I hope you are having a wonderful day! Can you believe it is already December? I feel like the year has just flown by! Today I am introducing you to the amazing Deb of Debbie Draws Funny. Her cards are absolutely amazing and are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. They are filled with humor, wit, and awesomeness plus they come in a range of topics from holiday cards to weddings and so much more. You can pretty much find a card for any occasion in her Etsy shop. Now the fun part, let’s meet Deb!!
P.S. Be sure to read to the end for a special discount code in her shop!
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: I’m basically an un-grownup. I mean yeah, I’m considered an “adult” by society’s standards what with the whole being married with 3 kids (13 yr old Jack & 8 yr old twins Charlie and Amelia) living in the burbs and pay my bills, but it’s a total cover up. I’m actually a 12 year old in disguise.
What else? I’m an animal lover and cats are my jam. But I’m not a species racist- ok, I’m still working on my appreciation for anything with more that 6 legs. It’s been a real challenge, truth be told. Recently I was seen gently escorting a daddy long leg out of our living room with a tissue. But I decided to take a trip to Vegan Town (psst, it’s not an actual place) and I’ve been living there for about a year now and it’s a pretty nice! Yes, there’s the occasional obnoxious vegan police ranting about, but overall it’s a very friendly place!
Q: How did you get started with your business?
A: After a few months on Etsy trying to sell my handmade jewelry with very little success, I got the kooky idea to make a Hall & Oates inspired greeting card for Valentine’s Day 2013. I hadn’t sketched much since college in the 90’s. I was rusty and super insecure about my skills since my art prof only gave me a C. I didn’t even know how to make greeting cards. I had a lousy printer. But I was compelled to create that Hall & Oates card along with about 8 other quirky and punny designs. I made some laser copies of my pen drawings at the local Office Max, cut them out and glued them to some blank red greeting cards I bought from Michaels. They sold almost immediately- I was floored! Glamour featured my Hall & Oates card on their website’s list of best Valentine’s cards- whaaaaaat?! I think that’s when I knew I needed to stop beading bracelets because apparently the universe was calling me to make quirky greeting cards!
Since then, the old days of literally cutting and pasting greeting cards are in the past, and I’m happy to report that once I made enough profits, I invested in a professional printer and high quality card stock. The resulting products are so much better than the originals, but the message is pretty much the same. I know people weren’t ordering from me because it was fancy and pretty, they were moved by the content.
Q:What has been most rewarding about owning your business?
A: Being able to work for yourself is pretty awesome. Best of all, it allows me to work from my home studio and be here with my kids when they’re home from school. And even though there are days I long for the security of a steady paycheck, being available to my family with the bonus of doing something I absolutely love makes it all more than worth it. Plus, I get to play Neil Diamond loudly and singalong while I work- something that was discouraged at my old job.
Q: What is your favorite part of making your products?
A: It’s pretty damn fun. As a maker, there’s no thrill like when you create something and somebody wants to give you MONEY to buy what YOU made. I still pinch myself! I never know what will happen when I put out a new design. It could be a hit or total dud. I’m constantly surprised by what becomes a best seller. And I finally get to put my daydreaming skills to work. I used to get in trouble for doing too much of that in school. I mean, I get to be silly for a living. That’s not bad work if you can get it.
Q: When not making your hilarious cards, how do you spend your time?
A: As you know Hilary, I have a serious Netflix habit. I really should write it off as a business expense. So many designs were influenced by watching sitcoms!
Q: If you had to choose, which card design is your favorite?
A: That’s a tough one! I think my Hall & Oates card would be one for sure, not because it was an instant success but because I was literally giggling when I sketched it while listening to their greatest hits. It seems that if I’m actually grinning or cracking up while I’m sketching it out, it turns into a best seller. The same could be said for so many other favorites of mine like the Mother’s Day card I made for my own mom two years ago and decided to put in my shop. It’s an awkward looking teenage girl (ahem, a 14 yr old me) with the text “Thanks for loving me through all of my awkward phases”. It was not only a big seller, to my surprise, but it was also loved by Real Simple.
Q: What is your favorite dessert?
A: Cupcakes. Or birthday cake. Basically, if it has the word “cake” in it, my ears perk up. It’s a challenge finding a vegan version of my favorite indulgence, but we happen to have an awesome vegan bakery 10 minutes away from us called Vegan Sweet Tooth.
Q: What is your favorite television show?
A: You know I love me some Parks & Rec, (The Office, Seinfeld, 30 Rock are also faves for sure! And I’m loving The Grinder- oh my God, who knew Fred Savage grew up to be so funny?) But if I were stuck choosing one current show that I cannot live without? It would have to be The Walking Dead. I’m such a TWD nerd.
Deb is so incredibly talented and I am so glad I got to share her shop with you!! Deb was nice enough to offer a 30% off coupon if you sign up for her mailing list! Perfect timing for you to buy those awesome holiday cards! The coupon is good through the entire month of December (YAY!) so be sure to get your orders in!!
Thank you so much to Deb for taking the time to chat with me and for offering such a killer discount!!