I posted the mockup above a few months ago, and the logo on the front of the bag and cup read A Little Hut. That business is now closed. It was open, officially, for 18 years. I can't even believe I just typed that number. It doesn't seem real-time flies.
I started A Little Hut with handmade cards, moved on to block printed cards, and finally landed on hand-cut illustrations. Then, when my wrists couldn't take Xacto knife work anymore, the cutting machines came into existence. What a fantastic tool. It opened new doors, and my business has revolved around it ever since.
I've had a full-time job for the last nine years (I still do), and those who have stuck around have seen how that has affected my shop, posts, etc. Some days I just haven't had the energy to keep working and creating at home. I've attempted several comebacks, but I haven't been consistent. The truth is that I don't think I was genuinely ready — until now.
I feel a new surge of energy and creativity, and I want to ride this wave as long as possible. But, of course, it helps that my kids are in college now, and I get more time to play.
A couple of new things
I've decided to use my full name for my business name. A Little Hut was great for what I needed when I first started, but I wanted something more fitting this time. The more I thought about it, the more I thought my name would suit me perfectly.
I've been talking about videos for a long time. It's time to stop talking and move on to the doing. I will be posting videos of my most complex projects and others about tips and tricks I think you'll find helpful. They will be in English and Spanish — I'm excited about this. I'm a fluent speaker in both languages, so why not work in both?
Products I will offer
My SVGs will be my primary product for now. But I plan on expanding the designs I offer in other markets (Society6, Creative Market, iStock, Spoonflower), and I will add some original wall art pieces from time to time. I don't miss the post office, but I miss knowing that I'm sharing my original handiwork with some of you.
I'm all ears
I'm curious to know what you'd like me to share in my videos. If you'd like to know how I make something or you're curious about my process, I'm happy to share. I'd love to hear your suggestions. If you're interested in licensing any of my work, I'm open to that conversation. Please reach out.
In the meantime ...
If I had a brick and mortar shop, I'd be greeting you at the door with a cup of something warm to drink (or cool — hello, hot Houston summer!), you'd see my artwork on the walls, and you could be walking out with a goodie bag like the one above. Maybe one day. For now ...