Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You've been served.

Today in my e-mail I received from Etsy my official notice that they had registered for an IPO with the SEC. I don't trust any of these people as far as I can throw them, and also I'm not a huge fan of this statement that was included in the letter:
"The SEC is the government agency that oversees IPOs. SEC rules require a "quiet period" around IPOs, meaning we are limited in what we can say on the topic, even to Etsy employees and the Etsy community. Most of the time, we'll have to say "no comment" to your questions, and I understand that may not be satisfying.
So I took it all as though I'd been handed divorce papers, and after the rocky relationship that Etsy's been having with the rest of the true makers, I say, it's high time this relationship ended.
As far as the statement above.....I know, I know, it's the government, yadda have to obey the law, yadda yadda...but it all feels wrong to me not to mention I don't think it's in the original spirit of Etsy, so...what did I do?
I decided that this time I was gonna put my money where my mouth is, and so I did. I've got my own website now! Yup! Here it is:
Crazy, right?! Original, I know. But there it is! I'm slowly working through some of the design kinks and I've already listed a bunch of Made to Order items, but so far I'm very pleased with how it's coming out!
I've heard the most horrible things about how Etsy's been handling the reaction to it going public, even so far as to delete entire forum conversations to keep up appearances. I'll be slowly phasing out of Etsy, even moving my digital downloads to my website as soon as I can work through the logistics of that. In the meantime, here is my newest little ring:
I'm calling it the Winged Things Ring. A tiny feather perched on your finger. 

Also in the shop are Made to Order Sterling bands so you can turn your Winged Things ring into a stacker.

Tiny Bird on a Wire Stackers.

And, some of my Tribal Sliders that have been popular.
These are also Made to Order.

Rise Above Bangles in the shop, and you can choose your size. (There's nothing worse than a bangle that doesn't fit.)
Oh, and also, anything that you see in copper can be made in silver!
All listed here:

I can't thank you guys enough for helping to make this possible. If you've purchased something from me (or even if you haven't), I would greatly appreciate you sharing my website with friends and family to help me get the word out.
Also, if you have Instagram, I post new work there constantly @labellajoya.
I did a giveaway on IG recently, and will probably work on doing one here very soon.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Enjoy the rest of your week!


  1. Good luck with the next step. I hope it is a great success for you. :)

  2. Yep, got the same email too. I've been trying to slowly transition items to my website and know I need to start focusing more of my time there.

  3. LOVE the little stacker rings! I've never purchased from you, but I'll share your website on my blog. I do love reading yours!

  4. Your new website is beautiful! I'm off to share it...