June 10, 2009

Because I felt like my schedule was missing something . . .

Since last June, when business really picked up, I've been approached by a dozen or so stationery companies about designing for them. A wide range of companies . . . some of them you've probably heard of, while others you probably haven't.

While I've been honored that they've been interested, none of them were really a good fit. Most of them want you to sell them your templates . . . and while you earn a hefty commission, you have little creative say in how the final product comes out when a consumer buys your card. Selling my templates scares me a little. Others allowed me creative freedom, but the style of their cards was different than what I consider to be my style. And a couple were my style and allowed me a voice in final product, but the companies were a little too big for my taste.

A little over a month ago, I received an e-mail from Heather of Peapod Announcements. I e-mailed her back (like I always do) and asked for more information, but figured it probably wouldn't be anything I was interested in.

But it was different this time.

This is a smaller (comparatively speaking), newer, mom-owned business. I definitely like the style of cards and of the site. Heather communicated that it was a friendly "work environment" and she even indicated from the start that she saw from my blog that I'm pregnant and knew I might need some time when the baby comes. There was a great combination of friendliness and professionalism in all of our communication. I felt comfortable with it right from the beginning.

So, while my etsy shop will stay open, I'll also be designing for Peapod. Along with my main job working full time at camp. And my other main job of taking care of Jack. And baby #2. And the whole photography thing on the side. I know it sounds like a lot . . . and it is. But if you know me at all, you know that I wouldn't have it any other way.

P.S. Just to be clear: If you see one of my designs on peapod and want it, you'll have to go through the peapod site. My designs there are exclusive to that site and I won't sell them anywhere else . . . including on etsy or individually.

8 comments:

Tara said...

Congratulations! And yes, wow, BUSY!!! :)

Jennifer Lynn said...

Congrats that's exciting!

And you act like an extra babysitting job one day a week is a lot :)

heresthediehl said...

CONGRATS!!!

Maria W. said...

In the words of your sweet boy...I so proud of you!

heather said...

we're so happy to have you sara!

Sarah said...

That's so exciting Sara! Congrats on the new job! :) I admire your energy. I can barely manage ONE job!! :) Seriously though, I'm excited for you! :)

ann said...

Great!

mme said...

congrats on this opportunity! I love the site!
and I appreciate the link you sent me via twitter. thanks for thinking of me!