Hello? May I have your attention, please?
Hello! Now this may sound a little weird, but first, I really just need to take a nice, long, deep breath.
If you want to join me, feel free!
Just a nice long breath. In...... and out..... aahh....
.. because it took me a very very very long time to get to this point, and I've gone through a lot of obstacles to make it here.
I also spent a good long while writing the original blog post out.. before a few wrong moves happened, technology made a hiccup, and I lost. It. All.
... How about another deep breath?
Breathe in... and out.. ah!~ Much better!
Alright. So, thank you, first of all, for humouring me as I try to muster up everything I've got, again, to make another attempt at writing out my first blog post.. for the second time, woo!
I'm Joanna, and I run Rainbow of Crazy, which has been chugging along since 2011. And wow, it really has been a long time! I actually still remember the very early days, especially when I made that very first sale. It was something like two miniature prints that headed out all the way to the United Kingdom. My heart still bursts with happiness just thinking about how grateful I was that someone liked my little animals with hats enough to purchase a few prints of them. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)
I also want to apologize to those that are reading this that may have been following me for a while, as I haven't been making many updates as often as I used to. My heart hasn't really been in it, and I apologize if it showed. I've been spending as much time as possible working away on this new site, and I gotta tell you, this has been a whole different beast from my original selling platform. Some things have been incredibly easy to understand, but some things have been such a huge fight. I've been trying to roll with the punches and adapt and learn, and I'm still trying to get certain things to work. Originally, I really had a more solid plan in mind. I had so many more items that I wanted to make available during this shift. Lots of brand new options and new artwork. But my goodness. There have been a lot of delays with getting new samples because of the Covid-19 crisis (understandable, of course), and just a lot of general hiccups along the way, and oh so many kinks that I'm trying to work out.
Nothing worth it is ever easy, I suppose. But, on the plus side, instead of just putting everything off, I've learned that it's better to just take that chance and put yourself out there, because something like a website will never truly be 100% complete. So here we are. It doesn't have everything that I wanted it to have. It isn't quite everything I wanted it to be. BUT I've made it this far, and there is just so much more to come.
So THANK YOU again for even coming all the way over here and reading all of this. I am just so incredibly grateful to you. I'm grateful to my family and friends for their never ending support and love. Most of the time, I feel like I don't even deserve it. So even if it's unspoken, just, thank you. You're incredible and I love you and I thank you. Thank you to all of my online friends, old and new and my regular customers - I even have regular customers! How wild is that???? I appreciate you greatly and I hope that you all stick around to see what's to come next.
What is coming next? Well, I'm aiming to shift most everything on over here, like all of my illustrations and custom portraits, stones and other greeting cards, as well as new items. Oh, I am just so excited to create new products and new art. The options are endless at this point! I'm aiming to keep you updated with everything new, here and through all of my social media platforms; so keep an eye out.
I also just need to say, that I am just so incredibly happy to even have this opportunity to build a new corner on the internet. I am feeling so grateful to have so much more control over the pricing of my items. I don't want to stand on a soapbox of anything, but I just want to say that I am so pleased to be able to not
offer free shipping. I know, I know, it sounds crazy. Free shipping is such a HUGE appealing offer. But I gotta tell you, free shipping is never truly free, and as a (super) small business owner, it has always been a difficult thing to work around. So at this point, on this platform, I am just beyond happy because I can finally go back to being truly
transparent with my pricing and shipping. And odd as it may sound, all of my greeting cards on this site are actually cheaper
here, than anywhere else, because
I'm able to be transparent with the pricing and shipping costs. So again, thank you for your understanding and hey, I hope you're able to find something that tickles your fancy. And if not, just wait for what's to come!! And I am so completely open to ideas and suggestions! Please feel free to contact me at anytime, at email@example.com
or message me on any of my social media platforms @rainbowofcrazy
Bonus props to Suga BayBee and to those that recognize the first few lines of her song :)