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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…


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?


Bowl Breaker – New Day of the Dead Bowls by Gita

I’m interrupting the regularly scheduled vintage Guatemala posts with this breaking news…….

I’m a breaker of bowls and our supply of bowls big enough to support my husband’s love of cereal has dwindled significantly.

So, I got some new bowls:Image

I met Gita from Stone Leaf Pottery at the Denver Handmade Homemade Market a couple of months ago and was admiring her lovely pottery. I contacted her via email (gita at stoneleafpottery.com) and asked her if she could make me some custom bowls with a skull design. She was wonderful to work with on the design and the bowls came out perfect!

So, if you’re a bowl breaker like me or you’re just looking for some unique and beautiful pottery, give Gita an email. You’ll be happy you did!