Saturday, December 17, 2011

Famous on Etsy? Sure, why not?

So, for those of you who actually read my blog (thank you!), you may have noticed that I've fallen off the face of Blogland. I had a few posts planned this week, and I still need to pick the winner of Lesley's giveaway, but I've been chained to my house and, well, Hobby Lobby and Joann's. 

On Thursday night, I got a notification that I was tagged in a FB status. I checked it out, and my friend Emily said...

Ummm, what? I don't follow Etsy on FB, so I had no idea. Clicking the link just took ya to my etsy shop, so Lover pulled up their FB page and twitter feed. 

Ummm, holy crap. That's me! Craziness, huh? And they posted the same thing on their FB. Did I mention that their twitter feed has 1.5 MILLION followers, and they have 573,000 followers on FB? 

So I'm totally stoked at this point. Seriously, teared up, felt like a rock star, the whole bit. I mean, people get so excited when their stuff makes it to the front page of Etsy, right? This was HUGE. 

And then the orders started rolling in. It honestly got to where I was afraid to check my email, since the orders were racking up faster than I could fathom. And while it doesn't look too overwhelming (yeah right), two of those orders were for 3 pillows, a handful of them were for 2 pillows, and one order was for 5 pillows. So, like 30 pillows. No joke.
Looks cool right? Anyone would be thrilled to have so many orders. But of course, I wasn't expecting a rush, so I didn't have much in stock as far as pillow forms and fabric. Of course, right?  Did I mention that it normally takes me 4-5 days to make and ship these? And 10 of the orders came with a note with "Would love to have this in time for Christmas!". 

So Thursday morning, I got up early, dropped Ava off at my mom's, and hit up Hobby Lobby. Which was completely out of the fabric that I use. Went to another, they were out too. Went to a 3rd one, they had 2 yards in stock. Finally hit up Joann's, and they had a huge bolt of it. Score! But they charge double what Hobby Lobby charges for it (Boo!). 

Basically, after all the running around, I didn't get home until noon. And then just started working on pillows. I finally had to tell hubby that I needed him to come home and help. He got home at 4:30, and we worked on these until 1:30 AM. I got 10 pillows ready to pack up (I worked on the "in time for Christmas please!" orders first). Those shipped yesterday, yay! My mom came over and helped me with a bunch of stuff, like sewing and stuffing them. She's actually on her way over right now, and we'll work on these all morning until I send hubby to the post office right before they close at noon. 

So I'm so thankful for these orders. I won't be tacky and say how much I profited, but even after having to buy the supplies and shipping, it was a very welcome (and needed, with Christmas and still trying to get our head above water due to all of Ava's surgeries) addition to our bank account. 

I'll be cranking these bad boys out all weekend, I want to get them all finished by Monday and ready to ship. 

If you need me, I'll be stuck in my house. :) You're welcome to come over and help. I have cookies.


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Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said... [Reply to comment]

That's so exciting!!! Congrats girl!! Happy sewing :)

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Anna@Directions Not Included said... [Reply to comment]

That is awesome! Congrats! Whenever my husband's shop hits the front page the sales come rushing in and it is a great feeling. Good luck this weekend!

SkinnyMeg said... [Reply to comment]

That is so amazing, I'm so happy for you!! Have you ever been to the fabric stores off Midway in Addison? they have a huge selection, large rolls, and amazing prices!

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats! My friend's shop was featured once and she got a boatload of sales and was up all night for a week! Especially right before Christmas, you must be super busy!
Ps I've had 3 people email me and ask me if they missed the giveaway post. I told them that you were handling it and to check back here and you would announce a winner when you could.
Also when you were planning on reviewing those earrings I sent you.

Lo said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats girl!! That is so cool and... Now I want one of those pillows : ) Love it!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, what a blessing right before Christmas! Happy Sewing friend.

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said... [Reply to comment]

that's good karma.

congrats on the bum rush!


LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said... [Reply to comment]

I'm doing a little happy dance for you, sitting on my sofa under a leopard print blanket...yeah, I look dumb...but I'm thrilled for you!!! Yay!

Michelle @ Dibble Dabble Life said... [Reply to comment]

This is soooo AWESOME!! What a great Christmas present!!

Janice said... [Reply to comment]

That is so great! You deserve it, those pillows are adorable!

Sam | Away She Went said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats! That's SO awesome!