Happy Sneakerversary!

A reminiscence and exchange between Doodlebeacards, and laruefasions–once a victim herself, and now a dedicated member of TeamSNEAK:

Doodle: Seeing that this is an anniversary celebration, thought I would share about my first “official” sneak attack on a certain victim that is now one of the “sneaky sneakers”

I found the sneak attack threads for the first time 3-11-09 but didn’t stay long. Found the next one and joined in a little more. I found myself coming every time, found a great group of folks that were so warm and welcoming that I told myself I would come every chance I got.

Birthday Card for an Obvious Original from doodlebeacards

Birthday Card for an Obvious Original from doodlebeacards

On 4-10-09, I made my first sneak attack purchase. It was so exciting. My first experience at “cart wars” but I think we didn’t “war” as much back then.

This group has brought me out of my shell  and now I think I’ve only missed one sneak attack. and I love hanging out in the off days because there is so much support.

Oh, by the way, my first sneak purchase was from:

larue – YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! and now she is a sneaky sneaker!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SNEAK ATTACKS!!!!!

Larue: That night was a very surreal night. I came home from shopping, and turned on the net, and all these emails kept coming in and all these PayPal notices were coming in also. I thought, wow, Doug must have sold something… not ever thinking about me.

Then I started opening them, one after another, I sold an item! OMG!!! It is like hitting a brick wall, only emotionally!

Was someone pulling a joke, I had been on here quite some time, and nothing and now… I kept counting, how could this be? Finally, I read the First letter from PhippsArt. “You are being sneak attacked, and no, this is not a joke!” I just sat and shook my head.

Handmade Key Chain - Rosie Posie

Handmade Key Chain - 'Rosie Posie'

So, after looking at the HandmadeMovement site, and then following the link, I found the thread where people were actually talking about my items. It wasn’t a joke! People were saying such nice things, and the emotions got even more messed up. Humility, gratitude, and not knowing how I picked to receive this blessing!

Wow! I think that is one of the most emotionally messed up moments of my life!

But that wasn’t the full blessing that God gave me. He gave me a wonderful bunch of people that are caring, loving, honest, and sincerely interested in helping each other. I have a second family on here.

And on top of all that, I get to participate in Sneak Attacking someone else two to three times a week! How great is that. Someone else gets to feel the way I did. Who can ask for more?

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Don’t forget to come celebrate the Sneakerversary with us! There will be giveaway drawings at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 PM EDT. Go to The Handmade Movement to enter. The party culminates at 7:00 with a Sneak Attack!

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Happy Sneaking to you!

The wonderfully talented Beqi of LaBeq Gifts serenades us for the first Sneakerversary!

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The Sneakers are throwing a Party–And You are Invited!

Buy Handmade shirt from PhippsArt, founder of the Handmade Movement

Buy Handmade shirt from PhippsArt, founder of the Handmade Movement

Sometimes one person has an idea that, once set into motion, grows beyond anything they ever imagined. In this case the person was Michael Phipps of Phippsart, and the idea was the sneak attack.  Sneak Attacks have been described as “the dynamic of perpetual motion” by Coco of Handmade News. Michael started the sneak attacks in order to spread the warm fuzzy feeling he got when he made his first sale on Etsy and over the past year warm fuzzies have  spread to 243 shops with a total of 2806 sales! On Thursday, September 24 2009 we are throwing a huge birthday bash for the sneak attacks.

TeamSNEAK got its start a little later, after a group of people had been participating in sneak attacks for some time. Theresa of MichiganHemp started the team because she felt it was  “a better way to welcome someone to the wonderful world of Etsy!” While the team itself and most of its members weren’t around for that first sneak attack, we are very excited to be here to celebrate the first Sneakerversary.

Pair of Chickadees - Print from kvwillkinson, the first Sneak Attack victim

Pair of Chickadees - Print from kvwillkinson, the first Sneak Attack victim

Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without a party, and it wouldn’t be a party without friends and strangers coming to share the cake, so on behalf of TeamSNEAK, I’d like to extend an invitation to the entire world of internet users to come celebrate with us. Like any good party, there will be lots of great conversation all week long (In the words of Sneaker shadesofvictoria “This week will be a riot!”).

The fun continues through Thursday evening, with a sneak attack announced at 7:00PM. The party culminates in a massive giveaway, where you can win a giant bucket of awesomeness worth over $300! In addition to the grand prize, there will also be 3 smaller individual giveaways. Winners will be announced at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00. For details on how to enter, visit The Handmade Movement website, and click on “giveaway”

So come on, and bring your party hat!

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September 11 Sneak Attack Report–ruxuxu, deliarayne, and designsbyjessi

Stockannette sponsored the September 11, 2009 sneak attack on ruxuxu, deliarayne, and designsbyjessi. Ruxuxu sells photography and digital patterns. She got 13 sales from the attack. Deliarayne sells crocheted hair accessories and got 4 sales from the attack. Designsbyjessi sells custom photo cards for any occasion and got 2 sales from the attack. Ruxuxu and desigsbyjessi agreed to be interviewed for this blog.

Celeste: What was your reaction when you first realized you’d been sneak attacked?

ruxuxu: I was so happy and surprised. Not just that, my heart was truely moved and thought about something like giveing love and help how changes others. And I felt I start to love even my cat more. I was so shocked and excited too. I did not know what happened. I could not help myself to stop trumble. I think my first reaction was get things ready to send. Of course I went to sneak attacker community and website try understand what happened on me. I saw my shop name was there first page. And I joined a short time conversation for thinks everyone and let them know about my feeling. I was so busy to get to ready send things, so I did not have enough time to read all thing about sneak attack.

a sunflower change - ePATTERN by ruxuxu

a sunflower change - ePATTERN by ruxuxu

designsbyjessi: The first thing I said to myself was, “What’s a sneak attack?” I looked at my email and saw I had a sale – immediately called my Mom and said (almost yelling) “Mom, I got a sale!” hahaha. After reading a little more about sneak attackers I got really excited and started working with my first customer!

Digital Custom Wedding Photo Card Design - You Print by designsbyjessi

Digital Custom Wedding Photo Card Design - You Print by designsbyjessi

Celeste: Anything else you would like our blog readers to know?

ruxuxu: I went to everyone’s shop site who put my shop in their  favorites and shopped my things or hearted my items. I put everyone in my favorite list too. I tried to visit everyone’s shop so carefully, but I did not have enough time to do in a short time. I think I will visit everyone’s shop who helped me anytime. I heart some items too. They are all wonderful and creative. These days because my internet works slow, so I am just off line and try to make really good things. I think this is the best way. Thanks everyone who helped me.

Orange Shadow by ruxuxu

Orange Shadow by ruxuxu

designsbyjessi: I know 2 sales doesn’t seem like a lot, but my shop is set up a little different. As a result from the sneak attack, I had an increase of 10 etsy users add my shop to their favorites and several told me they were interested in Christmas cards so that is what I’m working on right now! I also am putting some “mini cards” on there for cute little Halloween or Thanksgiving photo cards. Thanks for getting the word out about my shop sneak attackers! Now, I check the blog all the time and want to join in attacking other victims🙂

Custom Baby Announcement from designsbyjessi

Custom Baby Announcement from designsbyjessi

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Congratulations to VintageEmbellishment!

Congratulations to VintageEmbellishment, who left the twelve comment on the TeamSNEAK giveaway! VintageEmbellishment gets a pack of 8 blank note cards with her choice of images from DoodleBeaCards.

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September 7 Sneak Attack Report–FAPhotography, SaraAnn21, and thelittleshabbybox

Winemakerssister sponsored the September 7, 2009 sneak attack on FAPhotography, SaraAnn21 and thelittleshabbybox. FAPhotography specializes in nature photography on prints, postcards, and mousepads. She got 7 sales from the attack. SaraAnn21 sells handmade jewelry and got 8 sales from the attack. Thelittleshabbybox sells embellishments, appliques, keychains and more. She got 7 sales from the attack. SaraAnn21 agreed to be interviewed for this blog.

Celeste: What was your reaction when you first realized you’d been sneak attacked?

SaraAnn21: Well, it was Labor Day, and it had been a long day with friends at an outdoor concert by the sea! I arrived home at about 8pm and checked my email. When I saw all the emails from Etsy buyers and Paypal confirmations, I was shocked! There were 16 emails total. I literally sat and stared at my computer for minutes! (And a minute is a long time to do nothing!) I’ve never had a sale before so a million thoughts were running through my head. “I need to package all these items, I need to make a list of everyone, I need to make more for my inventory!” I didn’t want to mix them up, so I started organizing everything! I was so excited!

Mystic Wave set from SaraAnn21

Mystic Wave set from SaraAnn21

Celeste: Anything else you would like our blog readers to know?

SaraAnn21: Sneak attacks are bundles of joy! And the attackers have such a big heart to participate! I would like to attack people as well to spread the same joy I felt. I believe the first sale is the hardest and it gives so much inspiration! I am a college student so I started my shop to help pay for school. I learned that it takes some effort to run a successful shop, and between my time on Etsy and 6 classes worth of homework, I truly appreciate the boost!

Feel free to stop by and see my collection! Oh- and I love to do custom orders because it helps me be open to different and unique styles!

Wine Glass Identifyers from SaraAnn21

Wine Glass Identifyers from SaraAnn21

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Giveaway! 8 blank notecards from Doodlebeacards!

Julie and Beatrice have been best friends since they were in school together, and now they have achieved something most of us only dream off–going into business together. That business is doodlebeacards and it combines Beatrice’s creativity and talent for drawing with Julie’s business acumen. Beatrice’s cute, cheerful drawings adorn greeting cards for all occasions which Julie markets on etsy and in other venues. The winner of this week’s giveaway will get a pack of 8 blank note cards with their choice of drawings.

How did you discover Etsy and first get started selling?

I actually heard about Etsy back at the end of 2007. I invested in a website package that included one-on-one coaching sessions and my coach told me about it. I actually had 2 coaches and both of them really pushed me toward Etsy, but I ignored them – trying to devout my time to building a website. I had no idea what my site would do or sell at that time. The story about my partner is further down in this. Bottom line to this question is my partner has a sister that joined Etsy, and she started pushing even more, so I gave in and got started building our shop.

You Moo-ved me Thank you Card from doodlebeacards

You Moo-ved me Thank you Card from doodlebeacards

Do you have a “day job”?

Day job? The bit about the website in your first question was the result of loosing my day job and doing the “job search” thing. Despite the interviews and resumes, God had another plan for me. My Mom’s health was declining, so finding something to do from home was the best option IF it were possible. Now, between my Mom, our card shop, my other Etsy shop, and our website – I guess this IS my day job. (and my night job) In case you’re wondering, I was able to find a way to support myself in order to do this. God did provide.

So Many Frogs by doodlebeacards

So Many Frogs by doodlebeacards

What is your first memory of Sneak Attacks?

I can’t remember HOW I came across the forum for sneak attacks, but in looking back, the first time I ever posted in an Etsy thread, it was a Sneak Attack thread back in March. I had only popped in, and it was at the end of the day. It was so intriguing that I had to return for the next one. I think I have only missed one since then. My first purchase was in April – talk about exciting!!! And now, I’m totally addicted. I have even sponsored a couple of sneak attacks and would encourage everyone to do it.

This little Piggy keeps great notes from doodlebeacards

This little Piggy keeps great notes from doodlebeacards

Doodlebeacards is co-run by two friends. Tell me a bit about what that is like.

This ties back in to the first question Celeste. In my search for a “niche” to this website I had just invested in back in 2007, I had no idea what I was going to do. My best friend was an artist. She had been drawing for many many years and was trying to get someone to market her cards. In my mind, I had thought “why not?”. I need a niche (according to my coaches). I can market her cards. We sat down and discussed the possibilities and agreed “nothing ventured, nothing gained” so we went for it. She is the artist, I am the business woman. You can read more about that in our profile.

I believe she is a gifted artist and I am happy to have joined with her to promote her talent. This past April, we celebrated our first year of being in business together. And one of the fun parts of our business now is the opportunity we have to offer “personalization”. We are also moving beyond greeting cards – Etsy has opened a new world of creativity for us. Look for fun NEW things coming to our shop real soon.

Lets Fight Heart Disease Together card from doodlebecards

"Let's Fight Heart Disease Together" card from doodlebecards

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To enter for your chance to win 8 blank note cards with your choice of drawings, simply go to doodlebeacards and pick a favorite. Come back here and tell us what your favorite is! If you want a second entry, tweet this give-away @teamsneak and leave a comment letting us know you tweeted. Don’t forget to leave us a way to get in touch with you if you win (email address, etsy shop, etc.). A winner will be chosen randomly on Monday September 21.

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