Welcome to the New Chaotic & Collected

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New Site PreviewHey there. And welcome to the new Chaotic & Collected. You may have noticed some changes so I thought it would be good to write a fancy little blog post about how and why and the like.

So, I'm sure you're wondering why there's a new Chaotic & Collected. Well, several reasons. So sit tight because this is going to be a long story.

When I first started my stationery store, I wasn't sure exactly where to start. So I read a lot of articles. All of them said that you should have your own website along with an Etsy store. And I thought that sounded smart.

But as things progressed, I started to get annoyed with having a shop website. I felt like I was in too many places.  Even though, technically, my shop and blog were all under the same brand's umbrella, it felt very separate. People who found my shop had no idea I had a blog. People who found my blog had no idea I had a shop.

I was doing this or that for the shop and then the blog would suffer. Then I would move to the blog and the shop would suffer. And we won't even go into Etsy. It was a total mess. Everything was falling through the cracks and I was stretching myself way too thin. I am only one person after all.

I wanted to just work on Chaotic & Collected. It's my brand. All of it. I want it to succeed. All of it. It's all so important to me.

So I went back and forth on what I should do.

I finally decided to just run all of my sales through Etsy. But then the more and more I thought, I realized that having a whole website for my stationery store didn't really make sense. It would just kind of sit there.

So I decided to combine everything. On one site.

I went back and forth again on how to do that. Should it be a new site or on chaoticandcollected.com. And, as luck (at least that's what I'm going to call it now) would have it, as I was working on merging everything, my site totally crashed. I tried to fix it, but just messed it up more. Everything gone. POOF! A prime example of life's chaos, don't ya think?

So, after crying and melting down for almost a whole day (which resulted in Mr. T buying me chimichangas and chips and queso to make me feel better) I said F everything and I bought a brand new URL and made a new site. I figured it was a sign. After all, I'm trying to rebrand and what could be better for rebranding than just starting fresh?

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So here's everything. All in one place. A place where you can read about my life, thoughts, and challenges. A place where you can be inspired to cook some yummy foods, make some awesome DIYs, and organize the shit out of your life. A place where you can buy some really cool stuff that's inspired by my life and my creativity. It's all here and super easy to find.

Now, I should warn you that some of this lil' place of mine doesn't look so pretty right now. I lost some info (i.e. images) and it's going to take me a really long time to fix it all. Please don't hold it against me. I assure you that every single post I've written is still here. So if you're looking for something, just use the search and browse sans images until I have time to fix them all (with 300+ posts it should take me no time at all!).

Some things of note:

The blog: all of my usual stuff - rants, yummy things to cook, fun things to make, etc.

The shop: All of the pretty things to buy. If you click on anything shop related it will send you to my Etsy store. That's where all of my sales will be now.

My mailing list: You can subscribe by scrolling down near the comments and adding your lovely lil' email address in the box! Why should you subscribe? Well, to keep up with all of the awesome stuff happening here. But also to get fun things (like discounts, deals, recipes, freebies, DIYS, etc.) that are ONLY available for subscribers.

Also be sure to check out the about section. There's a new bio, info about the blog, and 20 random facts about me.

I'll quit babbling and telling you what to do and just let you explore! I hope you love it. I'm really happy about how it turned out and I'm excited to make this year the best year for Chaotic & Collected.