December 1, 2017

Calling All Readers with an Etsy Shop...

One of my long-time readers emailed me recently about her Etsy shop, and it reminded me of a post I did a long time ago (yikes--it's been five years!). I had asked my readers who sold handmade items to send me a brief description of their shop, as well as a photo, and I shared all of them in a blog post. (Here is a link to that post, if you're curious)

I love handmade items, and with Christmas right around the corner, it's the perfect time to showcase them! I also really appreciate my loyal blog readers, so this is a little way to give back to those with crafty talent.

So, if you have an Etsy shop (or you sell handmade items through your own site) and would like to have a little free advertising here on my blog, you can do so like this:

Send me an email at Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com with the following:

   Please use the email subject "Etsy" so that I will make sure to see it (I get a lot of email, and things get lost sometimes).

   The name and a brief description of your shop (one paragraph, about 3-5 sentences). I may have to edit this down, depending on how many people participate.

   A link to your shop (obviously).

   1-4 photos of items in your shop. If you send more than one, I'm going to collage them into a single photo for space. Please don't send me photos that are already in a collage--just 1-4 separate photos.

   This isn't mandatory, but it would be really cool if you could offer a discount code or something to Runs for Cookies readers! If you choose to do that, then I need the details for that as well.

And that's it! I'm sorry this is such short notice, but I didn't even think of this idea until today. I'd like to have it up ASAP (because Christmas is literally this month!) so the deadline is next Wednesday, December 6th, at 10 pm EST. It would be nice to get the post up by Friday, the 8th, so I'll see what I can do.

I always thought it would be so fun to have an Etsy shop! I love making crafts. But my problem is that I get bored with making the same things more than once or twice. And when I'm doing it for money, I feel so much pressure to make sure it's perfect that I don't even enjoy making it! So, I just stick to doing crafts for fun. Here are a few of my favorite projects I've done...

This aviator hat for Luke! SO CUTE


I made these felted wine bottle carriers for Renee and I when we started our Wine Club

When losing the weight, I cut up all of my too-big jeans and made this quilt

I used to make lots of white elephant gifts--this was a "fornicating deer" beer koozie


A race shirt quilt top that I made out of... you guessed it! Race shirts.

This last one has a sweet story attached to it. Here is what I wrote in my blog about it on the day of the race:
"Last night, I told the kids they had to go to bed at 9:15 because we had to get up early for the race this morning. I told them to lay out their running clothes before bed, and as Eli was looking for a shirt, he said the sweetest thing: "I want to make a shirt that says, 'Runs for Cookies is my mom'."

I thought that was so cute! But it was 9:15, and there was no way we had time to make a shirt. So I told him that we'd do it for the next race. I was in bed by 9:30, knowing I was going to get up at 5:30 (and by "in bed", I mean scrolling Twitter on my phone). I started feeling bad about Eli wanting to make the shirt, so I got out of bed, and pulled all my fabric and sewing supplies out of my closet, determined to make Eli a shirt.

I used the shirt that he had laid out for the race, and then decided to cut out the letters and iron them on. It was tedious and I really wanted to go to bed, but an hour later, I had his shirt:


This morning, when I showed Eli his shirt, he was really surprised and excited--it was totally worth staying up to make it for him!"

Eli is still the sweet kid that he was the night he asked about making this shirt.


Okay, so please send me an email if you'd like to include your shop! Depending on how many I receive, I may not post all of them. I'll see how it goes!


4 comments:

  1. I have bought a ton off etsy this year!

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  2. I am SO excited to see this list! Thanks Katie!

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  3. This is a great idea- I have trouble finding stuff on Etsy sometimes, because there is SO much. I can't wait to see this post!

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