Well folks! It has been a year. I’m not one to bring personal problems into my business posts, but let’s just say there were a lot of life changes that happened this year. There are some things I truly don’t and wont understand, some things that I will probably never have closure on- but you know what? It is what it is. Sometimes people enter and exit our lives in ways we just don’t understand.
I took the month of December to heal up a wrist injury (still got 2 more months ugh), some personal issues and to get over this darn flu. A lot of things have been put into perspective for me as of lately, and alls I can really do is keep moving forward. While it is saddening that some people may no longer be apart of my life moving forward, I do wish them the very best on their journey. I think one of the hardest things for me is feeling like I lost a piece of family with such a departure and not having someone there to share the wins and growth that has been happening with me. If it is one thing I miss, it is having someone to celebrate these wins with. I am very fortunate though to have an amazing family, friends, students and mentors who have been there for me though.
Anyways, without further ado- let me go move on with some changes I have planned in 2023.
New in 2023
So I am REALLY excited about this, and i’m not sure if and how this will all pan out- but I have a potential oppurtunity to become a brand new home owner in 2024! Providing things continue to grow and the permit doesn’t fall through. For those who are new to my page and stuff, owning a home has been a DREAM of mine for so many years. Not only would this allow me to continue to grow my business, but I will also be local- so all my clients won’t need to worry about shipping and what not. I can still vend at all my own shows and work on building my shop. OH, and added bonus- I can decorate it with ALL my laser work.
I plan on hiring a freelancer to help get my Bigcommerce ready to go. Aiming for late spring/ early summer launch. My wonderful little brother bought me a wireless Rollo, so i’m getting prepped! Things are happening.
With the addition of my new hat press (thanks Mom & Dad!) I will soon be adding hats and patches to my product line.
Some other opportunities are emerging, and I might also be adding a 3rd laser (2nd CO2) to my shop as well to keep up with the demand. My Dad has been helping me completely re-vamp the workshop to really make it workable. So i’ll have dedicated areas for everything I do- from laser work, to videos, to product showcase and even photography.
I hope to continue collaborating with designers and companies within the laser community who are growing, so keep an eye out! I love making content to help promote others too.
So long story short- BIG GOAL is to prep and get situated enough to move forward with this house, grow this business to the next step, hire some help and launch this shop!
I plan on implementing a schedule to try and keep my goals set. Not only will I be collaborating with others, but I want to get more into working on my patterns again as well as SVG files that I plan on listing once the amazing new marketplace CraftEazy launches.
I’d love to really get more videos in motion on my Youtube too. This includes not only featuring my various suppliers, but showing some of my tests, diy tutorials, featured designer files I purchase from, and more.
And before anyone asks me “Why do you buy files from other designers when you can make them”, the truth is I haven’t had much time to hand draw these days and there really isn’t anything wrong with supporting other creators. I also like to show my support to other artists and designers and enjoy using their files, re-working them and promoting them where I can. The same goes for my wonderful suppliers I purchase from too. You may notice when I post product images, I always try to credit the original designer of the file when possible, same goes for the supplier of my materials. As a designer myself, this is something I truly feel strongly about and WANT to give them the full credits they deserve. I look at it more as a license kind of deal- I purchase a file, modify it/ use it as I see fit, but essentially purchased the license of that file from another maker. I also work a lot with laser newbies who often need a point of reference to start and many of these designers have been involved with lasers long before I was and are fantastic resources. I am more than happy to send business their way. A bulk of the things I do is small scale like jewelry design, but if you notice- I often purchase files like signs, ornaments, sun catchers and more.
I think I covered quite a bit here. I’m still limiting my groups and where I post, frankly I just don’t have much time being in so many these days. I always try to answer messages on IG, FB, YT and email when I get them. Direct messages work best, but sometimes IG and FB filter messages into spam which can be problematic. A lot of my older messages seem to disappear too- so if it’s over a month old, it’s gone.
I hope everyone is doing well here too! I am getting around to approving and going through the older comments from a month back (whoops my bad), so sorry folks.