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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…


Fried Cereal, Drag Queens and Dora the Explorer

Charles Phoenix fried up some cereal at the DCF last year in in his Test Kitchen and it was delicious! I know because I tried it.

One of the contestants from last year’s Miss County Fair Drag Queen contest

Meet Dora in the Kids Pavilion on Sunday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm! And keep a lookout for Swiper, the fox! We don’t want HIM at the fair!

Yes, you can find all these things in one place this weekend….. The 2nd ever, Denver County Fair.

Know what else you can find at the DCF this weekend?

ME!

And tons of other crafty folks in the Denver Handmade Alliance Pop-Up Booth. Come on down y’all and visit us in the craft pavilion!

Here are the details:

Denver County Fair

Friday – Sunday
August 10th-12th, 2012
Hours:
Friday and Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm – Viva Denver Day!

National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
Expo Hall, Hall of Education, Stadium Hall & Stadium

I’ll be working in the booth on Friday and Saturday from 1:45-6pm. Hope to see you there!


Cool Down in Historic Georgetown

On Saturday it will be 90 degrees here in Denver, escape the heat and meander in the cool mountain air.

Come one, come all and visit me this weekend scenic Georgetown, home of:

The Happy Cooker

Here I’ll be:

Hit the Road with the Horseshoe Market to Georgetown
Saturday, August 4th, 10 am-4 pm
In the parking lots outside of the Hotel de Paris Museum in Downtown Georgetown

409 6th Ave  Georgetown, CO 80444

An outdoor market celebrating and featuring 35 of Colorado artists, crafters and vintage collectors

For more information, go to http://www.horseshoemarket.com/hittheroad/georgetown


I get a friend…

I now have a partner in crime to do craft fairs with me. Yay!

My good friend Stefany of Redstuff Designs has graciously volunteered to share booth space with me at an upcoming craft fair (and if all goes well- more in the future).

Stefany makes the MOST WONDERFUL bags! The fabric she uses is so beautiful and her craftsmanship is impeccable! Please check out her etsy shop!

Here is the awesome diaper bag that I got from Stefany:

So, our craft fair debut is coming up next weekend at the Overland High School Craft Fair. Here’s the official blurb:

OVERLAND HIGH SCHOOL’S 21st ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR
Saturday – October 8th, 2011 from 9am-4pm.
Peoria & Jewell – 12400 E. Jewell Ave.
Plan now to attend our community craft fair held in the gyms–enter doors on the west side of the building. Celebrate fall & get freshly roasted chiles & stop by our pumpkin patch.  Shop for gifts & holiday items–baskets, candles, fudge, jewelry, needlework, photography, quilts, salsa, scarves, things for baby, wreaths & much more. Breakfast, lunch & a bake sale too. Even entertainment! Contact Rheda at rheda@me.com or 303-887-6557 for more information.

Please come out and say hi if you can!


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!!


My First Craft Fair!

So, one of my goals for this year was to be in a craft fair and I am about to achieve that goal this week!

I was accepted to be a vendor at the Denver Handmade Alliance‘s Pop-Up Booth at the first ever Denver County Fair! Yup, first ever! Crazy, huh?

Denver was going to have a county fair back in the day, but then The Civil War broke out. The land that Denver put aside for the fair then became City Park and they just never got around to having a fair.

Growing up in Vermont I have great memories of going to fairs and I haven’t been to one in a long time. Although I’m pretty sure that nothing can live up to the spectacularness that is the Tunbridge World’s Fair. It’s still going to be pretty fun. The Denver County Fair is going to have all sorts of cool games, rides and attractions. Some of the highlights (according to me) will be:

A freak show

Cats: Mr. Bigglesworth Look-a-Like

Best “County Fair” Drag Queen

Speed Crochet

and a Cheesburger King and Queen

I can’t wait!

Definitely come check out the fair and the DHA booth in the Craft Pavilion. I’ll be working at the DHA booth on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-1pm, so please come by and say hi. Hope to see you there!

Here’s the low down on the Denver County Fair:

July 28th – 31st, 2011

National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
Expo Hall, Hall of Education, Stadium Hall & Stadium

FAIR HOURS:
Thursday: 6pm – 10 pm
Special VIP Grand Opening Celebration 4pm – 6 pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm