Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So to those girls in the land rover: THANK YOU!!! Thank you for those 3 powerful words that really made an impact for me last night. God Bless.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Boo Halloween Premade Scrap book pages by: my2scrappychicks
Price: $19.99 Can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32978749&ref=sr_list_12&&ga_search_query=Halloween&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=3&order=date_desc&includes=tags&includes=title
20 Halloween Coasters Created by: vermilionstarpress
Halloween Gourd Jack-O-Lantern Candy Dish
Created by: PoppyGoRound
Three Little Witches
Created by: reniebritenbucher
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
DDB finally completed a HUGE school order that had been hanging over my head for a few weeks. I had to make 25 streamer pony tail ribbons and 25 korker pony tail ribbons. The streamers were a piece of cake and were done within a day or two. The korkers were much more time consuming than I had expected them to be. And I ran out of ribbon at one point and had to order more. Needless to say, the last 19 that I needed to finish after deliver of the first batch took me quite some time. I'm so happy though that this order is finally complete and shipped! I took the weekend off from bows, and last night started back up again rebuilding my etsy stock. I only have 24 items listed, so I've got alot of work ahead of me. I made 6 new items last night that I plan to list tonight. I will continue creating tonight in hopes to build that stock back up quickly. My focus last night was getting holiday/winter items in my shop nice and early. I want to get my inventory rebuilt and keep up some networking in hopes to get sales up. We had a nice jump in sales (more than doubled) in the beginning of September. If I could keep that pace up, then I would definitely start to see the fruits of my labor. Profit/loss wise, I am just shy of breaking even, but it's difficult because I am usually in need of more supplies for something somewhere.
On the personal front... My husband and I are booked every Saturday and Sunday through all of October and even into the first three weeks of November. It's that time of year where you start to think about how a little extra money would be nice. Granted, I think of that on a daily basis all year round. But for some reason when fall hits, I am usually focused on trying to find another way to earn some extra cash if possible, or get a second job. With DDB still fairly new, it's like having a second full time job. I come home and sit down to work on bows. I just need to stay positive and know that all of this hard work WILL pay off someday. Hopefully sooner rather than later. We have the tendancy to go to open houses once in a while. We aren't actively looking to buy a home at the moment, but we like to check out homes and see what they are listed for in order to stay knowledgeable about what's going on in the market. We do eventually want to get into our bigger/permanent home. Well let me tell you..... We walked into a home on Sunday that would be within our price range that I absolutely fell in love with. I walked out of that home with my chin practically quivering and tears almost in my eyes because I could absolutely envision us spending the rest of our lives there. I could picture kids running around and just how comfy and cozy we would make it. We could totally entertain there too. But we are unfortunately not in a position right now to put our house on the market and upgrade. We live in this small lake home. And there are days when I don't know where our money actually went. So it almost feels like we may not ever be able to afford a bigger home some days. And that is just depressing. I love our little home, but we are out growing it as it is. Oh well. There's a reason for everything right....
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
My goal this week is finish up a large school order I'm working on. I am half way done with the 50 item order. I have made 25 ribbon streamers in green, yellow and white. All I have to do is cut and heat seal the ribbon ends. Tonight I will start the korker pony tail ribbons (also in green, yellow and white). Those will be a bit more time consuming as all of the ribbons will need to be wrapped around dowels and baked in the oven for about a half hour. I'm looking forward to completing this order so I can really concentrate on getting my etsy inventory built up. I'd like to have close to 100 items listed by the end of September!! That is my goal. I am loving these sales that are coming in as a portion of them are being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with breast cancer. I decided to start early so as to be able to donate as much as possible. So I am donating 20% of all sales from All of September AND October. Customers will also be sent a crocheted pink awareness ribbon as a "thank you" for their purchase. I will also be sending a FREE pumpkin clip for every two items purchased in a sale. All four of my recent customers each received a free pumpkin clip! I am definitely really excited to get started on more inventory as soon as possible!!