I had no idea....
When I listed my first masks for sell on Etsy, I was just filling some time with one of the few ways I thought I might be able to help in this pandemic sitch. I had no idea the whirl wind of excitement, anxiety, and heartfelt feelings I would go through in a very short amount of time.
It has been such a huge learning curve and all consuming experience that I literally slept only 4 hours a night for 6 days in a row! Each night would be some type of delima and then it would magically work out.
One night, I was looking at the stats in my Etsy dashboard and it told me that I wasn't bringing in any people to look at my shop, so I decided to take a little leap and share the shop on Facebook. Holy Guacamole, Batman! You can't imagine my little heart tugs when I saw that a friend from high school, a beautiful soul we met on vacation a decade ago, an aunt I have never met in person, and many more all placed orders. Some let me know on Facebook, some were a little sneaky. Several shared my page and I just thought it was the nicest thing EVER!
Other fun things have happened, too. I try and write a little note to someone that orders each day. The other day, a woman ordered a mask that has flames on it. I wrote to her that every time I see that version of the face mask, I think to myself, "This girl is on fire!", not that lots of men were ordering it, too. She wrote back that it was for her son, she LOVES Montana and hopes to visit Bozeman this summer...And had 3 restaurant suggestions for me. Two I have never been to and all 3 within 7 blocks of our house.
Also.....I have reviews!!! They are 5 stars!! ....They said really nice things about the quality of my work and the speediness of my shipping :D And I swear!!! I don't know any of the reviewers (yet!)
All of this makes me excited to go sew another 40 masks - 20 for the Etsy shop and 20 for the Masks for Heros - Montana Medical Workers. If you want to see the masks - take a look! New ones coming soon!! My Etsy Shop
I hope all of you have a wonderful day, week, month, year. Someone comment a blessing they have found in this self isolation, stay at home time! I want to hear!!!
I am a recently retired small town librarian living the dream in Montana in my boujee yet redneck kind of way. Married to a mining engineer and mother to two wonderful young men.