I added the “Pretty and Personal Papers” just recently because it pretty well describes my favorite thing to work with: paper! I love pretty papers and then make it into something personal. Either a Mommy Journal, a wood monogrammed initial or monogrammed note cards (which were my shop staple when I first started)
How old is your shop?
I will celebrate my 1 year etsy anniversary on July 8 (as a seller).
What inspired you to start your own home business?
At one bridal shower, another guest approached me and asked if she could order some note cards similar to what I had made for the bride. She was so excited and really was the one to encourage me to sell my note cards. Since then, I have expanded a little bit, offering Mommy Journals and wooden monogrammed letters.
|Personalized Mommy Journals|
It usually starts with some paper I have found. I cover the journal front and back covers and then line the inside with a solid coordinating card stock. Then I choose ribbon, buttons, clips, flowers or other embellishments to add to the front as I like. I have tons of supplies and I can always find a good combination for whatever colors I have to work with.
Getting featured in the Storque article was the most challenging thing for me so far because all of the sudden I was getting order after order after request, after convo. It was totally overwhelming. Now, I’m ready for it again, but at the time I have to admit I was pretty much caught off guard.
I got up early and worked on orders and stayed up late to work on orders. I focused entirely on filling the orders that I had and nothing else (like email or laundry!) It all worked out in a few weeks, and looking back, it was great.
the things you do when you’re not busy in your shop
– boating, being with the kids and dog, exercise
|Matilda, Madison, Madox|
your top 3 favorite picks from your shop
What tips would you want to share for aspiring home based entrepreneurs like you?
My greetings team and busymoms team have been very helpful to me in lots of different ways. The greetings team in particular is very supportive and helpful and is just filled with super talented and gifted people. Any problem I had would more than likely get presented to them before making any decision. I really value their support and guidance.
Any message to your customers and the people who support you?
Thank you so much. It has been such a pleasure working with each of my customers. I get an enormous amount of gratification when I ship an item as I know it will bring such joy to its recipient. The Mommy Journals are particularly fun because it allows me to connect with other moms who want to write about their just kids as I started doing. It’s kind of a “full circle” moment for me.