For Christmas in 2019 I told my husband and teen daughter I wanted a Cricut because it looked fun. The thought of owning a business never even crossed my mind. It was just for me. As I learned my way around and started showing off what I made, and it wasn’t long before I was being asked, “Hey can you make me ____?” I made free decals for friends and then started making a few simple signs for gifts for friends.
The custom requests and suggestions for projects kept coming. By April 2020 I decided I’d try my hand at making it a side hustle. First things first—I needed a name. I live in a small town in Washington State called Napavine. At the time, my business was primarily vinyl signs and apparel. Naturally, NapaVinyl was born.
Eventually one Cricut turned into two Cricuts. A simple, inexpensive heat press turned into professional grade press…and then several specialty presses including a mug press, tumbler press and hat press. Particularly in the early stages, most of my profits went to upgrading or adding equipment. About a year later I tried my hand at sublimation and added to my business offerings. I quickly learned they each had their place and what projects I enjoyed and tried to focus on expanding those offerings.
One of those projects was custom signs. While I love creating signs, one thing I lack time or space for is making frames. At the suggestion of several people in one of my crafting groups, I found Not Just Frames, and it was a match made in heaven. To this day, they supply me with high quality frames in any shape and size I need. They’re always game to humor my quirky custom requests.
In 2022 I added a laser to my arsenal of equipment and continue to stretch the limits of my own imagination as to what I can offer. One of the absolute best parts of this entire journey has been the people I have met and the relationships I have formed because of my business. I have met some amazing vendors who truly love what they do as much as I do, making me feel like my success is their success.
I have also had the opportunity to meet and help so many amazing customers of my own along this journey. I have brought healing and comfort to many who have lost loved ones, be they family members or pets. The honor of being a part of this healing is never lost on me. I have helped countless people create one of a kind gifts of their own creation that I helped bring to life.While I still work full time in an administrative position for a busy ophthalmology practice, I am blessed to stay as busy as a girl with a full time job wants to/possibly can! I’ve had the opportunity to pay for family vacations such as a mother/daughter trip to Disneyland as well as an amazing, week-long anniversary trip to Hawaii with my husband of 21 years, Justin, who also happens to be one of my biggest supporters. He’s proud of what I’ve built, but I could not have done it without him and so many others who continue to believe in me!
Another amazing person I couldn’t do this without is my best friend of over 25 years, Sharla. Any time I have a bulk order, I need only say the when, and she is my right hand (wo)man who helps me breeze through big orders in no time. It’s been an amazing 3 1/2 years. I look forward to many more. I look forward to the future and have goals I know I’ll achieve (my current goal is to purchase an enclosed trailer for vendor events) because I have so many amazing people in my corner cheering me on and helping me get there.