The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!
Cyndi: My Name is Cyndi and I’m a wife, mother and grandmother of five, two of whom have autism, which changed our whole world. While raising our grandson, now 13 we realized the need and the expense for weighted products in our everyday life. Being a seamstress I decided to make the products I needed myself for both my grandchildren. Through the years I fine tuned what they liked and what worked better and I developed products like weighted vests that were cool looking with hidden weighting that the other kids wanted to wear. I decided to start my own business!
There was just one little problem, for every product that I sold there were five people that were asking for something for free because they just did not have the money. Parents that were desperate enough to ask a stranger to give them a blanket, give them hope, give them one nights sleep, just one night. This is what my business does, it gives sleep.
The/Studio: What have you learned since starting your business?
Cyndi: Since starting my business I have learned it is better to give then to receive. I know it sounds simple, but I have been so blessed by helping others, my life has been richly blessed by it.
The/Studio: What about your business are you most proud of?
Cyndi: I am proud that I have helped hundreds of families and that I get letters from mothers every week expressing how grateful they are that their lives have been changed because their child is sleeping through the night for the first time in their lives and it has changed the lives of the whole family.
The/Studio: Where do you see your business in 10 years?
Cyndi: In ten years I’d like to see many groups with my name all over the US working to do the same thing that I am doing to help others.
The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Cyndi: I’d like to leave the legacy of caring for others, that doing good for someone else is still a good thing. If God has given you a talent, like sewing, use it to help others. Get involved, if there is a need, fill it!
The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?
Cyndi: Weighted Blankets and other weighted products like vests and lap pads offer deep pressure massage, like a hug and they help to calm both children and adults and work in treatment of PTSD and insomnia in adults as well, I make many blankets for adults as well. The lap pads and vests help the child to focus and work great in school and for travel.
The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?
Cyndi: I personally use this custom product myself. I suffered from insomnia and restless leg syndrome and it took me hours to fall asleep and once asleep I would sleep only a few hours and be up the rest of the night. slept in a different bedroom because of this. I had tried many different medications and nothing worked. I had made hundreds of blankets for children so I figured I had nothing to lose making a blanket for myself. The change was instant and it was magic! From the very first night once I climbed under that blanket I was asleep within five minutes after climbing under that blanket! And I slept through the whole night! Every night since has been the same
The/Studio: Describe the custom product and what it means!
Cyndi: These products are all custom made per the clients weight. I have a large selection of kid friendly fabric and many of my blankets are one of a kinds. I have weighted blankets of all sized, lap pads and vests and I’ve just introduced a new line of weighted products for infants and toddlers as well as a waterproof line of products great for day cares and OT’s.
The/Studio: If you are a charity is there anything our community members can do to help?
Cyndi: A Thread Of Magic is now a charity and accepts donations of cash or even fabric and threads! So many people have fabric sitting around, if they were to just have fabric drives and gather it up, or have drives to gather fabric gift cards, it doesn’t take much, if it’s several people. I started as one person with a sewing machine and some fabric, anyone can do this!
Cyndi: A Thread of Magic was named because my blankets are sewn with thread and they work like magic!
Thank you Cyndi for sharing your story with us. What you are doing really is MAGIC!