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“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– Hellen Keller
Maddie was rescued on Sept 1st, 2010 from the grounds of Linfield College. She was underweight and close to emaciated, but in otherwise good health. She already had her 6 month teeth so her estimated birth month is March. The original plan was to admit her to the local no-kill animal shelter because my roommate didn’t want to keep her and my future is so uncertain that I didn’t want to, either. When I found out the shelter was full, and being uncertain when they wouldn’t be, I was in tears thinking about figuring out how to give her up. I had gotten attached (despite my best efforts) and found through self-discovery that I need the company of an animal. I needed her as much as she needed me. So, throwing caution to the wind and determined the uncertain future wouldn’t stop me, I decided to keep her. My roommate and I got her spayed and tested, then I started her first rounds of shots a couple weeks later. I bought her boatloads of cat toys (because I would *never* want her to getbored :P), food, flea medicine, litter and box, etc. I was already living paycheck to paycheck, but sacrificing for her was worth it. I cut down on my expenses – buying less food for myself and buying less supplies for my business – and started only buying the necessities. Between her first and second vet visits, about a month apart, she gained almost two pounds.
I came back after the holidays to find I was starting the new year without a roommate (I do want to emphasize here that it was not roommate problems, thank goodness). While I respect the reasons for her decision (who doesn’t want a place of their own?), my financial situation has drastically changed. My budget has doubled (I went from barely operating on $600 a month to now needing $1200); I was barely making ends meet before so now I am at risk for losing my housing and losing Maddie. Maddie is due for another round of shots. I haven’t been able to take her in because I can’t afford them.
Before, I was wanting to save up for a cat furniture tree, but now that seems to be a distant dream. Being an indoor cat, I’m always afraid of her getting bored or not getting enough exercise. I was hoping she could have something to rip up and down and around. Now, my biggest goal is just to make rent so I can keep her.
She means the world to me. I’ve sacrificed a lot to keep her. And I’m ok with that, don’t get me wrong. I’ll sacrifice more – she’s my baby. I’ve been pounding the pavement for jobs and expanding my business. I’m not above trying everything I can. However, I’m not one to ask for help so this has been a big step for me letting you all know what’s going on. I really appreciate the support – it’s hard for me to admit I can’t do everything myself.
I will have several products probably for Project Maddie – Save A Kitty. Right now, I’m working on a Catnip bundle listing. Catnip kitty toys for your special fuzzy companion and a “catnip” candle tin for adults. You can choose Vanilla Mint or Fudge Brownie.
To keep Maddie, I need to pay rent, Comcast bill, electric bill; buy food and her shots. (I’m ok eating less just for her 🙂 )
January Goal: $1000.00
Raised so far: $152.50
Search “Project Maddie” on Etsy. I’m stocking up on inventory and hope to become official in a couple days.
SPECIAL THANKS to the following individuals for their contributions to this cause:
So I *think* last year I made a goals-for-2010 list in a blog post. Need to find that. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet my goal about writing 3 blog posts a week. Phew, life has been crazy! 😛 Sometimes good, sometimes not so much.
Last year, my one group, UWIB, discussed what goals each member had for their shop(s) for the new year. The discussion certainly hasn’t stopped with last year’s ball dropping. Many shop owners like to take the opportunity of a “fresh” start to set goals for their business and revamp their focus. The Etsy Forums and blogosphere are on fire about counting inventory and making spreadsheets with their new goals. Many sellers claim this helps them gain a fresh new perspective about their business and get psyched over revamping their shop.
The Business Topics Forum is a great place to start. You don’t even need to be an Etsy member to have access to reading them.
Etsy seller absolutelysmall has posted their own spreadsheet version in the Forum post The Etsy Goal Spreadsheet for 2011.
At large Etsy Seller Timothy Adam recently posted his own Goal Tracker Spreadsheet on Handmadeology on Dec 30th.
Danielle wrote on The Etsy Blog on Dec 21st about The 21 Best Resources from the 2010 Business Blogosphere. Even if you’re familiar with the subjects written about, it’s always fun to brush up on the material and get a fresh new perspective for the new year.
And for those moments when you’re about to give up, The Artist’s Survival Kit. Seriously, take a look. Even if you don’t use it, it’ll certainly be fun to read. 🙂 Thanks to magicjelly for directing me to it.
So… what are your business goals for 2011?
BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY SPECIALS: 11/26-11/29
Free U.S. shipping or $2 off Worldwide shipping on orders $25+ (refund given via PP)
$9 Chiyogami pendants
$7.50 per pair Chiyogami earrings
2 for $9 Chiyogami rings (refund given PP)
33% off Chiyogami Bottlecap Pendants
I’m going to see if I can use the new Coupon Code feature that Etsy just rolled out to help expedite the refund process.
I’m already getting inquiries and lots of hearts due to massive advertising… my items are going to sell like hotcakes! So get in on the sales early – beat everyone to it! 😀
I’m not one for keeping up with the trends as sent out by Etsy’s Merchandising Desk. Whatever Chiyogami paper I have on hand is what I have to use. They may or may not fit the trends and there’s not much I can do about it. But a conversation with an Etsy friend the other day got me thinking: start paying attention to the color tags. I may not be able to fit the themes and patterns, but colors I may be able to do. So I’m giving it a shot by tagging my newbies with the trending colors. We’ll see what happens. When I start adding sewn items to my line, then that will be more relevant and I can start reading more carefully.
On the other hand, I am still gathering wonderful advice from fellow artisans. This month at 2nd Sat, I got some great constructive advice from a fellow crafter on how to improve the appeal of my booth. I tried her advice on how to display my rings, and what she said would happen certainly did! So we’re going with that. And today, I met a wonderful jewelry artist who gave me some great pointers on trendy items right now. So I’m going to be testing out some new graphic themes and we’ll see what happens!
BKD Signature will be at Midtown Bazaar in Downtown Sacramento tomorrow on 16th and J between 8 am & 2 pm if you want to drop by and say hi!
Mark Your Calendar: Sherwood Art & Wine Festival – 08/14-08/15 – Downtown Sherwood, OR – this is a fundraiser for Wild Cat Haven
PLEASE NOTE: I try to make my craft shows and Etsy each a unique experience for my customers. Therefore, you will not see most inventory from my shows in my Etsy shop & vice versa. However, if you remember a specific product(s) from a show that you would like to purchase from me via Etsy, I am more than happy to find it for you and make a custom listing. I try to update my Fan Page with new products. You can always claim one of these products for yourself to beat others to purchasing it. Again, I am more than happy to find it for you and make a custom listing.
Curated by simpletilly: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c487de9ea5f8eef2308da42/snow-white
My bunny charity item is included.
Curated by GardenVibe: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c4769a0ea5f8eeff895b142/vividly-most-perfectly-alive?index=0
Includes one of my striped pendants.
My amigurumi crab is included.
Although, I probably don’t have much compared to the average – I know I must pale in comparison to many. I have lots of fabric, more than I should. And I keep buying more. I try to stop, but so many are just too darn cute! Hi, I’m addicted to crafting (hey, there could be worse things). Some I have plans for; others I buy because I think the pattern is cute, gotta have it, I’ll figure out later what I’m going to do with it. But I actually need to start using it! I have hundreds of dollars invested in it to sell for my business, it’s about time I settled down and started sewing. (To help me with that endeavor, I’ve started taking classes. Although I’ve been sewing for almost two years, I am self-taught. I thought it best to learn from a professional to see how I can improve/how it’s really done. You can only research on the internet so much).
I decided it was best to organize my fabric. It was a little scattered among boxes and bins. I managed to previously fit most of it into a gigantic box that was difficult to carry – not heavy, but awkwardly shaped. I wanted a system, so I had at it. Now, I can simply look through one container instead of many. Want to see what I own? Probably not, but I’m going to show you anyway. 🙂
While I did not take pictures of my final organization, I can tell you that a smaller large box became home for all of my fleece (that right there made a major improvement to the organizational system). The Sterilite bin houses all the fabric I will use for personal projects (have I kept way too much of that for myself? Why yes, yes I have), mostly loungewear/PJ bottoms. The pink bag holds the fabric that I do not have a plan for yet (a surprisingly smaller amount than I expected). I got out a small box for my scraps, and the grid cube holds my nice fabric to be used for purses and aprons (my next product line).
Yes, I have too much fabric. *Which I added more to just yesterday. >.<