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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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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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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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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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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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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