I’ve been a little absent from the blog lately, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been lounging around and eating bonbons. (Don’t you like how we women always go for the bonbon reference?) I’ve been working on an important project. I’ve opened my own online store for Crafts You Cut.
Why This Is a Big Deal For Me
Quite a few years ago, I had several different websites. I had one where I made and sold candles. Then I opened a supply business and sold my candle making supplies on that site. After that, I got into selling clipart online and that led me to open a multi-vendor site where others could sell their digital graphics and printables. I had a website I operated with my friend Leah at Digi Web Studio where we sold clipart and digital scrapbook kits and while I had that site, I also operated a website where I sold my web design and virtual assistant services.
If you’re keeping track, that’s six different websites in the last 20 years. I don’t know how that can be since I’m only 28! 😉
By the time I closed the last one in 2011, I was burned out. I said I was done with having a business and done with the web. I wanted the security of a regular paycheck so I took a job outside the home.
It’s also hard to keep a business running when you’re running kids from one activity to another.
But now, I enter into a new season in my life. This summer will be the last softball season I will watch as a parent. We just came off our last volleyball season. My daughter is currently playing basketball and so is my freshman son. As she heads off to college, I am down to one kid in sports and that kid plays only one sport.
Less Focus On Etsy And More On My Own Store
I’ve been selling my SVG cut files since August on Etsy. I was actually pretty amazed at how quickly I got noticed on Etsy as that marketplace has gotten so HUGE. And while I’ve been grateful for each and every sale I’ve gotten there, I decided I wanted to take control of my own destiny and not be at the mercy of whatever algorithm change Etsy decides to implement on any given day.
I’ll be keeping my Etsy store for now as I always think it’s a good idea to have eggs in multiple baskets, but I don’t think my Etsy store will receive as much of my attention as it has these past few months.
Instead, I will continue working to build up my own store and working to provide you with great content. In fact, I added 51 new files since the start of the New Year! I created a whole series of cut files (pictured above), based on the phrase, “All You Need Is Love And….” I didn’t set out to create this series. It just sort of happened. It all started with a Christmas present for my niece. “All You Need Is Love And A Cat.” I made a sign for her Christmas and then realized I needed to make an “All You Need Is Love And A Dog” for her Mom. And then it just kept rolling from there. Before I knew it, I had 51 new cut file designs.
Don’t worry, though. I’ll still be offering you free cut files you can use in your own crafting.
How Do You Get Those Free Cut Files?+
Those free SVG cut files can be found, as always, in my Free Resource Library. Also in that library is a coupon you can use at Crafts You Cut. It’s only available for a limited time because it’s kind of a crazy coupon. I won’t run a coupon like this very often and it’s only available to my list members. You’ll have to check the library to see what it is. This coupon is valid only for five days. It ends on Saturday at midnight. You’ll need the password to get into the library. If you don’t have it, you can get it by signing up on the form below:
Within minutes, you’ll receive an email with the password to the library. Once you’re in, you can start downloading and get that coupon code to use at Crafts You Cut!
What will you do to Craft Your Happy, today?