A few years ago I started an Etsy shop where I sold scripture prints. Our eldest was 9 months old and I had just started back at work. I worked from home as a graphic designer creating direct mail for big cell phone companies. It was a blessing to be able to work from home and stay home with our first born. But my creativity was restricted and I was getting the "itch".

So I opened my little online shop and began designing in between client work. It kept my creative "itch" at bay for awhile but when I left that job to be a full time stay-at-home mom my passion for creating through the computer stopped. 

2 Corinthians 12:9

I loved bringing my work to craft shows and found myself spending more of my time designing what my booth would look like then the prints that I would be selling in my booth. 

I closed my Etsy shop in November of last year to get ready for our big move and I never opened it back up again. I donated a bunch of my prints to charity and was so relieved. I liked being able to create something that allowed others to share the gospel but being restricted to a computer screen was just not for me. It's funny because I knew that I didn't love sitting at a computer even in college when I was studying graphic design. I love being creative but not when it's inside a box.

Moving must have been the push that I needed to stop doing something I only kind of enjoy and start doing something I actually love! So here we are! 

I have kept my company name as Iekel Road Design because there is so much meaning behind that name for me. Now I am just in the process of rebranding myself and this website is a big part of that. 

It was so easy for me to tell a story along with my scripture brings, it was easy to connect my "real" life with my online one. I shared stories from my personal time with God and what I was learning and how I was growing.  Now that I am dabbling in furniture painting and restoration it has been a little more of a struggle to show my "real" self with the online world.

I have hidden your word in my heart

This blog will ideally put business and pleasure together to create the "realest" (is that a word?) form of myself I can express while still being a business and selling my pieces.

So welcome! I promise this is as serious as I get, and I hope I am able to share my life and passions with you through home decor, diy projects and creativeness-ness? (again, English ... not my strong point).


— Aly