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Patchwork Santa Ana – Spring 2018

Back in May, I vended at my third Patchwork show. The first one was sort of a disaster. The weather was terrible, the attendance was terrible, and I was horribly sunburned due to a faulty sun-umbrella. The second one was a lot better. I broke even and learned a lot.

This third one was great. I was actually in a new location, so a fairly low traffic area, but still managed to walk away ahead. Which is sort of a first for my shows. Plus, I sold a few items I wasn’t expecting to, so that was pretty amazing. I also sold out completely of my ice cream cones, so they are next on the list of things I should work on before the fall/winter show after Thanksgiving.

The festival was really expanded this year, it even included a fashion show put on by student designers at the local college.

I am still trying to figure out the perfect booth layout, as I sell such a huge variety of products that I have no idea how best to display a little of everything! Ideas and suggestions are totally desired. 🙂

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That 2018 Spirit

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2017 was a lot of falling behind, not meeting my goals, and struggling to keep my sanity. I had a whole slew of health issues, to include a surgery, non-related physical therapy, and an entirely separate day spent in the ER getting a CT. I started back at school full time, and I tried to spend a little more time focusing on what I wanted to do, make, and enjoy. So, the business side of the house didn’t go as swimmingly as hoped.

However, each new year brings a whole new level of chaos and crazy, so 2018 is bound to make up for 2017. It may be worse, but hey, it could be better! So, I have made a more realistic plan, and hopefully will be able to achieve all of this in the upcoming year.

 

Goals for 2018….

  • Crochet more yarn than I buy. Period. No ifs ands or buts…Get into that stash!
  • Update this blog at least once a week.
  • Sell 150 items, including through shows and online.
  • Attend 3 craft fairs. Actually sell something at each of them. 🙂
  • Write, review, and list 2 new patterns.
  • Have all Christmas presents made and ready to ship by Thanksgiving.

 

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September Plans

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I am so very tired. So, so very tired. I am not sure how I am going to get anything done for the shop or my festival or the gifts I need to finish. I am just exhausted.

September started the real fun of going to school full time (5 classes for 17 credit-hours), working full time (45 hours a week on average with a daily commute of about 1.5 hours), plus trying to keep some semblance of order in my house (luckily the teenager has been a big help here), and try to keep things running during my busy season.
However, my total exhaustion and lack of time is greatly contributing to a pretty bad busy season so far. 😦

 

Sep 4 – Pinup

Sep 11 – Halloween Props

Sep 18 – Thanksgiving Amigurumi

Sep 25 – Halloween Props

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August Review

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See, a little better! I am only a week and a half into September before reviewing August!

Well, I did pretty alright for the first half of the year…it is this second half that I have given up on…so here is August. 🙂

 

August Plan

 

Jul 31 – Halloween Props
Nope. I made some earrings for the my only craft show of the year.

Aug 7 – Christmas Amigurumi
Nope. I did make some really cool crochet bordered fleece blankets though.

Aug 14 – Halloween Props
Yup, but only because I had an order.

Aug 21 – Thanksgiving Props
More fleece blankets.

Aug 28 – Halloween Props
Yup…once again due to orders.

 

Yarn Purchased in August

0 yards total
for real, I bought NO yarn this month!

 

Yarn Crocheted in August

2,134 yards total (This is just pathetic actually…)
918 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love (fleece blankets)
1,092 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corns)
35 yards of Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread (earrings)
89 yards of Crafter’s Secret (toddler weights)
2 yards of fleece!

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 2 sales for 2 items
  • 2015
    • 31 sales for 34 items, increase in revenue (introduced my candy corn costume)
  • 2016
    • 26 sales for 26 items, about a 45% reduction in revenue
  • 2017
    • 7 sales for 7 items, about a 50% reduction in revenue
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July

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July has already been a crazy, disappointing month for my business-wise. But, personally, it has been great. The first week, I was in Italy. The second week, I was sick as a dog, so I didn’t do much. The third week has consisted of getting registered and set to start college in the fall. So, this entire thing is sort of back burner.

I am prepping for the only festival I plan on doing this year, which means straying from this path, as it is something I hadn’t intended on doing, so I am trying to tailor my product. I do need to try and make a few Halloween photoprops, as it is my primary business income. But, I am hoping that what I am planning for the festival goes over well.

 

Jul 3 – Halloween Props

Jul 10 – Free Week

Jul 17 – Skull Shawls

Jul 24 – Halloween Amigurumi

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June Review

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June was a very busy month. As evidenced by the fact that it has been over a month since I’ve blogged, and that I am not closing June out until nearly the end of July. And July was just as busy, so no high hopes there.

 

It is pretty safe to say that I have given up on my plan for the year. I have fallen so far behind, and I have so much else going on, there isn’t time for it.

I have changed directions with product for a brief moment in time while prepping for the one and only festival I plan to do this year. And, unfortunately, it looks like I will be giving up my major money maker, as I have not had time to sufficiently prep for Halloween this year, as I have in previous years. Plus, I am officially a full time college student again, and still working a full time job. So, being that this business wasn’t exactly raking in the cash to support my family, it is sadly going to sit on the back-burner, smoldering.

 

June Plan

 

May 29 – Halloween Props
Nope

Jun 5 – Amigurumi
Nope. Though, I did have a couple of orders that were amigurumi…does that count?

Jun 12 – Photo Props
Not for the shop, but I did make a really cool princess blanket for my niece, and a really bad airplane blanket for my nephew. Oh, and I also made a photo prop for a customer order. Does that count?

Jun 19 – Christmas Props
Nope. I was scrambling to finish an airplane.

Jun 26 – Hats
Nope. I actually didn’t crochet at all while I was in Europe. Except for maybe like two hours on the plane.

 

 

Yarn Purchased in June

10,955 yards total (YIKES!!)
1,775  yards of Crafter’s Secret (for the photoprop and amigurumi orders)
9,180  yards of Pound of Love(for the blankets for the kids and because I had a minimum to spend for my coupon)

 

Yarn Crocheted in June

3,315 yards total (Not too shabby considering I spent a week out of the country and not working)
1,065 yards of Crafter’s Secret (orders)
2,250 yards of Pound of Love (gift blankets for my family)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 12 sales for 12 items, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 16 sales for 18 items, increase in revenue (includes Patchwork Festival)
  • 2017
    • 5 sales for 5 items, large decrease in revenue
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Sock Monkey Blanket

Please excuse the crummy pictures, I promise that I am in the process of getting some better ones. But, this guy right here, my super adorable sock monkey blanket, is actually one of my favorite early pieces, especially of my own designs. Now, I say my own design, but there is obviously nothing super spectacular or difficult about this guy was made. A circle, a semi circle, and two 3/4 circles. Then add some eyes, a nose, and a smile. Really, really simple and quick to work up.

No, what I love about this guy is actually the yarn. This guy is made of a nylon yarn, so he is actually too warm and heavy to be used casually as a blanket, But, the softness, the texture, it is perfect for a tummy time mat or to lay on top of in general. I used Lion Brand Quick & Cozy yarn. And I have a feeling it will be discontinued soon, as I don’t see much of it on the website anymore. But man oh man, do I love that stuff.

I ordered it just on a whim one day while ordering an obscene amount of yarn from the LB clearance section. I just wanted to try all sorts of different textures, thicknesses, and fibers in general. It took me forever to decide what to make with this, because it is just so different from my other yarns. If you have never worked with a nylon yarn, touch some, your life will suddenly make sense. Well, not really, because it is amazing, but you can’t put it in the washer/dryer which makes it a pain in the rump too.

 

Anyway, I love this guy. He is one of my absolute favorites because I just like to touch him. (It’s a little inappropriate, ehh? Touching my monkey. Teehee!)

 

 

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