Friday, November 7, 2008

November 7 08 - my first blog post

As part of this great adventure that is Etsy I've decided to start a blog.

Way back in the spring I started lurking on Etsy, reading the forums and storque and looking at lots of shops. Eventually I decided I wanted to start selling on etsy and began the tedious process of picking a name. I had a list in a notebook with about 30 names on it (many of them variations of my cat's name). I had a moment of inspiration and wrote my profile based on the MyGrandpasPen name. I've wavered ever since about whether I actually like the name or not but I guess I'm stuck with it now!

The first cards I created specifically for Etsy were my Crossword cards. These use a recycled crossword puzzle as the main feature and are then embellished with all the fun stuff. Originally I wanted to use small clear epoxy circle stickers to highlight the title but I couldn't find small enough circles. Then I tried stamping small circles right onto the crossword but it didn't achieve the effect I wanted. That lead to stamping small circles in patterns like the dot matrix printers used to - I then outlined with my favorite old fashioned pen and added a raised title. The picture is of my first crossword Christmas card which, to my surprise, was the first item of mine that sold on Etsy.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your brand new blog. I hope you have a wonderful time developing it.

MyGrandpasPen said...

Thank you - it's really fun to do!