Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wow! What a month!!!

Yay, another month where I've made not one but TWO blog posts - maybe I'm getting the hang of blogging after all; ha!

November has been the BEST month for me to date on Etsy since I started my shop there - both in sale numbers and in takings (I guess the two go hand in hand really). I am SO grateful; all this has been so much more of a success than I could have ever imagined it would be.

To date I've had a grand total of 164 sales on there now, I was half hoping to make 175 sales before Christmas but I can't really see that happening; I don't know if it's always a good idea to set all these goals because it can be disappointing if you don't reach them by the 'deadline', and really every single sale is special anyway.

I had someone buy not one but two cowls the other day, which gave my map of world sales my first stickers to go in Alaska!

Last weekend I had my second ever craft fair -- I was kind of in two minds about it, those things make me so nervous, in case it's a total flop, but in the end it was REALLY successful and we sold loads and loads. I didn't have a proper inventory, which was a bit of a mistake, but it was ok really as I just reactivated the listings back on Etsy for the 'stock' I had remaining when we got home. I sold a few unlisted items so it's hard to know what number of items I sold but it doesn't really matter in the big scheme of things.

I've got another craft fair this Sunday - in the Royal in Valentia; I'm not expecting it to be such a big success as the one in Waterville but we'll see.

I quite like doing the craft fairs (so far!) but it's a bit of a pain, having to deactivate all my Etsy listings and risk losing customers over there while I'm at the fair...but it can't be helped.

I've put an announcement in my shop to expalin so hopefully people will buy early or else wait and see if things are still there after Sunday's fair.

I've been making what feels like a million hats just lately as I wanted to add some variety to my 'range'.

I quite like making them - it's nice to have a bit of a change from constantly making wristwarmers (though I love making them, and they are so successful on Etsy)


  1. Those hats look great, shame I just can't wear hats due to my rather wide hair, because I really like that butterfly stitch one in the maroon.

  2. I love the red butterfly stitch hat!! Gorgeous as always, Rosemary. Will you be listing them?

  3. Oh thank you -- I love how you both saw it as a butterfly and I saw it as a bow -- a butterfly is WAY nicer!!

    Phanie, I've got the hats up and listed -- that's the last one I'll be making in that particular yarn as it's been discontinued!

    I must do a new post on my blog again, so much has been happening :) and all good, which is even better!!

    I had to keep taking listings down for craft fairs but I've done my last one of the year now so everything in my shop is staying there (unless someone local buys it off Etsy!)

  4. Dur >.< I guess if I looked closer.

    Yes, post more! I need something to read! :P

  5. thanks Phanie xxx that hat has sold and is on its way to a lady in Co. Clare here in Ireland! I've listed a similar hat but the yarn is a merino blend for this one rather than pure merino..