Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Morning Coffee, Etsy and an Anniversary

Yesterday was my 1 year anniversary of opening my Etsy shop, and I'm especially happy today as I think back over the last year and how much I have learned and grown because of my experience at Etsy. My business continues to grow and evolve, and I couldn't do it without Etsy - both the good and the bad (mostly good, though!)

However, Sunday mornings are all about shopping, so without further ado, let's get started.....or, shall we say, continue with the celebration - because today's finds are all about celebrating!

The delightful cake plate you see in the photo above is from a shop that is new on Etsy - Magic Markings Art. I am completely in love with her whimsical artwork, and what a bonus to find it on pieces of pottery - yay!! (we all know about my pottery addiction).

I just fell in love with everything when I visited her Etsy shop. I'm totally sure the Girls Night Out 8" square plate will be making its way to my house.

In fact, I'm going to invite my fellow Martini-loving friend over (with her yummy apple martini makings) and we'll have a little celebration. And what really makes these fun is the personalized back of the perfect for a gift!

And oh, my - here's another shop full of unique delights - Fancy Picnic, and one of the lovliest textile collar necklaces I've ever seen.

When describing this beauty she says, "Célèbre la Nuit Collar is perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle and ruffled romance to your little black dress." How right she is! I want to go get dressed up to go out this very minute!!

Or perhaps you're not a collar person? Well, then, keep the mood of celebration with these over the top red earrings inspired by a period travelling circus. Fancy Picnic's description is perfect - "The Showtime earrings evoke the timeworn glamour of the ringmaster's regalia - rich red, old gold, burnished bronze and a smattering of sequins and decorative beads". What little black dress wouldn't love to be seen with these?

And after a relaxing martini in your little black dress, perhaps you will retire to this blissful bed from the incredibly talented Attila Design in Finland to drift away in sweet dreams. I think this is the most unbelievable creation in furniture that I've ever seen - I never cease to be amazed at what can be found on Etsy! David Bromstad eat your heart out!!

For now, I'll just have to be happy with this little wooden postcard from Attila's shop to remind me that Any Day is a Good Day for Some Champagne.


  1. Congatulations on your anniversary! Mine is next month, and it has been a year full of learning for me.
    Great finds, but that bed is STUNNING!

  2. congrats on you year sounds like another great one ahead. . . . and yes that bed is wonderful

  3. Congratulations, and thanks again. I posted a link to your shop on my blogspot today.

  4. Am thinking about setting up my own Etsy shop. Would really appreciate your advice. What's the 'bad' about Etsy?

  5. Thanks so much for the congrats! I can't wait to see what's going to happen this year!

    As for advice about Etsy, I say definitely go for it, you don't have anything to lose, and it's only .20 per listing. You have to work at getting traffic to your site and be patient in the beginning. The biggest negative is the huge size of the site, and the difficulty of getting yourself noticed, but that is also a positive as well. There is a stunning amount of traffic on Etsy every day, and if you have great photos, and are willing to tweak what you offer as needed you can do really well. And you can never stop learning - I learn new things every day about marketing my work by using the tools that Etsy provides like the Google Analytics. Good luck!!

  6. thanks for the advice. will let you know when have produced enough stuff to get a shop up & running, though I have registered one now at least...