This year has been rough.

And with a rough year comes alot of soul searching and hard decisions that I don't want to make. At some point, having a huge part of my house dedicated to “etsy central” and a shipping center and boxes and over 500 items in an online shop is just too much (I really think I can do it all….darn it!).  And it doesn't fit in my life anymore. I want it to fit. But it doesn't. I am a complicated person trying to make my life simpler. At some point I have to let things go. I actually have tears in my eyes as I type this! This is not easy.

I like having a shop. I like finding cool things and selling them at a great price to other creatives. I love seeing what other people make with their goodies from my shop – be it a fabulous baby shower centerpiece or ornaments for all of their friends or a wedding album for their cousin… I like making a little money here and there from fun things I enjoy and that I hope other people enjoy as well. But it just doesn't fit in the puzzle of my life right now. Healthwise, familywise, and otherwise, it just doesn't fit as much as I want it to, no matter how much I am fighting it, I can't make it fit. The time has come for me to announce:

We are closing the Hydrangea Hippo etsy shop effective December 10, 2013. Starting today, everything in the shop is 50% off with this code at checkout:


And because it is Black Friday time and we have lots of awesome Christmasy good things, let's have a party!! Fill your stockings!!

For orders over $200, take 60% off through Sunday!!! Use this code at checkout:


For orders over $500, take 70% off through Sunday!!! Use this code at checkout:


Click here to get to the shop:

Hydrangea Hippo on Etsy

This etsy shop has been such a rewarding and fun adventure. But its season has passed for me — we had the shop for almost 7 years, since 2007! I cannot believe it has been that long. It has been so much fun and so rewarding to see all of the goodies coming through the shop and going out to creative happy people all over the globe. I think that has been the most fun!! This isn't to say that in the future I won't reopen. I just can't do it right now.  And I want to tell myself and you that I will bring back handmade goodies at some point, I want to be hopeful about it, but there are no commitments. Get the goodies while you can!

  • We are closing the Hydrangea Hippo etsy shop effective December 10, 2013.
  • Everything that we do not sell will be donated to charity on December 12th.
  • All orders will be shipped by December 15th.
  • We will not be accepting any custom orders at this time.
  • If you are local to Hesperia CA (or willing to drive), I will open “etsy central” to you to shop. There are lots of items that have never been listed that you will be able to purchase at deep discounts. Please contact me via the contact form on my website for info (see the menu bar at the top of the screen). It is cash and carry only.

Our kit club will continue here on the Hydrangea Hippo website. If you'd like to receive crafty goodness delivered to your door every month, check it out HERE. This is our latest kit and next month's kit (hint hint) is even more PACKED!!!!!!!!!!!

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Click here for more info about our Creativity Kit Club.

Thank you for your support over the years. I hope you have some wonderful Hydrangea Hippo goodies in your stash after this sale.

Thank you and now go forth and shop shop shop! I am looking forward to sending you wonderful happy crafty goodness.

Jennifer Priest Jan 2012

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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Making Hard Decisions – Closing Our Etsy Shop

  1. It’s never easy but I wish you all the best in the next chapter! Best, Jennifer

    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 10:18 am
    1. Thank you so much!

      Posted on November 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  2. Wow-but know how much work it must have been-and how much you have on your plate right now.Wishing you and yours a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 10:22 am
  3. I will really miss your presence in ETSY. Your shop was as close to unique as it gets. I wish you all of the best in your new ventures and family life. Have the happiest of holidays, Hugs & Kisses to you!

    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm
  4. So sorry to see you close but I am sure there are even more amazing and exciting things in your future :)

    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm