Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Starting Etsy Year 2 – with a Savvy Giveaway!

Wow I can’t believe summer is over.

It has been a whirlwind and with a blink of the eye it is over. Summer has been so busy with me trying to keep up with orders while also keeping up with the kiddos. Talk about a juggling act! I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I decided to start SewTamz Designs

I have been making baby blankets for friends having new little babies for several years. I love the little soft blankets with the satin trim and the special personalization. I love mix-matching fabrics and textures. Somehow I found my artistic medium in Fabric. I am a bit of a fabricholic.   So last September when the kiddos started school I registered for my Etsy shop.

I think it was November when I was brave enough to actually list something! Or was it that someone was brave enough to buy something! (hee hee) Getting started and waiting for that first sale is probably one of the most trying times for Etsy shop owners. On Nov 9, 2009 - My first sale! It was a sweet baby blanket lovee – fuchsia pink minky, brown satin trim and sweet paisley with pinks and mochas for Ann in Oklahoma – Thanks Ann for starting things off!!! 

I am constantly thinking of new creations.  It is just hard finding the time to experiment.  It was actually conversations with some of my photog friends that lead me into Camera Strap(s)/Covers.  With the help of my friends (Paula , Christina, & Vikki), I did some experiments with camera strap covers/ hipster camera straps and photo props.  

I sold my first Etsy Camera Strap Cover on Jan 21, 2010.  It has been a whirlwind ever since!  As well as, a learning curve of the ins/outs of having an Etsy Shop, blogging, & networking.  

Now with 400 + sales across the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, & Romania
over 10,000 hits a month from 40+ countries on my Etsy site
I think I am starting to get the hang of it. 

So what a better way to start Etsy year 2 off 
then with a wonderful giveaway 
with the gals at The Savvy Mom's Guide.  
If you have a minute check out their blog they have so many great projects and ideas - Making the Every Day Savvy The Savvy Mom's Guide

To win a Personalized DSLR Camera Strap Cover with a Dual Lens Cap Holder 
($30 credit)
Make sure you go over 
and enter in the
Savvy Mom's Guide - SewTamz Give Away.

Also check out these new designs that my sweet hubby helped me out with this weekend. 
(It is always nice to get a honest opinion) 

Silk Vintage Kimono 

Nature's Splendor
A Splash of Autumn Scarlett

Which is your Favorite?