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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!

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



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!