This is by far the most exciting, yet bittersweet post I have every put up on my blog. I've always been one to keep you all informed as to what's going on in my world because I think it makes everything "make more sense", if you know the back story.
As you all know Mike, my husband, has his own Etsy store, TupeloDesignsLLLC. He started it out very small with just one item, his Ink Blending Tool he created. It is a great little consistent seller. For Mike it was a hobby at first. He likes making them, and he could handle his one item store. He handled 90% of the emails, made the Ink Blenders, and I mailed them out for him. It worked out really well. Then as most of you know we were approached by Zutter. Originally they wanted to give me a Bow-it-All V2.0 since I had done a nice review video of the first Bow-it-All, but the relationship quickly turned in to Mike teaming up with the CEO to add a few of their items to the store. Again, Mike was able to handle the emails, and working with Zutter to fill the orders. The traffic on the store has continued to be consistent and Mike has enjoyed it
Stepping to the side a bit, many of you know Mike and I have a personal goal we were first tossing around, but have now decided it is a goal we want to achieve. We would like to sell our home, buy some land and build a tiny house. We want to build a large pole barn for the cars, a craft studio for me, and about a 500 sqft home for us to live in. Our vision is to achieve this within the next year. A key part to this goal is creating income for Mike so living outside the metro area is feasible. Mike has gotten a good taste of what it's like and what it takes to operate his store and he's now ready to grow it.
I've spent most of the time I've been crafting promoting other stores and helping them grow, but it has now become time for me to stand by my husband and help him promote TupeloDesignsLLC. He hasn't decided 100% yet what brands he intends to carry. At this point I can tell you he's leaning toward starting out with Prima, but again, no final decisions have been made. He does plan to start out small, carry a variety of brands and items, and this will include some mixed media items because of my love for them, and because I love to do tutorials using them. From a professional standpoint, it's only right that we don't create or take a chance on any conflicts of interest, so to ensure that, it requires I only promote stores that carry significantly different items, for example PunchPlacePlus who specializes in acrylic. Therefore, going forward I will not be able to design for Renea, or design for or promote any stores that carry items similar to what Mike will be selling. It's simply a business decision I had to make to support my husband.
As decisions are made, brands are selected, items are chosen, I will be letting you all know. I'm very excited for him. This is a huge change for a man who has spent his life working very hard on his knees as a Tile Setter and Marble Mason. He is now over 50 and his body is getting tired. This is a change that needs to happen for multiple reasons, and I'm honored to stand by his side as he makes this transition. I'm confident in his success because I've always believed in him.
I am lucky to have all of you who stand by me. I know many of you care about me, but also care about my little family. I get so many notes that say, "say Hi to Mike and give Tupelo a belly rub for me". So, I know you understand my decision.
I don't know how to thank you all for being my crafty family, I appreciate it at a level I can't find words for. I'm excited beyond words as well. This is huge for us. Mike is excited and nervous all at one time. I know he will have the support of all of you, in one fashion or another, and for that I am grateful, and so is he.