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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.


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…


Goals for 2012

After much thought and consideration here are my fabulous, wonderful goals for 2012. Some will be easy-ish and others will be more difficult (like number 1!).

  1. Write a blog every week
  2. Establish a percentage of my sales of certain products to charities
  3. Create a wonderful booth display
  4. Create 10 new designs (any product)
  5. Explore new marketing possibilities and try at least two
  6. Sell at 5 local craft markets
  7. Figure out what to do with my now defunct jewelry line
  8. Increase my total views on Etsy by 75%
  9. Increase my sales $ on Etsy by 75%
  10. Make a profit!

Here’s to a successful year for all!

And, just because I believe that blog posts are boring without pictures –  this is a photo I took at the dog park a few years ago


2011 – A Year to Remember

So, looking over my goals from last year. I did well on some and not so well on others. But, I did have a baby last year – so all slacking on my part is forgiven.

Here were my goals for 2011 and what I actually accomplished:

1. Create 2 new product lines – I created 5!!!

tee shirts

onesies

plates

small note cards

and foxy greeting cards

2. Create 10 new mug designs. I created 15 new designs!

The best sellers of 2011 were two of my new designs,

chinese plum tree

and sugar skulls

3. Explore new marketing possibilities and try at least one – I really didn’t do very much in this arena as far as exploration. I did try Etsy Search Ads, without much success, but I may try again.

4. Sell at a local craft market. I sold at the Denver County Fair, The Overland Craft Fair and Art by Craft.

5. Increase my total item views by 75%. Etsy redid their shop stats this year in July so I don’t have an accurate count of this.

6. Increase my total number of sales by 75%. Again I don’t have an accurate count of this, also partially due to the fact that I’m not sure if the number I put down last year for sales was based on items sold or number of orders, oops.

7. Increase my sales $ by 75%. YIKES! I did increase my sales $ but only by 32%.

In a nutshell, I think that I did well this last year in both refining and expanding my product line. I worked on solidifying my brand and getting my feet wet in the local craft market.

Coming very very soon, my riveting 2012 goals!