It’s time to move forward: What will happen to Stinkerpants
Hi. Long time no see, eh? I hope you’ve all been well. It feels like I’ve been gone for ages—your babies are teenagers by now, I’m sure. I hope middle school wasn’t too rough. I’ve missed you.
I am happy to say that I plan to begin blogging again on a regular basis. But first, I thought I should let the universe (er, all 20 readers I have remaining) know about the fate of Stinkerpants. I have decided to leave the wedding industry permanently.
As I mentioned before, Stinkerpants was a big part of my marriage, and I have been wrestling with its place in my life for the past year and a half. The day-to-day life of a full-time single mother is, well…full. After only a few weeks—heck, probably days if I’m being honest with myself— of being single, it became abundantly clear that I couldn’t operate my business as I had while I was married. And after working a full day at my day job, I crave balance. I want to spend time with my sweet daughter. After she’s in bed, I want to read, watch TV, or write. I do not want to worry about meeting deadlines. As a result, I will no longer be producing custom drawings.
That being said, I do want to share my life with all of you, which is why I have decided to return to blogging. What C and I have been through in the past year and a half (and what I’ve been dealing with for the past decade or so) has been very difficult, and I think our experience could help a lot of people. I have done a lot of soul-searching and personal work, and I would love to share.
But before I begin (with the next post), I felt that I should explain what will happen to the website. It will change over the coming months, but in essence, I decided to convert all of my drawings to printables and move the shop to Etsy, which supports digital downloads. Now, Stinkerpants customers can download a PDF of a drawing and print it at home. All of my drawings (including ABC prints, wish trees, Laws of the Land & Household Bill of Rights, the drawings originally used on my Word Play t-shirts, and the Chinese Zodiac) can be downloaded for $5 or $10 and printed at home. On the website, I will still be selling the full-size ABC poster and the large Wish Tree poster, in addition to physical copies of the bridal party greeting cards and various other everyday greeting cards, which I still have in stock.
Why did I decide to do this? Well, a couple of reasons. First, I put a heck of a lot of work into those drawings, and it felt very sad to have them collecting virtual dust on a hard drive somewhere. Secondly (and most importantly), if I were a customer, a downloadable print shop is what I would want. Instant gratification, and cheap—what more could a nesting mama-to-be ask for?
So that’s it for today—I will see you next week. :)