Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy 5th Etsyversary To Me!

That's right, five years ago today I signed up on etsy. I had no idea how this single event would shape the years following it. That act is responsible for my growth as a tatter, a designer and my current persistent Internet existence. I know many people have strong opinions about the site particularly as of late, but I've got nothing but love. You might also know that I just passed my third year blogging here as well as the second birthday of the Wunderkammer.

So, I hemmed and hawed about what to do in celebration of this anniversary since I barely acknowledged the others. Even as I write this I'm still making up my mind. You may feel free to send gifts of course, but these sort of milestones are generally celebrated with gifts to you, the friends and fans. I do wish I had spent more time working this up...let's see, how about a small one day discount? Sure, I can do that. All day April 19th, you can use the code '(code expired)' to receive a 20% discount. That doesn't seem like quite enough does it?

How about a giveaway then? I don't have the time or energy to maintain a big one so I'll give away just one of my newest necklace designs. You can enter to win the black or sepia version of the Studded Flower necklace.

How? Well, for one entry just leave a comment with the color you'd like to win. For another entry, 'like' my facebook fan page. For one more, follow me on twitter & tweet the giveaway and last one 'heart' my shop on etsy and tell me what your favorite piece is. Just to keep things simple, you can leave one comment with all the entries you've done & a way to contact you should you win.

I'll pick a winner sometime on Friday by random number generator to give you time to get entries in. I'll post the giveaway and one day sale on facebook and twitter, but I have no plans to spend the day promoting it since I'll be doing my civic duty this afternoon.

Thanks so much everyone for all the support over the years, here's to at least another five!

72 comments:

jenilin said...

happy fifth!!!!!!!! sorry i think you are beginning jury duty today!!!!! ok i want to enter sepia!!!!! love it!! i am already a faithful follower on twitter i receive your updates the moment you send them also i already like and follow your facebook i hope you will count these as entries!!!!!!!!!!!

prabhjyotsaini said...

Happy fifth anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I want to enter black as i love all your jewelery pieces in black!! I already follow you on twitter and like your facebook page thats where I got this information about today!!!!!! Your etsy shop is my favourite place to go to see new designs.

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Congrats to you! You've done such lovely work - but I'll happily hold my hand up for the black necklace!

You're a credit to tatters everywhere...

Jessy said...

Happy Etsyversary! I love all your pieces but the sepia is particularly delightful. I already follow you on twitter, like you on facebook and heart your shop(and most of its contents). I am excited to see what beautiful and interesting pieces you will create in the coming year! :)

Tara said...
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Tara said...

Thank you for a chance at this giveaway. I love both, but I will enter for the sepia necklace. I am also a Facebook fan/like to your page.

Katte said...

Happy Anniversary! I LOVE the new Sepia pieces. The blending is great. Ok so... enter sepia, I have liked you on FB for a long time now, I'm not able to twitter :-( and I will heart one of the masks next, or maybe an ankle corset, or maybe a mask, or a corset.....defanutly a mask....or a corset....or....

Rad Tatter said...

You are truly motivational. Congratulations on this huge milestone. Cheers!

aundrea said...

Happy Anniversary!!
I want to enter for black, for my daughter. <3

geek details said...

Happy fifth etsy year!

I'd totally wear a black or anything that went well with my steampunk military costume. I adore your stuff :)

geek details said...

How did I not have you as liked on facebook? I follow your blog and twitter religiously. Oops!

You're on my facebook page for Geek Details now and in my likes :)

Straylight said...

Happy Fifth anniversary and congratulations on everything you've accomplished! Thanks for the encouragement as far as tatting... you are probably the person most responsible for inspiring me to learn. :)

As far as the giveaway... I already follow you on Facebook and Twitter, though under different names for each (Alythe, Straylight, Jo) Just retweeted your giveaway. And I've had a heart on your etsy shop for quite a while. If I should happen to be chosen, my color of choice would most definitely be black. If not, then congrats to the winner and thanks to you for offering such a wonderful treat for this occasion!

Melinda said...

Happy happy, TotusMel! Congradulations on sticking with your work! I say sepia - though both are gorgeous. I've already liked you on facebook, does that count? Once again, Conga-Rats and thanks for sharing your beautiful art with us all!!

-Melinda Bryant (I'm a facebook fan - catch me there, if I am so lucky!!)

redsonja18 said...

Such amazing stuff! Put me down for the sepia please! And I love the japan necklace. I wear it every where.

AmbaChan said...

Happy Etsyversary! You are amazing <3

I'd like to enter for black!

Gina said...

Congratulations! I don't know when I joined etsy but since I don't sell, I guess it won't matter! :-)

smforde17 said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I love all your beautiful creations and plan to add more to my collection :-)
I'd like to enter to the sepia - I'm already a fan on facebook.
Here's to many more years and exciting projects xxx

Julie D'Arcy said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I am already your fan on FB and a follower on twitter! I think I like the black necklace the best! If I win I promise to wear it with pride and often, and I'll be sure to tell everyone where I got it!

Marmalade said...

Happy aniversary! 5 years is a milestone, I think tradtitionally that's the wood year. So for my entry I'll say sepia! I 'liked' you on facebook too.

Tatfully Yours said...

Good going for you!!! I love the sepia necklace! I love the colour.

bySteph said...

Congrats, 5 years is quite the milestone! I love seeing your new work posts on Facebook, always something fresh :) The black is my fav.

Anita said...

Happy fifth! I am just starting out, so this is hugely inspirational to me! Let's see, I am following you on Twitter and on here, and I've added your shop to my favorites on Etsy. Facebook is next! And I would love the black if I win. I am going to buy a sepia necklace with the discount! Have a wonderful day! xoxo, a.

jringling said...

Happy 5th! hmmm.... tough choice...I believe I would like the sepia one...

-jringling@hotmail.com

cre8ivgrl said...

OMG....Happy 5th! Congrats on your growth! I would love the black necklace and I am a facebook, etsy favorite, & love everything you have listed. If i had to choose a fav design - it would be the hair piece with the feather that is a little less drama. Thank you for sharing your brillance!

Michelle said...

Congrats on your 5 years! I'd love your sepia piece but I think it if makes it into my household of (now) three tatters- I might have to wait a turn! It would be well loved. Your etsy already has one of my 'hearts".

Tattin' Kat said...

I love your pieces. I would love the sepia necklace!!

I like you on facebook and have hearted you on etsy.

Thanks for all of your tutorials as well. They have been a help to me.

Cat among the pigeons said...

Happy anniversary!!! I would love to enter the competition for sepia. I already like your facebook page and etsy shop. Well done for all the hard work!!!

Nikki said...

Congrats on five years. Quite a milestone. I love the black necklace and enjoy reading your blog and twitter updates!

Jen (pieKnits) said...

Congrats on so many milestones! I love the black one. Wishing you lots of continued sucess!

Gill said...

Happy anniversary. I have only been tatting a few months and your work is inspirational. If was lucky enough I would love the sepia one.

Journey said...

Happy Estyversary! :-) I don't think I've commented before, but I've been following your blog for a while.

Count me in for the giveaway (black one). I've already liked your FB page, so I don't know if that counts or not... :-/

Mimi said...

Congratulations on 5 wonderful years on etsy and 3 with your blog! Your work is beautiful and the patterns you've shared are wonderful...thank you! If I am the lucky winner of your give away, I would enjoy either piece!

AJ said...

Black or Sepia? It's so hard to decide! I think I'll say Sepia!

I'm already a fan on FB, and I follow you on Twitter, and I hearted your shop a very long time ago, and my favorite item is the barefoot sandals. I love my pair in green and they got quite the reception when I wore them for my belly dance recital in December. Ok, all that's left is to Tweet the contest, so I'll do that now!

Ame said...

Congratulations! I "hearted" your etsy shop, followed you on twitter and "liked" you on facebook some time ago. I also just retweeted one of your giveaway tweets because I really like the new sepia necklace.

I'm going to give the discount some serious thought after work. Back to the grind.

SherryA said...

The Universe shines on you for FIVE YEARS ... and MANY MORE to come!! I would love to enter for the sepia :-) And now I have an excuse to look you up on Facebook! I keep up with a lot of friends there, but hey, what's ONE MORE, especially someone as special as YOU! Thanks for the inspiration you provide for so many! ~Tatikan/Sher

suzanne said...

Oh, they are both so pretty, but I'd probably wear the black more. Congrats on your fifth year anniversary!

Sandi76 said...

Happy 5th Etsyversy! Your intstructable is the reason I decided to learn needle tatting! I heart your etsy (and most of your creations I am sure), like your facebook page, follow you on twitter & have retweeted your giveaway (am new to twitter so hope I did it right).
Now on the off chance I should win, I would love the sepia necklace.

Laivine said...
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Laivine said...

Happy Anniversary! I had to re-post my comment because I forgot to state which piece I liked the best! I love the sepia- the warm colour will be fabulous in the summer, methinks!

Your blog was the first tatting blog I found and your creative use of tatting inspires me to try to be creative with my own tatting!

I became a fan of yours on facebook awhile ago, and I added you to my favourites on etsy! (Not sure why you were not already there, but you are now!) Picking a favourite piece is very difficult, but I love the Tatted Feather Fascinator- mixed-media accessories really appeal to me!

mickchick831 said...

I love the sepia necklace. Thanks for all the inspiration!
Leah
mickchick831@yahoo.com

Green Gal said...

I hadn't even heard of needle tatting 5 yrs ago. You introduced me to all its addictive wonders a few years back with your Instructables tutorial. Glad to see that your are doing so well. Dont need a black necklace. Just send me the pattern :)

that_rat said...

Congrats hon! And yes, I made sure I was the 42nd post.

Maureen said...

I would love to enter for the Sepia necklace!! - and congratulations on your fifth anniversary, that is an achievement of which to be rightly proud.

Ann Martin said...

Congratulations on five years! I really admire your commitment to tatting and love the way you've brought it boldly into the 21st century. I tweeted the giveaway, liked your fb page, and added you shop to my faves a while ago.

Sharon D. said...

Happy Fifth. I love all of your pieces. I love the black one. I always check your facebook page.

Lily said...

Cool! Grats!!!

If by some chance my entry makes it, I'd like the sepia please.

Wish I had more time to blog, read blogs, and have a giveaway of my own!!

I love reading your posts

Jane S. said...

Happy Fifth Etsyversary! That's a momentous occasion, but seriously, isn't celebrating with jury duty a bit much? ;)

I'd love to be the lucky winner of either necklace, makes no nevermind to me as they are both lovely.

Your shop on Etsy has been hearted by me for quite a while now, and of course I'd love anything in there but you know what I really like? I like those barefoot sandals, the white ones that are for brides. It's been decades since I was a bride but summer is coming up, and I bet those pretty tatted sandals could make even my scaly old feet look nice!

pen said...

Happy 5th Anniversary!!! I love both colors but think I would like the sepia for a change - I am a fan on facebook and have hearted your Etsy shop - love all your stuff and read your blog daily - also love cats...

yarnplayer said...

Congratulations! I've had your shop as one of my favorites ever since I got started on Etsy - it's going on 4 years for me. I also liked your facebook page soon after you got one. I'm always amazed by how much creative work you get done while raising young children at the same time! I'd love to win either of the pieces, but if I have to choose, I guess the black. I hope sometime you'll figure out a way to "bottle" excess energy to sell, LOL - I could use some :)

Gemini said...

Happy Fifth Anniversary!!!! I'd love to enter your give-away. I'd say a piece in sepia. I love your work its beautiful.

staci.ludwig said...
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staci said...

I am so gald I "stumbled" onto your instructable a couple days ago. I would like to enter for the black necklace, but I love them both.

Fox said...

Congrats on your Fifth! Milestone!
Love the Sepia.
Fox : )

going over now to do the Etsy and the FB thing ...

Safia Ranja said...

Congrats! And many thanks- your work has been an inspiration to a new tatter like me! :)

Coretta of corettadeesign said...

I would love the black one.
Your Etsy shop has been hearted
And I have long been a Facebook fan.
CorettaDeesign at gmail . Com
Congrats on 5 years in selling your beautiful work!

Digital Misfit said...

Happy 5th anniversary! That is an awesome accomplishment!
I would love to win the black, to wear with my dress for my nephew's wedding in July.
I already follow you on FB.
I already follow you on Twitter (@digitalmisfit)
One of my many fave items in your shop is this asymmetrical necklace in sepia http://www.etsy.com/listing/69138771/asymmetric-sepia-tatted-one-of-a-kind


hugs and best wishes for the next 5 fabulous years,
Heidi
heidig@gmail.com

Digital Misfit said...

I forgot to add in my last comment that I hearted your shop on Etsy, as well as the Sepia tatted asymmetric necklace.

manu-lingua said...

Happy 5th!! Thank you so much for sharing all your talent with us. If I had to choose I would go for the black one... I am a black fanatic and wear it mostly. I have only recently been learning tatting with your video tutorials. You have great talent!

Jennifer said...

HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY! You do beautifu work, may you have continued sucess!

tatterd said...

Happy 5th Anniversary to you! Amazing five years of such a creative and FAST tatter! You impress even those who know nothing about tatting with your work and speed. I hope your kitty feels better after his dental though I know it hurts the pocketbook big time! I do enjoy your updates that come to my email. Good luck with everything.

tatterd said...

Yes, Happy 5th Anniversary to you! 5 years, hard to believe! I really enjoy receiving your daily updates and looking at your work. I can't believe you're as fast as you are! I've shown my husband your videos and even he's impressed and he's not a tatter nor does he understand it really, but you've impressed him..that's saying something! Such gorgeous orginal designs! Good luck with everything and I hope your kitty will be o.k. I'm sure he will be feeling better.

tatterd said...

I see lots of people like your black pieces and so do I!

Deaf said...

They are both beautiful, but the black one is my fav! I already like you on FB, I'm now following you on Twitter and I tweeted the giveaway and I already ♥ you on Etsy! My fingers are crossed!

Krystle said...

I will enter for black...Congrats on the anniversary!

Libbyhitch said...

Happy Anniversary! Both colors are beautiful, so hard to decide, although I think I am leaning more towards the black.
I have my great grandmothers shuttles & thread and your blog has helped to revive my interest in learning to tat, now to find the time.
Not sure how I wasn't a fan on FB earlier as I follow you on Twitter (how I learned about your anniversary & retweeted) and hearted you on Etsy some time ago but I have changed that:)
-Libby Hitchcock, Libbyhitch(FB/twitter)

Cindy said...

Happy Anniversary and you know I'd always like to win a piece - I think black for my skin, though the new sepia work is really beautiful. Here's to many more anniversaries of successful crafting!

AlliesAdornments said...

Congrats on your anniversary & accomplishments! Your Night Garden necklace is a fave.

goudenregen said...

I love to follow your blog and I wish you many returns. The Wunderkammer is also a favorite of mine.

Apidome said...

Happy Anniversary :) I found you only few months ago, but I'm tatting in full speed, because you are so inspiring to me :) Hope you will continue to surprise us with your amazing works :)

AlleyKat71 said...

Happy 5th!!! Love all of your designs, but I believe sepia is my favorite on this one! Happy tatting!

AlleyKat71 said...

Happy 5th! I love all of your designs but I believe sepia is my favorite for this one. Wish you many more successful Etsy years. Happy tatting!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on 5 successful years! I'm your FB fan already, and I do love your Victorian full collars. Best of luck!