Announcing the opening of my small business on Etsy! The Handmade Catholic Shop! Rosaries come in 12 colors, and there are two kinds of scapulars with either brown or white braids. Veils also come in two styles and fabrics and crucifixes come in two designs and three different stain colors. Quarterly donations are sent to both the Catholic Church and American Troops overseas!
Reason #1. I opened this shop because I wanted to do something that would be part of my Catholic Faith. And what better way than making Catholic gifts! I love making all the shop items, and it makes me so happy to know they will be used for the glory of God.
Reason #2. Running an Etsy shop is a great way to connect with people individually. Instead of the "big businesses" that see people and customers as numbers, I love how small businesses allow you to really appreciate each person who comes to your shop! And by generating sales, I can send donations to the Church and packages to our American Troops. It is so great to be able to contribute to special places from the sales I make.
Reason #3. I have always loved crafts. Manual labor is such a great way to unwind and relax after long days. After all, you can't sit on your computer 24/7! Even if that is for your job. So, I had learned how to make the scapulars and rosaries from a group of nuns years ago, and I make everything with great care. I love the process!
Reason #4. Running an Etsy shop part-time is a perfect balance for working as a writer. I never sit down and write for 8 hours a day straight. Part of my brainstorming is doing other things in between, and this shop is perfect for that! Working with your hands stimulates your brain so much. I find after I've worked on orders, I have so many more ideas for my books than before! Plus, working from home is always an added benefit. More time with family and no commute.
Reason #5. It's just fun! I love writing and I love crafts. Now I can do both!
So, if you'd like to purchase anything or spread the word, my shop is having a grand opening sale next weekend June 18-20th (Saturday-Monday of Father's Day weekend)! Just use the coupon code GRANDOPEN at checkout! 10% off everything!