EtsyInspired #141 ~ Homes and Weddings

>> Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hi friends! It's Ashley here to write the post this week. This is a very bittersweet one for me because I've decided that this will be the LAST EtsyInspired Challenge. EtsyInspired is probably the most labor intensive challenge to run because we have to coordinate both shops and sponsor. It's come to a point where we think we've gone as far as we can go with the challenge and though there will always be fabulous handmade inspiration on Etsy, we have faith that you can find it on your own now.

This has been an AMAZING journey for me! I started the challenge WAY back on Sept 9, 2008. We started with myself and three DT members. And it slowly grew into this beautiful creature of art inspiring art and I became known as "The EtsyInspired Girl." EtsyInspired is truly like one of my babies, I've nurtured it and watched it grow. I've made giant leaps and huge mistakes. And I poured my heart into in. Every single person who has ever played this challenge is so very dear to me. I appreciate that you have taken the time out of your life to come let the shops we've chosen inspire you. EtsyInspired was a dream come true for me on so many levels and I thank all my DT members, Etsy shops, sponsors, and players for coming with me on this journey.

You might think that it's silly to let this dream go now that I've achieved it and that might be true. However, I HAVE to tell you that I could NOT run this challenge without my Coordinator De Swanick who is literally like my right hand. She is the organized to my chaos and the calm to my crazy. Both De and I have come to times in our lives where we really need to focus elsewhere and like I said, EtsyInspired might be the hardest challenge to run. And I don't think it would be fair to ask anyone else to bear our burden. So, we have decided it's time for the challenge to end and we know that if you ever lack inspiration, you'll know where to turn. So, for one last time, let's go be EtsyInspired.















This week's EtsyInspired shop is Home and Weddings. They create beautiful wire creations to display all sorts of things for your home and weddings. They come in all different shapes and colors. They also make jewelry, wine charms, bouquet accessories, etc... This week, Home and Weddings is offering up a Copper Business Card holder like this one as a prize.
This week, our prize is a mystery gift bag of items from past sponsors. You have two weeks to complete the challenge, please link your creation by July 1 at 11:59pm. For old time sake, I think Random.Brady will draw the winner.

12 comments:

Emily Keaton June 18, 2011 at 6:45 AM  

Oh, how sad!! I haven't had much time for challenges recently, but was a faithful EtsyInspired player for quite a while. I always loved playing this challenge!! Thanks to both Ashley and De for running such a classy and interesting challenge. I can understand why you've decided to close up shop, and I wish you all the very best. But please know that you'll definitely be missed!! Thanks for a bunch of great challenges!!

Nicole Maki June 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

EIC is such a wonderful challenge and I'm sad to see it go.

Huge thanks to you and De for all the inspiration.

Best of luck to you both in your future endeavors.

Kathryn June 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM  

Ashley et al,
thanks for the long-time work and inspiration. you have all done a fabulous job. Thank you very much and I know we'll all still be seeing you around of course :)

I didn't always get my cards for EIC challenges linked up in time, but THIS time, I am making sure of it.

My card is here: You and Me--CAS Wedding/Anniv card

Thank you so much and best of everything to you in your other endeavors.

--Kathryn

Sandy June 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

Ashley and De
I know you've both put so much work into this challenge. I've been playing along off and on for more than 100 EICs so far, and I will really miss it. Thanks for all you've done.

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ June 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM  

It is very sad to see you go :( You and all the DT's have always done such an amazing job and I thank you. I wish you and all the DT all the best in your next endeavors and you never know ... we might *fingers crossed* see you again with a new challenge site in the future. Thank you, and all the best!

Priyanka June 18, 2011 at 10:33 PM  

O MY God plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz dont go, this is my favorite challenge, I did not get time to play always but I visit here because I love it, if possible then plzzzz dont stop it, I am in awe to hear this, never thought this challenge will be closed.Goodness.

Annette Witherspoon ♥ June 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

Thank you so much for giving us this challenge and helping support handmade items. I'm a little sad to see it go, especially since I just started playing. I wish everyone luck in the future endeavors.

Eve June 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

...i'm sorry to hear this will close... I've found this challenge ONLY less than a year ago...:-( I wish i've known since you ladies has started, back in 2008... This is the challenge i always checked the challenge every week. It was fun to check the stores and pics.... Wish you & your team all the best in your future endeavors!!

charli June 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

wow! sorry to hear this...you've provided so much inspiration to me for awhile now. I love seeing the shops and the incentives to play along. THANK YOU to everyone who put in their time and effort and prizes for this amazing challenge blog! I've enjoyed it and will have to play along this final time!! Best wishes to you all!

Jennifer Scull June 23, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

oh my goodness, this makes me so sad, but I know you didn't come to this choice easily.
I pray God's richest blessings on all of you! you will be missed! :)

now I must get busy with my last card for the challenge! :)

Crystal June 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

i am so sad, but totally understand! this has been one of my fav challenges for so long & i will miss it dearly. big hugs & lots of luck for whatever you do next!

Rebecca June 30, 2011 at 6:22 AM  

Thank you! For all of the great challenges! I'm happy to have been a part of from early on. I loved being a Guest DT member, and having my shop featured early on. Even though I didn't always play along, I think this is one of my most favorite challenges. I am sad to see you, but I know what you mean when you say its time to move on! Good luck to you in whatever is "next". Thanks De and Ashley, for all the time and energy you have put into it

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