I got a message back from the shop owner, Jenn, who thanked me and said how she liked my shop banner and avatar, and did I do them myself. She was in the process of changing the look of her shop, so I told her that I did do mine myself from photos that I had, and if she wanted to send me some of her photos, I could try and come up with something for her. So she did! After one dud and a few sizing issues I came up with the banner is now in her shop! I'm really happy with how it came out, and I'm so glad that Jenn is pleased with it. In return, Jenn sent me a friendly monster set for my own favorite little monster! It just arrived yesterday and it is just as cute as the pictures and is soft and snuggly. It was so nice of her to do.
You can get your own friendly monster here, and I'm happy to let you know that there will be a shop interview with Jenn posted soon, so you can learn more about her and her shop.
Trades are new to me, but from what I understand, it's a pretty common thing. Because everyone on Etsy is making and selling goods, everyone has something to barter with. So has anyone else done a trade on Etsy or otherwise? How did it go? Is it something that you have an interest in? (And apparently, given the right photo, I can do banners now, too!)