So you remember how I said I had something I wanted to tell you?
Well listen up! Because I'm telling you right now!
No, this news will not be nearly as exciting as when I announced my engagement.
But I am still fairly stoked about what is to come.
About the news!
As of April 1st, I will be working 4 days at my full time job and 1 day at a girl named katie!
One big leap for me, one small step for a girl named katie.
So, maybe you're not as excited as I am. It doesn't even matter.
I have been struggling with this decision for months.
I knew I needed to do something, but at the same time I was terrified.
It's scary to start climbing to the edge of the safety net.
With getting married, needing to find a place to live, have a stable income to be supported by, etc., etc.
It was hard to finally come to terms with what needed to be done.
Yes, it is only one day, but it is a baby step closer to living my dream job.
How did I know?
I calculated the hours I need to spend sewing and networking a week by figuring out the income I want to begin making off of my handbags divided by how long it takes to make one, how much it costs to make a bag, and how many I need to sell a month.
The number was a little hard to look at, but I thought I could possibly manage it along with my full time job.
And then I had a meeting to discuss how to get my business out there.
Afterwards I realized that I can't possibly continue on the same path considering how many hours I need to not just sew, but to actually market my business.
So, here I go!
What's up next? Get the word out there! I'll be a busy social bee! And you can help! Tell your friends about us by sharing our updates and pinning our pictures.
More bags! Outfit posts! Sewing Projects! And More!
Josh and I chose to email our save the dates rather than the traditional mailing of a small card.
Frankly, we just didn't see the reason to spend money on save the dates.
Especially not with the rising cost of stamps.
I mean, who could possibly afford that additional penny they recently added?!
And who could really pass up another reason to pull out the design belt?
Well, not me!
We first sent just the save the date attached with a list of items we would like to borrow for our wedding day. Mainly just decorating tidbits. Nothing major.
We asked our guests to respond to that email with their mailing address so we could easily make our list, in an excel spreadsheet of course. It is after all Josh and I.
We followed up our original email with this lovely reminder.
It is quite lovely.
Look at that stamp. Mhmm.
And this was all made possible with Mail Chimp. (Which is just about the coolest mass-emailing system I have ever used.) It is super easy and free depending on how many emails you must send.
I originally decided to sign up for Mail Chimp to email my sales, promotions, new products, etc. to my wonderful handbag loving customers. (Which if you haven't signed up for yet, make sure you do! Check out the previous post to sign up) And then one day I had a brilliant idea to use it for our wedding as well!