2015 has been an extraordinary year, and what better way to top it off than to see All You Need is Pug as Etsy’s current Featured Shop? It is every Etsy seller’s ambition to see their work showcased on the Etsy blog, and I can’t put into words how honored and excited I was when the Etsy team contacted me in October asking me to be a featured seller. I was doing the dishes in my kitchen when my phone “binged” to indicate that an email had come in. Normally I don’t stop to check my messages while doing chores, but something in my gut told me that I had to see this email. When my screen lit up with the news that All You Need is Pug would be part of an Etsy editorial I broke into a happy dance, cried a few happy tears, laughed, and called out to tell my fiancé to come to the kitchen to hear the news. It was hard to keep the editorial a secret, being as ecstatic as I was, but I managed to keep it under wraps until the feature went live yesterday morning.
Jeremy and I spent hours taking photos for the feature, and I spent days trying to perfect every last word in the short article before sending it off to Etsy’s staff (who are all quite wonderful, supportive, and kind, by the way). And now here it is, the editorial that I have waited years to be featured in is finally in print for the world to see. To get a behind-the-scenes peek into my work space, my process, and the wild and whimsical world of All You Need is Pug, visit our Featured Shop editorial on the official Etsy Blog.
Yes, this is indeed a lovely way to end 2015. This has been a successful year for All You Need is Pug, and I feel that it all began when I quit my day job back in May. I was so nervous to take the leap, and I would never have done it if my fiancé hadn’t encouraged and supported me. It also helped that I have exceptional customers and followers who make my job worthwhile and so much fun to do. I look forward to waking up each day to see what adventures wait for me as I work on custom orders and brainstorm new ideas. I am overwhelmed by the kind words and wishes that I have received from customers and fellow artists just in the past 24 hours since the editorial has gone live. People can be so extraordinary and surprising, and I can’t thank you enough for making me smile and pushing me to be a better person, artist, and small businesswoman. 2015 is ending on a high note, and I hope that 2016 will prove to be even better. Here’s to you, here’s to 2016, and here’s to the future of All You Need is Pug!