The past year – 2014 – was a big one for my Etsy shop – Linda’s Other Life. I went beyond baby steps to realize how much fun managing my shop like a business and treating sewing like a job could be. I decided to compile my progress A – Z as a way of motivating myself to be even better in the new year.
A – Aprons Vintage feed sacks, oilcloth, Christmas aprons, many custom orders
B – Burlap Table runners, embroidered VW bus pillows, my first wedding order, fish shaped perch pillows
C – CLE Local stores, even the CLE Clothing Co., starting carrying candles, key fobs and hand sewn items
D – David Because D is always for David, and it was his idea (inspired by Bono) for me to make this list
E – Etsy Little did I know when I opened my shop two years ago that Etsy would open so many doors for me
F – Fabric I’m obsessed with fabric! I dream of fabric! I have too much fabric and I don’t see it as a problem.
G – GBT Girl’s Best Friend in Lakewood has become a new best friend and creative partner in retail
H – Hangers I have actually gotten rid of clothes from my closet just so I could steal the hangers for aprons!
I – Intuition I am learning to trust my intuition – about what will sell, about how to design, about styles and colors
J – Joann’s I love going to Joann Fabrics! I can spend too much time and money there. I am there too often.
K – Keepsake I have reconstructed keepsake items for customers and sewn items I hope will become keepsakes
L – LOL My “brand” is truly becoming my “other life” and life is good
M – Mess My sewing room is frequently messier than my desk at school used to be and I am fine with that
N – Network I am enjoying networking with people at craft fairs and making connections with retailers
O – Oilcloth Fun and easy to sew, colorful oilcloth is one of my new obsessions
P – Pandora My sewing music easily changes with my moods and Pandora makes it easy
Q – Quilt Shops New Quilt Shops in every town we visited this year. Favorites are always Amish country, OH
R – Repurposed I love repurposing fabric! Feed sacks, old pieces of lace and trim, burlap bags, vintage fabrics
S – Salty Salty Not Sweet in CLE has been good to me and even led to an airport retail opportunity
T – Tables Table runners, placemats, pub mats – everyone has a table that needs dressing up
U – USPS Our jolly postman frequently trades postmarked packages from the box for fabric deliveries
V – Vacation I actually allow myself “vacation” days from time to time and have enjoyed taking the holidays off
W – Wonder Fair An in-home craft show was the best – and most profitable – idea of the year!
X – Xtras I try to make my Etsy packages special by including little extras – candy, buttons, gift tags, etc.
Y – Yarn I stitched some sayings in yarn on burlap to make some pretty cool pillows this year
Z – Zero Pleasant year end surprise – cash to spend to bring my profit back to zero!
Time to start over!