I know that I can be the oddball at times. The one who is always looking for something different, or trying new things. Maybe it's my personality type of INFJ (Introverted Intuition Feeling Judging) that draws me to creative endeavors and sets me apart from most people. Either way, when I find myself in a creative funk, I need a way to tap into my creativity again. When this happens, I turn to my River Queen by Cryssi Etsy Shop.
I may not be able to draw the best by hand, but put a computer in my hands and anything is possible. I know how to create custom decals of just about anything your heart desires, and am always looking for new ideas or requests!
I'm never too worried what people think when they see my creations because I know that it's something special and it's always perfect in the end. What amazes me about the process is how open people are to giving feedback on their decals. They give them something unique and personal and I love making people happy with the end result!
I never would have imagined that one day I'd be able to make a living from something so personal and creative. River Queen by Cryssi Etsy Shop has given me an outlet for my creative side, as well as another way of supporting myself without having to put in more hours at work. It's really not work at all, because I enjoy it so much.
I'm so happy that I finally found something that is a perfect fit for me and my personality. Every day, I wake up with the excitement of knowing what new custom decal design we're going to create or idea we're going to tap into next!
People like us are often called out as “quirky” or “different” because we don't fit into a mold, but I've never wanted to do that. And now with River Queen by Cryssi Etsy Shop, I can express my creativity in so many different creative ways!
How it all started
Years ago, I did graphics for some friends' websites while I taught myself Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. That led to making digital signatures and graphics for myself and others, but I always knew I wanted more. And then one day, it clicked! It was like this lightbulb went off in my head and I thought “I should be designing custom decals!”
It's crazy because the whole time we were looking for a niche idea on Etsy at our co-working space, I kept coming back to decals. There were so many things that only seemed like a suggestion, but then we had this idea and it was such an AHA moment!
I created my first River Queen by Cryssi design in remembrance of the Derecho that hit the Midwest in August 2020. I created a design for ‘Iowa Strong – Derecho Memory‘ to raise awareness and help those affected.
I'm really excited about my shop because it taps into my creative side and I never would have thought of something like this if I wasn't looking for another stream of income and outlet for my creativity.
What's in a name
River Queen by Cryssi came about because I live in Iowa and the Mississippi River is one of the most important parts of my life. I love to take down time by the river, troll out on a boat to fish, relax and enjoy nature – it's where I find peace.
I wanted people to know this about me so they see a little more of who I am and hopefully find some peace themselves. Everyone should have that one place they can go to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The Mississippi is that place for me.
I constantly have ideas in my head and I never know what will come next. It's always changing and evolving depending on my mood or what is going on in the world, so it's nice to have a place where all of those ideas can be seen by me and other people who might find them interesting as well!
I love making custom designs that are personal for people – whether it be a saying their mama used or a memorial decal. Something as simple as a Tik Tok username decal to display on your show car or something that's more serious and life-changing, like your business name or logo.
I am always open to new ideas and requests, so don't be afraid to ask!
My Shop Routine
I post a lot of my work to social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter because those are the places where I get most of my orders. It gets people excited about what I'm doing and they reach out with questions about pricing, custom requests and bulk orders.
My work is usually done in three to four days, depending on the order. I will send you a mockup and pricing, then when we have approval from both of us, I'll get started! The time frame can be longer if it's for something more detailed or custom.
Not just custom decals
I can turn that photo frame into something special. Or design you a perfect vinyl on canvas wall hanging for your living room. I love custom orders and have done a lot of them in the past year for people needing something unique to show their individuality.
I also perfect my own designs and make them available to you through my shop. I love bringing creativity to my work and I hope you can find something that speaks to your individual style.
As I build my business, I'll be branching out into other areas of the design world and bringing my creativity to those projects as well. I'm excited for what's ahead! You should be, too!
I want to work with you on your next project! I've showcased a few things I can do here, but if that's not what you're looking for, then don't hesitate to reach out and ask. In the meantime, take some time browsing my shop and seeing all the things I can offer.
My prices are contingent on design, intricacy, supplies needed, and time put in. I'm happy to work with you on a custom order, so please don't hesitate to contact me!
I hope that through River Queen by Cryssi, I can meet your needs as an individual or company looking for something creative and unique. You deserve the best and I want nothing more than to provide that to you!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm looking forward to hearing from you and getting started on your next project!
Contact me with “custom project” in the subject line and let's work together on your idea today.
My Business Tip:
Find what your creative side is like and tap into it with an Etsy shop, blog or other serious business venture. Not everyone can be content being just one thing all the time; we need variety to keep us motivated and focused.