myHandmadeRegistry.com is FEATURED ON ETSY.COM's BLOG!
On the morning of March 4th as I was in the middle of managing a dozen open windows on my browser and returning emails, running chat rooms and ignoring my blackberry, I noticed its little corner light flashing red out of the corner of my eye... I grabbed it and quickly skimmed through the message titled, "wedding registry" and read,
"hey there, I want to include you in an Etsy blog post and link to your wedding registry site, ok?... maybe you can reblog it! -v"
I remember reading it, "cool!" I said to myself, and flung the phone to the opposite side of the sofa where I went back to whatever crisis was at hand at that moment.
While checking my inboxes and threads awhile later, I noticed the little red number at the top of my Etsy screen that reminded me of the conversation that was awaiting my reply. I clicked on it just as I had a million times before and as the screen reloaded, my heart stopped, I instantly felt the heat wash over me as I saw it...
Next to the message titled "wedding registry," was the profile picture of a smiling brunette with a red bubble underneath that said ETSY ADMIN.
OH MY GOD!
I clicked on the message and read it again and as the words finally sank in, I bursted into hysterical tears!
I threw myself across the couch and grabbed my phone and started dialing and
NO ONE WAS ANSWERING!
I called my mom, answering machine.
I called Todd, answering machine.
I called Heather, voice mail.
I called Gary, and FINALLY after the third try, I could share my tears of joy!
Words can't begin to describe what that moment meant to me. That instant when you realize that the countless hours of work and dreaming about the possibility of your ideas is finally paying off!
The world's LARGEST HANDMADE COMMUNITY was featuring MY website!
When my mother finally called, I could barely speak through my tears! When I could breathe enough to reassure her that no one had DIED, I cried,
"Mom, I've worked SO HARD! I can't believe they're really featuring my website!"
I spent the next several days contacting the HUNDREDS of artisans that I had spent the last several weeks featuring throughout the website to let them know that the "mother ship" had spotted US!
I wasn't online when their feature hit the air. In fact I didn't see it at all until FIVE HOURS LATER late Friday night!
It was more than I could have ever dreamed of!
Our registry is being featured in Etsy's HANDMADE WEDDING SERIES!
Not only was our site mentioned, it was linked to their article with a display of our ENTIRE BANNER with links to our tutorials and even to my own personal shop!
I couldn't have dreamt of a more wonderful affirmation of all of my hardwork!
The rest of the weekend was a blur of welcoming over 100 new members and celebrating as comment after comment of congratulations was left on the blog!
I HAVE TO take this time to thank everyone in our community for all of your love and support as we've worked to make this vision come to life and as we continue to grow and develop, I know I can't do any of this without you!
To my amazing support, Amanda (ulixis.blogspot.com)- thank you for being so generous of your time and talent! I know that this could not be possible without you!
To my amazing MORE MEANINGFUL GIFTS family, my every day has more meaning having each and every one of you in my life!
Here's to the first step in our more meaningful journey...