HEY! I'M SHANLEY.
TL; DR: I’m a Canadian maker and mama to one wild toddler + one even wilder dog.
I’m a serial creative, perpetual adventurer & vivid dreamer, looking to connect with & support other free spirits in their heart-centered entrepreneurial adventures!
The long version: I started my handmade business at the beginning of 2017, barely three months after my son was born. I’d gone to college for carpentry in 2014, then to paramedic school in 2016; I had a path picked out for me in my mind – but as soon as that tiny little human came into my world I couldn’t imagine leaving him every day to go to work.
I’d run a dog walking business in my early 20’s and knew I loved the challenge of being an entrepreneur, so I dove in head first. No plan, no goal besides making enough to not have to get a “real job” when my maternity leave ended. I spent the first few months flitting between ideas: baby
It took me a while to realize that as much as I loved being a handmade business owner, I loved working with, helping and supporting other entrepreneurs even more! When I should have been making new products I was in the forums answering business questions. When I had a free moment I was reading everything I could and taking courses in business development, marketing, SEO and social media marketing. I attended Shopify’s Unite conference, started three successful crafting/small business related Facebook groups, and read business books to my kid at bedtime.
About a year into blogging with The Crafty Beaver I noticed how many business owners were struggling with some of the things that came naturally to me. Mainly, the techy/design stuff and Pinterest. Realizing there was an opportunity for me to do more of the stuff that I love, so other small business owners can do the stuff they love was such an amazing a-ha moment.
I’ve been doing web and graphic design for almost 20 years on a small scale, as a hobby and volunteer work, so being able to expand this to a full-time endeavour this year has been (one of many) dreams come true. I’m really looking forward to working with other
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My Core Values
live your love.