Well, friends, I made my goal: As of today, right now, my new etsy shop is open. Click here to check it out! I currently have four purses for sale there, and will be adding four more (at least) over the next few eays. So if any of those grab your fancy, act quickly--or check back in a few days to see if you like the new ones better.
I can tell you that there are some cute pink ones (including a pink and brown one--inspired by the swap) coming soon. Also some more in earthy tones, and a fun orange and teal stripe. There are so many great sweaters out there just screaming to be made into funky bags!
I have to say, I found etsy's set-up pretty user friendly. We'll see how it goes when I actually have a sale. I've been selling these almost as fast as I can make them to people I know here in Chicago, but I'm excited to try to see if the "general public" out there in online land likes them.
Finally a special thank you to everyone who have sent me so many sweet messages and comfort about our continuing adoption saga. I really means so much to me that all these "strangers" (not really) are supporting me during this tough time. And thanks for all your crafty support, too. I would have never opened an online store without all your cheers along the way!