how to be successful in small {handmade} business! part three.

Here is part ONE.  And part TWO

OK, so where were we?  Got married, pregnant, quit a perfectly good job, got a new job that allowed me to bring my new baby along dropped in my lap out of nowhere.  That sound about right?  You can catch up with the above links if you need to.  I'm breaking my story down into lots of little parts because I know how busy we all are and I don't want to miss a thing!  

Now I have a new job.  I'm a nanny to two darling little girls.  The job is totally flexible.  Moses is totally bring-along-able.  And life goes on.  The next six months go by quickly.  We survive the crazy of me quitting a job and we still ate, had Christmas and everything!  Life was pretty good, in fact, I don't remember any regret or worry over quitting my job.  Doug and I both enjoyed having those little girls in our lives, Moses loved them and all was well.  

THEN.  Doug finally got the promotion that he was waiting for.  He was promoted to a leadership position with significantly higher pay and it required us to move 2 1/2 hours away.  Some how, someway we were OK with moving.  We were excited to go somewhere on our own and establish ourselves as a family, as parents and as a newly married couple!  I quit my job as a nanny and with a six month old in tow, we moved to a new town where we didn't know anyone.  

And now, Doug was working 50-60 hours a week and I was at home, alone, with a baby who wasn't a whole lot of work, in a new house that wasn't a whole lot of work, in a town where I had no friends and in a position that allowed for me to have a lot of time on my hands.  

When I got pregnant with Moses I joined a Babycenter group online for moms that were pregnant at the same time as me.  It was a fun way to connect with other people in a similar stage but this was still a time when having friends online was weird.  But, when you are alone in a new town, what else is there?  So I conversed with other moms in an online chat room.  Mostly about baby stuff.  Then one day, as I was asking about baby carriers, someone referred me to a new site called "Etsy" to buy one.  I clicked on over and the wheels began to turn...  

Now I have always been creative.  Always loved to make stuff and share it.  I made our wedding invitations, I took art classes my entire childhood and school career.  I used to decorate little teddy bears as a middle schooler, dressing them in clothes with hot glue and accessories and my neighbor would buy them from me.  I sold my first piece of art work to my art teacher in community college.  Took photography and art appreciation in college.  Creative was who I was.  But I had never once thought about turning creative into any form of real money. 

Little did I know that one little conversation with my husband would change my life forever. 

Stay tuned...

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