Wow. Time does fly when you are having fun! August 5th will mark my 1 year anniversary as an etsy seller and I just can't believe that I have been here a year.
Through this past year I have learned most of the ins and outs of etsy, completed all the necessary paperwork to become a ligitimate business, developed my craft to where I envisioned it and made enough money to keep it going without going in the red! But most importantly, I have made so many friends. Whether chatting in the forums, messaging within treasuries, or working with one of my team members, the etsy community is incredible.
Initially, I was so nervous to acutally open up a shop. I spent hours just looking at all the wonderful art and crafts on etsy as an unregistered user. Two weeks later, I took the plunge and believe it or not my first sale was 2 and a half weeks later. THANK YOU Deebs! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5043222. I will never forget my first sale!
Etsy makes it so easy to become part of whole. I joined street teams and met so many talented and wonderful people. I currently belong to etsyhookers, FAM (Fabulous Artistic Moms), Etsy For Charity, and Indiepublic. All of which have wonderful team members that show so much support in all ways: professionally, artistically and personally.
But the real reason for this blog entry, is to let everyone know that I am very excited about being around for a year. So, I am offering a simple raffle to celebrate. The prize is this grape bowl that I am most proud of and is valued at $30. This bowl measures 5 inches high and is 5.5 inches wide.
How to enter? Just reply with a comment here in this blog and I will have my husband pick a winner out of a hat. Include your e-mail address and when the winner is picked, I will notify them via e-mail to get the mailing address. There is no need to have an etsy shop - everyone can enter!
Winner will recieve the bowl and it will be shipped to them free of charge. This is totally FREE. The winner will be drawn on August 4 - exactly 365 days from my opening.
Just my way of saying THANK YOU for helping me make it through the first year. And I intend to be around for many more!
Congrats Val! I hope I become as successful as you are by my 1 year anniversary. I'm so excited about the draw, I would love one of your fabulous felted treasures!!
I have been reading your website for awhile now and am quite impressed with your felted treasures ! I also am hoping to open my Etsy shop soon...I keep reading and looking at everyone's shops just like you did. Your work is wonderful and I do love your enthusiasm ! Long life to your success !
Congratulations on your 1st year! I've only been on Etsy since April..and even though things are slow, I still love it!!
Beautiful Bowl and GREAT SHOP!!
Keeping my fingers crossed~X
oh! almost forgot my email!
Wonderful bowl :D
with your shop!!
Congrats of your anniversary! Your work is amazing.
Congratulations! I think this is a fantastic idea, and when I reach my 1 year etsyversary I think I'll have a give away too! Only 8 more months to go! Please enter me for the draw too (email@example.com)!
Congrats on your upcoming anniversary, Val. I opened my store on the 3rd!!
I hope your second year is even better than the first!! :)
Val - I am so glad that I have gotten to know you this year. I love the bowls and balls that you have made for me. My little guy now uses your balls for his Little Tikes basketball hoop too - still need to send you a photo of that one!
August 5th is a special day for me too - hubby and I will have been married for 8 years!
Happy Etsy Anniversary to you! Do you even remember life before Etsy :)
Hi Val, Your work is so beautiful, I am always impressed. Wow you have done so well in just 1 year. I know nothing about felting but have that on my list of things to learn. I enjoy your friendship in our etsyhookers team group. So much fun to belong to such a friendly creative group. I hope I win LOL...that is the day after my B-day and would be a nice B-day present!
Oh, enter me! I love your craft and you are such a good (truly good) friend and mentor to me.
Oops, forgot to include my email...I need another coffee this morning.
ONE year anniversary, what a super milestone and a generous, "stunning" way to commemorate it. Bravo!
May each year multiply abundantly for you and yours.
zJayne at gmail.com
What a good idea to celebrate your Etsy Anniversary!
My email is merigreenleaf[at]gmail.com
Val- congrats on 1 yr. That is awesome! You have reminded me that I should start doing all that 'paperwork' but I don't want to... firstname.lastname@example.org
Val...has it been a year already...I'll never forget seeing your felted treasures for the first time...I thought, "now she is a true artisan"! They are simply stunning and beautiful reflections of who you really are. I am so glad to have met you on etsy. One day I'll say,"I knew her when........"
email@example.com or chamberrycherry.etsy.com
Congrats, Val! Beautiful bowl!
From: Honey Bee Crochet by Doris
Congratulations, Val, almost one year. I hope I can hang in there that long seeing how I've not sold anything yet.
I love that felted bowl. Thanks for offering it to us. I'm entering the raffle:
Doris M. Sturm
p.s. I use anonymous because I can never remember my password on here...sorry!
I remembered my password, Val, and here's my e-mail address that goes with my previous message....sorry!
thank you very much!
Congrats Val!!! I always love your felted bowl....you do a great job...I would love have one of your bowl;)
Congrats on a year!! I always drool over your items since they are not something I can make myself due to allergies. I would be thrilled to win something from a fellow "hooker."
Yippee Val. You do great work, I'd LOVE to win!!!
Congratulations on a successful first year! I hope additional each one is more successful than the last! I think your grape bowls are just adorable. I think everything in your shop is great! You made me laugh with your list of street teams! I'm a joiner as well, though I can't manage to stay active in all of them at the same time. Oh well.
And I did forget my email!
That's so exciting and what a wonderful prize. I'm glad you are doing well.
congrats Val I admire your shop and gorgeous felted items. I am sure you will have many more years on Etsy
Congratulations Val! I'm proud to be part of some of your teams. You make hooking fun. : )
Blue Star Butterflies
Hello! I have a question for you. I noticed on your blog that you also sell on Silkfair...I haven't heard of them before. Do you like the site? Thanks! Diana
Congrats Valerie. Your felted pieces are beautiful!
Congrats on your Etsyversary Val! I wish you many more and much success! Your felted creations always amaze me :)
A year already - congrats Val!
Congrats on your upcoming etsy anniversary!!
You have a wonderful blog!
What a beautiful bowl!
Congrats on your anniversary! Big milestone in the life of crafters. I hope that I become as successful/maybe just half would work!!! Your work is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win one of your one of a kind items.
Congrats on your acheivement! I would like to enter :).
You can contact me through etsy
Congrats on 1 year! How exciting! Beautiful work! Count me in the contest :)
how exciting! congrats on your 1 year on etsy.
and that bowl is gorgeous!
Congrats Val on the upcoming one year anniversary!! I love everything in your shop and am so happy to be an owner of some of your beautiful creations.
Oh Congrats! And what a gorgeous bowl!
Agent Kessler congrats on the 1 year anniversary! Wish you continued success in the upcoming years and I'm so glad I've gotten the opportunity to work with you!
Congrat's on your almost Etsyversary! I've still got a few months before my 1 year :)
Your felt work is so lovely!
congrats, happy 1 year!
enter me please
and if you want, come check out my giveaway!
What a nice and generous way to celebrate your first anniversary on Etsy! Your work is all so beautiful. I just love looking at it! You are a true role model for all of us! Hope my email has sticky on it so your husband can't help but find it!!
Congratulation in your 1 year anniversary!
Your work is so very beautiful!
I love what you do, Val! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!
hello congrats with your shop opening and all the hard work you made it what it is right now
Wow, it's lovely. Congrats on your first year!
Congratulations Val. Your shop is so beautiful. I love your bowls.
Congrats on your fist year anniversary! You have an awesome shop and wonderful products!! I love, love, love, that grape bowl! :)
Congrats on your first anniversary.
Great work, they are beautiful
Aug 2nd is my one year.. Best of luck on year 2.. I know you will have a great deal of fun and creative spirit!!
~Amanda, Sygnet Creations
Congrats on your 1yr with Etsy! You do beautiful work! Very lovely! I wish you much success:)
rqqfantastic prize that bowl is so pretty, love your shop too. Congratulations on your 1st year....I too have also met some fantastic people through etsy :) and many more in the future I hope.
Congratulations on approaching your anniversary. How exciting! Where did you find out all the information about "becoming a legitimate business"? Do you have any specific tips of things you've learned in the year? That'd be cool to hear.
Oh cute! Congrats on the etsyversary!
Congrats on your Etsyversary! I've never seen your items before- they're lovely!
Yay one year! Congratulations! Wishing you much success in the years to come. That bowl is beautiful!
That bowl is so nice - you do great work.
Congrats Val! Your bowls are just gorgeous!! I love the pumpkin!! The grapes are so pretty too! I would love to have one of your felted treasures!!
I love all your felted treasures, they are so beautiful. Congratulations on your etsyversary!
Valerie....love your felted bowls...the pumpkin one you just sold is adorable!!!
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