For Valentine’s Day, we at Etsy’s blog thought we’d seek out the Etsy members who are the most beloved (or rather, be-hearted). We tracked six of the top one hundred most-hearted users and sought them out for interviews. They were totally surprised and pleased to find out! The fourth in this series is ashleyg.
Ashley Goldberg, 27, and Drew Bell, 30, are creative partners in crime, living and loving in Portland, Oregon. They live with Isadora the cat and mounds of shipping supplies. Oh — and they work really well together.
I was looking through craft blogs for the first time and many of them were talking about this new site “Etsy”. I decided to check it out and was just amazed at the marketplace and community that I found. I joined (and purchased things) that very evening. It’s been amazing to see Etsy grow and evolve to what it is now.
What’s your favorite Etsy feature?
How do you think you became so beloved in the Etsy community? (You’ve got a lot of hearts!)
Well, first, thank you, thank you, thank you to anyone who has hearted me. I am so flattered to be one of “the top 100 most hearted”. Certainly, timing has helped me out. I have been a part of Etsy a long time so I have had time to build up hearts. BUT, more importantly, I hope that I make products that people enjoy and offer customer service that keeps them coming back.
Who are your favorite Etsians?
– Shauna and Steven from Something’s Hiding in Here. My jaw drops every time they create something new.
– Matte Stephens and his lovely wife Vivian of MatteArt. Their generosity and kindness is as endless as their combined talent…and they are cat people(!)
– Ryan from LittlePutBooks…who I will never be able to thank enough for a HUGE favor she did for me about a year and a half ago. That Ryan, she’s good stuff.
I could go on and on but I will stop with a person who is not only my “co-worker” (I like to call everyone on Etsy my “co-workers”) but has become a close friend. After a cross country move for both of us, we are in the same city: Miss Emily Martin of theblackapple and her partner in crime, Josiah.
What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?
On Valentine’s Day I will be spending the day my better half, Drew. Each Valentine’s Day we try and do something silly/crafty/fun/memorable. A few years ago we went to a paint-your-own pottery place and made things for each other. It was us and 12 year old girls and their moms. It was ridiculous and the best. This year, I am leaning towards something outdoors. Maybe driving to the ocean and spending the day. (You hear that, Drew?)
Below you’ll find some items hearted by Ashley and Drew. Check out the other Most Hearted individuals here...