Sorry I haven’t posted anything fun lately. I’ve been busy making lots of cacti for wholesale orders, and working on stock for fall shows plus all the usual and unusual life stuff. My first show is coming up soon, on Labor Day weekend. My full show schedule can be seen here..
I realize its been a long time since I last posted here. 2016 has been happily busy. I started consigning to two new boutiques:
- Small Potatoes, Norwich CT
- Tubby’s Treasures, Ferrisburgh, VT
and have sold my work wholesale to two new shops:
- Fern & Sycamore, Washington, MO
- Tender Loving Empire, Portland, OR
I’ve also been busy on restock orders from a few shops I already sell through too! And I have my first show of the year coming up on April 30th at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT. This is my one and only show until Labor Day weekend! I plan to spend my spring & summer creating lots of Christmas stock, working in my gardens and doing lots of painting projects around the house. I’ll be sure to post more in the coming months, I might even share a few photos of the kitchen remodel project I will be working on!
I would just like to say thank you to all my customers this year for a fantastic year. This is the 3rd year since I quit my day job and started working full time on my craft. Alot of wonderful things have happened along the way!
This year I:
- Had 9 successful shows throughout the state of Vermont.
- Held my first Open Studio in May
- Had a picture of my crafts in the Burlington Free Press in August.
- Bought a new camera and a light box so I could take better pictures.
- Setup an Instagram account and started promoting myself more through social media.
- Consigned with 2 new shops (Birdfolk Collective and Artful Mix) and kept my work all year at Craftland too!
- Made a wholesale catalog, joined Etsy Wholesale and started selling felted products at wholesale to boutiques.
- Joined 2 pop-up art markets for the holiday season.
- Had a LOT of fun!
Next year I :
- Might start a Kickstarter campaign to buy an expensive piece of equipment that will help save me from repetitive stress injuries and increase the number of scarves I can produce per year.
- Plan to focus more on obtaining new consignment and wholesale accounts throughout New England and the rest of the country.
- Plan to expand into selling my etsy items to customers in Canada and the UK.
- Will consolidate and change my show schedule to reach out to new and old customers who appreciate my work.
- Will continue to learn new techniques and create new works that compliment my existing products.
- Will continue to have LOTS of FUN!
Please note: MY ETSY SHOP WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 5, 2016!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I have alot to be thankful for this year. I have a wonderful home, a fantastic husband, a cute dog and great family. I love the community I live in and of course I LOVE my job. Running my own craft business has been a very challenging and very rewarding career. Thank you to all my customers who have made it possible!
I am offering 15% off purchases of $25 or more on Black Friday, November 27th. Visit my etsy shop and use coupon code: Friday15 !
Fall is officially here and we are nearing what’s known as “peak foliage” here in Vermont. That is when the leaves are the most vibrant and the tourists are plentiful. Fall is the busiest time of year for me. As the weather gets cooler, the days get shorter and the countdown to Christmas begins, sales of my felted wool items increase and so does my show schedule.
September was a fantastic month for me. I had a wonderful time at the Mad River Valley Craft fair at the beginning of the month and the Chester Fall Festival at the end of the month. My etsy retail sales were great and I have officially started selling wholesale through etsy. The shops that are carrying my work are listed in the retailers section of this blog.
The rest of the year will be very busy. I have several shows on the schedule and will be sending out extra inventory to “pop-up” shops at a few art centers. And of course, I am gearing up for more online orders as we get closer to the official start of the holiday season!
Its only August, but I am already thinking about Christmas, or at least “the holidays”. No, I’m not one of those people that you see in the Target commercials who trains for Black Friday shopping deals. In fact I detest the big box stores and malls during November and December. No, its is because going to offer some of my felt items wholesale for the fall/winter season. You won’t find my items in Target, but you may see them in a small boutique or gift shop soon.
Wholesaling is when a producer offers a retailer there work at a discounted rate so they can resell it in their shop at a profit. The producer creates a special catalog, or “line sheet”, for retailers to order from and sets certain conditions like quantity or minimum dollar amounts the retailer needs to pend to get the discounted price. I’ve been told August is the time to start approaching businesses with my linesheet. So I’ve been busy creating an electronic linesheet using Etsy Wholesale, a special section on etsy set up for connecting crafters (or sellers) with retailer (or buyers). I just started setting up my linesheet this week, and already have had a few questions from buyers about my products! Off to a good start!
While creating my product lines for my etsy wholesale line sheet, I discovered that some of my photos are out of date, and some items have simply not been listed in my etsy shop yet. So I’ve been busy working on photographs an listings. This will help me both on the retail end of etsy, but also on the wholesale end. The more products and listings you have, the easier it is for people to find you online!
So while I’m still outside weeding and harvesting my gardens, and I’m still looking ahead to my summer vacation, I am also looking forward to Christmas!
And just like that, its officially summer! It seems that the month of June passed with a blink of an eye. It was a month filled with lots of rain and cooler temperatures here in Vermont. But I still managed to spend alot of time in my gardens, first weeding, then planting and then weeding some more whenever the sun came out. On those rainy days, I spent most of my time doing a different type of gardening – potting felted cacti and mushrooms for a large restock order from Craftland in Providence, RI, as well as putting together a new consignment order of felted earrings for the Artful Mix in Hopedale, MA.
We also visited with my family in Connecticut in June. We were lucky enough to be in town when my niece Hannah, came home from her heart surgery! She is doing very well now. Thank you so much for those who purchased Hannah’s Heart Angels to help pay for her medical care, and for those who kept her in your thoughts and prayers!
This month, I am praying for sunny weather so I can watch my gardens grow and spend time outside tending to them. We have two large vegetable gardens. One at our home filled with peppers, eggplant, kale, cucumbers and tomatoes. (It also used to have broccoli, and brussel sprouts, but a woodchuck snuck in and ate all of them), and a community garden plot, where we grow a “three sisters” garden of corn, beans and all kinds of squash. And we also have several large flower gardens on our property too.
Because I will be so busy taking care of my gardens and preserving all those veggies, I will not be doing any summer shows. I will instead be working on building my inventory for my fall craft shows. I am also developing a line sheet so I can begin offering several of my felted items for wholesale! If you know of any shops that may be interested in carrying hand felted jewelry, plants or ornaments (wholesale or consignment), please let me know!
Have a great summer and hope to meet some of you at my fall shows!