happy etsy-versary!

you belong to me(This girl and her smug little cat is in the shop at Calobee Doodles!)

I didn’t actually start selling until the 31st of March or so, but as of the 22nd I’ve officially been with Etsy for a year. And what a year it’s been! I went from feeling like I’d probably never sell my work to making 1-2 sales per week. That may be small potatoes for most, but it’s a huge accomplishment for me.

I also picked up “doodling,” which was both an excellent business move AND a lot of fun! It’s opened the doors to doing custom work, which I really enjoy, and it’s more relaxed and low-key in comparison to my photography.

All in all, I give the last year’s business adventures an “A.” There have been bugs here and there, but ultimately, opening an Etsy shop has been a very fulfilling, rewarding experience.

And now for the best part: in honor of my Etsy-versary, I’m having another contest! Yay!

Here’s the nitty gritty:

(Please note that comments are turned off at Vox and Livejournal, so you’ll need to comment at the blog.sixhours.net address to qualify, and don’t forget to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! This contest is open to U.S. and international readers alike!)

Good luck! 🙂

70 thoughts on “happy etsy-versary!

  1. Congrats on your Etsy-versary and here’s to many more! I love your Alphabet Soup illustration (not sure if you can print that in an 8×10 or if that even qualifies.) My second favorite is We All Float. My son is a huge! balloon fan. He’d get a kick out of this!

  2. I just want to say congrats! Don’t enter me in the contest! 🙂 I’m spoiled enough already and have an artist in the house! I have no room for prints!!! lol

  3. Happy Etsyversay! Congratulations. I would LOVE to make one or two sales a week, I think that’s fantastic! And I too am (happily) owned by a cat 🙂

    Accordingly, I love the Curiosity’s Little Sister photo.

  4. Happy Etsyversary! I have to completely piggyback on Rachel Kate’s comment, and go with We All Float too.

    Your digital doodle shop is great, keep up the great art!

  5. T says:

    Congratulations – this gives me hope as an Etsy newbie! And I love your doodles! My pick is Wandering 🙂

  6. thanks for visiting my blog! you have a cute shop and a nice looking blog 🙂 its cold here today…but the backyard is starting to look so pretty with the flowers out and all! Congrats on your etsy-versary! We have been on since 2/24. no sales yet…but it has been rewarding to see all the other shops and meet other sellers from all over the world.

    Shelly

    i really like the print you have, we all float.

  7. Amber G says:

    Congrats on your 1-year Etsy Anniversary! That’s a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud of yourself =) If I am lucky enough to win your very generous contest, I would love to win two small prints – the keeper of lost hearts and cupcake girl!

  8. Well done you – 1 or 2 a week is a great first year achievement. I love your photography – I think your ‘one in a million’ print was one of my first treasury choices way back when 🙂 but IF I was to win this – I’d choose Bloom – it’s gorgeous colours and great use of depth of field make it a winner for me.

  9. congrats and happy etsyversary!!

    i LOVE the her story will never be written print! i used it in a treasury recently. it’s beautiful.

  10. Happy etsyversary! I get get giddy with each sale. I can’t see it ever getting old no matter how many sales I have. Good luck in the year to come!

  11. Cindi says:

    Delightful prints! I really like the “We are all Handmade!” Congratulations on your first Etsy Anniversary. I wish you many more successful years. Thank you…..Cindi

  12. It would be so very hard to choose because I love them all.

    But I would pick: The Forgotten Bride (1 or 2), Mother May I or Her Story Will Never Be Written.

    But seriously, they all rock.

  13. Kimberly Keefe says:

    i carry your heart – 8×10 print is my fav followed by keeper of the lost hearts as a close second.

  14. Maeflower says:

    My`daughter wants the custom doodle print- thouqh I am not sure what we would write(she is 2) and I love the we all float print. Beautiful stuff!!

  15. I love You Belong to Me (we have six cats!) but I would have to go for the cupcake diptych, in honor of my son and daughter… check out my blog for a cupcake-related contest that end tonight, too!

  16. Oh man, tough choice! I like your doodles alot! I like keeper of lost hearts, and would like i carry your heart if it were in those same shades of green as the keeper, those match my nursery perfectly!
    On the photography side I like Mother Duck and bloom. 🙂

    nifferjeno at gmail dot com

  17. heather says:

    I love your work, nothing makes me smile like “we are all handmade” but I love “wandering” too.
    You are one of my faves.

  18. Jennifer P. says:

    I’m having trouble choosing between You belong to me, Cupcake Girl, and Alphabet Soup! So cute!

  19. Very cool! My favorite would be Laundry Day (my least favorite thing to do, but my favorite image). Runner up is Wasting Time (my favorite thing to do).
    Lovely photos, and happy anniversary!

  20. Dianna K. Ball says:

    Very cute! I like the heart ones, but also the alphabet soup. 🙂

    Happy Esty-versary!

  21. Jamie W. says:

    I LOVE Alphabet Soup, but if that wouldn’t qualify, definitely Cupcake Girl…

    Thanks for a great opportunity!

  22. Becca says:

    I stumbled on your etsy site (calobee) a while back and love your prints. My favorite has always been Wandering.

  23. I LOVE these prints!
    I would love to put these up in my daughters room

    the keeper of lost hearts – 5×5 print
    (This one tugged at my heartstrings.. I love it!)

    i carry your heart – 5×7 print
    (She looks so content)

    Great giveaway!

  24. lisa says:

    First of all … happy etsyversary… 🙂

    I like them all i like them all… i really really liked the i carry your heart,

  25. I would adore one of your prints. I’ve been watching you. I’m trying to come up with an idea and I would love a new look for my store.
    anyway…..my top pics would be
    cupcake girl
    I carry your heart
    we are all handmade

    Fun giveaway. Thanks so much! I think your work is great!

  26. pinupchick says:

    Congrats on yout Etsyversary! I love your work, very cute!

    My favorite print in your shop is “we all float”

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