Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Looking Forward to the New Year

Happy New Year, originally uploaded by Homdaum.

I've given up making New Years' resolutions as it seems they are often broken, instead, I'm focusing on what I've accomplished in 2008 and what I'm looking forward to in 2009.
So, in 2008:

  • I reached almost 200 sales (196 to be exact) in my Etsy shop. My first sale on Etsy was just about 18 months ago and prior to then, I had never tried to sell any of my handmade creations.
  • I made 264 total sales in 2008 in all venues (Etsy, Ravelry, Ebay, and two local craft shows)
  • I created my first original knitting pattern, sold it for the first time February 1, 2008 and have sold 176 of my patterns. A local yarn store (Mustard Seed Dreams) carries my pattern.
  • In the spring of 2008, I started the Southeast Idaho Etsy team. We are still very much in the formative stages but currently have 28 members.
  • I completed 365 consecutive days of Crafting and posting photos of my creations on Flickr.
  • I opened a shop on Artfire and also a second "destash" shop on Etsy, called DestashOriginals
And in regard to 2009:I feel cautiously hopeful about our country. I look forward to seeing a new president come into office and hope for a better year in terms of peace and economic prosperity.
I was blessed in 2008 with my first grandchild and I above all I look forward to visiting her and watching her growth in 2009.
  • In 2009, I want to explore options for career growth in my full time job, while continuing to develop myself and my products creatively.
  • I want to create at least one more knitting pattern for sale.
  • I want to stock my destash shop as I work to destash and simplify my life.
  • I want to create new products with recycled felted wool.
  • I want to find at least one other venue, perhaps another knitting store, to carry my pattern.

Thanks to all my blog visitors and have Happy, Safe New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.


Lorrie said...

Congratulations on your accomplishments. What a great idea you have of looking back and seeing what you've done this past year.

Best wishes for 2009


MagdaleneJewels said...

Wish you as much success in 2009, as you had in 2008. How wonderful to have designed your own pattern also. Looks like you have a good start off for the New Year!

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations on your accomplishments in 2008 and wishing you much success in 2009!

uniquecommodities said...

Wow great accomplishments in 2008! I know you will meet (if not exceed) all of your goals in 2009

Anonymous said...

Wonderful accomplishments in 2008, and many blessings for 2009!

I Love the way you wrote this blog post...

Happy New Year

TiLT said...

wow - those are some great accomplishments! Have fun this year!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a great way to bring in the new year! Wishing you a very successful New Year :)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Congrats on all your accomplishments - you should be proud! Happy New Year :)

storybeader said...

looks like you had a great 2008! I think you would be very successful as a full-time small business owner.

I too am optimistic for our new president to step into power, and look forward to a good 2009! Happy New Year!

Mommy Bee said...

Great list of accomplishments! I'm working on a knitting pattern myself right now--I've made a couple of versions of it but it still needs a few kinks worked out (it's a stranded hat). I'm giving copies of it to a couple of friends to be testers for me, and I'm hoping to release it in a month or so (before winter runs out!)
Good luck on the coming year!

Andrea said...

It seems we have the same thoughts about resolutions. I do the same thing every year as you.

congratualtions on your accomplisments and good luck making your business grow in 2009!

Patti said...

That's such a great idea to focus on what you have accomplished. It gives you a great springboard for forming new goals and I love your approach!