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Meet Xochitl Mendez of CraftyXochy in Del Aire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Xochitl Mendez.

Xochitl, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have three sons. And I celebrated their birthdays every year with little or a lot of decorations. They would always want me to decorate for their birthday with the latest cartoon they were watching and of course, with the cartoons being so new there were hardly IF any decorations I could find at my local party supply stores. So I started looking online for images I could print and cut and use for décor. One day while looking for my son’s 2nd birthday, I came across “die cut” images and the more research I did found Cricut! I knew I had to have one. Black Friday came around and I got my first Cricut Expression machine and I have been making custom party decor ever since! Since then, I have expanded from only making paper banners and cake toppers to now making crayola wreaths etched mugs and scrabble tile ornaments which have been a great hit this holiday season! among many other things.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think I have many struggles. But I sure did have some challenges. Finding the perfect glue, etching creams, perfect vinyl for my decorations has always had me doing research. I learn from my mistakes and I am always looking for ways to perfect my process.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the CraftyXochy story. Tell us more about the business.
I make custom paper decor for any occasion. I also make custom shirts, etched mugs and ornaments. I am a word of mouth business, the majority of my customers come to me through referrals. And that is what I am most proud of; getting referred is the best compliment I can get. I also advertise my work on local Facebook Marketplaces. Offer Up, Twitter and my biggest platform is Instagram. I do offer shipping as well. The farthest I have shipped to is New Jersey! What sets me apart from others is my prices are reasonable and I am very attentive to detail and always work with my customer to meet their needs.

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