We have new customers every day, so I thought I'd share my story in case you'd like to know a little more about how Paper Smooches runs behind the scenes.
I work from my home in Arizona. I wake up around 7am and turn on my computer and start working right away (usually while drinking coffee). I write a blog post, answer some e-mails and start filing orders. Every order is filled by me. I answer all phone calls and e-mails...and I create all of the art. Somewhere in between I do laundry, feed my family and do normal "Mom" stuff.
I have 2 kids...my son is 18 and he attends ASU and my daughter is 16 and is at home with me. She helps me with the dies. The dies do not arrive with a header card and plastic hanging bag like the stamps do. This is a great job for her since she can sit in front of the TV and work while watching. My Dad comes over about once a week to put the header card in the plastic bag. He watches his shows and I always treat him to pizza. (He is 77) I imagine it's not a bad gig to get paid while watching TV and eating goodies. :)
I don't drive because I don't see very well...but the mail person comes at around 4:00 every day to pick up my mail. So your mail is scanned by the USPS and begins it's journey the next morning.
You may have noticed with our February release that I created 5 dies and 1 stamp set, instead of the typical 10 dies and 2 stamp sets. I have worked so incredibly hard for the past 5 years, so I thought it was a good idea to allow myself to exhale a bit. I truly enjoy this business every single day and I don't want to burn myself out. So releasing less products should help me to keep up :)
I have an amazing design team. They really are so sweet and talented and I am fortunate to call them my friends. These talented girls make my designs shine and they make me smile every day. I know that I couldn't do this without them. Past and present designers are soooo incredibly precious to me!
I have wonderful friends in the industry who cheer us on and boy do I appreciate that.
Our customers and fans are simply the best. I receive so many lovely messages and cards that let us know that they love Paper Smooches. I am humbled and I love you too.
Thank you a zillion times for all of your love and support over the past FIVE years. I am on the verge of tears because I know how truly lucky and blessed I am. Forget about the "verge of tears"...they fell. My most sincere THANK YOU. <3 Kim