"I like to paint my world with color and with fabric," she says. "Having this job allows me to do that every day."
And they've built a loyal following on Etsy that they both say is invaluable to their success.
In the early days of the Etsy store, Heather says one woman e-mailed her a thank-you note, with pictures of the handmade stockings and a heartfelt description of how much she appreciated the care and detail.
"It brought tears to my eyes," Heather says. "That gives me such a good feeling, that I'm responsible for adding to these family memories."
With the majority of orders coming from outside of California, the couple is even considering moving to Florida to be closer to customers in the Southeast so they can cut down on shipping costs.
Most importantly, that "fast-forward" button is finally off and they have more time to spend with their children. And, wherever they go, the cash register ring reminds them Sunshine Daydream is alive and well.
It happens in funny moments, such as the time they went to buy a pickup to carry their son's go-karts, Michael recalled.
"The guy said, 'How do you plan to pay for this?'
"And then her phone made that cash register noise."