Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wide Open Spaces
When you put up a shop on Etsy (or most any of the handmade seller sites) one of the tips you're given is to join groups. Groups are places where you get tips, build networks and relationships, and they help you succeed.
I joined a couple of groups on Etsy and EAOC is the only one that I remain a member of. The people there are more supportive than the other groups and the 'feel' is a lot nicer. I feel I give as well as receive and the appreciation level for my fellow artisans and their appreciation of me is pretty high. Basically, I feel as if I have room to move and yet I don't feel boxed in or crowded.
And now, the team is about to launch our first Treasure Hunt from June 18th - June 21, there will be about 50 teams participating with dozens of prizes. The theme will be 'Summer' (How appropriate is that?) There are artists, jewelry makers, fiber artists (like me!) and others. Watch for more details here as they become available.
If you want to see a sample of what the group does, go to Etsy and do a search for 'team eaoc' and you will see the great artistry provided by our members from around the world.
In the meantime, I'm prepping for the trip to St. Louis. We have the day afternoon, evening, and next morning packed with activity from knitting at the arch to 2 visits to yarn stores - don't worry, y'all know how cheap I am, I won't be doing any damage unless there's a really good clearance bin, and dinner at a steak house! I'll need to come home just to rest!