In the Fall of 2012, in order to help cope with the grief of a personally devastating family matter in February 2012, and the loss of her mother Susan on Mother's Day 2012, Donna turned her attention to focusing on her newfound creative outlet --- making decorative velvet pumpkins for herself, friends, and family.
The Sublime Vine® "officially" began business in September 2013, when Donna marketed her pumpkins for the first time publicly, at a local artists market on the The Square, in Marietta, Georgia. As an honor to, and in remembrance of her mother Susan Lee Clinton (1934-2012), Donna used a portion of her inheritance from her mother's estate to fund the initial start-up cost of her new business. Were it not for the unique and original pumpkin stems, which set The Sublime Vine velvet pumpkins apart from all others in the fabric pumpkin market, Donna most likely would not have started a business making them. Original Hand-Sculpted Stems™ is what distinguishes The Sublime Vine velvet pumpkins from those made by the few other velvet pumpkin companies (and the many individuals who imitate them) who use real pumpkin or gourd stems.
The Sublime Vine is located in Powder Springs, Georgia just north-west of Atlanta, and is where Donna currently creates each and every pumpkin herself in her home based business office/studio. She currently has one loyal retailer, the White Rabbit Cottage located in Marietta, Georgia, but she plans to begin pursuing additional retailers to market her pumpkins in the upcoming new year.
The Sublime Vine® online store opened in September 2014.