After much umming and aahing I've decided to try out a new avatar in my Etsy shop, switching from my bird mask self-portrait to my felt rainbow self-portrait:
I wrote a long list of pros and cons about changing it (my fellow shop-keepers will know how tricky these decisions are!) but while there's lots of reasons to keep the familiar birdie the rainbow feels "right" for my shop's branding at the moment.
You may notice the rainbow also making an appearance over on my blog sidebar, and it matches the thankyou cards I'm sending out with my orders, too. Rainbows everywhere!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on my avatar change - do you like the new one? Do you like Etsy avatars that show the shop owner or the products or don't you mind/care? Any and all feedback is much appreciated! :)