I have had a pretty good week and I have hit some milestones in my etsy shop, so I thought I would take a little time to toot my own horn. I think many artists forget to celebrate the milestones, plus I would love to inspire someone else to take the plunge and start selling their artwork . I have celebrated most of my milestones silently, but today I feel like shouting! I hit and surpassed my 400th sale on Etsy this week, today I just got my 1500th heart and I was featured in my 300th treasury list.
You have no idea how amazed and proud I am. When I started this little venture last September, I never thought I would have this much success. Not only have I had great sales, but I have met incredible people, been featured on several blogs, asked to contribute to 2 books, shipped my items to over 10 different countries, and most important, I've been able to create to my hearts content while contributing to my family's income. Etsy has really added to the quality of my life, and I just can't say enough about the opportunities that it has afforded me and my family! Thanks Etsy! I would also like to take some time to thank my customers and all of the wonderful supportive artists on Etsy and the PCAGOE!
I was also was named "The Craftiest Bastard of the Week" in the Washington City Paper!
The paper offers free ads and chooses one artist/crafter from the ads to be the "Craftiest Bastard". You get a color ad in the paper, a mention on their blog, and mention on the craft classifieds web page. I never thought being called a bastard could be so great!
If you are interested in placing an Ad, they are free and even though it is a Washington, DC paper, they do have a web presence, and people in DC do shop on the internet! The cool thing is that it is focused on art and craft, so people who see your ad will be looking for handmade items, plus it's FREE! (And no, they aren't paying me to advertise! )
So, now I am done tooting, but I really hope I have inspired someone else to take the plunge and get their art out there for everyone to enjoy. Maybe if they see what I have been able to do with very little start-up money, no formal training, and not a ton of business or computer experience, they will give it a try too.