Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Big Changes!

Okay. So, my original plan was to take "three months" after Gwen was born to re-group, re-prioritize, and re-think my business. Five months later...I am feeling a bit more settled. 

When I was teaching full time, Passion & Pursenality Art and Design was a hobby. Now, it is truly my part time job, income making, small business. In order to move away from the hobby aspect, I really needed to determine what I was passionate about and what I could focus on to bring in a bit of income.

Major change number 1: I am no longer designing scrapbook kits.
I found myself always putting this at the bottom of my list. I was tired of the marketing to several different sites, tired of spending time in scrapbook forums and galleries so that people would not forget me. I felt like there was TOO much time being wasted when I could be making stuff and more importantly, spending time with Gwen. This industry is HUGE-O-MUNGOUS. There are more than enough kits out there.

I was not ready to give it up completely though...I still love Photo shop. I still love making digital "things." So, I was incredibly happy and honored to be hired by Scrapper's Guide.

Major change number 2: I am a tutorial instructor for Scrappers' Guide.
I can't even tell you what a blessing this job is. I am a teacher at heart and now, I get to teach people how to make stuff in one of my favorite programs in the universe. If you want to learn anything and everything about digital scrap booking, you need to join this site.  The resources that you receive access to are priceless.

I love that I am still part of the digital scrap booking world, but I only have to worry about instructing, not designing. Plus, I can just call this site's forums/galleries home.

Major change number 3: I am doing Real Estate photography for Obeo.com
This was such a fluke an act of God!  A friend of mine applied for this job over a year ago and never heard anything back. In June, they called him asking if he was still interested. He couldn't do it, because he and his wife were moving to CA in just a few weeks. So, he gave them my name.

I love this job! It gets me out of the house and I get to go in people's houses?! Seriously. A couple weeks ago, I shot a 2 million dollar home. TWO MILLION DOLLARS...around these parts that gets you an awful lot.

Here is one of the more recent places, just to give you an idea of what I get to do.

Major change number 4: I am concentrating more on creating and crafting.
However, you've maybe noticed my Etsy shop has been empty for a long while. It's because I am building inventory for craft fairs/shows. I helped my sister-in-law out this summer with her booth (she sells some awesome jewelry) and I found that I love the atmosphere of being around other artists/crafters. I love the interactions with customers...even when they don't buy stuff, they are highly supportive and complimentary. PLUS, they often give me more ideas for projects to make.

Once, the craft sales during the "holiday" season slow down, hopefully I will get my Etsy shop up and running again.

So, with all these changes, you will start to notice some changes around here...my blog, I mean. You'll have to excuse my mess for a while.

Thanks so much for all of your love and support!  It means the world to me.


Blu House MP (morning person) said...

Congratulations! Rw

Diana said...

These are SUCH FANTASTIC CHANGES!! I am so so proud of you, Chris. May God bless you in everything you set your hand to... I know you will be a blessing to those you work with. Love, Di