I've always loved creating things, and went to college unsure of what to major in. Sure, I love math, but I knew I didn't want to be just a mathematician. So I decided to study Costume Design for Theatre. I learned about material, makeup, sewing, jewelry, and the art of wine drinking.
After graduating, I became a manager at Gap and then J. Crew. I loved it for years. It was fast paced, I was surrounded with great co-workers, and I got amazing discounts on clothing. I also learned how to run a business, the art of customer service, and P&L reports.
I began to feel that my time with retail was coming to a close. I wanted to spend time with family, to enjoy holidays, and to not stand on my feet for 9+ hours a day. So I quit.
On a whim, I bought a set of metal stamps, and started stamping everything in sight. My first hundred stamps were awful. I didn't understand spacing, how hard to hit, or what metal to use. I watched hours of videos, read tutorials, and learned that I needed about 80 more supplies if I wanted to actually do this. I started my shop, and kept learning.
I've been doing this for over six years now, and I'm happier than ever. Sure, I sometimes have 11 hour workdays, but it's for my product and my customers. I'm lucky to have a supportive partner who will package with me late into the night and give me back rubs after long days hunched over my table.
In my spare time, I love taking my dogs on big walks, baking, painting, drinking Lady Grey tea, trying new recipes, gardening, and re-watching 30 Rock.
So take a look at my shop. It's filled with pieces I love and pieces that make me happy.