FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Where and what did you study?
I studied business at Michigan State University, and I have a bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management.
Where do you live?
What materials do you use?
My staples are MUJI Erasable Pens in 0.4 and Copic Ciao Markers
How did you get started?
I have always loved art and have been making cards since I was little. I started my business on Etsy the summer before going to college. The following four years, I ran my little, traveling sweatshop in and out of my college dorm room in East Lansing, and at my two internships.
How did you choose the cities for your postcards?
My first city postcards were a dedication to places I lived and travelled. I pursued my bachelors degree at Michigan State where I lived for four years in East Lansing. I took my very first solo vacation to Chicago. I did a summer Purchasing internship in Indianapolis with Rolls-Royce after my sophomore year, and a 6-month Lean manufacturing co-op in Tulsa with Kimberly-Clark during my junior year. And finally, I moved to Miami to pursue full-time as a buyer with Beckman Coulter after graduation. The postcards following were a dedication to cities were my friends and family lived/have lived, customer requests, and commissions from retailers :)
Are all your products handmade?
I used to make everything by hand. I used to cut every heart and every envelope out with a pair of scissors! I even had a cardboard template I made out of a shoe box that I used to trace each individual piece. Over time, I started to slowly invest in equipment that would help grow my business and improve the quality of my products. I started to outsource the non-core activities of my business to allocate less of my time making envelopes and more time designing new products. Some products involve more handcrafting than others, but each item in my shop is designed and made will love.
I introduced printed products in 2015. My printed products all start off as original drawings and illustrations by hand. I then scan my drawings into the computer, digitalize, edit, and print everything in-house.
Making sustainable choices for my company is extremely important to me. My envelopes are made in the US and contain up to 30% recycled content. The paper used for invitations and postcards contain 30% post-consumer fiber.
ABOUT SERVICES & CUSTOM ORDERS
What services do you offer?
My currently services include: Greeting Cards and Paper Goods, Wedding Stationery and Signage, and Calligraphy
I am not a graphic designer or print shop, so I only do logo/branding related services once in a purple moon.
Do you take custom orders?
Yes, I love custom orders! All custom requests will be considered. I will do my absolute best to transform your ideas into reality.
I only deny requests if I feel that the quality of work I produce is not up to standard with my current work, or if I do not have enough time to complete your project before needed.
Do you provide proofs?
For custom orders, I will provide a digital sample of your design before printing. You will be able to submit your comments and changes, and I will make adjustments for you until it's perfect.
ABOUT ETSY & MY ETSY SHOP
What is Etsy and how did you get started?
Etsy is an online marketplace where anyone can buy or sell handmade, vintage, and creative goods. It is free to signup as a member and easy to open your business and start selling . Etsy takes care of the money transactions, so you are just responsible to shipping out your item(s) to your customer.
Listing Fee: Every time you list something to sell in your shop, it costs $0.20. This listing will expire after 3 months.
If you item sells or if the listing expires, we will need to pay $0.20 again to relist or renew your listing.
Transaction Fee: When you sell your item, Etsy will take a 3.5% of the sale price
Payment Processing Fee: roughly 3.5% credit card or PayPal fee
I started selling on Etsy in 2012. I choose Etsy because the startup cost is/was drastically lower in comparison to creating and managing my own website. Etsy is wonderful for people who are just starting their business and want to reach a large audience. Etsy has given me the opportunity to pursue my art dreams while working as a full-time student/employee. However, I believe that in order to be acknowledged as individual brand, a business needs to be it's own identity and eventually move forward in creating their own website.
If you are interested in opening an Etsy Shop, you can start here to get 40 FREE listings. It would help me out too :)