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March / April / May Review

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Whew, would you look at the time? It has been a whirlwind couple of months and I am having a hard time digesting that we are halfway through June.

March consisted of packing to move, school, and work. That was pretty much it.

April consisted of moving, cleaning the old house, a short vacation for Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival, and school.

May consisted of trying to get unpacked (and failing epically), school, resource family training, and trying to figure out where my year had gone.

 

The shop was closed for half of March, all of April, and a week or so of May. So, I would say that affected sales. J But, things are already looking up this month, and I am excited about a few new projects. I am starting to actually get my house unpacked and ready to be lived in. I am done with my mandated training. I am still taking way too many credits at school and working full time, but at least things in my home are looking up. I have been able to find a little time each weekend to crochet. So far the focus has been on birthday gifts for niece and nephew, but pretty soon it will be ramping up for Halloween and then Christmas gifts for the kiddos!

 

On the plus side, with having no time, I also haven’t gone yarn shopping! This means I have actually crocheted more than I purchased each month! Yay!

 

 

Yarn Purchased in March / April / May

0 yards total 

 

Yarn Crocheted in March / April / May

2,670 yards total
110 yards of Bernat Blanket Yarn
444 yards of  Crafter’s Secret
504 yards of I Love This Yarn
1612  yards of Pound of Love

 

Sales History (March)

  • 2013 not open yet
  • 2014 1 sale for 1 item.
  • 2015 5 sales for 5 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 12 sales for 18 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2017 4 sales for 4 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 3 sales for 3 items, an increase in revenue

 

Sales History (April)

  • 2013 not open yet
  • 2014 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2015 11 sales for 12 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 11 sales for 11 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2017 3 sales for 3 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 0 sales for 0 items, a decrease in revenue

 

Sales History (May)

  • 2013 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2014 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2015 17 sales for 22 items, an increase in revenue (Soka University Festival, crappy location)
  • 2016 23 sales for 26 items, an increase in revenue (Soka University Festival, good location)
  • 2017 5 sales for 5 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 14 sales for 17 item, an increase in revenue (Patchwork Santa Ana Festival)
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Unicorn Parties are Life

Last month I displayed my macro-amigurumi horse and unicorn that I had made. The horse went to my former boss’ daughter. The unicorn was a 7th birthday gift for my favorite princess. Who, by the way, has the coolest parents ever. They threw her an incredible unicorn party, complete with a real life unicorn named Sparkles!
Momma made fantastic cupcakes with sparkles hidden in the center.
Daddy served unicorn pee to drink (apple juice).
I mean, what more could you want?!

My husband was the only good sport of the men. He wore his unicorn horn very proudly!

And this little princess totally flipped when she stepped outside and Sparkles was waiting for her!

This really great company in Las Vegas, Pony Party Time, has a ranch with ponies that can be ridden, unicorns that are just for petting, and donkeys that are the unicorn’s bodyguards. (Their names were Strawberry and Margarita!!)

It was raining a tiny little bit in Vegas that weekend, so Sparkles was making some great faces each time she shook. She also chucked flowers everywhere! But she loved the pets and attention.

Then, the ultimate happened when baby Sparkles got to meet grown-up Sparkles!

I think it is safe to assume that my niece loved her gift, and that giant unicorns are always a hit. 🙂 (Most of the adults also loved baby Sparkles!)

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November Review

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November was really all about me. I spent a lot of time working on things, for me. I made a Harry Potter scarf for each house for me, I made a shawl for me, plus I made a bunch of Christmas presents. I made one amigurumi for a friend to order in December, and that is about it. It was nice, and relaxing, to work on my own projects for once. And since I didn’t have anything in particular in mind, it wasn’t difficult to work through my stash for nearly all of what I worked on. Plus, my daughter started some Christmas presents for her mom and that side of the family, so that helped with my count. (Hey! It comes out of my stash ==> it counts towards my yarn crocheted in a month! lol)

 

November Plan

Oct 30 – Christmas Props
Yea…no

Nov 6 – Thanksgiving Props
Yea…no

Nov 13 – Charity
Nope…

Nov 20 – Christmas Props
Hahaa…still no.

Nov 27 – Free Week
Technically, yes. I completed this. 😉

 

Yarn Purchased in November

3,432 yards total
3,432 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (I really just thought it was pretty and wanted it…and it was on sale…and I had a coupon…and now I can use it to make Christmas presents!)

 

Yarn Crocheted in November

4,984 yards total (I am actually really surprised to see that I crocheted more than I purchased…I purchased A LOT of yarn this month!)
91 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (horsie)
268 yards of Caron One Pound (horsie)
102 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love (blanket)

2,431 yards of I Love This Yarn (Harry Potter scarves and Christmas presents)
532 yards of I Love This Yarn (crocheted by my 11 year old for Christmas presents)
1,560 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (shawl, Christmas presents)
9 pounds of wool roving (Christmas blankets)


 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 7 sales for 7 items, an increase in revenue.
  • 2015
    • 15 sales for 17 items, about a 295% increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 21 sales for 26 items, about a 125% increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 2 sales for 2 items, about a 89% reduction in revenue
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October Review

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October was sort of a bust for me. I sold very few candy corns or even patterns, so I am guessing that the trend is starting to die down. And with my limited time to redo my photos and get my other listings back up, it doesn’t look like things will go much better for the next couple of months either. Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

 

October Plan

 

Oct 2 – Halloween Props
Done. All I did pretty much.

Oct 9 – Halloween Props
Done. I even made some cool candy corn witch hats that I will eventually blog about.

Oct 16 – Halloween Props
Done. I even made some cool candy corn witch hats that I will eventually blog about.

Oct 23 – WIPs
Done. I finished up some earrings, some hairbows, and some hair snoods.

Oct 30 – Christmas Props
I am still considering if I am even going to go this route. I am tired and am focused on making some easy, fun stuff for me…as well as some Christmas presents.

 

Yarn Purchased in October

2,684 yards total
812 yards of Caron One Pound (for a special order from a friend)
1,872 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (I really just thought it was pretty and wanted it…)

 

Yarn Crocheted in October

3,267 yards total (Well…at least I crocheted more than I purchased…)
2,184 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corns)
710 yards of Crafter’s Secret (candy corns)
373 yards of Lion Brand I Love This yarn (toddler sweater)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 2 sales for 2 items
  • 2014
    • 11 sales for 12 items, about a 2154% increase in revenue.
  • 2015
    • 53 sales for 59 items, about a 495% increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 44 sales for 48 items, about a 23% reduction in revenue
  • 2017
    • 13 sales for 13 items, about a 77% reduction in revenue
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September Review

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September wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. School is exhausting, but I am doing better than I thought I would. Plus, I have been steady with orders, but not overwhelmed. I am doing a limited run of the candy corn, with no more than 2 MTO at a time. Everything else in the shop is RTS.

 

September Plan

 

Sep 4 – Pinup
Actually, I did sort of work on this.  I did some minor work on some stuff for my Retro Bettie festival. I also worked on a sweater for me

Sep 11 – Halloween Props
My Sept/Oct focus in life.

Sep 18 – Thanksgiving Amigurumi
Nope. More candy corns.

Sep 25 – Halloween Props
Yup! I made like 15 this month. Plus, I also made a candy corn witch’s hat.

 

Yarn Purchased in September

3,640 yards (+18lbs) total
3,640 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corn
18 pounds of wool roving (Christmas presents for my nieces/nephews)

 

Yarn Crocheted in September

2,903 yards (+4.5lbs)  total (Well…I almost crocheted as much as I purchased…)
1,820 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corns)
710 yards of Crafter’s Secret (candy corns)
220 yards of Bernat Baby Blanket (adult sweater)
153 yards of Lion Brand I Love This yarn (toddler sweater)
4.5 pounds of wool roving (read about my niece’s blanket here)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 1 sale for 1 item
  • 2014
    • 3 sales for 3 items, about a 1733% increase in revenue.
  • 2015
    • 58 sales for 60 items, about a 2500% increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 40 sales for 40 items, about a 45% reduction in revenue
  • 2017
    • 23 sales for 23 items, about a 40% 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