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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…

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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.


Feisty Owl gets a friend

Feisty Owl has been a little lonely since her introduction into the world last year, so I’ve created a friend for her.

Introducing…. Feisty Penguin! aka Pete the Penguin when he’s not working.

I had a goal at the beginning of the year to introduce new products and new designs and so far I’ve been accomplishing that swimmingly. I’ve created:

greeting cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tee shirts

onesies

I’ve come up with several new designs, including:

panda

and kissing fish

just to name a few.

Anyway, feisty friends are the best. I’ve got some, how about you?


As Seen On TV…. My Crafts!

The Denver County Fair was fantastic! I sold some things, made some money, learned to display my mugs and housewares and most importantly met a lot of really cool crafty people from Denver….success!!!

My mugs made it on the news and a friend of mine suggested that I can now market them with ‘As seen on TV’ which I think is a fabulous idea. Here’s the link, if you want to skip everything and go straight to a shot of my wares, then go to 6:34 in the video.

http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1084575326001

Here are some pics from my time at the fair:

My set up

Athena the Great Horned Owl – www.natureseducators.com

Big Foot (?) in the freakshow

The human hamster balls – hamsters love it and you will too!

My best seller at the fair – brand new zombie mug!!