It's time to celebrate. On February 14, 2010, just two years ago I listed my first item on Etsy. I remember that day. I had planned and written my descriptions out long hand. I had sold my jewelry to friends, several craft shows and a shop in Tennessee and I was prepared to open my shop on Etsy. It took me several hours for the first listing. "Emerald Nights" was the name of the necklace. It was pretty and as a matter of fact it is still hanging in my studio. I have evolved far from that style since then.
After working all my life in sales and marketing wow was I in for a surprise. I had no idea what was involved in online selling. NO idea about face book, blogging or photography for online products.
My first sale a few weeks later was to a lovely lady in Australia. Her name is Lynn and she was so charming and she ended up coming back over the next several months to purchase additional pieces. We corresponded off and on and her wit and stories of her homeland would make my day each time.
Here we are 2 years later and I have been so blessed by new friends in the business of creating amazing beads and components for jewelry design. I have become a photographer, editor, blogger, and published jewelry designer. I did not not learn all of this on my own. My husband is a photographer. He helped me get started with my little photo studio. I have met amazing friends through this journey and with encouragement and help here I am.
Today is also is the birthday to 2 of my friends. I know what it is like to celebrate your birthday on a holiday of sorts. Happy birthday to Wendy whom I have lost tough with and Brenda on of the best massage therapists and gourmet cooks I know.
Ps. Happy Valentines day to my sweetie as we celebrate our 38th sweetheart day together.