It's been about two months since I that day I came home for lunch in July and told my boyfriend, "I got it! 'Shorely Chic'"! From that point on, it's been such a fun and exciting journey. My mother and I are working on this together and what a wonderful thing that has done for both of us - she is a reading specialist at an elementary school in our town and is really busy with that, but when she comes home and on the weekends, she loves working on the crafts and coming along on shopping ventures with me. We're like partners in this and is so nice and special to share it with her.
I swear, through Etsy, and meeting other bloggers, I have learned so so much about the world of marketing today, and running a personal/hobby turned business. The people I have come across in these forums have been so incredibly helpful, I honestly can't imagine feeling more welcomed into a community of people. It is so great to have a network of people all expressing their creative spirits in their writing in blogs and comments, and in their craft. I am so happy to have found you all!
Some really awesome things that have happened are reaching over 200 fans on my facebook fan page, http://www.facebook.com/shorelychic, having been featured in three blogs, www.oliverue.blogspot.com, www.decorbycolor.com, one of my first and favorite blogs!, and getting 8 sales in my Etsy shop! Ok so Brian bought my first item, and my best friend bought my second...STILL :)
I have developed several goals and the ultimate one is this: to become a home product designer that people recognize all over the United States, maybe one day the world, and a famous interior designer. At the same time, though, I want to be a family-woman, married with children, live on the beach (not sure where yet, I am from CT and winters are way too long, but I love the seasons), and own a few dogs. I think I might just be on the right path!
I'd be interested in reading about other people's progress in their hobby turned business endeavors - please comment if you know of any :)
I'm going to rest this Monday night... it was lovely getting this all out and I hope you enjoyed reading it!
Happy Halloween Decorating!
Green Fire-King mugs, not exactly Shorely Chic but I thought they were really cool so I put them up on Etsy, maybe someone will really want them!
My mom made this and we call it the Palm Beach Shell Encrusted Mirror because it reminds us of a shell mirror from the famous Breakers resort in Palm Beach, FL.