That's what the last week has been like.
About 10 days ago someone from Etsy contacted me and asked me if I wanted to be their featured seller starting Monday January 5. For those of you who don't know what that entails, it means having your picture on Etsy's front page along with a link to an interview with you and your shop. Based on what I've observed, it brings in a lot of attention and business. They gave me a few days to answer the interview questions and send a photo of myself and advised me to stock my shop well.
Naturally my first and primary concern was...the photo. This was also a big concern for my middle daughter, Rachel, especially my eyebrows. Rachel has an opinion about a lot of things including eyebrows and according to her, mine were too bushy. I grew up in the era of Brooke Shields and my eyebrows were nowhere near that dense. But, Rachel was insistent that eyebrow amendment was crucial to this photo. So I agreed to let her "work" on my eyebrows. She proceeded to pluck my brows and between the involuntary sneezing it provoked and my exclamations of pain I vowed that I'm never going through that again.
And,don't tell Rachel, but I don't think they look any different.
My feature ran from noon, Eastern time, on January 5 to noon, Eastern time, on January 7 and it was amazing. Yes,I had a lot of orders, but they were dwarfed by the number of inter-Etsy emails or convos I received. So many lovely comments and congratulations. It was really quite stunning.
Thank you, Etsy.