It's been hard for me to sit down and write this post, because this post going live means that so many things are about to change. If you know me at all, you know that I simultaneously hate the unknown part of change, but am thrilled by a new adventure. I want to start by doing a little recap of my small business journey and then also share a bit about the NEW direction the Rachel Tenny brand is headed! Over the last three years of owning a business, my personal life and business have taken many different twists and turns and at this point, it's kind of all a blur.
It has been three years since I opened an Etsy shop called "A Little Bit of Me" on a whim after one of my then co-workers noticed that I had some bright and colorful paintings in my office. She commented on how pretty they were and said "Have you ever thought about selling them?!" I had, but never seriously. After going home from work on January 28, 2014, I began selling some of the paintings I had done in my free time to unwind. At first, I was only selling original canvas pieces and "stationery." The stationery is in air quotes, because the truth is that the first cards that I sold were literally notecards that I bought at Michael's and then glued (yes, I'm not kidding) the photos I printed from Walgreen's onto the front. They were not as cringe-worthy as they sound...well, maybe they were.Read More