In addition to starting the new year by being thankful for a happy, healthy doggie, I also kicked it off by opening my new Etsy shop in the wee hours of this morning! I was so excited, but I tried to tell myself to be patient because sales wouldn’t happen just like that, but I actually had my first two sales today, too! And of course, there was much Kermit flailing when I got the email notification about my first sale. It had to be done. In fact, I think some Kermit flailing is in order now.
Phew! Guess that takes care of the first workout of the year!
This was such a great way to start 2013, especially since Ken was “supportive, but skeptical” about the idea. I had been looking at lots of shops that had similar items and I really felt that if they can do it, why can’t I? I’m capable and crafty, right?
I had no idea how much work would go into getting this started, but I feel energized by the activity rather than drained and that has to be a good sign. And the more things I make, the more ideas I get for new items and new designs. I’m really excited to see where this takes me!
I was especially pleased with my shop name and banner:
And of course the inventory has me pretty excited, too. I even designed my very first bag all by myself!
I am really a beginner at sewing, so I am learning a lot of new things and just figuring it out as I go along. But, I’ve never been afraid of learning new things when it comes to art or crafting. My feeling is that if you make a mistake or mess something up, it’s not a big deal. You’ve learned something new, gained some experience and you can just start again, no harm, no foul.
I hope you’ll visit my shop and tell me what you think. Just click on the sweet tea banner image above. Later this week, I’m going to try to do a giveaway here on the blog to celebrate my grand opening and the start of what I hope will be a great new year, so stay tuned for that!