Two years ago today I sat alone at my kitchen table and started the process of opening my Etsy shop.
I was at a really unhappy place in my life, having just moved 2,000 miles away with an infant, and only knew two people outside of my husband. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my time, how to meet people, or even how to start my life in this new place. I think I hoped that the Etsy shop would provide a little bit of distraction from the homesickness, give me something to do when the baby was napping, and just help me feel a little more in control of my life.
As silly as it might sound, Willow Crowns did all that and more. It gave me something I felt like I could own, cultivate, and grow. It taught me that I'm capable and creative and I have loved working at it every day for the past two years. Every single person I've met in Texas has been through my business, and the friendships I've developed I never saw coming.
I never meant for it to be a full time gig. I certainly never imagined I'd out-earn my pre-child professional self, and I never thought it would turn into much of anything, really. It's been like a true second child, I guess. Exciting with each new milestone, frustrating with challenges, and keeping me up all hours of the night.
Instead of sitting alone in my kitchen, we're now we're a four person team spread across three different states, with our own dot com, and ship our orders five days a week. I know I don't often do the serious stuff around here, but I have to seriously thank you all. My early blog readers (all two of you) were my first customers and when I see your names pop up on orders each time we launch a new collection, it gives me the warm fuzzies.
So thank you. Thanks for helping turn a distraction into a hobby into something a lot more.