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October Goals

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And here is October in review…

 

October 2013

  • 2 sales for 2 items

October 2014

  • 11 sales for 12 items

October 2015

 

 

Candy corns are still my primary focus this month. Most of my Halloween orders are candy corns, so I need to make sure I am good that way. My biggest goal this month is to keep up with orders.

 

  • Stuff I need to make
    • 1 Halloween amigurumi

 

  • Stuff I need to finish:
    • Candy corns

 

  • Stuff I  would like to make some progress on
    • Elephant pillows Christmas order
    • The first doll in the new line
    • 1 kitty koi corner to corner blanket (sadly, my lowest priority)

 

  • Events I will be attending
    • None this month
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August Wrap Up

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August was an interesting month. I did pretty well, but not nearly as well as last year. My candy corns had started selling early August last year, and I am just now starting to pick up on sales for them this year. So, that accounts for some of the loss of income between the two years.

 

I had 26 sales for 26 items, so pretty great, but not quite as great as last year…

 

 

As far as my goals for August,

 

  • Stuff I need to make
    • Candy corns (Made quite a few, not as many as I wanted, but quite a few)
    • Amigurumi for wedding (I finished 2 more; I’ve got 2 left)

 

  • Stuff I need to finish:
    • Candy corns (Finished quite a few)

 

  • Stuff I  would like to make some progress on
    • The first doll in the new line (Nope)
    • 1 kitty koi corner to corner blanket (sadly, my lowest priority) (Nope)

 

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Road Tripping 

Things have been a little hectic here. Last minute wedding stuff, work is sort of crazy, and some major life changes may be in the works!

I am a little over the candy corns right now, so I am taking a break to work on a very cool Halloween project that is totally anti-Halloween. 🙂

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August Goals

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And here is August in review…

 

August 2013

  • 0 sales for 0 items

August 2014

  • 2 sales for 2 items

August 2015

 

 

Candy corns are still my primary focus this month. My goal is to have 12 preemie, 20 three month, and 12 six month ready by September. So far, I have 12 preemie, 8 three month, and 8 six month costumes done. So, I have some serious work to do. However, I also have a goal to get these wedding gifts done. Plus, I need to bust out 6 elephant pillows before Christmas. It is a going to be a busy, sleepless kind of month. Though, my guest count has gone down, so I probably only need to make 14 more amigurumi.

 

  • Stuff I need to make
    • Candy corns
    • Amigurumi for wedding

 

  • Stuff I need to finish:
    • Candy corns

 

  • Stuff I  would like to make some progress on
    • The first doll in the new line
    • 1 kitty koi corner to corner blanket (sadly, my lowest priority)

 

  • Events I will be attending
    • None this month
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July Wrap Up

logoJuly was totally unproductive. Seriously, seriously, unproductive. I got really busy with the elephant pillows, and feeling like crap, and not being home, and yea…

 

I had 5 sales for 6 items, so not fantastic…

 

 

As far as my goals for July,

  • Stuff I need to make
    • Candy corns (I worked on them, made some progress)
  • Stuff I need to finish:
    • Candy corns (I worked on them, made some progress)
  • Stuff I  would like to make some progress on
    • The first doll in the new line (Nope.)
    • 1 kitty koi corner to corner blanket (sadly, my lowest priority)  (I don’t even know where it is…*cries*)
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Goofy’s Face C2C Blanket Pattern

I am back with some more Disney goodness for you. I have been working on character patterns for C2C and bobble stitch blankets. I have this pattern written out for C2C color changes. But, it would be super simple to convert this to a bobble stitch blanket too! Then, all you need is the graph for the color changes!

I have recently discovered the art of the bobble stitch and I am totally in love with it. So, while I will keep writing out of the C2C patterns, I think I will end up making them all bobble stitch blankets. That is, if I ever find time to crochet for myself again. 🙂

 

Disney’s Goofy, C2C Crochet Graphgan

Goofy Face C2C

 

Blanket starts in the bottom right hand corner
Each block is 1 corner to corner stitch (1 set of chains, 3 stitches)
Worsted weight yarn
J hook (should make for an approx. 37in x 51in blanket)
C2C stitch is a DC

Color chart:

BL = Black
DG = Dark Green
G = Green
O = Orange
P = Pink
R = Red
S = Silver / Gray
T = Tan
W = White

 

Row 1:   1O
Row 2:   2O
Row 3:   3O
Row 4:   4O
Row 5:   5O
Row 6:   6O
Row 7:   7O
Row 8:   8O
Row 9:   9O
Row 10: 10O
Row 11: 11O
Row 12: 6O, 5BL, 1O
Row 13: 7BL, 6O
Row 14: 6O, 8BL
Row 15: 8BL, 7O
Row 16: 7O, 9BL
Row 17: 9BL, 8O
Row 18: 2O, 3BL, 4O, 9BL
Row 19: 8BL, 4O, 2BL, 2T, 2BL, 1O
Row 20: 1O, 1BL, 5T, 1BL, 6O, 6BL
Row 21: 3BL, 2T, 2BL, 3O, 3BL, 6T, 1BL, 1O
Row 22: 1O, 1BL, 2T, 3BL, 2T, 1BL, 1W, 2BL, 1O, 1BL, 4T, 3BL
Row 23: 4BL, 4T, 2BL, 3W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 1O
Row 24: 1O, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 3P, 2BL, 3W, 1BL, 6T, 4BL
Row 25: 1O, 4BL, 6T, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 4P, 1BL, 2T, 2O
Row 26: 2O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 5P, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 7T, 1O, 3BL, 1O
Row 27: 2O, 2BL, 1O, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 2W, 6P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2O
Row 28: 3O, 2T, 6P, 1BL, 1W, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 1O, 3BL, 2O
Row 29: 3O, 2BL, 2O, 8T, 2BL, 3P, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 3O
Row 30: 4O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 2P, 2BL, 8T, 5BL, 3O
Row 31: 4O, 5BL, 8T, 1R, 3BL, 3P, 2T, 5O
Row 32: 5O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 3P, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 2T, 1O, 2BL, 4O
Row 33: 5O, 3BL, 1T, 2BL, 7T, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 6O
Row 34: 7O, 2T, 3P, 3R, 4T, 2BL, 5T, 1O, 2BL, 5O
Row 35: 6O, 4BL, 3T, 4BL, 2T, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 7O
Row 36: 8O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 1P, 1BL, 3R, 2T, 4BL, 1T, 7BL, 6O
Row 37: 7O, 12BL, 1T, 2BL, 2R, 4BL, 9O
Row 38: 10O, 1BL, 2W, 3BL, 2T, 5BL, 1T, 1W, 6BL, 7O
Row 39: 7O, 5BL, 2W, 7BL, 3T, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 10O
Row 40: 10O, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 3T, 6BL, 1T, 4W, 4BL, 7O
Row 41: 7O, 4BL, 4W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 4T, 1BL, 3W, 11O

(Stop Increasing, DO NOT Decrease)

Row 42: 10O, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 4T, 2BL, 2W, 4BL, 4W, 4BL, 7O
Row 43: 8O, 3BL, 4W, 2BL, 1T, 1BL, 3W, 2BL, 4T, 1BL, 1W, 1BL, 10O
Row 44: 10O, 1W, 1BL, 5T, 2BL, 2W, 1BL, 1T, 3BL, 4W, 3BL, 8O
Row 45: 8O, 3BL, 4W, 4BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 5T, 2BL, 2O, 2BL, 5O
Row 46: 4O, 3BL, 2O, 1BL, 6T, 4BL, 1T, 1BL, 1S, 3BL, 4W, 2BL, 9O
Row 47: 9O, 2BL, 6W, 1BL, 1S, 2BL, 2T, 2BL, 6T, 1BL, 2O, 3BL, 4O
Row 48: 3O, 4BL, 1O, 1BL, 9T, 4BL, 1S, 2BL, 5W, 2BL, 9O
Row 49: 7O, 2BL, 1O, 2BL, 6W, 1S, 3BL, 1W, 1BL, 9T, 1O, 4BL, 3O
Row 50: 3O, 5BL, 7T, 1BL, 1T, 2W, 3BL, 1S, 6W, 3BL, 1G, 1BL, 7O
Row 51: 8O, 2G, 2BL, 6W, 1S, 2W, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 7T, 5BL, 2O
Row 52: 2O, 5BL, 6T, 2BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 1W, 2S, 4W, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 1BL, 3O, 2BL, 3O
Row 53: 3O, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 3O, 2G, 2BL, 4W, 1S, 7W, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 6T, 4BL, 2O
Row 54: 2O, 4BL, 5T, 2BL, 1T, 2BL, 7W, 2S, 2W, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 4BL, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 3O
Row 55: 4O, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 5BL, 8W, 4BL, 1O, 1BL, 4T, 4BL, 2O
Row 56: 2O, 4BL, 2T, 2BL, 3O, 3BL, 8W, 4BL, 2G, 1BL, 2G, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 4O

(Begin Decreasing)

Row 57: 4O, 1BL, 1G, 3DG, 1BL, 1G, 2DG, 4BL, 7W, 13BL, 3O
Row 58: 4O, 13BL, 6W, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 2G, 1DG, 2G, 4O
Row 59: 3O, 1BL, 1G, 3DG, 2BL, 2DG, 1G, 3BL, 5W, 12BL, 5O
Row 60: 13O, 4BL, 5W, 3BL, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 1G, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 3O
Row 61: 2O, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 2BL, 2G, 4BL, 3W, 5BL, 13O
Row 62: 13O, 10BL, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 5G, 2O
Row 63: 1O, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 2BL, 1G, 11BL, 14O
Row 64: 14O, 8BL, 4G, 1BL, 3G, 1BL, 1G, 1O
Row 65: 1BL, 3G, 1DG, 2BL, 1G, 3BL, 1O, 4BL, 16O
Row 66: 21O, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 4G, 1BL
Row 67: 6BL, 1G, 1DG, 2BL, 20O
Row 68: 21O, 3BL, 5O
Row 69: 7O, 2BL, 19O
Row 70: 18O, 1BL, 2O, 1BL, 5O
Row 71:  6O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 19O
Row 72: 17O, 1BL, 2O, 1BL, 4O
Row 73: 5O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 16O
Row 74: 17O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 3O
Row 75: 22O
Row 76: 21O
Row 77: 20O
Row 78: 19O
Row 79: 18O
Row 80: 17O
Row 81: 16O
Row 82: 15O
Row 83: 14O
Row 84: 13O
Row 85: 12O
Row 86: 11O
Row 87: 10O
Row 88: 9O
Row 89: 8O
Row 90: 7O
Row 91: 6O
Row 92: 5O
Row 93: 4O
Row 94: 3O
Row 95: 2O
Row 96: 1O

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Whoops

So, Etsy has been experiencing some interesting issues over the last several weeks. It is making it nigh impossible to run a shop there.

At the beginning of the month, there was a massive payment processing delay that went on for about 10 days before being “resolved.” Customers were placing orders, paying with direct checkout (Etsy’s payment processor), their cards were being charged, but the sellers did not have orders going through. They were in this pending status and the sellers had no money and no way of knowing if the payment would ever go through. So, they were not shipping until payments cleared. Oh, and payments not clearing meant refunds couldn’t be given either…because there was no money to refund.

Etsy kept blaming Worldpay, but Worldpay kept denying it. Now, it has all come out that Worldpay is having tons of issues and it isn’t just Etsy being affected.

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So, they finally get orders to process and all of a sudden some new issues pops up…customers are being double charged for their orders! And sellers are being double charged for their automatic billing on what was owed to Etsy! And refunds aren’t processing in a timely fashion!

I imagine this is how they all feel…

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So, for now, I have my direct checkout turned off. And I am lucky, because I was not forced to integrate my direct checkout with my PayPal, like new sellers are now. So, customers to my Etsy shop can still pay via PayPal. However, these issues just remind me yet again how much I need to be focused on moving customers to my stand alone site.

 

This craziness is getting to be beyond what I can deal with. Oh Etsy, please act like a big company and get a reliable payment processor.