Back in 2012, I was a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of my best friends from college. I was searching Pinterest for a personalized wedding gift and came upon something that was super cute. I thought to myself, “I could totally make that!”. This is my downfall: when I find something I like, I always want to make it myself.
I wanted to try a floating frame with the couple’s last name in one color and then ‘EST’ with the wedding date below it in another color. I thought I could just print it out on a piece of paper and use an X-Acto knife to cut out the letters carefully. BAM! it would be done! Well… that’s not exactly how it worked out. I printed it out on thin printer paper then tried the first letter of their last name. It was a DISASTER! The paper kept ripping and the parts I was able to cut showed white and it looked so crooked. I couldn’t give this to my friend! I was so sad because I wanted to make her a special gift but I didn’t have the right tools to get it done.
Months later, I saw a Facebook post about a Silhouette Cameo. I decided to look it up and I instantly fell in love! I begged my fiance (now husband) to buy it! We decided it would help our wedding a lot if I could make my own decorations, especially the invitations.
Unfortunatly, the Cameo came at a significant price (especially when you’re not far out of college and planning a wedding) but I could imagine making a bunch of things with it. I waited until Cyber Monday came around and got a great deal!
I was so excited when it arrived in the mail! I opened it up and it was so pretty. But how in the world do I make anything with it? Sure, it looked great and I could make a ton of things, but I was new at it and had no clue how it worked. I tried making a few things and after a while I started to become more confident. I made A LOT of mistakes. At times I would give up and try again in a few days (I’ve learned so much in the six years I’ve had my machine).
I made shirts for my nephew and posted a few pictures on Facebook and got a few people interested in what I was making. I decided to set up an Etsy shop if other people were interested in what I was making. At this point, I was married and had a full time job. I was doing my business on the side.
When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I decided I would quit my full time job once our little girl arrived in 2015. I was excited that I could focus on more on my business. I wanted to go full-on legit. I registered my business and opened a business account; I’ve been working on it full time ever since.
Now with two kids, it can be difficult to find the time but I thoroughly enjoy being creative. I have always been a creative person, but since becoming a mom my priorities have changed. I think I need that time to help with me feel like myself.
I love working with customers who have their own ideas and making it come to life! They can come to me with a small idea or a big idea and we work together to make it the best as we can.
My goal is to help you create projects and gifts without having to buy the expensive vinyl cutter and spending months (and years) learning how to use it. I want you to be creative and allow me to help you make your ideal project. You will be able to take pride in the fact you created it yourself. And when someone asks, “where did you get that?”, you can smile and say, “I made it!”