recent features

Autumn is the time for magazine features, it seems! We've been lucky enough to be included in two magazines so far this Autumn - October's Shop Til You Drop (out of Australia) and in the "Best of the Web" section in November's issue of InStyle (American).

As we work on expanding our wedding offerings, we're making a list of wedding magazines that we'll submit to in January - which is probably when they start gathering materials for Spring magazines. Lead times are so long in magazine-land! As a bonus, if you happen to be an InStyle subscriber, you'll find a code for free US Priority Shipping through November 16th!

Etsy Wedding Email

Etsy sends out daily and weekly emails about various topics - there's a general, daily email called "finds" along with a few others - "gifts", "fashion", and others. We signed up for the finds and gifts because back in February, one of our journals was featured in the Etsy finds! However, we completely forgot that Etsy has a wedding email as well...until today, when we suddenly started getting hits from email accounts!

The middle picture might look familiar - it's our wedding suite I posted the other day! We've gotten tons of views today, and lots of favorites. And two unrelated orders! But who knows if these things are unrelated - once someone comes into the shop, they could browse and buy something completely different. That's why any publicity is so important. It's something we're still working on, since it doesn't come quite as naturally to us as creating things.

Today, we went out to our favorite sushi restaurant to celebrate Matt's birthday! I have class tonight so we're going to go out to dinner tomorrow - a German restaurant we drive past constantly. In celebration, check out our new birthday card design:

Etsy Front Page

We have exciting news to share! Today, one of our business cards was on the front page of Etsy!

Here's how it happens: Etsy members can make "treasuries", collections of items from Etsy that are themed. This one was themed "personalized things". Etsy admin then goes through and selects treasuries that they think fit their brand to go on the front page. Each one is up for a short time (I think 30 minutes) and then a new one comes up.

It's pretty exciting for us - we got more views just in a half an hour today than we got in all of December! (And half of our January views.) We also got lots of people bookmarking our items and our shop, which is better than views, since that means they might be back someday. We also had a few requests for custom orders.

Many Etsy sellers make the front page all the time (once a day, even!) but since this is our first time, it was pretty exciting! Hopefully the trend continues and we land in more treasuries that make the front page! We'd like to try creating some treasuries of our own, too, when we have the time.