Friends, I know I’ve been neglectful of this blog the past couple of weeks. I miss all of your sweet comments and notes on what was the near-daily posts. But I’ve been hard at work on my newest project. Since quitting my full-time job in April, I’ve been trying to figure out what it is exactly that I want to do. I’ve been doing a bit of consulting here and there, but I’ve wanted to start something that’s more tangible. A consulting business is great, but I want to be able to have a product, something that I can hold in my hands and say “whoa! I’ve brought this all together.” I’m a very visual person like that.
[source: work is not a job via ashappyaskings]
This blog started as a journey to figure out what it is that I love, what motivates me, and where my passions lie. It’s been such a great year of growth, and I feel so blessed that you all have joined me on my journey. I never expected the blog to take off like it has, but am so thankful for your dedication.
Over the last month and lots of brainstorming sessions, I’ve finally figured it out. Horray! I’ve found that I love curation and discovering handmade products, and would do it all day if I could (who wouldn’t?). I love the stories that artisans can share with consumers that the Big Box sellers just can’t match. It’s so much more enjoyable to buy something when you feel connected to the person who made it.
My new project brings together the best from the handmade community. Called Umba Box (umba is Swahili for “to create”), it is a monthly subscription that delivers products from amazing artisans to your door. Right now, it’s focusing on non-size specific women’s items such as accessories, jewelry, home goods, stationary, and bath products. As this grows, I would love to add men’s and children’s lines too! When you subscribe to Umba Box, each month you will receive a pretty little surprise package in the mail all wrapped up and ready to be enjoyed by you or a loved one. You can get a subscription for yourself or a friend, but it would be great if you did both.
I have already partnered up with some artists and designers who have some seriously rockin’ products ready to go. Some of our producers are even going to make special editions that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. How cool is that? This is why I love handmade.
I’m still pulling levers and pushing buttons on the Umba Box web site, so I expect it to go live in the next week or so. In the mean time, I would be honored if you would give us your email so we can let you know when we are officially open! If you need a little more incentive to fork over your email address, I will be sending out a coupon to our subscribers for their first purchase.
(I promise I will never spam you! That’s so uncool.)
Thanks for all of your encouragement, friends. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about this! I will still be blogging here on a (hopefully) regular basis), so don’t go anywhere! <3