Almost there

When I joined to Etsy in July 2007 (really, that long ago), very little did I know how it will affect my life. How many things I will make and send all over the world, how many fantastic people I will meet via it - just how much it will open up my world. It really doesn't matter if you're in Norway or in Singapore, you can use it to sell and buy wonderful handmades, and it just makes me so happy have my little shop in there too. 
clicking the image above gets you into my shop

Many things have changed since 2007, and I have learned so much during this journey. One of the most visible skill is how to use camera to get even somewhat decent pictures. It is still a major pain to photograph anything around here between November-March, but with a new camera and a lot of practice I think I've come long way. Oh man, this almost hurts, but please take a look at my first ever felted birdie-bag picture:
...and one quite recent:

...quite a difference not only with the picture but also in the birdies...They've come long way too! And once I am showing those ancient pictures, here's one more to go, my first ever (I mean EVER) made felted bag:

...and I am still proud of it too, it was a first to many to come... And everyone needs to start somewhere, right? And here's the latest I sold quite recently... Flowers still going strong, after all these years!

It actually makes my head spin to think how many things I really have made and sent out from my shop. And how many of my dear customers have visited me more than once, and many of those customers have actually turned into friends. How often does that happen in life - in this age (have you noticed that I updated my 30-something profile recently?) - almost never. I have wonderful friends in UK, Japan, US, Netherlands now - thank you sweeties, you know who you are and how much I love you all. And all of you I've met only thanks to Etsy, I am sure otherwise our paths wouldn't have crossed. I've told in earlier posts here, here and here how fantastic things I have received from you, and oh my: just today I received a beautiful bunch of flowers all the way from Japan, thank you so much M!

With all this said you could say that Etsy has changed my life. It has made possible for me from this tiny corner of world to reach all of you, fantastic people! Thank you so much for your support and kind words and encourage over the years. Here's to next six to come! And oh yes, there's a happy sale in my shop until the actual Birthday, July 16th, and it works with code HAPPY6 and that will give you -30% of the purchase (shipping fees excluded). And here's some more info how to use the discount code in etsy.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and lovely July! We'll see here again soon!



greenrabbitdesigns said...

Well thank you Etsy for helping me meet my lovely Finnish friend!!!
Your bags have been wonderful from the very beginning Mia, here's to many more years of HandmadebyMia !!!
V xxx

Nova Melina said...

Onnea Mia! Olen niin onnellinen, että oon tavannut sut siellä ja että oot onnistunut pitämään myyntiä ja upeiden tuotteidesi suosiota yllä! Mahtavaa!

Menestystä myös jatkoon ja ollaan nettiyhteyksissä!! :) ♥♥♥

Anne Toprak said...

How time has flown by, Mia. Thank goodness for Etsy and meeting people from around the globe.
May you keep creating and blogging for many more years.
Happy Birthday for your special shop!!

Happiest July to you,

Teje Karjalainen said...

Onneksi Olkoon, Mia ystavani! Olen ylpea sinusta! Onneksi loysit etsyn ja hienot tuotteesi paasivat kaikkien ulottuville. (nakojaan aloin kirjoittaa suomeksi kun luin suom. kommentin).
Congratulations, dear Mia! I'm proud of you and happy that you found etsy and now everyone can reach your fantastic creations! All the best to you and your beautiful shop! Hugs! x Teje

Jane said...

Hi my dear Mia...through Etsy I met you and through you alone I started blogging...and look how far we have come. I do count you as a dear sweet friend. Here's to even more success in your handmade world, you know how much I love your work.
Cheers ;0)
Love Jane xx

verykerryberry said...

Congrats on all your hard work! You make such beautiful creations and your work has a strong 'Mia' identity and is so cheery and inspiring!

The Faerie Factory said...

I love Etsy and sending faeries all over the world. What a wonderful journey you have had ~ Sarah x

kathy said...

happy birthday etsy shop.
Love it.

I think etsy has had a huge impact on a 'crafters' ability to get paid what they need to in order to keep being an artist.

Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

Thank you so much, and I am so happy I've met you too, you wonderful bunny-lady :)

Wishing you the sunniest July!


Mia said...

Kiitos Nova!

Täällä ollaan ihan äimnä, että onkos aikaa kulunut oikeasti NÄIN paljon jo... huh! Mutta eteenpäin...kohti uusia haasteita ja onnistumisia!

Ihanaa kesänjatkoa teille kaikille, toivottavasti autinko paistaa!

Terkuin Mia

Mia said...

Hello Anne,

I know, Anne, it's amazing! Six years already! But oh how wonderful these years have been...

Wishing you the most lovely July to all of you too!


Mia said...

Heipsan Teje,

Suomi käy ihan mainiosti ;) Kiitokset viestistäsi, ja onnitteluista! Kaikkea hyvää sinunkin kaupallesi, pidetään Suomi-lippua korkealla maailmalla!

Ihanaa heinäkuun jatkoa, ja paljon terkkuja kotosumesta, jossa mustikat alkavat jo olla kypsiä...

Terkuin Mia

Mia said...

Hello Jane,

I am still amazed how wonderful people I've met via etsy, and you're one of those gems dear, thank you for being such a great friend! And I am so happy you started blogging, it has brought me so many happy moments!

Have a lovely day, and kisses to Billy again!


Mia said...

Hello Kerry,

Thank you so much! I am so happy my products are Mia-looking, that was my intention from day one...Makes me smile to hear it!

Wishing you the happiest July!


Mia said...

Hello Sarah,

I am so happy we both have found etsy to send ours handmades all over the world - fantastic!

I wish you sunny and beautiful (and long!) summer, happy July!


Mia said...

Hello Kathy,

Thank you for the b-day wishes! And oh I couldn't agree more, etsy has made it all possible for me, I've always loved crafting but it gave me a platform to show them to people all over the world... Love it.

Have a wonderful July!


Megumi said...

Hello Dear friend,

It is very fun to see your old pieces. You have made a lot of beatiful pieces. I am happy I own some of them:) I am rather new to your store, and I am happy I have me you and your store. One day, I was looking for a gift to my niece - a cute bag was in my mind, and looking through Etsy on handmade bags.... then I saw your store, and I fell in LOVE.

Happy birthday to your cutest store on Etsy. The flower from Japan was just perfect timing!


Mia said...

Hello Megumi,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am so happy you found your way to my shop, and we met each other, wonderful!

Have a lovely July-days, and welcome home!


Beth of The Linen Cat said...

Hello Mias,

What a lovely post! I get quite a shock when my iPhoto album opens at the beginning by accident and I see all my old product photos - so lovely to see your transition, although your early bags are lovely as well. I hope you have another wonderful 6 years on Etsy and more.


Mia said...

Thank you Beth,

For you lovely comment! I cringe when I take a look at my early pictures and etsy-listings (not too often), but am so happy to see the difference to this day! Your pictures are always wonderful!

Happy new July-week soon!


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