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.