I can't speak for every etsy shop owner- but from this one little shop owner- the best thing you can do when you like what you've recieved, is to tell the person! It only takes a few minutes to give good feedback :) What makes me LOVE selling on etsy- is when customers send photos.
I recieved photos this week from a customer who ordered a couple of months ago. She special ordered appliques from me- and how cute is this?!
It really made my day to see how cute they could be- and how she liked them enough to send me photos!!
Also- all is well here in Colorado! The snow is melting and I'll be posting soon with more updates from my "summer" break!