Wild & Wanderful

Happy Birthday, Handmade Escapade!

Katy McKinley8 Comments

Guess what?  Guess what?!  Handmade Escapade turned THREE today!

I’d be lying if I said that these last three years have been easy ones.  There are points where I’ve wanted to give it all up: stop taking orders, close down my Facebook page and pretend that I didn’t own a small business.  I have a husband, a son, a life…was it worth all of the emails, late nights and extra stress?  And then when I’m about to throw in the towel, I get a really sweet review or message from a complete stranger about how much they like my creations or are inspired by what I make/do…or wants tips on how to do it themselves.  And my gusto returns.

October 15, 2010 was the first day I listed an item on Etsy.  I hardly knew what Etsy was…or even how to crochet that well.  I just tried it out because I tend to a be a “fly by the seat of my pants” kinda gal.  Now, three years and thousands of sales later, I’m still that way.  Just with a little more experience behind it all.  I’m still learning and growing and it’s been a hard/frustrating/amazing/hysterical/overwhelming/inspiring/fulfilling journey.  When it stops being all of those things, maybe that’s when I’ll know it’s time to quit.

But guess what?  I’m not going anywhere any time soon!  WOOT!

2013-10-15 birthday

I wanted to celebrate by giving some stuff away to my amazing friends…you guys!  But I also wanted to make it a fun surprise for what you get in the mail.  I’m not going to tell you what you’re going to be getting!  (Does that make you nervous?)  If you’re a winner, you won’t know your prize until it comes in the mail…how fun, right? 

  • My store is full of goodies.  Shirts galore.  Art prints.  Koozies. 
  • I’ve made so much stuff in these last few years that I’d love to gift them to someone.  High-waisted skirts.  Leggings with heart patches on the knees.  Crocheted hats.  Bow ties.  Hair bows.  Earrings.  (You can see most of my random creations on my Instagram account.)
  • I’ve also been know to give out gift certificates to people I love.  So…there’s that.  Starbucks?  Handmade Escapade?  Hmm….

There are a few ways to enter below.  It should be fairly easy to handle.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PS – please help me make this worth while.  I hate getting all excited about giving things away and then no one enters.  I just want someone to love meeeeeeeee.  <-----------sad cry for help.