Ah, who doesn't love a good New Year's Resolutions post? Even though I've been a little quiet on the blogging front -- because production has increased 150%! woot! -- I still love dreaming, reaching, and outlining my goals for each year.
My favorite tactic is to reflect on the previous year: what worked stellar? What needs improved? What would be a wild accomplishment? What gives back to my family and betters our lifestyle (more together time)? How am I going to accomplish each one?
Most are business related goals, because I'm a work-a-holic by nature, but I'm also listing a few personal ones to remind me everything has a season: a season to create, a season to be a mom, etc. I'm also including how to accomplish each goal realistically.
Continuing along the New Mom series, I thought I'd share another post I'd written when EJ was still young and I was struggling with finding a few moments of "me" time.
Trying to find the new normal is a constant juggling act when you become a new parent. I've rounded up my thoughts from the first year (notes taken here and there) into a hopefully cohesive list of what I tried to do to stay sane and create a healthy lifestyle.
I originally rounded up my favorite new-mom essentials to celebrate my #MakersMondayFeature on 3and3handmadeshop's Instagram to highlight what got us through EJ's first year.
But now that we have Baby #2 on the way, I'll be revisiting plenty of these shops to restock on their amazing products and as well as a mental refresher on going back to the beginning.
In order to apply for the number of shows that I want to do this year, I've collected my favorite responses into a Response Template that I can refer back to when I apply to each Craft Show.
Read the full post to download my Blank Template for your own Application Responses.
With the hint of warm and sunny weather just around the corner, my thoughts are eagerly anticipating Art Walks and summer weather fun. Like everyone else, I'm ready to soak up some warm sun rays and refresh my whole life. Or maybe that last part is just the spring fever.
Either way it's time to start thinking about what spring and summer craft shows to apply for and begin building my list of deadlines so I don't miss any favorites.
I've collected some of my biggest tips for selling online and selling at craft fairs and how the two can be VERY different.
My last show of 2015 turned out to be my second-highest show in sales, ever! Even though some customers complained that they had already done most of their holiday shopping during Black Friday sales, plenty more customers were holiday shopping as well as shopping for baby and housewarming gifts! Foot traffic seemed a bit slow, but it was definitely steady all day.
It was so nice to have the Naturally Crafty group reunite for our first Christmas show at the beginning of November. We had a few new faces this time around - a cookie lady with mini cookie samples(!) & a Osbourne Books rep hosting a story hour after 1pm. We also had returning vendors Little Bare Furniture with reclaimed, handmade wooden toys, Knittedhome (me!) & Alex, our hostess, with her hand-painted signs.
I was full of anticipation for this Small Town's Craft & Bake Sale Saturday morning. My mother-in-law had been talking it up for over a year that I couldn't wait to try it.