Why I Closed My Etsy Shop

You might have noticed that I shut down my Etsy shop. It was a tough call to make, but it was one that needed to happen. I loved running my Etsy shop, but with what has been going on in the background, it was a necessity. I did however, leave it until the last moment I could.

So what’s been going on? Well….I moved! Living in the U.K has always been something that I’ve dreamed of doing. So I did it! I packed my bags and left my sunny hometown in Orange County, California for the rain of the United Kingdom.

The view of England from my seat.

One of the biggest question that I’ve had about my move is how I am able to do it. Luckily, I don’t need a visa to move to the UK because I’m already a citizen! I was born in England but raised in California. Because of my British background, I’ve always wanted to move to the U.K. so that I can be closer to my family. It’s tough only being able to see grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins every couple of years, if that.

Luckily, since I’m fully vaccinated, I will no longer need to quarantine. So for the next few days, I will be recovering from jetlag in a family members home and exploring London. I’ll spend the majority of my time figuring out my plans to get situated and comfortable in the U.K.

What does the future look like?

“But where does all of this leave The Stir-Crazy Crafter?” you may be wondering. Well, I plan to continue posting as normal on all of my social media accounts and on my website. I will just no longer have a shop option. So more or less business as usual. You can follow along on Instagram and TikTok for my most current updates. You can also catch any past and future posts on my blog.

Today, I explored The British Museum and Covent Gardens. I shared some of the photos from today with photos that I’ve taken on previous trips out to England and Scotland. They are from two separate trips, one in 2016 and the other in 2019. You’ll see shots from as far South as the Isle of Wight, England and as North as Inverary, Scotland.

2022 Update: Since writing this blog post, I’ve settle in quite nicely in Glasgow, Scotland and have reopened my Etsy shop. I sell a variety of embroidery patterns, an in-depth embroidery journal guide, and finished embroidery pieces.

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