Have you ever felt that God was speaking to you, guiding you, giving you signs or helping you along the path to your destination or purpose in life?
In July of 2004, I believe I was given a message while recovering from major surgery. I was sent a message in a dream that God was telling me to spread His word through T-Shirts of Faith! I was a little skeptical at first but from that day forward He started sending me visions and signs. Being a believer of God,I started to trust that this is the path that I am supposed to take. I am a lover of art and creativity, so I was extremely excited about this new venture, but knew "very little" of how to go about this. Once I had recovered from surgery, and a major renovation we were working on,I returned to night school to learn PhotoShop...a tool used to create designs for t-shirts!
Visions of Faith officially became a business in January 2006. The name of the company was chosen for two reasons. First for the "visions" He kept sending me, as God often speaks to his people in visions, and second because Our Faith and His Word on the clothing will be seen through our eyes or our "vision".
My first T-Shirt was designed for my daughter's Mission Trip to Mexico that March Break, printed by a local Silk Screening Shop. Since then, I have done many custom orders, including T-Shirts for a Church Fundraiser for our Mexico Mission Trip! As I continued practicing my computer skills, and designing a website...more clues to the puzzle were found!
Throughout the next year, God had given me many bold direction. On our vacation that summer, we saw a sign at a corner that said "Warehouse T-Shirt Sale" with a big arrow. So, we followed the signs and found a company that sells ready made transfers that I can order, with a large selection of Spiritual and Inspirational ones! After looking through their catalogue of transfers, I ordered a few designs in to start wearing! From there, I created my own catalogue with just the inspirational transfers and decided to work on a website where people could order these t-shirts. This has been the biggest step in terms of design requirements for this website. Because everyone has different tastes, ie. long sleeve, short sleeve, fitted for ladies, unisex styles, hoodies, sweatshirts...I wanted people to be able to order the transfers on a variety of styles of clothing, offering a "custom apparel".
After over a year of design and website coding, as incredible as it may seem, this Website went live on my birthday in 2008, as did the opportunity to advertise in the Shepherd's Guide for the year. God is so great!
The colours for this website were also chosen for a reason... Black represents our sins; Red represents the blood shed by Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins; White represents the washing away of our sins when we ask for forgiveness; Green represents eternal and everlasting life with God for those who believe in Him; Yellow represents the Gold streets of Heaven; and Purple was a colour that, in bible times, was worn by Kings and Jesus is our King!
I cannot compete or compare to a bulk buyer like Zellers or Walmart, but have tried to keep my pricing as low as possible. The uniqueness of this website is the Custom Transfer apparel line in having the flexibility to choose the garment that you wish to put the transfer on, therefore creating a custom order to fit your body type, style and your favourite color!
The latest clothing addition was in mid 2008, where God led me to other Christian organizations that produce Christian Clothing Lines and this has been quite exciting.
In 2009, we ventured into Christian Costume Jewelry, and have great selection from which you can choose from to finish your outfit!
And finally in 2010 we took a big leap of faith and made the addition to our home a store, (which was the renovation that started the day I went in for my surgery!) ...it is a place where we can provide a calm and relaxed shopping experience and personnal customer service. It is so satisfying :) just to keep spreading God's Words of Wisdom. Some day maybe there will be an even larger store or even a chain of stores! I will wait for His direction and signs. It has taken a long time to get to this point ...I know that