Whimseytopia traffic has dramatically increased since I published my announcement about my new Etsy site. I’m surprised and thrilled that there’s interest in this art form and my patterns.
I have high hopes.
But the best part is that I am in my element designing these patterns. While I’ve been punching for over five years, I have not had a way to share my work other than place it on WordPress. Now I may, or may not, get the validation I so crave (and maybe a little cash!) For me, building an Etsy site was like building the Lunar Lander. I started this project thinking I was pretty tech savvy. Surprise. I’m not. And learning the postal system and starting PayPal, opening a bank account, and dedicating a credit card for the site were all more time consuming and complex than I expected. Tax forms and pricing, and the thought of the future math and filings are daunting. Editing and uploading photos weren’t the most difficult tasks, but getting supplies, fabrics for stamping; ordering stamps for each pattern, shipping materials and labels didn’t quite fly off my to-do list. It’s all been an enormous task, but I am on track for the February 1st launch. I’m posting three of the ten patterns here, just to give you an idea of where this is headed. All my designs are original, and once my site is open, future patterns will be seasonal and monthly.
There are many just like me entering into a foray of selling needlework patterns on the Internet. There are dozens and dozens just on Etsy alone. But I hope the Whimseytopia name and the thousands of previous visits to my “textile art” pages will help me. Only time will tell.
To my friends who thought I dropped off the face of the earth, this is why. I’ve been reading you daily, if not commenting, and to many of you, know that you are the “Joneses” I’m trying to keep up with.
Happy New Year everyone.
Can’t wait for these patterns to be posted!
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Your patterns are beautiful! I wish you much success with your Etsy shop and look forward to seeing what you have. Happy New Year!
Beautiful fiber art.