment section she would copy and past the update that Tessie (Lanies Mom) would send out. They found out a few months ago that Lanie has brain cancer. She has undergone surgery to remove the tumor but cancer cells still remain. She is currently at St. Judes with her parents battling this awful disease. It was while reading her updates that I became so attached to this story. My heart reached out to Lanie and to her parents. I started a fundraiser in honor of Lanie. Every sale from my etsy shop will donate $5.00 directly to Lanie and her family. So far this has been a slow going process but I know that with time and effort along with prayer, we will be able to raise a lump sum of money to send to them. This project has made such a difference in my life. Everyday I thank God for the health of my children and for the life I have been blessed with. Each day I think of Lanie and how she is progressing. Everyday I want to do something to better myself and my family. I hope my children grow up with the same thoughts in their minds.
I am starting this blog in hopes to raise awareness of cancer and those who suffer from it. Once we raise a lump sum of money for Lanie I will research and begin raising money for another child in need. The items that we sell on RusticallyChic on etsy doesn't make us alot of money but every little bit helps and every little bit is just a little bit more that I can donate to someone in need.
I hope to use this blog to share my ideas, projects, and recipes in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I do. This craft business and vintage shopping has really brought my family closer and I hope it will yours too.