BE BRAVE, BE KIND, BE LOVE. KRISTA SARTIN OF KANTHA BAE.

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Tell us about your mornings. How do you greet the day?

TO BE HONEST, I'M NOT A MORNING PERSON, BUT... WHEN I DO GET UP (BEFORE MY KIDS) I AM TRULY REFRESHED AND READY TO GREET THE DAY. I START AT 7AM AND OPEN MY SCRIPTURE APP AND READ FOR A FEW MINUTES TO FOCUS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FIRST. THEN, I RUN. RUNNING IS MY OUT, RUNNING IS WHEN I DREAM, RUNNING IS MY RELEASE. I GO 2.5 MILES, 6 DAYS A WEEK. THEN... OF COURSE... COFFEE. BY THIS TIME MY KIDS ARE STIRRING AND WE HAVE BREAKFAST TOGETHER. WE HAVE CHOSEN TO CLASSICALLY HOMESCHOOL OUR KIDS WITH A CHARLOTTE MASON APPROACH. A LOT OF THE HOMESCHOOL MORNING IS GUIDED PLAY AND A LOT OF READING. EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT A MORNING PERSON ON PAPER, I REALLY DO LOVE HAVING THIS LITTLE ROUTINE EVERY DAY.

 

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Is there a sanctuary in your life, that makes everything fall into place? Somewhere, something, somehow?

I BELIEVE EVERY WOMAN WAS GIVEN A GIFT BY OUR GOD, OUR CREATOR. IT IS A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER IT. IN WALKING IN THAT GIFT, I BELIEVE THERE IS FREEDOM. THERE IS NO GREATER JOY THAN BEING WHOLLY WHO YOU WERE DESIGNED TO BE. MY SONG IS MY GIFT FROM JESUS, MY SANCTUARY TO BE USED FOR HIS GLORY. I LOVE TO SING. WHEN I SING OR WRITE, THE WORLD AROUND ME DISAPPEARS. WHEN I'M HEAVY HEARTED, I SING. WHEN I'M HAPPY, I SING. WHEN I WORSHIP, I SING. I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT OTHER THAN THAT, IN PAIN OR IN JOY, I FIND PEACE IN MY GIFT OF SONG. 

 

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WHO SUPPORTS YOUR WORK? WHY ARE THEY AMAZING? HOW DID YOU FIND THEM?

MY HUSBAND, LANDON, IS MY SOUL-MATE AND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. HE HAS BEEN THE GREATEST SUPPORTER OF ALL MY DREAMS. HE CHALLENGES ME TO COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES AND DREAM BIG. HE TAKES THE KIDS TO THE PARK WHILE I SEW. HE CHANGES DIAPERS. HE HOMESCHOOL'S EVERY FRIDAY SO I CAN WORK. LANDON IS THE COMPLETION OF ME. WE ARE ONE...TRULY, WITHOUT HIM, I WOULD NOT BE THE WOMAN I AM TODAY. 

MY DEAREST FRIEND AMANDA IS MY SOUL SISTER, FRIEND, AND PARTNER IN MY WORK. SHE WAS AN ANSWERED PRAYER FOR ME AS MY BUSINESS STARTED GROWING. SHE FILLED THE GAPS FOR ALL THE AREAS I AM WEAK. SHE BREATHES LIFE ONTO MY VISION FOR KANTHA BAE. SHE SHOULDERS THE NEGATIVITY WE FACE AS A BUSINESS, AND SHE SHEDS A WEALTH OF POSITIVITY AND HOPE IN EVERYTHING WE DO. WE DO LIFE ARM IN ARM AND HOLD EACH OTHER UP. SISTERHOOD CAN BE DEFINED BY US. AMANDA AND I MET THROUGH INSTAGRAM AND STARTED SWAPPING MAMA STORIES. WE STARTED CHATTING DAILY AND THE CONNECTION WAS SO STRONG. EVEN THOUGH WE WERE THOUSANDS OF MILES A PART, WE WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY FRIENDSHIP. HER JOURNEY HAS BROUGHT HER CLOSER TO ME AND WE GET TO DO LIFE TOGETHER NOW IN THE SAME TOWN. KINDA AMAZING!!! 

 

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WHAT IS THE BIG DREAM FOR WHAT YOU ARE CREATING? FOR YOU? FOR YOUR BELOVEDS?

A YEAR AGO, A SHOP DESIGNING AND SEWING WAS DEFINITELY NOT ON MY RADAR. I WAS PRAYING AND TOLD THE LORD ONE DAY, "I DON'T WANT TO BE AFRAID, I WANT TO LIVE WITH MY HANDS OPEN." LITTLE DID I KNOW WHAT HE WAS PREPARING FOR ME. A FEW MONTHS AFTER THAT PRAYER, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO OPEN A SHOP SHARING MY DESIGNS WAS PRESENTED TO ME. I DECIDED TO JUMP IN AND GO FOR IT. I WROTE A SONG AT MY SEWING MACHINE CALLED, "DREAM BIG, LIVE BIGGER" THAT WILL RELEASE THE END OF THE YEAR (WWW.LANDERSROAD.COM). THIS SONG IS MY MANTRA. MY DESIRE FROM THE BEGINNING OF MY KANTHA BAE JOURNEY HAS BEEN TO SUPPORT THE WOMEN WHO EMBROIDER MY FABRIC. IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF DISCOVERY AND HOPE AS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PARTNER WITH AN ORGANIZATION CALLED BASHA WHO IS RESCUING WOMEN IN WEST BENGAL AND OFFERING A HOUSE OF HOPE FOR THEM. BASHA MEANS "HOUSE OF HOPE." THEY PROVIDE DIGNIFIED WORK FOR THESE WOMEN AND LIFE TRAINING AND CARE FOR THEIR LITTLE ONES (WWW.BASHABOUTIQUE.COM). KANTHA BAE HAS BEEN ABLE TO SEE THIS ORGANIZATION GROW AS WE GROW. MY DREAM IS TO SUPPORT THESE WOMEN AND THEIR STORIES AND TO SEE KANTHA BAE GROW SO I CAN SUPPORT MY OWN LITTLES AND SEE THEM "DREAM BIG, LIVE BIGGER" TOO. I USED TO HIDE BEHIND MY KIDS, BUT THE LORD TOLD ME, "I HAVE EQUIPPED THEM WITH WHAT THEY NEED, SO YOU CAN BE WHO I'VE CREATED YOU TO BE." I'M STILL LEARNING, BUT HE IS NOT FINISHED WITH ME YET. I JUST WANT TO BE OPEN TO FOLLOW HIM WITHOUT BEING AFRAID AND LIVE THE ABUNDANT LIFE HE PROMISES ME IN HIS WORD.

 

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HOW HAVE YOU GOTTEN STARTED?

I STARTED WITH SOME KANTHA EMBROIDERED FABRIC I FORGOT ABOUT IN THE BACK OF MY CLOSET AND A SEWING MACHINE FROM WAL-MART. I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY FOURTH AND I HADN'T FOUND A BABY WRAP THAT I JUST LOVED. THE WRAPS I HAD WERE HOT AND DIGGY. I LOVED KANTHA AND IT'S LIGHTWEIGHT DURABILITY AND OF COURSE, IT'S BEAUTY. I DID A LOT OF READING AND TRIAL AND ERROR AT MY SEWING MACHINE AND CREATED THE FIRST EVER KANTHA BABY WRAP. IT WAS JUST FOR ME, UNTIL I WENT TO TARGET, OR THE PARK, OR THE GROCERY AND EVERY MAMA WANTED TO KNOW WHERE I GOT IT. MY HUBBY AND MY DEAREST FRIENDS URGED ME TO OPEN A SHOP. SO, I TOOK A LEAP AND A YEAR LATER I AM JUST IN AWE OF THE RESPONSE. KANTHA BAE IS GROWING BEYOND WHAT I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED AND THE LIVES OF THE WOMEN BEING CHANGED THROUGH THE DIGNIFIED WORK OF EMBROIDERING OUR KANTHA CARRIERS AND QUILTS IS JUST OVERWHELMING. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT IS IN STORE IN THE FUTURE.

 

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WHAT WERE THREE BIG PERSONAL BREAKTHRUS & LESSONS FROM STARTING YOUR BUSINESS? 

AHHH, HOW DO I NARROW IT DOWN TO 3. THE BIGGEST PERSONAL BREAKTHROUGH WHEN I STARTED THIS JOURNEY WAS OVERCOMING FEAR. FEAR IS MY GREATEST WEAKNESS. ALL MY FAULTS STEM FROM IT....BUT IT DOESN'T WIN ANYMORE. I MADE A CHOICE NOT TO LIVE IN FEAR, BUT TO LIVE WITH MY HANDS OPEN FOR THE LORD TO FILL WITH LOVE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IT. NOT TO SAY I DON'T STRUGGLE ANYMORE WITH INSECURITY OR DOUBT, BUT IT NO LONGER HOLDS THE REIGNS OF MY DREAMS.

SECONDLY WOULD PROBABLY BE LEARNING TO BE CONFIDENT AND STEADFAST IN THE VISION FOR MY DREAMS. NOT EVERYONE WILL JUMP ON BOARD WITH MY VISION AND GOALS. OVERCOMING THE NEGATIVITY AND "THIS HASN'T BEEN DONE BEFORE" HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT HURDLE FOR ME AS I TEND TO AVOID ALL CONFRONTATION. I HAVE SUCH A DESIRE FOR PEACE AND HATE CONFLICT. IT HAS BEEN A JOURNEY TO LEARN TO BE STRONG IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AND HOLD TIGHT TO WHAT I BELIEVE IN. 

THIRD I WOULD HAVE TO SAY IS LEARNING TO LIVE IN TODAY. I'M ONLY ONE PERSON TRYING WITH ALL MY MIGHT TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND I TEND TO SPREAD MYSELF TO THIN. LEARNING BALANCE AS I JUGGLE BEING WIFE, MOTHER, ARTIST, BUSINESS OWNER, FRIEND IS LIKE TRYING TO CONTROL THE WEATHER. ONE DAY AT A TIME, TODAY IS ALL I CAN HANDLE, TOMORROW CAN WORRY ABOUT ITSELF THE BIBLE SAYS. I'M TRYING TO LIVE THAT DAILY..."TRYING" THE KEY WORD THERE.

 

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HOW ABOUT THREE FAILURES?

I THINK IT WOULD BE EASY TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING TO SAY HERE AS TO NOT SHARE THE TRUTH, BUT THAT IS NOT HOW I CHOOSE TO LIVE. I SHARE MY DAY TO DAY STORY @THEDOORPOSTS AND THE TRUTHS I LIVE BY. THE DOORPOST IS AN ILLUSTRATION IN SCRIPTURE THAT STANDS FOR THE BANNER OF YOUR HOME. IT'S WHERE YOU COME IN AND GO OUT. SCRIPTURE SAYS TO WRITE THE LORD'S WORD ON THE DOORPOST OF YOUR HOME AND SPEAK OF THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN AS YOU WALK WITH THEM. I OFTEN THINK, WHAT IS MY DOORPOST? WHAT IS MY TRUTH? BECAUSE I SO LONG TO LIVE AND SPEAK THE TRUTH TO MY CHILDREN. THE "DOORPOST" IS WHERE I FAIL THE MOST IN ALL THE AREAS OF MY LIFE BECAUSE I AM HUMAN AND IMPERFECT AND IN NEED OF A SAVIOR. I DON'T ALWAYS RESPOND TO CIRCUMSTANCES THE RIGHT WAY AND OFTEN SPEAK HATEFULLY TO MY BELOVEDS. I THINK NEGATIVELY ABOUT MY LIFE WHEN I AM SO BLESSED. THESE FAILURES AND SHORTCOMINGS IN MY LIFE I KNOW MY KIDS WILL REMEMBER, BUT THAT'S NOT ALL I WANT THEM TO REMEMBER. I WANT THEM TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN I WAS UNKIND, I SAID, "I'M SORRY." WHEN I FELL DOWN, I GOT BACK UP. WHEN PEOPLE WERE HATEFUL TO ME, I RESPONDED WITH KINDNESS. THAT LOVING PEOPLE AND LOVING GOD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. I HAVE 3 HUGE WEAKNESSES THAT I HAVE NARROWED DOWN IN MY JOURNEY AND THEY ARE THE THINGS I SPEAK TO MY KIDS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT BEFORE THEY GO TO BED AND I HAVE THEM REPEAT THEM BACK TO ME..."YOU ARE KIND, YOU ARE BRAVE, YOU ARE LOVED." IF I CAN HELP THEM LEARN TO BE THESE THINGS, I CAN SAY I HAVE LIVED TRUTH AND LOVE BEFORE THEM.

 

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THREE THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS.

 

HANDMADE: BY WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN HOPE THROUGH DIGNIFIED WORK EMBROIDERING KANTHA IN WEST BENGAL.

OOAK: EACH PIECE IS DESIGNED BEAUTIFULLY AND UNIQUELY WITH CARE AND CANNOT BE REPLICATED.

BEAUTIFUL: THE COMPLETELY SOFT AND DURABLE COTTON KANTHA YOU FIND IN OUR DESIGNS ARE UNMATCHED IN THEIR COLORS AND DETAIL.

 

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WHAT DO YOU NEED?  HOW CAN WE ALL SUPPORT YOU?

IT IS DIFFICULT TO EVEN SHARE NEEDS BECAUSE I FEEL SO SUPPORTED AND LOVED BY THE WOMEN I HAVE MET AND BECOME FRIENDS WITH ON THIS KANTHA BAE JOURNEY. SUPPORT ME BY SHARING MY STORY AND THE WOMEN'S STORIES IN WEST BENGAL THAT HAVE HOPE NOW. WEAR YOUR KANTHA WRAPS AND SLINGS AND TELL THE STORIES OF THE WOMEN WHO CRAFTED IT. JOIN ME IN THE JOURNEY OF OVERCOMING FEAR AND SHARING TRUTH TO YOUR CHILDREN @THEDOORPOSTS AND WE CAN STAND ARM IN ARM TOGETHER ON THIS LIFE JOURNEY.  BE KIND, BE BRAVE, BE LOVED....THEN YOU CAN BE LOVE TO OTHERS. 


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My name is Krista Sartin. I am a homeschool mother of 4 and wife to Landon. We are musicians that travel as the band Landers sharing Jesus and truth in song. I love to create and sew and I get to share my designs via my shop Kantha Bae. I love sad music, rainy days, and a good book. My daily journey can be found @thedoorposts. Most days you'd find me juggling life as a wife and mom in yoga pants and a top knot...

 

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www.kanthabae.com

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www.landersroad.com

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