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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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December Review

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December was sort of a hairy month for me. I got a lot done, but I also may have spent $130 on yarn too, so there goes the bust out my stash goals. lol. But, I did have a get $100 off a $200 purchase coupon for Joann’s…so what was I supposed to do?!

But, between finals, Christmas presents, and being sick, I didn’t get anywhere near where I wanted to this month. Oh well, it is what it is I suppose. Maybe next year will look up a little better.

December Plan

Dec 4 – Christmas Props Nope

Dec 11 – Christmas Amigurumi Nope

Dec 18 – Free Week Done!

Dec 25 – Free Week Done!

Yarn Purchased in December

12,211 yards total (Yea…this ruined me for the year I think…I definitely didn’t get into stash busting!)
6,240 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (because Christmas presents, and I actually used quite a bit of it!)
2,040 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love (for a birthday present!)
1,820 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (for a Christmas present that didn’t end up getting made)
788 yards of Lion Brand Wool Ease (my older daughter picked it out)
708 yards of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes (for my younger daughter’s afghan she is making)
615 yards of Big Twist (for a Christmas present that didn’t end up getting made)

Yarn Crocheted in December

6,845 yards total
4,368 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie
1,438 yards of Pound of Love
478 yards of I Love This Yarn
472 yards of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes
89 yards of Crafter’s Secret

Sales History

  • 2013 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014 7 sales for 16 items, an increase in revenue.
  • 2015 7 sales for 8 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 17 sales for 20 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2017 7 sales for 7 items, a reduction in revenue
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So Fluffy!!!

​I have been seeing this really incredible, super thick wool roving for the longest time. Arm knitting (and even easier, arm crocheting) have been this huge trend that I was afraid to jump on. However, when Pink Unicorn Studio had a summer sale, I knew it was time. Her shop had great reviews on this roving, and even though it was coming from Poland, it definitely seemed worth it to see what the fuss was about.

So, I ordered 18lbs of this yarn, 4.5lbs in 4 different colors, and set to waiting very impatiently for it to arrive.

Well, it showed up yesterday, and I dropped everything in my entire life to start playing with this incredible, amazing ball of fluffy goodness. And let me tell you, this is the softest, smushiest, heaviest blanket I have ever made. And I am totally in love.

The biggest problem is, it is wool roving…so it is absolutely not machine wash/dry. It also can be picked apart or snagged and torn if you let animal paws on it, or drag it around the house.

Of course, I made the blanket (and the other 3 I have planned) as lap blankets for my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6), so I am sure my sisters will be grateful for their children to have heavy blankets that aren’t easily cleaned and need to stay on the bed. But, hey, they are fun and squishy and soft and wonderful.

I arm-crocheted this using a HDC. It is 8 HDC across, and 11 rows high. This used 2 skeins (2.2lbs each), and is great for younger children as a lap blanket. For reference. I am 5’0″ and 17″ across at the shoulders.

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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 Review (Bwahaha) / August Plans

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Okay, so now that it is almost September…let’s review July. It’s actually funny, because I have updated this blog about 75% less than last year, and most of those have been reviews and plans, and yet my traffic is up about 30%. Strange indeed.

 

As promised, I accomplished pretty much nothing in July.

 

July Plan

 

Jul 3 – Halloween Props
Nope

Jul 10 – Free Week
Technically, yes. lol. I made a super cute Elmo set for a friend of mine

Jul 17 – Skull Shawls
Nope, but I seriously considered it. I did make some hair snoods though.

Jul 24 – Halloween Amigurumi
Nope…more hair snoods

 

Yarn Purchased in July

4,882 yards total (I suck at this!)
1,970  yards of Lion Brand Ice Cream (for the hair snoods)
 2,912  yards of Red Heart Super Saver (for the photo props)

 

Yarn Crocheted in July

792 yards total (This is just pathetic actually…)
493 yards of Lion Brand Ice Cream (hair snoods)
184 yards of Lion Brand Baby Soft (hair snoods)
115 yards of Lion Brand Jiffy (Elmo)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 56 sales for 60 items, increase in revenue (when my shark pattern was featured on Buzzfeed)
  • 2016
    • 5 sales for 6 items, large decrease in revenue
  • 2017
    • 4 sales for 4 items, about an 83% reduction in revenue

 

 

 

And, while we are at it, might as well give up August’s plans so that I can adequately review it sometime in November. 🙂 But, for real, I have pretty much given up on my schedule at this point.

 

Jul 31 – Halloween Props

Aug 7 – Christmas Amigurumi

Aug 14 – Halloween Props

Aug 21 – Thanksgiving Props

Aug 28 – Halloween Props

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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