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Winners!

Thank you to everyone who voted on their favorite tee shirt and for all the great feedback!!!

I used a random name picker online and the winner of a free tee shirt is Christina Raymond, yay!!!

Here are the results of the voting:

The winning ad with 61% of the vote was:

The winner!

The winner!

This ad got 21% of the votes:

Bust Ad # 2

Bust Ad # 2

This ad got 13% of the vote:

Bust Ad # 1

Bust Ad # 1

And finally, at 5% of the vote:

Bust Ad # 4

Bust Ad # 4

Thanks again to everyone who commented and voted, I really appreciate it!

I also created this web button, which will go on the Bust website with a link to my shop:

Feisty Owl Web Button

Feisty Owl Web Button

You’ll be able to find my ad in the Aug/Sept issue of Bust magazine and online in the bustshop.

Woo hoo!

 


Win a Free Tee Shirt!!! Vote on your favorite Feisty Owl Studio ad for BUST Magazine

In order to give myself some incentive (i.e. a swift kick in the ass) to get my Etsy shop up to par, I bought an advertisement in one of my favorite magazines, BUST. 

My ad is a small one, about 2 by 2.75 inches and will be featured in print and online. So, keep in mind that the ad will look like it does below (small), not like the bigger version you get when you click on the image.

HELP ME!!!

I’ve created 4 ads so far and I’m looking for opinions. Which one of these ads would make you most likely to check out my website?

Please vote on which one is your favorite. If you want to give me more detailed feedback about what you specifically like or don’t like, that’s great but make sure you also let me know which one is your favorite, as is.

In order to give you an incentive, I’ll randomly pick one person who votes to receive a FREE TEE SHIRT (or onesie*) of your choice!

You can leave your choice in a comment here on this blog post, send me an email or comment on facebook. You have until next Thursday, June 13th to vote and I’ll announce the tee shirt winner on June 14th.

 

Bust Ad # 1

Bust Ad # 1

 

Bust Ad # 2

Bust Ad # 2

 

Bust Ad # 3

Bust Ad # 3

 

Bust Ad # 4

Bust Ad # 4

 

Happy Voting!

* sorry the onesies only come in baby sizes, so if you were looking for an adult onesie…..ummm, yeah.


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Min Bestemor

Min Bestemor

Rest in peace Gramma, you’re forever in my heart.


In with the new…2013, the best is yet to come!

So, to be honest I usually find other people’s posts about their goals or resolutions pretty blah. I feel that writing about mine is similarly boring, but I really want to document my goals so that I can be accountable to them at the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited for the upcoming year and eager to do some new things. In fact, I’ve already jumped in and started working on some of the things on my list.

It’s just writing this post that I’ve been procrastinating about. So, better just get it over with, so I can cross it off my ever expanding to-do list.

Here are my goals for 2013

Goals 2013
1. Write a blog every other week
2. Establish a portion of my proceeds to charity
3. Advertise
4. Explore and document what I want from my business (now and long term)
5. Explore selling in a store
6. Try two new markets
7. Clean house – out with the old – jewelry line and ceramics
8. Increase my total item views on Etsy by 50%
9. Increase my sales $ on Etsy by 50%
10. Make a profit!
11. Explore and test new products – in with the new
12. Optimize my Etsy shop (photos, key words, descriptions)

Some of these goals are repeats from last year, with some slight changes.

I scaled back on my blog postings because I wanted to be a little more realistic with what I feel like doing.  That’s going to be a big theme for me this year – pay attention to what I feel like doing. I want this to be fun, not a chore. So, I’m going to try to be more aware of how certain things make me feel, so that I can increase the time I spend doing those things that make me feel good and decrease those that seem like a duty (thus the decreased goal on blog posts, since I often feel that it’s a chore rather than fun).

I think this year will be one of getting my Etsy store back on track, refining my brand while exploring new additions. In order to do this, I’m going to do some serious soul searching about what my brand is and where I want it to go.

blah, blah, blah, blah

Enough with the boring goal talk, I’m going to go do something fun!

Taking pictures is fun! This is a photo I took in high school. This year, I want to take and share more photos.

Taking pictures is fun! This is a photo I took in high school. This year, I want to take and share more photos.


Out with the old, goodbye 2012!

Well, it’s taking me a while to package up 2012 so I can move on to 2013 and I am finding myself very eager to move on, so…

Here’s a quick recap of how I did on my 2012 goals:

Goals 2012 Actual
1. Write a blog every week 29 out of 52
2. Establish a percentage of my sales of certain products to charities nope
3. Create a wonderful booth display yup
4. Create 10 new designs (any product) nope – 5
5. Explore new marketing possibilities and try at least two search ads, nothing else
6. Sell at 5 local craft markets 7 markets!
7. Figure out what to do with my now defunct jewelry line nope
8. Increase my total item views on Etsy by 50% almost – 41%
9. Increase my sales $ on Etsy by 50% nope, down by 15%
10. Make a profit! questionable

I did great with my blogs at the beginning of the year and about halfway through I really started slacking off and it went downhill from there. I have no real excuse except that I lost my commitment and just let it slide.

My most viewed post this year was Bowl Breaker

My most viewed post this year was Bowl Breaker

I definitely explored the world of craft fairs this year and worked out several cool displays. I feel like my craft fair experience, although not lucrative, was definitely an area of growth for me in 2012.

My best craft show was the HaHo (Dever Handmade Homemade)

My best craft show was the HaHo (Denver Handmade Homemade)

My coolest new design from this past year was my pirate bat, but unfortunately I haven’t even gotten my bat shirts listed in my shop yet….

Shiver me timbers, it's Feisty Bat!

Shiver me timbers, it’s Feisty Bat!

Marketing wasn’t even on my radar.

All my jewelry and supplies are still taking up lots of space in my studio. I think about them often but never take any definitive action.

Did good on increasing my views on Etsy, although I have to be honest that I totally neglected my Etsy shop this year. Maybe this contributed to the fact that my Etsy sales were down.

Not sure about overall profit until I do my taxes, but I’m still optimistic!

Okay, now for the exciting part, new goals for this year! Out with the old and in with the new, I feel a change in the air!

Me, contemplating the exciting things I will do in 2013!

Me, contemplating the exciting things I will do in 2013!

to be continued…


Feliz Dia de los Muertos

A few weeks ago I taught a workshop at the Denver Public Library for Fresh City Life called Dia de las Tazas where participants created their own sugar skull, day of the dead themed mugs. It was really fun and there were some really wonderful and creative mug creations. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you’re not familiar with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), it’s a time when the lives of loved ones who have passed on are celebrated by those of us still here. I have a lot of people that I’m thinking about today who are with me in spirit.

Tonight my sister is coming over and we are going to work on some paint by number pictures of the Red Baron. We found the pictures in our grandfather’s stuff after he passed away. He loved airplanes, especially biplanes, and he was fascinated by the Red Baron. We’re not sure where he got the paint by number set, or if he ever intended to do them, but we will work on them tonight and remember him fondly. We love you Grampa George!

Who will you remember today?


Elusive Pirate Bat Revealed!

Ahoy mateys!

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (an official holiday of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster)

I am unveiling my newest design…. Feisty Bat!

Shiver me timbers, it’s Feisty Bat!

In a few weeks Feisty Bat will be making an official appearance on tee shirts in my shop.

Pre-order yours today or prepare to walk the plank!

Me. Not on Halloween.