Last year when I spoke at the SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) conference in San Diego, I thought it would be fun to gift some Embracing Intensity Podcast merchandise to my 6 past guests who were scheduled as speakers. In researching options, I quickly realized that purchasing mugs or shirts for everyone would be cost prohibitive, so I found a cool site, Shapeways, that does on demand 3D printing. I made each of them custom necklaces with a power word associated with their episode along with paperback journals on Amazon with a quote from their show!
In playing with the 3D printed materials, I discovered that sandstone absorbed the scent of essential oils like no aromatherapy jewelry I had experienced, so I teamed up with Anne-Louise to start creating and promoting them.
Unfortunately, after months of setting up our own website with direct shipping from Shapeways, a series of pricing and production issues made me put the whole project on hold.
As I approached summer, I decided to approach them about the main issue and I decided that it was worth giving them another try since they were very responsive to my concerns.
In the meantime, I discovered Threadless, which allows me to create T-shirt and merchandise designs and sell them on-demand. I've been having a tremendous amount of fun creating new designs!