One Year Anniversary

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As of today, it has been one year since I started this Crafty Accounting journey. I know everyone says this, but the time has really flown by.  While this is a small venture, I have been able to learn a few useful things along the way:

  • You must love what you are doing:  There is a lot of work involved, no matter what the size of your business. If aren’t truely passionate about what you producing, then it’s not worth it.

 

  • Not every customer will be happy: No matter how hard you try, at one point you will have an unhappy customer.  This was a very hard lesson for me and I was practically devastated when it happened.  The important thing is that you take it as a learning opportunity and give them the best customer service. You can quickly turn the experience into a positive one.

 

  • You are representing more than yourself: When you have on Etsy, you are apart of a greater community of artists, craftsmen, and other business owners.  The lovely part about Etsy is that it gives people all over the world an opportunity to buy unique items, but one bad experience and it could tarnish the represents of yourself and the Etsy community.

 

  • You will never have enough time for everything (at once):  At my full time job, I have pictures of some of the pieces I created and a little journal to store ideas that come up throughout the day.  I will get excited about getting in my crafty room and losing myself it a swirl of paper, inks, and stamps.  The real world hits and then by the time I have a chance to get into the craft room, it’s an hour past bedtime.  I’ve learned that I have a ton of ideas and just not enough time to do it all at once and that is okay.  Sure, I may have wanted to get a couple more cards created for a holiday, but there is always next year!

I know there is so much more for me to learn, but I look forward to the challenge.  As I reflect on what I have accomplish this year, I want to  thank you to all my friends and family that have helped me along the way.  I could not have done it without their love and support.

 

Small Business Buddies: EtchyThings

One of my goals in life is the promotion of “shopping small.”  By shopping at small businesses, you are allow people to thrive and live out their passions in life while so finding unique items to share with your family and friends.  I hope that you enjoy the small businesses I feature and take the time to see what they can offer you.
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I came across Etchythings while looking for some unique yoga stamps that I could use for a card I wanted to make.  In addition to providing unique, high quality stamps, Etchythings has other gifts, such as laser engraved chopping blocks, chop sticks, and rulers, that will please anyone on your gift list.  Besides being a great shop on Etsy, working with the owner, Mei Dunlop, is wonderful!  She is a kind woman that cares just as much about her customers as she does about the products she creates.  I know that when I go to Mei with a custom design, she will go out of her way to make my vision a reality and I never have to worry about the quality or timing of my order.  It has been such a delight to work with Mei and she all the things she has to offer.    If you want to learn more about Mei and Etchythings, you can visit her site at http://myogastudio.ca.

Shop opened: June 2011

Why did you start your shop? I wanted to make rubber stamps for my cards and create stamps for those who cannot find it in major craft stores and vendors.

I was laid off in 2009 in a corporate environment I really wanted to get out of.  I had worked there for 6yrs and had enough of the office politics.  When I got laid off I was relieved because I had been wanting to get a Yoga Certification for awhile and never had the time off my schedule to do it.  In Fall of 2009, I became a Yoga Instructor and taught and rented from a martial arts studio.

I met my husband in 2010 where I convinced him Yoga was a way of life and healing, and we were both going to open a yoga studio together.  The universe was not in our favor and we never did find yoga posesthe right studio after two contracts fell through.  That was when I started crafting and became more and more obsessed with stamps.

In June 2011, I opened etchythings and started making stamps that I would love: geeky, cute, wedding and of course yoga stamps.. you just can’t find many yoga stamps out there.  I am so grateful to connect with different yogis from all over the world.  It’s just so amazing when you fall in love with something and you share that with the world, you’re bound to find others who love it too.

What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut? Color.  I take out my copic markers and start coloring and make cards.  Coloring is quite relaxing and meditative.  And then of course, I work on all sorts of other projects that’s on my to-do list.  Yoga (not just the physical kind) always help me grow.

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One piece of advice for other small business owners or fellow crafters: Get passionate about everything you do and if you’re not passionate about it, stop doing it.