Get Excited About Handmade in 2012!

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Happy New Year!

I’m really excited about the year to come. And I don’t just mean in an optimistic “it’s all good, happy, happy, joy, joy, rah, rah!” sort of way.

I confess that I try to get that sort of feeling revved up inside me every January 1st. I mean, why start the year off feeling down or grumpy? It is a new day after all!

But this year is really different. I’m excited because of real things that I see happening in the world I live and work in.

I’m excited about 2012 for Handmade. I’m excited about 2012 for Etsy sellers. I’m excited about 2012 for bloggers.

The excitement I feel for these things is more than just a “mind over matter” attitude adjustment. This excitement is based on facts.

  • Millions of people now know of Etsy and how to buy handmade goods online!
  • The quality of products being offered is getting better and the handmade makers are frequently setting the trends for everyone else!
  • Online marketing of handmade items is getting easier through the use of blogs, social media, and online video.
  • Creative sharing in places like Pinterest is fueling a handmade renaissance (for real!)

I could go on an on!

I‘m also excited about some of the things I’ve been working on personally such as the growth of this blog,, my felt shop, my first real print publication, and being a community leader at the Blissdom Conference in Nashville in late February.

I think it’s going to be a fantastic 2012 and I’m so looking forward to sharing it with you.

I’d love to come visit your blog and see what you’ve been up to! Tell us all what you’re excited about in 2012 and leave a link to your blog or shop in the comments so I can stop by for a visit!

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  1. says

    Growth is #1 with me this year. I’ve just discovered Pinterest and had to “ban” myself for a minute, lol.

    I’ve spent the past week revamping my blog and storefronts. A new year calls for a new look:) Excited for the connections I’ve made and those I will meet this year.

    Happy Holidays to you as well!

  2. says

    I’m excited about the prospect of a little more creative time this year, I may be overly optimistic with an almost one year old underfoot but I’m OK with that.

    in December I saw a little activity in my shop with lots of inclusion in treasuries and even two sales weeks apart “Yay for me!” if this momentum keeps up I see 2012 as being phenomenal for me and my shop. My shop site is
    my Blog (which has been on semi hiatus while we waited to purchase a new computer following the demise of the macbook) is

  3. says

    I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I’m branching out in a few new directions this year. God has really blessed me with a great first year of handmade crafting/selling, and I’m really excited about the direction my business seems to be going. As part of all this excitement and anticipated growth/change, I changed up my branding, logo, even tweaked my business name a tad. Looking forward to a great adventure! :-)

  4. says

    Kim, you always amaze me. You’re so talented and such a little entrepreneur. Believe me, I can recognize one because I live with one (hubby). :)

    It’s sounds like it will be an exciting year for you. I love shopping on Etsy. I shared your info with my niece who is very interested in this type of thing too.

    Happy New Year!

    Blessings and love,

  5. says

    Congrats again on the new book, Kim & on your role at Blissdom! Very exciting. I’m looking forward to getting things going with my new blog/website (finally – something I’ve wanted to do for so long) & putting all my ducks in a row at home schedule-wise so I can spend more time creating :) Happy New Year!

  6. says

    My husband Peter and I had a very successful Holidays Season after being open just 3 months prior to Christmas…We can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for us as I busily design new and unique Catnip Toys and we both prepare to open our Bee’s Bonz shop on etsy with our line of Dog Treats ( and a couple of cat treats too.)

  7. says

    Sounds like your year is going to take off with a great start! I’m devoting this first week of January, that I have taken off from work, to new items that I am creating and putting on my websites, The Cotton Thistle and my new site Cottage Attic Crafts and Etsy and then in the meantime keeping up with Twitter, my blogs, and Facebook! WHEW! Thanks BUNCHES for all of the encouragement and inspiration you give to all of us :) Handmade is the way to go!

  8. says

    Thank you for this post! It’s how I’ve been feeling too:revved up about 2012 and my Etsy endeavor…plus, I am painting a new room that will be my very own CRAFT ROOM! Yay! Added to my excitement now are your solid points about Etsy exposure and Pinterest possibilities…it always helps to have positive back-up for one’s good mood!

  9. says

    I have a lot of changes coming in 2012 and although scary, I’m very excited. I just posted about my One Little Word, it’s so fitting :)

  10. says

    I’ve been thinking and thinking about whether to open an etsy shop. I’m a knitter and a photographer, and those two areas seem to be pretty well covered! I have one huge project in mind for 2012, a knitted slipcover for a chair. Haven’t even skeined and washed the yarn yet, but I’m already knitting it in my mind!

    I’m SO addicted to Pinterest. That’s how I found your blog and am very happy to have done so! Here’s to much success in 2012!

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