I have become a kid in the virtual candy store. Now I want to buy a metal stamp for every person I know! The paw print for the dog lover. The bee for the bee keeper. The footprints for the new mom. The heart for the newlywed. The list goes on and on.
I also, however, run a mental game with myself. "If I sell a necklace today, I can buy a stamp." I guess I learned from my husband who still owns a business but it is no longer his primary occupation. He tells me to "put my money back into my company." So now I'm learning business lessons. I guess so long as I'm learning, that's a good thing right?
This is the final piece. The final piece that will make me an authentic Etsy seller. So the posts in the chat rooms say. :)
I really hadn't given much thought to blogging because after all, what do I have to say that is so interesting? Then I read a fellow Kentucky Etsy artisan who said, "I feel like I'm talking to myself." I laughed because I knew that's how I would feel right now...and I do. ha ha But I was really interested to read her view point in all of it's honesty and genuine nature. So I thought I would give blogging a try. So now it's time to explore the joys and tribulations of blogging along with any other "newbie" bloggers. (Am I officially a blogger now?)
I guess after all of this rambling a good place to start would be to tell a bit about myself? I am a physical therapist at an outpatient clinic and my focus is the pediatric world. All the time, really. Because I'm also the mother to two beautiful, energetic twin boys. Fortunately I have an amazing husband and a naughty, big white dog to round out our family portrait.
I have heard many people charge me with being "crafty" and I'm guilty for choosing to start art projects in lieu of housework. I like to make things for my boys' room and to decorate our home and that is where Etsy began. After I slapped an owl project started for a window valance for the boys on to a Christmas stocking, I sold it on Etsy. And then the obsession began. Since then I've sold hand painted towels, name art, stockings, and jewelry that I hand stamp. I'm having a good time with it and after completing over 50 orders and close to 100 projects (with custom orders), I feel like I'm getting a good feel for how things run. I really like the fact that I use quality material so I can feel good about what I sell. The jewelry is my focus. I want a mother to buy a necklace for her daughter and for it to last a really long time. And have a really good story behind why she chose it...