etsy-versaryCelebrate with me!  I've been selling on etsy for six years, and I want to share my joy with you.  I've got TWO giveaways today:  one here on the blog, and the other on my Facebook page. Enter by 8am CT on Thursday to win your choice of any stamp in my shop.  Maybe an address stamp: address stamp by lettergirl on etsyOr a bookplate stamp: book stamp by lettergirl on etsy Or an art stamp: art stamp by lettergirl on etsy To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me something you've made for someone else (a gift? a meal? I can't wait to hear!).  When you leave a comment on this post, you can also sign up to follow my blog -- making it easy peasy to check back on Thursday to see who won.  Good luck!  
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57 Responses to ETSY-versary Giveaway!

  1. Barbara Sekelsky says:

    I made memory quilts for my brothers and my mom from my dad’s shirts and pants

  2. Martha says:

    My mother made me a needlepoint belt that I wore at my wedding 35 years ago.

  3. Katie says:

    I love making books for others to tell stories about our friendships or funny memories….

  4. Monnah says:

    The last thing I did for someone was a knitted scarf. I’m working on another one right now.

  5. Barb says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve made something creative for someone. I used to quilt and hope to someday get back. But in the meantime, I made dinner for my family last night. And on Sunday, I made an apple crumble for dessert for a family birthday gathering.

  6. Dawn says:

    I enjoy making cards for our deployed military members. They use these cards to write letters home to their families. It’s a special way to help families stay connected while they are serving our country! Happy Anniversary, Gina! ♡

  7. Amy says:

    Every year I knit my mom and sister-in-law two new dishcloths for a stocking stuffer. One year I wasn’t able to get around to it in time and they both asked where their dishcloths were that year so I gave them IOUs and mailed them in January!

  8. Clare says:

    Morning! I think the best gifts I ever made, then gave away were scrapbooks. They were true labors of love but the best gift was watching the reactions as they opened a story all about them.

  9. Allison Jelley says:

    Hmmm… Something I’ve made…..I guess most recently was a pair of yoga socks knit for my sister. Happy Anniversary!

  10. Elizabeth Anderson says:

    Hi Gina! I knit a mohair/wool scarf for a friend last year that she did not expect to get……the is one my knitting buddies and had not received a handknit gift herself……FUN to surprise her!

  11. Courtney J says:

    I’ve been making hand made birthday cards for my friends lately. I’ve had a lot of fun actually getting them out on time and hearing their responses back! Happy Anniversary!

  12. Samantha Wranosky says:

    I made Sterling Silver Wire pendants for all the women in my family one year for Christmas, including myself. 🙂

  13. Kara Floyd says:

    For Christmas one year I decided to paint a picture for my mom. I’m going to follow that statement with this- I am not a painter, drawer, artist of any kind! Haha. Looking back I’m not sure why I thought this would be a good idea, maybe because I was a broke college student, but I did it anyways. The painting turned out decent- nothing super awesome but not too shabby either. My mom LOVED it! She has it hanging front and center in her office. Every time I see it hanging there I feel like that kid again who just brought home an A+ To show their parents. It is such a great reminder that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder and that beauty can be found in anything (even not so great paintings).

  14. Cerella Di Mondo says:

    I knit a sweater for my father in law a few Christmases back and then made quilts for all my neices and nephews last year. 🙂

  15. Paige says:

    I made a scrapbook for our fosters son’s mom of his year with us so that she would have photos of him as a baby. She was able to regain custody of him and now has photos from all of his firsts that she missed.

  16. Chris says:

    I made tote bags – great for groceries, books, general lugging things around – for my co-workers when the program we worked for was disbanded. Just wanted to remind them how much I liked working with them.

  17. eileen says:

    I painted a canvas of birthday wishes for a friend.

  18. Beth S says:

    I made earrings and bracelets as Christmas gifts.

  19. Congrats Gina. You have been so fun to watch. Thanks for sharing with us.
    I made a 3D paper card of a baking theme mixing bowl, utensils, recipes. It was fun to conceptualize.

  20. Suzanne D says:

    Happy Anniversary Gina! Probably a gift that I made that took the longest was knitting an authentic replica Season 13 Dr. Who scarf. I also make other hand knits ( hats, dishcloths, etc) to giveaway too. One year I made Christmas ornament earrings for everyone in my office (150 pairs). I love making and giving things away.

  21. MoniCue says:

    I take homemade meals to new moms! (And I give lots of handmade gifts to family and friends: knitwear, esp. cowls/hats/handwarmers; jewelry; canned and baked goods.)

  22. Lisa Linn says:

    I made a book with my sister – that we trade back and forth – which means I now have to answer the latest question and send it back to her (sorry for the delay)

  23. Cheryl says:

    Happy etsy-versary! I made baby quilts for my sister and cousin. . . they were my first quilts and took me a million hours but i loved the chance to meditate and pray for those little not-yet-born babes while i hand quilted.

  24. Kim says:

    I made some baby headbands for my new little daughter! They aren’t super easy to find where I live, so dreaming them up and then making them makes me really happy… and makes her look really cute!

  25. Kellie says:

    I made a scrapbook of our beach vacation this summer. So fun to see and awesome for my kids to relive! Very healing to do!

  26. stephanie says:

    I love making my mom’s lasagna for new parents. (I usually double the recipe and make one for myself too :0)
    Grab a back of salad, add a fresh roll of bread and its a great meal for those first days with a newborn.

  27. Jane says:

    Happy etsy-versary! I’ve made scrapbooks for my family and friends. Recently, I helped my mom with some quilts she’s making for my niece and nephew.

  28. JulieKP says:

    I knit something every Christmas for my best friend. Sometimes it is a hat. Other times it is a scarf. But my favorite are the stranded mittens I made her that took forever and ended up being too big. I forget that not everyone has “man hands” like me. 😉 She wears them all the time still. She says she doesn’t care and loves them anyway. That’s why I make her homemade gifts!

  29. Aine says:

    I love making hats and scarves for people. My dad has a knitted scarf from me, and my mom has several hats. I made a winter hat for our exchange student from Brazil last year — it was good for our Wisconsin weather!

  30. keri says:

    I try to knit a new hat every year for my two daughters, now 5 and 7. I love seeing them wear them…the best gratification. Last Christmas I made cotton canvas totes out of some darling fabrics for all of my closest friends and relatives–a simple project, but so practical and useful! This Christmas I plan on making luggage tags for everyone! While I love fall, I’m looking forward to knitting weather again :). Thanks for sharing your creativity with us for six years!! 🙂

  31. Susan F. says:

    A watercolor tag I hand lettered for a purchased gift for a friend.

  32. Mary Y. says:

    Hi Gina: Congratulation on your anniversary. You know I enjoy knitting, so the last handmade item I made was a sweater for Bridget!

  33. Ingrid Weaver says:

    Happy ETSY- versary!!! How exciting! I love all your work and am glad that your brother Mike told me about your work and your site!!! 🙂

  34. CJ says:

    Congratulations on six years of Etsy, you should be very proud of all you have achieved. I’ve made quilts for each of my boys, it’s something I love to do.

  35. maria says:

    At this point I am just venturing out into the creative world so I haven’t done much by way of anything fancy, but I have made a couple of scarves for my two nieces (knitted). I am wanting to learn to sew!! Your work really inspires me!!

  36. delwyn says:

    Hello Gina

    Well done on your longevity and success online.

    Last week I made mail for a friend based on Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book. I used pictures of Shonagon and her book to make cards to write on and inspired by her delightful lists I compiled a list over several weeks of all the small joys in life that engender happiness. I wrote 3 per day in my journal then assembled them all in a long list.
    It was a great exercise for me to focus on the source of happiness and an interesting read I hope.

  37. Carol -SF Bay Area says:

    Greetings Gina! I was going to send you a note to “Her Awesomeness” commemorating your satisfaction with “Year One”, but this is so much better!
    I have made and given away big things, like quilts and a sweater. However the most fun for me is making the little, unexpected things that can make a person’s day. I love to make cards, little treats containers for holidays, remembrances for special days. Every one likes something special now and then and often it doesn’t take too much time – just a little heart.
    Happy Anniversary, and many more.

  38. Megan says:

    I made a scrapbook for the office manager who retired after 18yrs. Lots of great memories and lots fun. I always make handmade cards for all occasions.

  39. Lisa says:

    I just finished paper piecing a pineapple pattern baby quilt in pale blue and cream. For a sweet couple that has a baby due in a week!

  40. lraines says:

    I love to bake and decorate Christmas cookies to give to family and friends.

  41. Ashley Bouwer says:

    At Christmas I like to make handmade ornaments with my son to give to my parents (his grandparents). It’s fun for us to do together and a sweet gift to give them.

  42. rachel says:

    I made matching (but different) scarves for my nephew and his wife when they got married.

  43. Flora Clyde says:

    I’ve made cards for friends and family for special occasions (don’t always get the birthday cards done on time). I try to incorporate photographs or little mementos or hand stitching. The biggest things I’ve made recently are scrapbooks for my nieces and nephews for graduation and going off to college; and for a friend’s daughter as a wedding gift and several for friends that move on from our expatriate days in China. I made one as a first birthday gift for a friend’s son – I put in pages to commemorate his first birthday and highlights from his next five birthdays; first day of school; celebrations surrounding his arrival and then finished with pages commemorating his parents’ friends and good times in Beijing and blank pages on New Zealand paper to add highlights of their move home. These are bittersweet to do, but a lot of creative fun, too.

  44. If I ever have to buy a gift, I feel strange, because I love to make gifts for others. Making baby quilts for new babies is my favorite, but I am always behind…always!

  45. Dawn H says:

    I’ve made cards, picture frames, and meals. I used to make gifts a lot more often, but when little kiddos came around, I haven’t made the time for it like I used to.

  46. chel says:

    I make a LOT of crochet things for other people. Blankets, scarves, little purses and pouches. I’m not an advanced crochet-er (I LOVE having it be the one thing in life I keep simple and not feeling the pressure to excel my technique) so they aren’t the greatest gifts, but whenever ANYONE shows any interest in anything I make, I douse them with little presents. I just love doing it.

  47. Deanna H says:

    Congrats on your anniversary, Gina! That’s a great thing!
    I made dinner last month for a neighbor who had just had her baby. It was poppyseed chicken with sides and dessert. I know I sure appreciated getting food brought in after I had my kids.

  48. Jennifer says:

    I gave my daughter several meals while she was sick – cooking at her house with the grandkids is much more fun!

  49. Chris says:

    I challenged myself to make my pregnant wife’s fave takeout at home – a new pad thai recipe with tom kah on the side. Still tweaking but it made her so happy!

  50. Em Mahr says:

    I make homemade cards (Christmas, thanksgiving, birthday, etc.) for family and friends.

  51. Allison says:

    I make jewelry to give as gifts — usually with silver and pearls or semi – precious stones.

  52. Stephanie B says:

    Ilike to make meals for local cancer patients. Helps their families have one less thing to do

  53. Kate says:

    The most recent thing I made for someone was granola for my son’s favorite breakfast: yogurt parfaits. Recipe was from a cookbook you recommended – Best Lunchbox Ever.

  54. Molly B says:

    Several summers ago my daughter asked for an American Girl doll bed. I did some research and even the used ones were expensive. In my search, I found plans for building doll beds. The following summer I finally got started with it, even though my woodworking was limited to middle school industrial arts class. In the end, a little older and growing out of the American girl years, she ended up with a doll loft bed complete with a handmade mattress, blankets, and pillows.

  55. terri says:

    My favorite thing to make is my husband’s morning cup of tea. I get up earlier and it is my way of welcoming him into another new day.
    I am grateful to you, Gina, for inspiration and beauty. My thanks. Terri

  56. ashley k says:

    So my best friend is hugely into cooking/baking. She needed a recipe box, so I found an old wood one, refinished and painted it just for her!

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