Okay, I need your opinion. What do you call these? Pen Wraps? Pen Covers?
I've been really loving designing new patterns for these little pen guys. They are fun to design and they are super fun to bead up because they don't take that much time to make (can someone give me a shout out for instant gratification). I'm really building a large inventory of patterns and you awesome beaders really seem to love them as much as I do.
But I've come across an unusual problem. I don't know what to call them.
I usually call them pen wraps, but then thought maybe people call them pen covers. I can't decide.
So what do you call them, pen wraps or pen covers? Let me know in the poll. I want to know what you think.
It's a new year, which means it's time to start planning for the year ahead. Start thinking about goals you want to reach and things you want to accomplish. In the past I have been pretty bad at keeping these resolutions. I don't reach a goal and then I get discouraged. But last year I was determined to not let myself down. I wanted to make sure that I reached as many goals as I could and if I didn't reach them, that was okay as long as I tried as hard as I could. This year I plan on doing the same thing. Make my goals and try as hard as I can to reach them.
I've made myself 5 main goals for myself. Then I have a bunch of smaller ones as well.
First, I want to have 400 patterns in my Etsy shop by the end of the year. I have so many ideas in my head and so many patterns all ready to go, I just have to list them.
Second, I want to double the orders I got last year. I was so proud of my 2019. I worked really hard to increase my traffic and sales. I built amazing relationships with amazing people and I want to keep that momentum going. I want to meet more beaders and I want to get more patterns out there. I never knew how amazing it would feel to see other making my patterns. It's one of my favorite things to see a finished pattern that a beader made using my pattern. Or hearing about how they made something as a gift and the recipient loved it. It makes my heart swell.
Next, I want to melt glass again. My poor torches and kiln have been sitting unused for years. I want to clean everything up and get those bad boys running again. I LOVE melting glass and my heart aches every day that goes by that I'm not working on it. I know that it will be like starting over, but I'm ready for it. I ready to start again and learn how to melt again.
Next, I want to work on my email list. I want to double the number of people signed up for it. I want to meet more people and build more relationships, which I love to do with my VIP group. So I'm working on new content. I'm taking classes on how to improve. And I'm working on new approaches to how to ask people to sign up. This will actually be the most challenging of my goals, but I hope I can do it.
Finally, I want to clean my studio. No, I NEED to clean my studio. I need to get rid of beads I don't need. I need to find homes for finished pieces. I need to clean up the clutter. I need to be able to work in there again without feeling overwhelmed. And if I ever want to work on my torch, I definitely need to get it cleaned up. I bought myself a huge monitor so I could design and edit new patterns, but because there is so much clutter, I hate being down there. So I will get my studio clean. I will get rid of things I don't need anymore. I will find homes for my beads and finished jewelry. And I will be more productive because of it.
I'm hoping by making these goals public I will feel like I have to accomplish them. I will have to work hard to reach them so when the new year rolls around I can celebrate with all of you.
Do you do resolutions? What are they? I would love to hear what others are doing this year. Do you have person goals and/or business goals? Maybe we can be accountability buddies and keep each other in line. Would you like to be my accountability buddy?
I LOVE my VIPs. They are some of the most important people to me and I love to spoil them. And I really love to spoil my faves this time of year. This month I'm celebrating the holidays with the 25% off all VIPs get, but also with a very special pattern just for them. It's not available in my shop and won't be until next year (if I release it to the public at all). It's just for them to say thank you for all the support.
You're not a VIP? That's okay. Sign up today and you'll get a 25% off coupon automatically sent to you. This coupon can be used on any pattern in my Etsy shop! I'll also send you your very own super special VIP pattern. It the perfect little pattern to work on while you're hiding from the family drama this holiday season.
Today is the last day of my biggest sale of the season. Get 40% off every pattern in my shop. But hurry, this sale ends today and there won't be another one like it for a long time.
My biggest sale ever is still going strong. Save 40% on everything in my shop! That means it's the perfect time to stock up on all your favorite patterns.
Today is the day to save. Swing by my Etsy shop and get 40% off every single pattern. Stock up on some awesome patters and make all your loved ones unique gifts this year.
I know we're all super busy getting ready for big dinners with family and friends (or if you're us, watching MST3K Turkey Day), but I just wanted to check in and let you know that my biggest sale of the year is happening tomorrow! Every single pattern in my shop will be 40% off. That is the biggest discount I have ever done. And it's all for you, my favorite customer.
Grab some awesome holiday patterns to make for all those loved ones on your list (as well as yourself). Or get some projects that are brighter and summery that will fill you warmer thoughts while the wind and snow blow outside. Stock up on projects for the whole year to come.
And maybe you don't like big jewelry or you want to make a unique gift for someone that doesn't. That's okay. My bracelet patterns make great bookmarks.
I have a number of peyote stitch as well as loom stitch patterns. Check them out today and get 40% off your order! I won't be offering a discount like this again.
Savings start tomorrow!
How could this be? How can it be only 28 days until Christmas? I can't believe it. Well I'm off to work on some handmade gifts.
And don't forget to shop small this year. I'm celebrating with my biggest discount ever. Sale starts Friday, November 29th.
is this year going by uber fast? Seriously, I know I think this every year, but this year I don't feel like I even remember summer. We did have a cooler summer, so maybe my brain just thought it was a really long spring. But, I digress. The fact is, it's almost that time of year again, THE HOLIDAYS. Next week a lot of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. Well, in our house we wear pajamas all day, watch MST3K, and get take out.
But whatever your traditions are, the fact is it's all starting now. I mean Christmas is only 37 days away. ONLY 37 DAYS. If you ask my daughter, that's a really long time from now, but us adults know, that is crazy close.
I have a long list of handmade items that need to be made and I haven't even started, ugh. I'm terrible at getting projects started. But I have been working super, super hard to get new holiday themed patterns up in the shop. I have a bunch of new peyote and loom patterns as well as a few new brick stitch pendent patterns. I've also added a ton of new pen wrap patterns. Which, by the way, make great last minute gifts because they don't take any time to make. Forgot to make someone something? Make a pen wrap. Trust me, they'll love it.
I'm also working on adding a gift certificate to my shop. That way the beaded in your life can decide for themselves which patterns they want. I'm hoping to get that up before the holidays for those last minute shoppers (raises hand).
Right now I'm off to finish up a custom finished bracelet for an amazing new client. She really is a joy to work with and is why I love doing custom work.
Stay frosty friends.
Just a girl that loves to bead, take photos, and cuddle with her new baby and her pug.