Ever since I started my part time Etsy business, Custom Comforts, where I turn state road maps into wall decor, I have been trying to get all 50 states made and listed online at the same time. It’s been my goal from the start to have each state represented.
Somewhere along the line, I gave up on that goal and attempted the unrealistic goal of having three of each state. I know that sounds stupid, since I couldn’t even get one of each state listed. But, my thinking was to have different sizes and price ranges so that there would be something affordable for everyone.
Well, I’m way behind in my map making for this year since I’ve been spending so much time in the garden. There was a urgent need to get hustling to increase the inventory with Christmas around the corner, so I went back to one of each state, striving to make one map every day when I get home from work and more on weekends. And . . . I finally did it!
I’ll start with some of the states I don’t like to make because they are curvy and difficult . . . like Louisiana.
The curves of the Mississippi River are a killer . . . time killer that is.
But the difficult, time consuming states are always the most beautiful ones . . . like Alaska.
One state I hardly ever make is Delaware because it is difficult to find a map with just Delaware on it. Since it is such a small state, it is always included with Maryland, and Virginia and never big enough to make or hang.
The other state I rarely offer is Maryland, a place I love and lived for 16 years. It has this very thin section of land connecting western and eastern Maryland, which when I cut, is very fragile and easily broken. I’ve always been afraid if it didn’t break while cutting it out of wood, it would break in mailing. But, I recently gave it a go, and made a very small one in my attempt to have all the states accounted for.
The most popular states that sell are California . . .
Texas . . .
But for me, HOME is spelled O.H.I.O.
The next goal is to have two of every state and then on to three. With nearly daily sales, and Christmas coming, it might take me another year to hit that goal, but it gives me something to aim for and is a challenge that keeps me motivated.
All the states and other state related items can be viewed at Custom Comforts