You’ve probably heard by now via social media that Becca
and I opened up a print shop! After months of planning, dreaming, praying, and designing our little hearts out our site is finally LIVE! Our site’s link is at the bottom of this post, but I thought it would be neat to share the story behind our venture that we have posted on our site’s “our story” page. I also wanted to document all the cool, amazing things that happened on launch day.
Once upon a time a girl in Charleston emailed a girl in Birmingham to design her blog. Shortly after, they bonded over their mutual dislike for cliche fonts and joked that they would one day be business partners. Fast forward a few years later and you have two best friends that live way too far from each other, talk on the phone more than they would like to admit, and still despise Comic Sans.
We are Becca and Catherine and we share the same heart for Jesus, orphan care, design, and all things tiny. It blows us away when we think back at how God ordained our friendship and placed us in each other’s lives exactly when He did, and we are so humbled that He has fulfilled our once “crazy dream” to work together as a team!
After many months of talking through the idea of starting our own print shop, we finally had a clear vision from God so we began designing our little hearts out, praying like crazy, and losing a lot of sleep in order to launch by the end of March 2013.
Our desire for Sacred Made is three fold. First, we want to provide beautifully designed scripture art to adorn your space whether it be your home, dorm room, cubicle, or refrigerator so that you will always see God’s promises. Second, our hope is that these prints will be read by your children, roommates, friends, coworkers, and even strangers and will start spirit led conversations about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Last but not least, we pray that as the Lord blesses our vision, we will be able to bless two ministries that are close to our hearts: Program 21– a supplemental feeding program in Uganda Africa founded by Becca, and The Ark House– a Chinese foster home that Catherine partners with in ministry.
We are so happy you found yourself here and we look forward to sharing more as God continues to write the story of Sacred Made.
The night before “launch day”, we connected our domain to our site. We both went to bed hoping it would show up the next morning and it didn’t. Becca called our domain/host provider and they worked on the problem over the phone. With Becca still on the phone, he said it would take hours for our site to show up. God showed us such favor when in the middle of his sentence, he said, “Oh wait! Here it is! It is showing up. That never happens…..”. Before he could even finish his sentence, y’all! Within mere seconds, it showed up! Thank you God for showing us such favor.
After working out some kinks and praying over facetime, we both hit the share button on our phones on March 27th at 1:05 my time (2:05 Becca’s time). Within in the first 3o minutes, we had gotten our first order! Here is the first print we sold:
Within hours of our launch, we had several orders, many instagram followers, many, many likes and shares on Facebook, and so many texts and emails it overwhelmed us! A friend of Becca’s who is on staff at a BIG church in Texas even sent out a mass email to the staff sharing our site! Annnnnnnnnnnnndddddd, then our site crashed. Yes folks, we’re pretty sure so many people went to it at once that it actually CRASHED! To Him be the glory! It came back, but literally made my body shake for a few…..
Becca and I would like to say thank you for making our Sacred Made launch so special. We are humbled by the orders, encouragement, and love! As we pray over each and every print, our hope is that it blessing your heart and your home!
Just a few more fun facts I want to remember:
Print that was viewed the most on launch day:
Print that was ordered the most on launch day:
We got so many sweet, meaningful emails, texts and messages that we are going to open up a page on our shop’s site with notes so everyone can see how the prints are touching lives…not just us. Stay tuned!
You can see the full collection of our prints on our site: www.sacredmadeshop.com
And, be sure to follow us on pinterest & instagram to stay updated on give-aways and new prints: http://pinterest.com/sacredmadeshop/ & @sacredmadeshop