Wow! It’s been about 4 months since my last post here. Time has been flying by, which is wild when you think about how slowly it seemed to creep by as a kid.
I spent some time going through my shop and I changed a few prices, marked a couple things as free, and lumped a few other things together. I also added some brand new items- vinyl decals!
I’ve finally started playing with my Silhouette cutter and while it can make so kinds of neat things, it’s also challenging to learn all the ins and outs. One of the things I made is a couple of these little boxes.
They aren’t fancy but I think they’ll be cute to put small items in when I sell them. I’ve got some other plans for future items too!
See you next time!
… That most of my items are unique and one of a kind? Obviously this doesn’t apply to things like finished cross stitch most of the time, or some of my stuffed toys, but things like jewelry are almost always one offs that won’t be made the same way again.
Often this is because there were materials sourced from closeouts or liquidation, and I literally cannot buy these components again.
Other times it might be because I created some of the components with raw materials (like with polymer clay) and each piece is truly unique.
This is why I always say if you are something you like, you should grab it, because once it’s gone, it’s gone!
P.s. I added about 20 new items to the shop tonight plus removed some that sold over the weekend. There’s adjustable rings, some knitted and crocheted hats, hair accessories, a new cross stitch pattern… And I have more items I need to add still.
Even more exciting is I currently have a month off from classes, so I can make some new things again!
First though, I need to finish cleaning my craft room!
Saturday night was the Holidays on the Homestead event at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum and I think we all had a good time.
I did fairly well, making a lot of small sales, and I passed out a lot of business cards. I also sold a couple $15 items, which was great.
Jami of Accent Allusions did really well at the event- no surprise as she makes some easily wearable pieces.
After I got home, I used the money I earned to pay off two small bills in full and part of a third. Saturday night’s income will let me pay off and close an account a month earlier than I thought I would be able to, which is always a plus. That’s what supporting small business does! It lets an individual improve their lives.Anyway, a great night, we got to have a great chat with Jean and it was super nice to spend a productive evening with friends!
I spent some time this evening making small adjustments to the theme, which did change the appearance quite a bit, arranging menus, removing things that weren’t needed… And then I went through my products.
I removed anything that was on legally shady ground because of copyright, and I also removed most of the brick stitch earring patterns except for the few that generally sell.
This took about 75 items out of my inventory, but overall I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished.
So come by, have a look around, and remember, next Saturday I’ll be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum from 5pm to 8pm with lots of great items, some of which aren’t even on the website yet.
It’s going to be a great night, a lot of fun, and filled with friendly people and families!
On Saturday the 7th, 2019, I will be at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum selling my stuff!
The address is:15701 E Ave M, Lancaster, CA 93535
The event begins at 5pm. There’s a chili cook-off contest, a cowboy singer, a campfire and coffee and cocoa (weather permitting), and great craft vendors!
Pop on by and see us!
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and while I’m trying to keep the blog on topic and not full of random stuff, I did want to let you all know I’m still here, I’m just super busy with school.
I’m currently taking Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Beginning Algebra, Spanish 101, and Women in US History. That last one would be better called American Feminism I think… Lol.
Only two of my classes are on campus; history and Spanish are online, but I’m still putting in a lot of hours studying, doing homework, actually being in class, and driving to and from class.
Unfortunately this doesn’t leave me much time for anything else. I’m trying to at least make a few new cross stitch patterns but honestly, it’s hard to fit that into my schedule.
One of my classes only runs for half the term though, so I should have more time to get back to designing around mid-October. Until then, you probably won’t see much of me.
Today I spent some time helping a friend on her website. We changed her theme, made a bunch of small tweaks, and changed up her landing page.
I loved the theme she had chosen, and wanted to try it on Kittyloaf Designs with some different typography and slightly different layouts.
Turns out, I love it, and there’s a really good chance I’m going to purchase a license for the full version of the theme with all the bells and whistles. At $29, it’s a really good deal for what you get.
Anyway, I opted to go with a less sterile look and feel for Kittyloaf with elements that reflect myself more strongly.
The bin of embroidery floss, and the subtle knit fabric background give the entire site a textile focus, which only makes sense since many of my crafts involve textiles.
I really hope you’ll like the new look, and you’ll take a few minutes to explore my shop if it’s been a while. I have so many neat things to offer you!
P. S. There’s an extra coupon for the next couple weeks – BACKTOSCHOOL will get you a hefty discount on your total purchase until I go back to school!
I haven’t really been posting here lately and I rarely post personal stuff, but I wanted to update you all about me.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m disabled. And I’ve improved enough over time that I need to be thinking about going back to work. The Department of Rehabilitation is footing the bill by paying all my class fees, for textbooks, and my travel expenses, which is amazing. I’ve decided top go to school to become an MLT (medical lab tech) and last Spring I took my first class. I ended up with a C, because I didn’t really mesh with the instructor’s teaching style, but a C is good enough to progress in my other courses.
Anyway, the DoR pays my expenses within my chosen program, but I also want to take a couple Spanish classes as well. My course load for Fall is looking like BIOSCI 204, HIST 120, MATH 060, and SPAN 101. I’m super excited, but because Spanish is outside the program, I have to meet those expenses myself.
So until August, you can use coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL for 35% off literally everything in my shop. I also have yarn for sale on Ravelry- my user name there is inkdork. I had a wishlist up on Amazon with items I still needed for school but some really kind souls purchased nearly everything on the list. There really are some amazing, kin d, and wonderful people out there!
I’ve been an Ubuntu user for several years after a laptop I bought just would not run Windows properly.
It made me get creative in a few things (using a Windows emulator to run some of my applications) and give up others (doing graphic design) because I just didn’t like the options available to me.
My laptop has pretty much died though. The battery won’t hold a charge at all and it just shuts off for no reason even while plugged in.
The solution of course was a new laptop, but I’m short on money right now, so I ended up ordering a little 11″ one that was on sale from Dell.
So what am I excited about? I’ll be able to run the software that makes designing cross stitch patterns the easiest, I’ll be able to run my Beadtool application without a Windows emulator, and I’ll have more options for graphic design software. I can’t afford Adobe Illustrator but I’ve used Corel too and it’s fairly inexpensive.
What this means is I can really get into designing things again, which means more awesome things for you!
I’ve been working on some new creations lately, and in the next few days I’ll be adding them to my shop. I’ve been doing a lot of stitching the last few days, plus I have some great ideas for a few new cross stitch patterns!
If you haven’t been by my shop in a while, come back and have a look. There’s some items that I’ve recently added, and I’ll be adding a new coupon as we get closer to summer.
What’s cool about coupons? They add to your cart automatically if you buy qualifying items! There’s current about 6 coupons available for a variety of items, plus some things are always on sale.
I generally put rainbow items on sale in June for Pride month, and skulls and other spooky stuff in October, but otherwise sale items are selected at random.
I’ve added some new items to my shop today, as well as removed a few that I’ve decided to donate. The new items I added aren’t handmade though- they’re music books! I recently sold a few of my instruments so I don’t need all the books I had purchased for them. There’s books for violin, baritone ukulele, and guitar!
I’ve got a few other listings I need to update still today, so check back this evening and see what’s new!
I just finished 3 days as a vendor in Lake LA at a small carnival. It was the first year this carnival had vendors, and I wasn’t sure how well it was going to go. But it was $30 for all three days and I figured I would go Friday, see how it was, and decide whether to do the other two days after that.
Day one did not go great. I brought in $19 total, which was sadly about what gasoline costs me to drive there and back home again twice. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt though that maybe most families would come out on Saturday.
Saturday I think I brought in about $49. At this point, I had paid for gas all three days, the space fee, and materials to make what I sold with an $8 profit. I figured I’d do Sunday too because at that point anything else I sold would be mostly profit.
Sunday was long. 1pm to 8pm-ish. I was there at 1230 to get set up and was ready to do business at 1pm. At 3pm the carnival was just opening, despite being advertised as a 1pm start. Some people were very unhappy about the delay.
I had 2 small sales early on in the day and then nothing for hours. I did a lot of socializing with my fellow vendors. Around 630pm, things picked up and I started making more sales, ending with the biggest one of the weekend right as I started packing up.
All told, I brought in $123, which after all my costs (travel, space fee, materials) I actually made about $60. Not great, but better than nothing.
My poor little introverted heart is exhausted though and needs a vacation. A vacation where there’s no other people… Lol.