These United States

So I got my first Etsy sale on March 8, 2012 for a pair of custom rain boots that needed to go to Castle Dale Utah. I was so happy although it took two months to get that sale I was officially in business. I received my second order in March also and that pair of camo boots went to San Francisco California! It would be several months before I got another order and ironically the next three orders went to Australia…yeah I typed Australia. I was floored not only was I selling my work to people in the US but I now could say I was an international seller. Where am I going with this, its not to brag, its to tell you the goal that slowly developed as I sold more. In 18 months of selling I have 31 sales, and those sales had me thinking…inner monologue went like this. “How cool would it be to ship and item to every state in the US?”

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Here is the finished pin board my son and I created today. I hope to add to it soon!

It stayed an inner thought until one day I voiced this thought to my wonderful supportive husband, who someday I should promote to manager. He has ideas that I don’t know how I didn’t think of them. Case in point his response to what had been just my inner thought was “so print out a map and put thumbtacks in the states you’ve sold to.” Brilliant why didn’t I think of that. Fast forward to many months later and I finally put that brilliant idea into action.

My son, who is 8 and out of school for the summer, offered to help make this board. A small feat getting him to agree to help. So this morning we set off the Walmart and I bought a cork board and push pins, which he insisted on being black, so you can see them. We printed out a map of the US, Canada, and Australia. We put on the maps got our black pushpins ready and I pulled up my sold orders on Etsy. We began filling in the map.

This is the pin board that my son and I created today!

I set off to work as usual on Tuesday but once I got home and saw my board I was inspired again by those United States. I am a history buff and love the show on TV called “How the States Got Their Shape” I find it so interesting to know the history behind the states. So once again I turned to Etsy and created a treasury of state inspired items. I have house wares like pillows and coffee mugs, to cool artwork using words to make up a state and string. The history buff in me put a few vintage maps in there too. Check out the treasury on Etsy and get inspired too.

You can find other treasuries that I have created by following my on Etsy @TheCottonRoad, or you can get updates on my Facebook page to also The Cotton Road

I love taking a simple idea and making it fun. So if you have an idea for a treasury leave a comment and maybe my next treasury and blog post can be inspired by you!logob

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