When I started Torimili Designs in 2017 my main focus was crafting as a way to occupy myself as a stay home mom. I heard about the Cricut machine which seemed like the most amazing invention for a hobby crafter like me who wanted to make t-shirts for her son’s totally obscure interests. Soon I started making tumblers too. A few friends saw what I did and I started making things for them. Then it became a way for some friends and me to craft together and learn from each other which eventually led to us doing our first craft fair together. It felt like I was headed down the right path of what I planned to do with my life once my kids had grown up.
Then I had a couple epoxy reactions, and while I totally conceded to the fact that they were due to my own ignorance about not using the proper PPE, there were periods of time I would need to take a break in order to let my skin heal. This is when I started focusing more on the design side of things. I was already doing my own designs, but I was finding that I was enjoying the design part the most.
So what does that mean for the future of Torimili Designs? It means going forward I will be focusing more on graphic design. I’ve been sharpening my skills in photoshop and have become pretty efficient in Illustrator, a program I had hardly even opened until a couple months ago, and I’m not even done. There’s still so much more to learn and I can’t wait!
I’m really excited about this evolution of my business. These new skills I’ve acquired can only help Chris and I with future projects we have in mind, but I’m also thrilled about the idea of working in an office environment with peers doing something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. I admit for so long I was afraid I’d end up taking a job I wasn’t excited about just to feel that I had a purpose. I know that would have been the wrong decision for me, and while I’d have done that I have to say there’s truth in the old adage “if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life” and I want that feeling!
Don’t get me wrong, I still have some creative passions I want to explore (like screen printing, 3D printing, and making my own silicone molds, but there’s also candle making, soap making, and sandblasting…I know, I’m totally random), but I’m excited to go back to getting into those as a hobby.
For those of you who have supported me and my business over the years. I won’t forget it. If there’s still something you need, you have my number.