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Old School Etsians: momentofstars

Jun 16, 2008

by Community handmade and vintage goods

Etsy turns 3 years old on June 18, 2008.  We decided it was the perfect time to contact some of our "Elder Etsians" and pay them a little tribute.  momentofstars was the first official Etsian. She joined Etsy on June 18, 2005, and as you can see if you click through and see her shop’s url, her user id is number 96. Rob, Chris, and Haim — Etsy’s original founders — are numbers 93,94,95 (1-92 were test data). It’s your moment to shine, momentofstars!

Please introduce yourself and talk a bit about what you make.
Hi, I’m Fawne DeRosia aka momentofstars and I’m an artist, wife, and mommy living in a small town in central Georgia. I spend most of my time taking care of my family and working at the local arts council. In my spare time I paint, draw, make linocuts and zines and just try to keep busy creatively. I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades. I’m always buying supplies for new things I want to learn, so I have unfinished projects stashed all over the place. I’ve tried needle felting, sewing, jewelry making, crochet, and knitting.

Hearken back to the old days of Etsy…Any fond memories?
I remember first hearing about Etsy! I remember attending the first ICE event in Atlanta and loving every second of it. Etsy was on the give-away bag and I just had to know all about it. The next day I logged on and created my store. I made my first sale just days later.

[My studio’s located in an almost finished guestroom in our basement. I’ve set up a small desk so my five year old can work beside me. Her name is Mazzy and she says she wants to be an artist when she grows up. ]

How has what you create changed over the past few years, if at all?
I started out painting cute critters onto little wood plaques, then I moved on to little collages and oil paintings and now I’m working on making a lot of linocut prints. I think I’m much more confident in my style and ability and I hope it shows.

Do you see yourself on Etsy for the long haul?
Definitely. Now that my daughter is in school, I’m working on making my Etsy shop better. Before I kept it casual and updated the products at random times. Nowadays I’m trying to update at least once a week and keeping track of my projects on my blog so customers can see what I’m working on at that time.

What have you learned about selling?
It’s the little things that are important, like packaging and including a little thank you note with your sold items. People really appreciate that! Also, selling is a bit of a rollercoaster: sales can be up up up one week then down the next.

What do you want for the future of Etsy?
Just keep on keeping on! I love seeing new features on Etsy and I especially love seeing new hearts for my shop (hint hint)!

See who else on Etsy has a Birthday today! 

Zine - Doublespeak, issue one, April, 2008
Zine - Doublespeak, issue one, April, 2008
Floating Small Oil Painting
Floating Small Oil Painting
Jellyfish Love Lino Block Print
Jellyfish Love Lino Block Print
CROQ 11 Fall 2007 Crafts DIY Indie Business Zine
CROQ 11 Fall 2007 Crafts DIY Indie Business Zine
OCTOPUS TO DO LIST notepad with octopi by boygirlparty, list organization memo office cute strange ocean
OCTOPUS TO DO LIST notepad with octopi by boygirlparty, list organization memo office cute strange ocean


  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 9 years ago

    Wow! This is a cool series! It was interesting to read about the first official Etsy person!

  • lpdesigns

    lpdesigns said 9 years ago

    Cool! I can't wait to see who else you'll feature. Can't believe Etsy's almost 3! I feel old. hehe

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 9 years ago

    That's so cool!!! I love this article! I remember seeing her shop in the grand olde days.

  • littlepurls

    littlepurls said 9 years ago

    From the first user to the 1 millionth. Oh how far we've come.

  • liviastreasures

    liviastreasures said 9 years ago

    Wow! The very first Etsian! Congrats! and I wish you many more productive years on Etsy!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 9 years ago

    Congrats on being the first Etsian! Just to clarify, littlepurls, we don't have a million users though. We have had a million completed registrations, which includes multiple shops and doesn't take into account people who have closed their accounts. See this post:

  • boygirlparty

    boygirlparty said 9 years ago

    Fawne is awesome. a totally sweet, wonderful person bursting with positivity and creativity. an asset to Etsy + the indie craft community! yay Fawne!

  • ScarletBeautiful2

    ScarletBeautiful2 said 9 years ago

    how fantastic she is still going strong! congrats #1!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 9 years ago

    Amazing! User 96? wow... keep going girl, Good Luck.

  • ocbaby

    ocbaby said 9 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations!! I can't imagine being the first one to make that leap!! (and your daughter is such a cutie!!)

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 9 years ago

    That is so awesome that you are still selling! How totally cool to be the first!

  • Kiiss

    Kiiss said 9 years ago


  • zencreations04

    zencreations04 said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your 3 year anniversary! I will be celebrating my 3 year on the 19th and it's great to see the "old timers" get featured!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 9 years ago

    Wow how cool is that to be the first etsyian?! It makes me wish I had been more computer savvy and also known about etsy a long time ago! Congratulations to momentsofstars!

  • HModine

    HModine said 9 years ago

    Love all the shop profiles, but seeing the people who have weathered the years is very inspirational! Love the idea...can't wait to read more

  • robayre

    robayre said 9 years ago

    Wow, I had no idea she was the first etsyian! I think I found out about etsy, first through reading her blog and joined shortly thereafter. Very cool. Thanks for the article.

  • momentofstars

    momentofstars said 9 years ago

    Thanks, guys! :)

  • daisycakessoap

    daisycakessoap said 9 years ago

    Congratulations what a great feature!! I promise to never call you an elder!

  • pinkswizzlestick

    pinkswizzlestick said 9 years ago

    Congrats! That's so great that the first seller is still going strong! I've always kind of wondered how many of the people who joined near the start are still going. I so can't believe it's been three years!

  • RightAsRainCreations

    RightAsRainCreations said 9 years ago

    Thanks for a great article - I can't wait to read more Old Timey interviews! :)

  • summer62

    summer62 said 9 years ago

    Congrats on being the first Etsy sellers! I have always wondered who was the first. I am so thankful for Etsy and the wonderful people I have met on here. Etsy Rocks!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 9 years ago

    ha ha! very cool :D

  • cherylasmith

    cherylasmith said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on 3 years. I'm right behind you - celebrating my 3 Etsy years on June 21st! Old-timers are still Rockin'!

  • bamboobaby

    bamboobaby said 9 years ago

    Way cool and forward thinking. A true foundation block. Yay!

  • MissEmmasCloset

    MissEmmasCloset said 9 years ago

    Congrats on 3 years! i am very proud to be part of such an accomplished group of creative people!! i hope one day to be able to make this my full time career!!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 8 years ago


  • QuantaArtNM

    QuantaArtNM said 8 years ago

    I am so new I have not finished setting up.(My son has to help actually).............but I love your story. Quanta

  • ginasart8

    Gina Hammond from McGillhandmade said 5 years ago

    Really enjoyed this article. gh

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