I have been working hard to add more items to my shop.
Here are a few from this week alone
Hello Kitty Crayon roll set, great for that little Hello Kitty Lover in your life.
Pink Daze Crayon apron, a fun pink and black pattern
And Helicopters, what little guy wouldnt like all these awesome Helicopters.
These are just a few of the new items I have added, come take a peek to see what else we have added.
I have been working hard to add more items to my shop.
I know the year isnt quite over yet, but so far it has been great. I am sure the last 14 days will be just as great as the rest of the year.
With the awesome success that this year has brought I am looking forward to next year and with that I have posted in several places my goals for 2011, so I wont bore you with those but did want to add that I would love to be able to add some personal goals to my list.
I have so far only listed what I want to do with my business for next year. Personally or family wise, I would love to stay on top of homeschooling my 6 year old. This year we have been lax and did it only when we felt like it. So far this week we have done great. Every day we have done at least one lesson. So YAY for us. LOL. I would love to also make a few more items for my kids, and not everyone elses kids. LOL. I love to make items for kids and usually I start with projects for mine but this year I seem to have focused more on the shop than my babies, so I want to do more for just them. And lastly we need to take a family vacation this year. We havent had one since I got preggers in 08 so we are definately due for one. Not sure where we will try to go but we need to go somewhere away from the computers and maybe somewhere without cell reception.
Alright I feel much better about getting some goals down now to get back to playing with the kids before I need to start dinner.
I hope if you have goals for 2011, business wise or personally, you can reach them and maybe even get more out of them than you hoped.
We will be at the Holiday in the park festival in League City Tx. I am hoping for a fun exciting festival, it will be the last one we do for the year. The last one we did in Katy was pretty good but I am hoping for more fun, and the weather looks like it might be perfect for all activities. Weather man says we are looking at Low 70's for the high and low 50's for the lows, so I might not freeze too much. Still trying to finish a few more last minute things tonight, but It should really be tons of fun.
Not that I am complaining.
We have a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale starting Nov 26 ending Nov 29.
Also We are offering coupon codes, Fall10 will get you 10% off items purchased now through the end of the year, also Cafemomteam will also get you 10% off till the end of the year.
We have an awesome feature or spotlight if you will over on Morgan's Bubble
http://morganbubble.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-showcase-childish-thoughts.html, feel free to come check it out and leave a comment.
On a fun note we are taking the kids to the circus this weekend.
This weekend was great. We had a gift market that we were vendors at, it was pretty good.
Every day we drove an hour to get there, which wasnt too bad. Traffic was not bad either. We met a lot of new people, made friends with some of the other vendors. Friday was a little slow but that was sort of expected, Saturday was our best day and Sunday was slower than friday, but all in all I think it was great. Got some feedback from customers that I would have never met before. And learned a few more things to do to help my booth out.
The kids got to stay with grandma and coming home was amusing. Both kids would drop what they were doing to run to me and get hugs and kisses, made me feel soo loved and special, because when I am home all day with them I dont get soo much loving. LOL
And I now have some inspiration for a couple of new items to add to the shop.
The last time I posted anything was back in June so that is just crazy.
I did good while the baby was little but now that she is definately mobile it has become much harder.
I wanted to get on here and let you all know about our Holiday sale, it started yesterday and ends Nov 25. Items are marked 10% off.
We have a couple of coupons floating out there that you can use in addition to the sale we have in the shop. I will tell you about one for now and maybe tell you about the other later.
There is a code over in the Modern Handmade Child magazine www.modernhandmadechild.com
There are few other goodies we are working on to help you find more discount codes
We did a craft show at the local Funfest in Texas City, it was a total blast. We made several new friends, and learned a few more things we need to improve on. But here are some of the photos from our booth.
We made our own banner, I let the kids help me paint so it was a little sloppy but also gave it the childish look I was going for. LOL.
Our aprons we a pretty good little hit we sold the cupcake apron set and a similar one in a minnie mouse print. Now I need to make more.
Amazingly the crayon rolls we neglected, I think I displayed too many at one time, giving too many choices confused everyone possibly.
As always our crayon aprons were adored and we sold a few, I need to make more though, and a lot of people suggested we make matching totes for the aprons so they can carry their aprons with them before they get to their destination and then pull it out and put it on, I think that was a great idea and need to work on that.
I made several different pillow case dresses mostly some in a fourth of July print, sold some but not very many, need to definately work on getting some more prints together for the next shows.
Lastly I had some super hero capes, just simple cotton ones, I want to get some embroidered ones done here soon. I am sooo excited to make more items and need to take a few days to clean the house up but other than that we had a ton of fun. My husband made some new friends and ran into some old friends, my daughter who went with us the first day actually had fun too, of course she flirted with everyone that came to our booth, LOL. I really look forward to doing another show next year.
Slowly but surely I am adding new items to my store.
I have chef aprons and hats now to add, tooth fairy pillows, super hero capes and few other items. I am taking these with me to a few craft fairs and if they remain afterwards we will be definately adding them to the etsy shop.
Also, we have our own website we are working on.
It is still under construction so not much going on there. But it is coming along slowly.
Just sooo excited about all that is happening right now I had to share the awesomeness of it all.
I decided to a craft show last minute here in town. It was a bust but I had fun. We were there from 8-3 and it rained 60% of the time. They are supposed to try to do it again in a few weeks. Learned several things from this though. Since it rained we bought some sides for our pop up canopy, so everything doesnt get wet again. And we learned our tables we dont like. LOL. So now we are going to go get some better folding tables, and hoping to do a few more craft shows here soon, just going to keep learning as we go. Hopefully next time it wont be raining as much and we will have a better experience. We did manage to sell 2 items in the rain. Tons of fun, my 6 month old loved it, my 5 year old not sooo much so we took him over to my moms house.
I am sure everyone is paying for it, physically or mentally. LOL. This allergy season is killing me, and my kids. Me and my son both have asthma and now my 5 month old is being tortured by it all. I have spent the last 3 days watching her cough so hard she is throwing up, was hoping it would go away, lol, tried the humidifier and the cool mist humidifier but neither has helped. All she can do is toss and turn while trying to sleep, and all I can do is sit her and watch her be miserable. Well I broke down today to take her in to the doctor. I also had to get an appointment for my son because he is out of asthma meds and although he went in Feb to see the doctor she wants to see him again to write him a refill, I would be mad but both of them are on medicaid, if I had to pay out of pocket I might try to break someones leg.
Well all of you that are also suffering from allergies, I wish you some relief soon.
Alright, I have been busy making all sorts of new/custom items. I feel like I am neglecting my shops. But I am busy so that is good. I am hoping to have some new items here soon. Just got to get past this needy stage the kids are going through, hubby is starting to act needy too, seems no one can do anything for themselves. Any ways, here are the newest creations.
A bunch of aprons I did for a bachlorette party in NY.
One day I am going to get around to making more, these were totally fun.
I also made some clothing for a little girl here locally in Conroe TX
A pretty pillowcase style dress.
A dress with matching ruffled bloomers
And a crayon wallet, super duper fun and cute.
These were all sooo fun to make and I cant wait to make more. Right now I am working on some crayon rolls for a b-day party, cant wait to finish these and see how they turn out.
So we have decided to replace the facial boards on the roof this year, some of them look like they are rotting. We went last night to Lowes and Home Depot. You know how they have those carts that look like cars, well Juleen was determined to sit in one, so I strapped her in with Davin and they did so well, she sat up the entire time, he helped her learn to turn her steering wheel, cute.
Get to the next store again in the basket they go. This time Juleen gets mad because Davin wont let her have both wheels, literally had a tantrum because he told her she could only have her wheel. Never occurred to me that she would do that, She is only 5 months. Cute again, the only thing that would have made this story even more cute would be a pic of the two of them, mommy didnt have sense enough for that.
OK mamaslittlemonkeys has been one of my favorite shops for a while now, but I got to browsing and found this in her shop and I am just in absolute love
I just found this awesome top and I am in love with it, I had to share it with all of yall.
It is made by an awesome fellow etsian and here is the link to this knit top
So we went spending money the other day surprising how fun it is. Anyways and we bought Juleen some little caps and bows.
They came in today, here she is trying her cap on anf the bows make her head look tiny so she isnt wearing those just yet.
And here is where we got these cuties from
SO I got this custom order the other day and this is the finished product, I am totally in love with it and more than likely will be making more of these just for a change in pace, I am in love with this idea. totally!!!
Alright this first photo is of a crayon wallet with a chalk board in it, so you can color, take notes or play with chalk. Kind of a three in one.
This is of the tote I made to match it. The inside has two pockets, a big one and a little one.
And this is the outside of the tote, the little kid likes dinos so here is her dino, the other side of the tote is the same just opposite prints. Who cant love this!!
Now to not let my 5 year old see it, he will want to keep it for himself even though there are pink in it and flowers. LOL.
to make something for my little girl since she was born, I made a lot before but since she is here and has a wonderful skin color I wanted to make something to bring that out, so here is what I made.
Dont she just look amazing. LOL.
I heard the kids laughing and had no idea what was sooo funny. So I go peek in my living room to see what all the sillyness is about. This is what I find.
My son tells me they are camping. Every now and then I look over there and the blankets are over their heads and they are just laughing away, then they peek out and watch a little tv and then back under they go. Never knew a five year old and a 3 month old could have sooo much fun under a couple of blankets.
And it is cheap simple entertainment. LOL.
So my kids are getting old already, LOL.
My little girl is already 2 months, with the holidays gone I hope to be able to spend more time with her. Feels like I missed out on a lot because I was busy getting product out for the holiday shoppers. Maybe it is all in my head but really I feel like she was just born a few days ago and already she is getting big.
Davin is 5 and just soo smart but because he is smart he is annoying he has an answer for everything. Was I really out of it that much for the past two months? I guess I now know what hubby felt like the last couple of years when he would have to travel and not be around us at all for a few weeks at a time.
I just look at these kids and wonder where the heck the time went. Well hopefully this year I can get better prepared for the holidays and not miss out on sooooo much. Or I will just repeat this year and wonder the same thing come new years next year. LOL. Hopefully it wont turn to a horribly vicious cycle.