Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chain Reaction

One of the things that ceases to amaze me about the cyber world are the friendships that I have made simply because I put myself out there and and opened an Etsy shop.    The minute I did, great things started to happen.  It went something like this:

I needed a banner for my shop and my niece Lindsay suggested I contact Lyndsay J., an amazing graphic designer. I did, and we became great friends. We share a passion for many things.   I just love to talk to her about art and creating. Last year, we had the opportunity to meet in person and it was so much fun.  I'm glad Lyndsay moved to L.A. -- now I can visit her when time permits. 

At the same time I met Lyndsay, I also needed to find a way to drum up business for my shop, and get my name out there. Lyndsay suggested that I contact Emily C., the creator of Giveaway Today -- a site that hosted giveaways in exchange for advertising.  So I did. Emily and I became great friends too.  I admire her creativity and knack for business.  She is such an entrepreneur.  We write back and forth about all sorts of things -- she even kept in touch while she traveled with her family to live in England for six months.  And, she brought me home a beautiful scarf, and some antique buttons.  How nice is that!!

After I met Emily, I began sending her jewelry in exchange for work. Her sister Lisa saw the jewelry and came to my Etsy shop to place an order. We too became friends -- we share a passion for cooking.  In fact, she just started a blog about her dinner group.   It's so impressive -- it has motivated me to get out there and entertain more.

The chain didn't stop there . . . it goes on and on.  Some day I will write more about it.  I have met some wonderful people like Angie, Megan, Danielle, Jenni, Kristi, Bethany, Molly, Linda, Stephanie, Courtney, and host of others (who, if I have forgotten to personally mention, I am truly sorry).  I enjoy my online friendship with each of them as much as I would if I could spend time with them in person.  It's a joy knowing these women and I treasure what they bring into my life.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting two of my online friends for lunch -- Emily and her sister Lisa.  I decided that while I was in Utah celebrating Matt's birthday, I would write and ask if they wanted to get together.  They both said "yes", which made me happy because you just never know if someone is going to think you are a kook, or a stalker when you put yourself out there like that.

At the suggestion of Emily we gathered at a place called Blue Lemon, a swank little bistro in Highland, Utah.   I walked in the door and started looking at the menu, which was on the wall.  A darling woman with long blond chair came up to me and said "Are you Crystal B? -- I'm Lisa!"   Shortly after that, in walked Emily and the fun began.  We had just placed our order for lunch when Emily  noticed a few of her friends sitting at a table!  She said "Hey, there's Tiffany and Jennifer, they love your jewelry!!!"  And the funny thing is, Jennifer was wearing one of my necklaces, and had just placed an order from my shop which I had mailed to her before I left.

Jennifer and Tiffany came over and said "hello."   It was so much fun meeting them too.   They've been added to the friendship chain.

Emily, Lisa and I spent the afternoon talking about all sorts of things -- England, food, recipes, genealogy . . . . and pretty soon it was 3:00 and we had to get back to our lives, which was disappointing because I still had lots of stuff I wanted to talk to them about.

I left thinking that I would love to be their neighbor -- you better believe that I would be knocking on their doors often.  And . . . leaving cupcakes on  their front porch for  Valentines Day.

Cyber friends, I love you.  Thanks for your words of wisdom, for humor when I need it, and for kindness.  Even if though you live far away, you make my world a better place.

Post Script:  Thank you for the cookbook and cookware Lisa!  I can't wait to use it.  

P.S.S.  I used some of the buttons Emily sent me to make the necklaces we are wearing.  I will be listing something similar in my Etsy shop next week.  Check it out!

P.S.S.S.    Bloggers -- if you ever visit Southern California, you better come visit me!  I'm serious.


Jenni said...

you ladies are gorgeous! wow! how lucky to be able to meet so many great women and form so many friendships, both in and now out of cyber space!

Eve said...

This is so neat. I have to tell you, my favorite part of this post is your pictures. You are glowing. Tell me if you're tired of me telling you how beautiful you look, okay?

Kristi said...

Crystal- you look fantastic! some day we have to meet up in real life! I would love it. we could have a knitting night!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I know that each of those women feels blessed to have you in their lives because that's how I feel. You seem to know just the right things to say and just how to say them. I am grateful for how you lifted my spirits this month and truly consider you a blessing in my life. Maybe this is what the General Authorities are talking about when they say we should use the internet for good, huh?

Angie said...

How fun! And I am so jealous! :)

Lyndsay said...

I'm so glad I get to be part of the Crystal B. experience! :) You look so pretty in these photos. That's the perfect word. Your hair and outfit=so pretty!

mygiveawaytoday.com said...

Crystal--it was such a delight meeting you! Lisa and I had such a wonderful afternoon. We'd love to do it again anytime.

Thanks for the kind words in your post. Bethany is right, you do have a way of lifting others' spirits.

Oh, and I tried the brownies last night--you're right--to.die.for. :)

Jenny said...

Crystal, it was so nice to meet you at Blue Lemon (delicious right?) You are so adorable and such a delight to get to know. I am loving reading your posts. They are so fun and entertaining. I especially got a kick out of the oven issues you had I know, probably not funny to you. I'm glad everything is ok. That is scary. Repairmen are so rude and onory. I have yet to meet a polite one. Again, a pleasure meeting you. Can't wait for the new jewelry to be posted :)Love, Jenn

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Im just hopping around your blog "catching up" on posts. This sounds like such a fun meet up! I cant wait to come out to Cali in September for BlogSugar. Any chance you're attending? Meg is speaking!:)Id love to meet you in person if you'll be there.