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Guest Blogger: WENDY

In the words of my 1st Guest Blogger, Wendy.

I do indeed have a blog and an Etsy shop. I had my blog first, then shortly after that started my Etsy shop.

My blog is named A Couple More Hours. When I started my blog in September of 07, my twin girls were just about to turn three years old. They were out of the baby stage of needing constant attention by then and I had a little bit of extra time on my hands. A little bit, but not enough. In the evenings (I work full-time so my free time always comes after 5 p.m. and on the weekends!) while the girls were playing independently I had a chance to sit on the couch and do a craft project while watching them. I found myself always thinking that I could finish projects sooner if I just had a couple more hours to complete them. If my evenings were a couple hours longer, then I'd be able to start and finish something in one day. I still have that sentiment today! The girls are older and much more independent, but daily life gets in the way of other stuff!

My shop is called Two Stars because my girls, Arlene and Lydia, are my two stars. They are my miracle babies and I am so, so fond of them. They're featured prominently on my blog and they are pictured in my Etsy shop header. I have always liked stars so the name of my shop just seemed to fit. {I have a tattoo on the inside of my left wrist - it's an outline of two stars!} What's funny is that someone left feedback on my Etsy shop that said something along the lines of, I'd give this shop five stars, not just two! I wasn't even thinking about that when I named my shop but I guess some people might associate "two stars" with being sort of a bad thing, since a "five-star" review is really good? Oh well, that wasn't my intention. My girls also inspire me to create. I started my shop by selling resin pendants. I then moved onto fabric crafts and started making fabric dolls. I had made dolls for my girls and they loved them so much; I wanted to sell them to other kids too. I love, love, love Etsy; anyone who knows me can attest to that. Etsy is a great place for crafters and buyers. I've developed friendships with people I've "met" through Etsy. I have also enjoyed success at selling my wares on the site, and through Etsy I've connected with wholesalers and people organizing craft shows. It takes time and a lot of dedication to keep your shop updated, but it's worth it. I pretty much lived and breathed Etsy for about three years, but last fall took a bit of a break. I'm still creating and crafting, just not as much or with as frequently as I was before. I plan to kick it back up into high gear this fall again, to re-stock my shop and participate in craft shows. And I have a new line of crafty items that I'll be introducing into my shop - items made from block prints!

To find out more about Wendy, check out these links...

Wendy's blog address is:
Wendy's shop address is:
Her fan page on Facebook for her shop:

Thank you Wendy, for participating and sharing your story behind your blog/shop name!

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Oh! Loved reading this. AND, I love Wendy's creations!

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