We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Jensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
One thing I don’t think outsiders realize about running an Etsy shop, especially one that does personalized items and only has one employee, is how much day-to-day communication there is between the owner and the customer. As for my shop, 90% of the time I am communicating with a customer even before they have placed an order, and then after a purchase goes through, I am in constant communication with them. Between sending proofs, answering questions, checking in after delivery, and more often than not talking to the customer about the meaning behind their sign, there is a lot of back and fourth communication which takes some time. Fortunately, Etsy has a great messenger app for sellers, much like text messaging so I’m able to do work while I am away from home, which is super helpful!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the owner and maker of Do It For You Creations ( DI4U Creations) which makes thoughtful and funny decor for any occasion. I specialize in Handwritten note items and funny tea towels ( hints the idea behind “ thoughtful & funny decor”). Customers really enjoy the funny tea towels as I have a variety of sayings and they make a great gift for anyone with a sense of humor. The handwritten note items are my favorite to create, and what my shop is mostly know for. With this type of item I take a handwritten note or drawing ( it can be old or new or even multiple images) and turn it into a product that the customer can cherish forever.
I didn’t start my shop thinking that I would offer items like the handwritten products or tea towels, I originally started off making large wood items like corn hole boards, wedding decor and custom glasses. After a year of doing those items, I decided to experiment with handwritten note signs, and I instantly fell in love with the process. The fact that I could take a delicate note written years ago from someone who has passed and put it onto an item that a customer can keep forever made me really happy. After getting great feedback from customers and seeing that my items were creating joy in others, I made the decision to focus on handwritten items opposed to the large scale products I was offering before. This was probably the best decision I have made in my business journey because not only are the products loved by others, I truly love making them too.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend from out of town visiting for the first time ( and I had someone to watch my two kiddos for that week, haha! ) It would would definitely include outdoor adventures like hiking Matthews/winter park in the summertime or skiing Mary Jane in the winter. Spending a day hopping around the Rino Art District Indulging in a variety of yummy food and drinks. Checking out some of Colorados great breweries like New terrain or Little Machine. And last but not least going to a concert at red rocks (pre covid).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people who have helped me get to where I am now, from Abbey Samuelson, (Founder of Rocky Mountain Design House) giving me pointers on more efficient ways to ship products, to friends and family sharing items I’ve made on their social media pages, I have been very fortune with so much support. However, there is NO WAY I could have gotten to the point where I am now without the help of my husband, Andrew. From supporting me jumping into this venture three years ago, to staying up all hours of the night for multiple nights building signs with me during the holiday rush, he has been incredible and I could not do this without him.