January 1, 2021

WOTY 2021

 Years ago I decided that I didn't want to set specific new year's resolutions anymore. Why? Because I don't every actually follow through. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person that has happened to. So instead of having a resolution to break - I decided to adopt a word of the year.  

Last year's word was 'Trust' and I did have to do that a lot. Trust in myself, my talent, my wit, in my family, in scientists, and in others to do the right thing. It was a hard year. 

In November I was able to see something incredible happen all across social media. A simple hashtag was used and it went viral very quickly. Soon, everyone I knew as giving thanks for everything they had. I loved seeing all the positivity from friends. I loved seeing the posts about spouses, children, parents, and friends. I especially loved the posts about the tiny and random things people were thankful for. 

So for 2021 I'd like to keep things going - stay positive. 

My word for this year of 2021 is 'Gratitude'.  I have noticed that when I look for what I am thankful for I am always more happy. I am more kind. I am more everything that I want to be. Gratitude to me is being someone that has a grateful attitude. It is changing your thinking.

I will not be perfect this year. Not by a long shot. If 2020 has taught me anything it is that we should always be grateful for what we have. So many things happened. I'm grateful for my family. I lost my dad at the end of 2020 and I am still reeling from it. I'm so very thankful that he was at home and we could visit so very often. We went over more than I ever really have before. School is being done online right now for our family and I am so very grateful that I have a college degree in teaching. I was only in the classroom for my student teaching portion, but I have been using everything I learned this year for my own children. It has been a blessing that I can stay organized and that I can help them with their work. I planned on doing a lot of in person markets last year, however I had to pivot to online. I am so grateful that I have knowledge enough to make my own website - it has been fun to learn and also great to see the kindness of others. 

One of the things that I got for Christmas was a gratitude journal. I've never had one before. I like the idea of writing down 3 things that I am thankful for every day. This is very close to resolution territory - I would like to write every day - but not sure if I can keep it up in reality. I'll try - it's not bad to have goals. This way I can look back on my bad days and see that there are so any things to be thankful for. 

So how about you? Are you going to have a resolution? Do you use a word for the year? Also - how will I display this word this year? I'll let you see soon. I just haven't found the right design for it yet. :)

December 12, 2020

Top 3

I thought it would be fun to go through everything that I have sold this crazy year. I am really surprised! I had many items that were similar in the count, but there were a few that really were higher on the list. The top 3 things that I've sold are:

#1 personalized key chains

#2 Masks (makes sense)

#3 personalized wooden ornaments

I'm sensing a pattern - personalized.


Did you know that I can personalize zip pouches, tote bags, snack bags and more. I also have been getting more orders for wooden signs. I think the reason is because they are new to my site. It's always fun to make something new. These are also a bit personalized - different colors and saying available.

The hard part about having things personalized is that they take time. So please remember that as you place orders. Not just with me, but anyone that puts time into making lovely things. Order early and have patience.

I love to look back and see what it was like - even in a weird year like 2020. Remember that the last day I'm taking orders this year is the 18.

November 14, 2020

Codes for days

 Holy cow! I have been a bit busy this month with lots of fun things going on. I am so happy to be involved in so many fun craft markets (see last post for all the details). 

In order to see where people are buying things from, I've made a few codes for free shipping. You can find these codes all over my social media pages from Instagram, twitter, and facebook.  I'm trying to reach out to everyone. I'm also wanting to know where you are coming from. Which market are you supporting? I will say that every single market has small shops just like me, so please shop small and support some makers. :)

Codes:

CLCSHIPPING  - for free shipping from Craft Lake City Holiday Market

NYMSHIPPING - for free shipping from Not Yo' Mama's Winter Market

LDACSHIPPING - for free shipping from the Latter-Day arts and crafts Market (On FB)


Also, stay tuned for another fun sales code coming soon. This will be for everyone and will focus on Shop Small Saturday! I'm getting excited. 

October 31, 2020

All the details

 It's that time of year - when my life goes from a little crazy to completely crazy!  It's fun to make plans and then get to follow through on them.  I needed to apply to online fairs this year and I think I found a few really fun ones. 

This year I have the privilege of being asked to participate in three different online craft fairs. Here is a place that you can find where and when to shop these fun sales. I'll be posting specific shopping codes to help me know which sale is the most used. I hope that they all do well.



Craft Lake City Holiday Market:

- Open from November 1-30
- Find all vendors at Craft Lake City's Website
- Watch Instagram for a special shopping code.


Latter-Day Arts and Crafts Market:

- Open the week of Nov 16 
- Join the facebook group in order to find vendors
- Watch Facebook for a special shopping code.



Not yo' mama's winter market:

- Open Nov 9 - Dec 18
- Watch Twitter & Instagram for special shopping codes


Like I said, I will be having special shopping codes and they will all be announced soon. I am excited to partner with these amazing places and I hope that the markets will do amazing. It's a different year, to be sure, and we can make it a great one. Remember, shop small and shop early.  My big calendar will be posted soon. 

Also, don't forget about Small Business Saturday! More to come soon.