The first time I ever heard of Etsy was a few years ago when I was reading the Dooce blog. She mentioned buying some tags from Etsy and included a link. I was curious and clicked on the link and was brought to a shop called Every Jot & Tittle (yes, that's how she spells it). This is a shop that sells a huge variety of tags, one cuter than the next.
Once I decided to open an Etsy shop I thought I should buy something from an existing shop so that I understood how it worked, and to see how the item would be packaged. No surprise that I decided to buy something from EJ&T.; I've "talked" to Kellie, the shop owner, a few times and consider her to be a great example of how to do Etsy right.
I've followed EJ&T; over the past two years and watched her approach 10,000 sales. How awesome is that? Once she reached 9,997 I decided that I wanted to be her 10,000 sale. Not for the prize she mentioned in her blog (really!) but just in support of her. So, I placed an order for 3 items and all of a sudden a band started playing and confetti fell from the sky! Ok, not really but it kind of happened in my head.
Yesterday my package arrived from EJ&T; and it looked like this:
I'm going to use the boy silhouettes in my Oh Boy mini album kit, and the lined paper stickers in another project.
Speaking of the Oh Boy mini album kit, I listed it in my shop today! I'll share some photos tomorrow.
Today was one of those Saturdays that I had appointments, errands and shopping to do. Ugh. I don't enjoy appointments, errands or shopping and I sure don't like "wasting" a perfectly good craft day doing those things, but sometimes it just can't be put off any longer.
My first appointment was for a haircut and boy, did I need it. I love my hairdresser, Christopher, but I usually wait way longer than I should to go see him. This results in me doing some trimming here and there, which does not make him happy! I have been known to call him and leave threatening voicemails like, "I need a haircut and you better get me in quick or I'll be forced to cut it myself" and then I actually do it. Poor Christopher, he always ends up fixing my mess.
So today I had to be at his shop at 8:30 a.m. and let me tell you we argued about that! However, he assured me that was my only option if I wanted to get in today and I DID, so off I went. My hair is naturally curly and he loves "playing" with it and always makes it look so much better than I do. Once a friend met me at Christopher's shop so we could go out to dinner after my appointment and when she saw how he styled it she said, "you should always wear it like that". I told her that I would love to, but I can't make it do the things he can. He explained to her that he is a "trained professional" . . . that's my Christopher.
Here's my hair after my appointment today:
I'm kinda shy.
Next I got a nail appoint - very important since I am a hand model and need to be ready at a moment's notice. That was followed by a trip to Craft's Direct (my favorite stop of the day) and then some clothes shopping, because I feel the need to wear some fun, bright colors after a winter of wearing black and gray.
I didn't get back home until 4:30 p.m., so there went the whole dang day. I am determined to get some crafting done, and I'll be back tomorrow with an exciting post about a fun package I received today.
To attached the denim I use Terrifically Tacly Tape. I trace each piece of denim and then cut it out slightly larger. I adhere the tape to all four sides of the chipboard, then press the denim down and trim off the excess. I covered the inside with patterned paper.