How This All Got Started
Hi. I'm Ryan and I am so happy that you're reading this. I design and make handmade goods that help tell the story of your life in a small little way. Whether you're buying for yourself or to give as a gift, I take great pride in offering designs that make people feel a little closer to home. After all, home is where your story begins (or something like that). But this story begins a little different.
Real talk.....this business was born out of a professional failure.
I was working in a corporate marketing department of a nationwide retail chain and loving every second of it. The products we sold inspired creativity and the people I was working with did so even more.
It was the fall of 2015 and I had recently been promoted to a management position earlier that summer. I was thrilled to be “climbing the corporate ladder”, for it was the next step in my professional growth. I saw my career as some sort of video game where you just had to keep leveling up. I did have a marketing-focused MBA after all, so I was on my way.
Or so I thought…
In October of that year, the company served up a career curveball when it went through a corporate reorganization. My position had been eliminated and I was demoted, but thankfully I still had a job. I was dejected as I stumbled down a few rungs of that ladder. However, in a not-so roundabout way, that day sparked this business.
I very quickly decided that moving forward, I would take control of my own future. I never wanted my name to be on another list when a company doesn’t meet the arbitrary revenue projections set for that year. I needed to find something that I loved doing and would never consider “work”, and that’s when I decided to start making things with my hands. I have always loved creating, so I set out to create a new life for myself through this passion.
Still my favorite set of coasters after all these years.
At this time, I had really started to love running and was looking for something creative to do with my Cleveland Marathon race bib. I found a tutorial online and decided to turn my marathon bib into a set of coasters. Family and friends loved them and I received so many compliments that my business idea was born.
On New Years Eve of 2015, I officially opened an Etsy shop.
I had no idea what to name it, so I took inspiration from Harry and Lloyd's worm farm from Dumb and Dumber. The movie's quotes have infiltrated every aspect of my life since 1994, so I guess it is only fitting that it also helped name my business.
3 years, many sleepless nights, and thousands of cups of coffee later and I Got Crafts is now my sole gig.
I love pouring every minute of every day into this business. I don’t see it as work. I see it as a labor of love that has provided me the ability to craft the life that I always longed for. I’m most at home when I’m making stuff with my hands….for me, there’s no happier place.