Why Mud and Lace?

We’ve been asked this by several people. This whole thing started with making t-shirts for ourselves and our muddy little boys for special holidays – Valentine’s Day, St. Patricks Day, etc – and morphed into a “we should do this for real” conversation during a late night t-shirt making sleepover.

We (Leslie & Sara, co-owners) have been friends since our Kindergarten days and we both have 2 boys each, ages 6 and under. Our days are filled with lots of dirt and mud but we also love to dress up and feel girly – lacey, if you will. So here we are! Mud and Lace Apparel – at your service!

Meet Sara

Hi!  I’m Sara and live in Mooresville, NC with my husband, Bradley, and two young boys.  We live a pretty typical life, of work & school, laundry & dishes, and usually some TV in the evenings followed by bath & bed and repeat!

When I finally have a moment to myself, I have a hard time choosing between catching up on one of the latest TV Dramas or taking time to get crafty (art journal, creative planning, etc).

That’s why starting Mud and Lace Apparel was so intriguing to me.  It was a way to do some of those crafty things and then actually share it with the world!

A quick bit about my background.  After college, I worked in IT for a large retail corporation for about 5 years.  Then I moved on to do some IT Consulting work (traveling) for about 2 years before having children.  I will say that I LOVED traveling!  Now, of course I missed Bradley, and the first time I DIDN’T love traveling happened to be while I was pregnant.  I was just not wanting to leave home anymore.  But if you get the chance to travel and do that type of work (prior to having a family) I say Do It!  I stayed in the country, but I definitely got to visit some neat places that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Once our first son was born, I was able to transition into a working from home job.  After the second son was born, I slowly trended away from working and focused on just staying at home with my kiddos.  However, I struggle to stay focused on that.  I guess there’s a bigger part of me that just needs to do some kind of work.  And now I’m pumped to be creating these shirts (and more) for all of you and doing it with an amazing business partner and friend by my side!

By the way – I actually have a YouTube channel where I share some of the crafty things I’ve done in case anyone is interested. You can find me as CarolinaHobbyGirl on YouTube.
Okay now, y’all go shop!  And I’ll get back to the shirt-making. 😉

Meet Leslie

Hey there. I’m Leslie – mom of two boys, daughter, sister, web designer, business owner x 2 and a Christian woman that has the hope of seeing Jesus and my late husband again.

Life certainly hasn’t turned out how Josh and I had planned – and boy were we planners.

  • Meet the love of your life – CHECK!
  • Get engaged and married – CHECK!
  • Buy a house – CHECK!
  • First baby by age 27 – CHECK!
  • Second baby by age 31 – CHECK!

And that’s where our plan became derailed. I’ve put this page off to the very last minute before we make the website live. I don’t want to say “I’m a widow” –  I don’t want that word to define me and my life and for people to feel pity for me. I’m doing great [I can finally say that after 3 years with only a tiny bit of guilt]. I’m surviving and happy and I have one business that is thriving and another that is just getting started and I’m so excited to see where it goes and I have hope (there’s that word again but without it what’s the point, really) that it is going to take off as well.

And I wish so badly every single day that Josh was here on Earth to see it all – to raise these crazy, wonderful, stubborn, beautiful boys with me – to grow old with me – to help me with all the accounting questions that I will never understand – to watch my businesses grow.

But he’s not and until I see him again, I will continue to raise my boys to the best of ability, build websites and make t-shirts and home decor and jewelry for Mud and Lace, love my Jesus and get better at cleaning my house! 🤣 (Okay, I don’t know how well I will pull that last one off.)

Sara and I are super excited to share Mud and Lace Apparel with you all. We hope you will love our shirts as much as we do! And speaking of hope – one of my absolute favorite shirts we offer is the Hope Anchors the Soul Short Sleeve Shirt – it’s glittery and shimmery, super comfortable and shows off your love and faith in Jesus.

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