Tuesday, June 8, 2010

One Year Blog and Shop Anniversary Giveaway!

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of my etsy shop! The beginning of the blog followed soon after, so I'll just celebrate them together. I would have liked to do a big week-long celebration with all kinds of exciting posts and giveaways, but it sneaked up on me and I really don't have anything planned.

So looking back, how had the year been? 
The blog is much more than I ever thought it would be. And by that, I partly mean it sucks up so much more time than I'd ever imagined! But I really enjoy it. I love looking back through my first posts. I wrote about funny things that my daughter did, including pictures. What a great way to preserve those memories! Here are a few of my favorite posts from the beginning:

My Very First Post (ok, not my favorite, but amusing to see the awkwardness of the first post!)
Silence Means Nothing Good (aka the Nair incident)
Homemade Bagels (the ugliest baked good you'll ever see)

And the etsy shop?
Meh. Truthfully, I'm disappointed in my sales. In part, I think that can be blamed on my insatiable need for creative experimentation. See, when I first started the shop, I only intended to make flower hair clips. I had seen sellers on etsy making only hair clips with thousands of sales. My clips were a bit more detailed and unique (I thought) and so I thought I'd have no trouble reaching the same stats. But once I made a few clips, I got bored and started experimenting with jewelry and cozies. That took so much more time and effort, and maybe led to my varying work "schedule" and slow productivity. If I could only force myself to turn out a certain number of hair clips per day and not worry about any other product, would my shop be more successful?
I've often considered doing just that- Give up the cozies and the jewelry and all the other dozens of product ideas I have. But there are so many ideas, so many directions in which to go! I'm just disappointed that after a year in business, I'm more confused than settled into a plan.

Blah blah blah. On with the giveaway!

"Get on with it!!"

So in celebration of my one year anniversary and many thanks to your support yada yada yada,

"Yes, get on with it!!!"

Ok, I'm giving away a set of three flower hair clips.
These are the good ones, made of 100% merino wool felt. The winner may pick whichever colors she likes. (Or he, if that's how it's gonna be.)

To enter, just leave a comment with your email address by Saturday, June 12.
Pretty simple, huh?
And to add a little fun -This one's only for the nerds!-  Leave a separate comment with your favorite scene from the movie pictured above.

No copying, you English bed-wetting types.

"And no singing!"
There's a little hint for ya.


Good Girls Studio said...

Chin up my dear! Never squelch that need to create bigger & better things! I love the cozies & think variety is the spice of life :)

Not a clue what that movie is??

ElegantSnobbery said...

YAY for blogiversaries!! Have a happy one! I've been blogging for almost 3 years now, and I LOVE going back and re-reading my old posts every now and again. Fun.

Also, YAY giveaway!! Pick me! Choose me! Love me!

elegantsnobbery@hotmail.com <- my info.

Also, I think that you are too much of a creative type to worry about making nothing but hair clips. That is a good thing. Just imagine how different your life would be if you didn't have the fun of designing a new piece and doing an amazing job of it. It might be more time consuming... but worth it, no?

Anonymous said...

Hooray! I adore your etsy store and your blog!


Anonymous said...

My favorite scene...oh gosh...can I pick just one? I don't think so. Definitely the Holy Hand Grenade. Oh! And the Frenchmen!

Waldorf Crafts by Karen said...

Ha!!! Just love the giveaway idea!!
and your wonderful blog... if only I could be as dedicated as you, my friend! My blog gets oh so neglected in favor of crafting! And I would encourage you to continue your lovely crafting tangents... that's when I get my most creative ideas!
Here's my email.... knitpurlmama@yahoo.com

Oh and it's only a bunny...
Or... We are the Knights of Ne... clop clop clop....Ne Ne Ne

jordan said...

What a cute shop! I favorited you. :) Would love to be in the giveaway jordyluxe@gmail.com

Cortney @ evanhaslanded.com said...

Unfortunately my hubs knows EVERY line of the movie!! I just like to watch him watch it! HA! I love the running in the field scene because lets face it I think of that EVERY time I go out for run!!
Although the "I just want to sing" is a fave also.

Sharon said...

Congrats on the blogaversary and the great store - stay positive and things will work out!

yepfinleywedding at gmail dot com

Beckerella said...

congrats on a year of bloggery! I love your designs- can't wait until my daughter is big enough for hair clips!

Oh- and yer mother was a hamster and yer father smelt of elderberry... now go away or I will taunt you a second time-er.

beckie dot munson at gmail dot com

JennTRC said...

your hair clips are lovely!

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Amber Lynn said...

The clips are adorable!

amberleugs at gmail

Amber Lynn said...

I haven't seen the movie in forever, but "Tis only a flesh wound" was said often in middle/high school.

nitzan said...

i loce the clips...

nitzan.sc at gmail dot com

Wehaf said...

Happy anniversary!

I always liked the narrative bit which included "... and they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels, and there was much rejoicing..."

urchiken at gmail dot com

fisiwoman said...

Enter me please! I love the giveaway!

Ana Belén R.M

Caitlin T. said...

congratulations! such lovely hair clips! thank you!

saltyoat [at] gmail [dot] com

TopHat said...

I'm still trying to figure out the velocity of an unladen swallow. :)

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

Hi! I'm a new follower! Congratulations on the anniversary :) I hope I can make it a year on my blog (still got a long way to go!) Your clips are adorable!

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

Oh and my favorite scene is definitely the killer bunny!

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

AmandaSue said...

Happy Anniversary! Your hairclips really are beautiful! I hope this year goes better for you, maybe you need to advertise more and get your name out there!


Julia said...

Congratulations! Hope the next year is as good or better.


Julia said...

"Fetchez la vache!"

Ah the french.


Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

Yay! I would so love to win this. I've been stalking your shop for so long. I should probably stop drooling and start spending.

hollynoelle at domesticdork dot com

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

Oh, and does "meow! meow! meow!" count as a quote?

I love that that poor abused cat shows up in different points throughout the movie.

anin said...

Love it love it

enter me in


Allison Lee Paulson said...

I just featured you on my craft blog! Go check it out! oh and make sure to add me to your blog roll and "follow" me :)

Christina said...

Congrats on a year of both things! :)You are so talented! Keep up the good work.


jc said...

Happy Anniversary to you
Love you sweet blogger you
Good luck, good wishes I say
Let's celebrate together, oh yeah!

Thanks for the giveaway, cheers!


Anonymous said...

I love your stuff. You have such talents. I am sorry you were disappointed with your year. Surely it will get better.

Good luck this year and happy sales! Thanks for the give away!

theshirleyfam at cableone dot net

Anonymous said...

OHHH! And we have the movie memorized around here as well! Don't know about a favorite line.... either

1. WHAT is your favorite color?

2. His name is Tim?
3. I am a shrubber!


Sampler Village said...

Congrats on your Anniversary! Your bows are absolutely adorable so bright and colorful, very eye-catching. I have my fingers crossed :)


TiLT said...

Great giveaway - thanks :)

tiltcreations at gmail dot com

TiLT said...

just one scene?!?!...I'll go with the classic "It's just a flesh wound"...or the knights clopping the coconuts

tiltcreations at gmail dot com

Angie said...

These are sooooo cute! I'd love to win them for my daughter.

Now as for the movie----'Shrubbery!!!!!"

rennieangie at gmail dot com

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

Looove these! They would look so cute on my little Ellie Bean :)

elliacnaturals (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I love your stuff (even if I haven't bought anything...yet)! Having your own shop is a big step, and at least you've taken it. Maybe, if you do so many clips, you could do a cozy, or whatever, etc? That way, the store would be stocked, but you wouldn't get too bored. *shrugs* I guess that's not a big help, huh? LOL


Oh, and....It's just a flesh wound!

Early Bird Special said...

Yay! Happy Anniversary! I know what you mean about feeling confused about what to make for Etsy. It's a tough gig, but your stuff is GOLDEN, so keep it up. <3

Hugs & Stitches,

ebscrafts at gmail dot com

Samy said...

Please enter me :D

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

Samy said...

The killer bunny!

Sara said...

Love the clips! Great giveaway!

No idea what movie. The killer bunny reminds me of that movie about Summer School. I forget the name.

rottnluck at gmail dot com

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Yay - congratulations!! What a great prize.

Oh yes, and "Fetchez la vache!"

steenface! said...

These are *adorable*!! I'd love to have one. :D (I'm super glad I saw this retweeted on Twitter!!)

amy said...

Saw this RT on twitter and the hairclips are lovely! Congrats on the Anniversary!

sally said...

ohhh your stitching is adorable! Thanks for the chance...

sallykeller814 AT gmail.com

sally said...

Definitely my fave quote that I say almost daily from that movie is...
"I'm not dead yet!! I'm getting better!!"

Anonymous said...

Me me! shrielenee@gmail.com

Andrea M. said...

Happy anniversary! Your hair clips are so adorable. One would look great in my daughter's hair!

Whimsical Creations said...

Congrats on your anniversary. Your creations are beautiful!

Shawna said...

The last one is darling! I love bright colored flowers.

osalpdemir at ucdavis dot edu

carmel said...

happy blogiversary!
ilove your flowers!

jakiesmom said...

your stuff is amazing!!
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

Shelby said...

great giveaway!

srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

Shelby said...

I love the part when they talk about the birds bringing the coconuts :P

srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

jenni said...

Congrats again! Will have your giftie ready...soon! :)


T.J. said...

These are darling. Thanks for the chance to win.
thevanandthecart AT gmail D0T com

Marie said...

I love the attention to detail and the gorgeous handiwork of all your work...unfortunately, I have no idea what movie that is to tell you my favorite scene...oh well!


Kendra said...

Your hairclips would look adorable on my daughter! Hope I win!


Nell said...

Oooh, I love your work. Thank you!
oldsockfarm [at] gmail [d0t] com

Erin Vaden said...


"It's not a question of where he grips it!!"

pippibean said...

I love your store! Added to my favourites!

My favourite scene has got to be the conversation with the french knight... and the flying cows!

pippibean (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk

KimberlyRies said...

What a great idea to revisit some of your funny blog posts! I love the felted flowers!

kimberven at earthlink dot net

KimberlyRies said...

Love the taunts from the frenchman in the tower.

I fart in your general direction.

I shall taunt you another time!

Your mother smells of elderberries and your father was a hamster.

(or something close to that)

kimberven at earthlink dot net

Lizzie said...

Great giveaway. My email address is smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

Shannon said...

i think your stuff is so cute! i'm just perpetually broke. (no, seriously.)

put me in the giveaway please?

shannon in farmerville

Beetle said...

I am always looking for a beautiful handmade goodies, and your shop is a wonderful source, thanks for sharing!
elliebeetle [[at]] gmail [[dot]] com

Heather said...

Great giveaway.
jswandrn at gmail