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May

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May should make for an interesting month. Personally, I have a lot to handle this month. However, I am only out of town for one weekend, so it should be more feasible to get some serious crocheting done. We shall see.

 

May 1 – Charity

May 8 – 4th of July Props

May 15 – Free Week

May 22 – Pinup

May 29 – Halloween Props

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April Review

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April was a really bad month, shop-wise, personally, the whole nine. Nothing really came to fruition. But, I suppose that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

 

April Plan

Mar 27 – Free Week
Did pretty much nothing. Made another fox rug for an employee whose wife is pregnant.

Apr 3 – Summer Props
I made a really cool strawberry photo prop…but no one knew what it was and everyone hated it…so yea…there’s that.

Apr 10 – WIPs
I worked on exactly 0 WIP products…and made an adult lap throw. 

Apr 17 – Skull Shawls
I almost completed one….

Apr 24 – Halloween Props
I actually just finished my skull shawl. I should probably work on Halloween props, as they are my big seller, but I am short on the funds to buy the right yarn. :-:

 

 

Yarn Purchased in April

0 yards (amazing!!)

 

Yarn Crocheted in April

3,387 yards total
770 yards of Bernat Blanket yarn (adult lap blanket)
1,117 yards of Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop (skull shawls)
1500 yards of I Love This Yarn (Strawberry prop, fox rug)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • Not Open
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 11 sales for 11 items, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 11 sales for 12 items, increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 2 sales for 2 items, large decrease in revenue
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April

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April is actually looking to be a lot of fun for me. I am really digging everything I scheduled this month, and that makes it much easier to get back into the swing of working. I am still trying to work on skirts and dresses as I have a chance, plus I have a couple of baby gifts that I need to knock out of the park this month…but, I think I will be okay.

 

Mar 27 – Free Week

Apr 3 – Summer Props

Apr 10 – WIPs

Apr 17 – Skull Shawls

Apr 24 – Halloween Props

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Already failing

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3 weeks in and I am already failing. Definitely not doing a great job at updating this blog. In my defense, there isn’t much to say. I have been working on the same project since Christmas, the 6 shawls for my friend’s wedding. Once I have them all completed (I have 4.8 of 6 done currently), I can photograph them and blog about it. However, until them, I am out of material.

 

I also do not see myself reaching 350 items sold this year. I am already behind the curve for January, and I have changed my plans for the shop. I am staying on finished items only this year. I am going to focus on new product, new designs, new patterns. Plus, I am getting back into my sewing.

 

My 11 year old and I went and picked out a ton of fabric at JoAnn’s this weekend, as they were having a pretty fantastic sale. So, we spent more money than I had there, and are working on several different skirts, mostly simple designs. We even decided that we needed some extra of one of the fabrics to try and make a couple of dresses. So, I guess that will be a fun chapter to add in here…misadventures in sewing. It has been years and years and years since I did any real sewing. So, we shall see how it all turned out in the end.

On the plus side, the last time I was focused on sewing, YouTube wasn’t a thing yet and I couldn’t spend hours a day watching videos to perfect techniques.

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Patchwork Festival – Santa Ana

I did the Patchwork Festival in Long Beach over the summer, and I decided to do a different one for the winter. And man, oh man am I glad! When the Long Beach one happened, it was HOT! So hot! Like, over 100F…in November. It was really bad for business. So, the Santa Ana festival happened the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the first couple of hours were rough. It was pouring rain, off and on, and I had to set up a tarp over my booth. It is the only festival that I do that I don’t get a full 10x10ft space for, so I didn’t have my canopy. I just had a little patio umbrella (that sucks…a lot). So, we covered the booth table and gridwalls with a thick painters tarp, then my husband and I hid under a canopy that was set up behind us, along with a few other vendors of glorious paper products that couldn’t be set up in the rain either.

But, we did get lucky, once the show was really open and swinging, the rain stopped. It was still cold and windy, but that didn’t stop anyone! The streets were busy, people were out buying, and sales were quite steady. I did get several new email subscribers, and even gained a few new blog followers out of the day. It was definitely a good festival. I can’t wait to see how it goes next summer and winter, when hopefully the rains and winds aren’t against us!

 

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Football

One of my best friends recently had a baby. They are HUGE 49ers fans. So, of course, when little man was getting close to getting here, I had to get to work on some special projects.

So, without further adieu, here is creepy smile baby in the first version of my football prop. I have done some tweeking to it since, and I actually like the new version much better. I just forgot to take a picture before sending it out.

This is not the one my friend got, she actually got the second version. The third version is the for sure keeper. But LOOK HOW CUTE CREEPY BABY IS with this little football hat.

 

 

I also decided to try making a second hat that resembled the old school football helmets. The one I sent to my friend had a stripe down the center in 49ers colors. 🙂

 

 

I actually really love the leatherhead helmet look with it. However, customers feel differently. The matching hat sells much better. It makes me a little sad, but hey, who am I to argue with what people like?

 

I am working on writing up the pattern, now that I have it fully completed and finalized a way that I like. That will go up in the Etsy shop once completed. But, life is so crazy right now, that might be a while.

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October Wrap Up

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October was not quite as busy as I had expected. I raised the price on my candy corns, and I think that actually tanked my sales. Which is good and bad, I wasn’t prepared for a ton of sales, so at least I wasn’t behind. And, I now know the price threshold for that product.

 

I had 44 sales for 48 items, so pretty great, but only made about 3/4 of what I did last year…

 

 

As far as my goals for October,

 

  • Stuff I need to make
    • 1 Halloween amigurumi (Done, I made an awesome bat!)

 

  • Stuff I need to finish:
    • Candy corns (Done!)

 

  • Stuff I  would like to make some progress on
    • Elephant pillows Christmas order (I am actually about halfway done with one)
    • The first doll in the new line (haha…but, I did start another new doll for another new line)
    • 1 kitty koi corner to corner blanket (sadly, my lowest priority) (nope)

 

  • Events I will be attending
    • None this month