Today marks the two year anniversary of when I first opened my shop on Etsy. I am surprised by how quickly it snuck up on me. Often times I am so focused on what's next that I fail to celebrate important milestones as they happen. But since this one is just too big to let it pass by unacknowledged, I will try to give it a proper moment in the spotlight.
Thankful, grateful, happy, excited, and lucky are just a few of the emotions floating through my mind right now. I feel [insert one of those words] to have done something I love for the last two years and [insert another one of those words] that I can keep doing it for another year (and hopefully many more). Whereas last year at this time I was worried about whether I had accomplished enough in my first year, this year feels quite the opposite. I am proud of where Evermore Paper Co. is today and of all the progress that has been made in this past year. I am more confident in the work I am producing than ever before and know that the best of it is still to come.
If there's anything I've learned this year, it's that each step, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem at the time, will always help to paint a larger, more beautiful picture. I realize that so much of the behind-the-scenes work that I put in this year is what contributed to some of my larger successes. So without further adieu, here are just a few of my favorite highlights from this past year...
1. Attending Etsy Open Call and pitching my line to Nordstrom, The Land of Nod, Lou & Grey, The Walker Art Center and Clementine.
2. Adding 25 new stockists to the roster
3. Being featured on Etsy here and here. Along with all this other good press here.
4. Participating in 2 pop-up shops at Madewell
5. Dabbling in custom work (more to come on that)
So there you have it! It's definitely been an exciting year, but naturally I can't resist the call of Year Three.