This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.
The other day I was sitting there thinking about how much my life has changed in the last decade. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be where I am today – I would never have believed you.
You see, 10 years ago, I was working as a dental assistant and that was all I knew. Right after high school, I went right into college and by the age of 18 I was working full time as a dental assistant and so I did for the following 11 years but I was miserable.
I hated getting up and going to work. Doing the same tasks over and over again day after day was really started to drain the life right out of me. I have always been a creative person but little did I know that I could take my creativity and turn it into a career.
I got my first Cricut machine in 2015 but before this, I had already started my “little business”. I would make all kinds of different crafts that I would see on Pinterest and I would sell them on Facebook. I converted a tiny little room in my basement to a craft area and there I would pump orders — people would send me pictures of stuff they seen on Pinterest and I would make it for them.
Then, someone sent me a photo of a sign with all these words on it. I remember saying to my mom, “there has to be something out there that people are using to make signs like this.” And that was it — one quick Google search and I landed in the world of Cricut.
At first, I was like, “what is this machine!? How does it work!? — and I MUST have it!” So I looked up the Cricut Explore on Michaels but after seeing the price, I was a little bummed. At this time in my life, my husband and I didn’t have any spare money for things like this.
I knew I had to have the Cricut Explore, though. I thought, with this machine, I could really take my little side hustle and take it next level. I was telling my grandpa all about the Cricut and how this machine could really take my business to new heights. Right away my grandfather’s response was, “you have to go get that machine.” He lent me the money so that I could purchase the Cricut Explore. My grandfather was my biggest fan. He would have given me the moon if he thought I could use it. Although he is gone now, every time I use my Cricut, I smile and think of him and remember that without him and my Cricut machine I wouldn’t be where I am today. This machine changed my life.
So I set out to Michaels, picked up the Explore, and got to work. With the help of the Cricut Explore I was able to greatly expand my business and the type of products I was able to offer customers.
Instead of just making random crafts from Pinterest on demand, I was able to start making signs, cups, and all sorts of different customized gifts.
I also started doing craft shows and events and was able to get out into my community and really make a name for myself.
The first Christmas I had my Cricut, I personalized almost 400 stuffed reindeer.
This was my first real whirl wind business experience.
I couldn’t believe how many people wanted these stuffies! It was incredible and for the first time, I felt like “wow, I have really accomplished something here.”
I felt like a real legit business and over the next couple of years, I really honed my craft. I built myself a steady business of orders and would find a lot of my customers in local Facebook mom groups.
I was busier than ever and my whole business revolved around my Cricut machine. I was able to leave the dental field and do something that I am truly passionate about.
After doing custom orders for about 2 years, I decided it was time to take my skills and share them with the world, so I started my blog. Now not only do I get to create, but I also get to share my passion with the world. I can now show others just how exciting and thrilling it is to own a Cricut machine.
I am so grateful for this gift and will forever be thankful to my grandfather for buying me my first Cricut machine. I know create with a Cricut Maker and the difference between these two machines is incredible. Cricut has come so far since I started 5 years ago and I love that the folks at Cricut as so invested in their products and actually care about the crafters and users.
The Maker has allowed me to expand into so many different avenues with the Cricut Maker Tools. The different blades that I have to use with my Cricut Maker really have allowed me to expand my business. I can perforate, emboss and even engrave all with one machine.
If you’re thinking about getting a Cricut and you’re on the fence — it’s time to jump off. Even if you don’t want to start a business, Cricut machines are a must-have tool for any craft room because the possibilities with these machines really are endless.
You never know where life is going to take you and you really never know what a Cricut machine can do for you until you dive in and get crafty.
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I was elated at first to get an cricut expression 2. I used if often for crafts. Then one day I thought I would try the design space was no longer available for my machine. I don’t know what to do with it.
Hi Trish! Sorry for my delayed resonse to your comment. Unfortunatley, the Expression machines are somewhat obsolete in comparission to the Explore Air and the maker. The Expressions only run off cartridges I believe and are too old to be compatiable with the Design Space software.