One of the things I’ve always been passionate about is interior design. But where I grew up we didn’t call it that. It was just decorating to us! I
probably get this passion from my Mom. She was a very creative soul and was always changing things around when the mood would strike.
Even our Christmas trees would have a different theme and color scheme every year! Clearly, she wasn’t sentimental. She even decided one year to paint the kitchen cabinets, cobalt blue. Never mind it was a rental property. I’m sure our landlord loved that idea. Lol! She was a fearless decorator to say the least.
My Design Influence
My Mother loved the beach and would take us to the Gulf coast of Florida, most years. Sometimes Destin or if we were really lucky, to Seaside. Maybe this is where I fell in love with the coastal aesthetic. It’s just such an easy look to love, isn’t it? The white furniture, soft colors and natural elements.
Even if you don’t own a beach house, there are many ways to incorporate coastal elements into your home. I’ve been decorating with seashells and faux coral for years.
My Etsy Shop Was Born
About 2 years ago, I started framing sea fans. At first, I was just creating them for my own home, but then friends began asking me to make some for them too. This all eventually led me to the idea of opening an Etsy shop called Ocean Chic Boutique.
I love working with my hands and creating this art for people who appreciate it. It’s a nice creative outlet, that I find very rewarding. I even got into creating seashell boxes, mirrors, picture frames, etc. but quickly learned that all the time spent making those was never going to be a profitable venture. One piece would take days to create! I figured I’d better stick to the sea fans!
The Etsy shop has been a fun adventure. I consider it a side gig or hobby. I definitely have to work with my perfectionist nature, though. You would be amazed at the imperfect pieces of glass I’ve had to return. It can drive me nuts, if I let it. I refuse to send something out that isn’t up to my standard. It’s a reflection of me and I want it to be the best product I can produce.
Etsy Lessons Learned
I had a few hard lessons to learn in the beginning. I tried to do all the packing and shipping by myself to save on shipping costs. What was I thinking? Don’t try this at home, kids! After about 3 orders arrived to my customers in shambles, I handed the whole process over to UPS. I seriously almost quit over that issue. Since UPS has been handling things, everything has arrived safe and sound. And I didn’t have to quit the business!
I just wanted to share a little of my design passion with you today and what led to me opening an Etsy Shop. We will be exploring lots more of my coastal design ideas very soon! There’s a great post coming up on my coastal table setting ideas. Can’t wait to share that with you…stay tuned for that!
Have any of you taken a passion and turned it into a business, either on Etsy or pop-up shops, etc? I would love to hear your experience. If so, is it a full-time gig or hobby? Please share!