It's always a good idea to look over your shoulder once in awhile to see how far you have come, and what got you where you are today. Looking back to February 2011 when I started my Etsy shop (Kiwi Tini) it was a giant step forward into a wonderful creative community. At the time I was a stay at home Mom looking to suppliment our family income. I thought if other people could be successful at selling on line , why couldn't I do it as well? I would be lying if I didn't hope that my products and designs would become the next big thing, which by the way they haven't (yet), but I am okay with that. Kiwi Tini has brought a lot of joy to many birthday celebrations, weddings, bridal and baby showers.
Since starting on this entrepeneurial journey there have been a lot of unexpected and wonderful surprises that have come my way. For starters, I didn't know that I would become part of an online creative community of like minded artists and entrepeneurs. I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with artists all over the world.
I never expected that I would sell my items at craft markets, which by the way is lots of fun. It's great to meet customers in person and get their feedback. You also get to meet your fellow vendors and learn about their ideas and creative processes. There is always an excited buzz in the air when doing a live market.
Beyond my wildest dreams I have had my products published not once but twice in national selling magazines. Or that my products would make it into a local city tv news channel's spotlight on handmade items. Yippee!
Now I am standing at a crossroads and having to decide what the future for my Etsy shop looks like. Kiwi Tini has been such a great opportunity to push myself creatively and to learn new things. So I am going continue this journey with my new shop identity of Wylde Magnolia. I am grateful for all the support from family and friends and feel blessed that I can still continue to work creatively.
Wylde Magnolia will hopefully channel a laid back Califorina vibe meets the wild prairies. I feel like Wylde is about landscapes, wide open spaces, the roar of the ocean and the ruggedness of the mountains and coastline. While Magnolia represents a softer side of elegant beauty found in nature, like flowers and butterflies. I have always been inspired by natural elements and will continue to infuse them into my designs. I hope you will follow along with me on this endless journey...
Kathy @ Wylde Magnolia