Once upon I time -- actually about a year ago -- I made this Santa wreath for a local art museum's annual holiday festival.
After falling in love with the wreath, I donated it. Yes, I know, there must have been a hole in my head. But I had to donate something to be in the festival. I thought, actually, I hoped, that those attending the festival, after seeing my Santa wreath, would make a mad dash to the festival gift shop, where I had four more wreaths for sale, and buy every single one.
Well so much for my brilliant marketing scheme. Not only did my wreaths not sell, but I was out one of my most favorite wreaths ever too.
The lesson learned was that I had to face my fear of shipping the wreaths and put them on Etsy. So, I turned to Suzy of Georgia Peachez, who makes beautiful ornament wreaths that literally sell like hotcakes. She even has one on the cover of the new issue of Romantic Homes magazines and it's gorgeous.
Suzy, who has the whole shipping thing down to a science, was very gracious and shared a few tips. Using her recommendations -- a big, sturdy box and lots of bubble wrap and packing peanuts -- I made a test run, shipping a wreath from New York to Ohio (where my in-laws are) and back. It went out using FedEx Ground and came back via the US Postal Service.
I'm happy to report that it survived both trips intact. So, finally, I've listed that wreath, plus four others, in my Etsy shop.
There's also another Santa kitsch wreath as well.
Now here's the part that I know that you'll "like."
I'm giving away this Santa wreath in memory of the one that I loved and lost. It's about 12 inches around and loaded with lots of kitschy Santa stuff and some vintage ornaments. It's pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself, so I'm trying not to fall in love with this one too.
If you want to win it, leave a comment below. And if you want a second chance to enter, go to the new My Vintage Soul Facebook page, "like" it, and leave a comment about the giveaway. The deadline on both sites is midnight Friday Oct. 19.
A Facebook page for My Vintage Soul? You betcha. It's amazing what you will tackle once you think that you've conquered shipping. I've also added Pinterest and I'm working on Twitter, too.