Monday, August 31, 2009

new work and monthly goals

It looks like things are finally getting back to normal, the dust in the studio is settling, and I'm more or less back on track. Or getting there, anyway.

I've been working on some new colorways and I'll be adding some new linen towels in trellis stripe to my etsy shop during the week. First is Chocolate Cherry- a deep, rich chocolate brown over a bright cherry red- so pretty!


tea towel
trellis stripe / chocolate cherry
100% linen
16" x 24"

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Moving right along, it's time the monthly goal meetup at Modish. I'm even on time this month- yay! For that I deserve a pat on the back.



Here's where I stand with things.

August Goals

1. Improve conversion rate & increase sales.
*work through browsers to buyers notes and make changes
* holiday themed items, starting with Halloween

* new patterns using less labor-intensive processes to diversify product/price range

* approach bloggers

* local boutiques/markets

* put together information & follow up with existing contacts


2.
2 new patterns
* experiment with folded, twisted, clamped resists
* laced batik pattern

* arach batik pattern

3. 2 new colorways
* chocolate cherry
* majolica blue

* something orange

* cranberry

* emerald green


4. 2 quilts finished
* finish "break" art quilt
* continue "break" series

* "furrow" quilt - develop colors
- lake/poppy, gold sand/?

5. address wholesaling

6. find shows to enter, assemble deadline calendar, including 3 Rivers next June.

7. Business Plan-- finished!






My performance this month wasn't as good as last month, but with everything that's been going on, I'm practicing cutting myself some slack. On the extra credit side, I did do several things that weren't on the list, like revamping the studio and additional colorways. Most of my goals are staying the same for September.


September Goals

1. Improve conversion rate & increase sales.
*work through browsers to buyers notes and make changes
* seasonal themed items
(halloween, thanksgiving)
* new patterns using less labor-intensive processes to diversify product/
price range

* approach bloggers

* local boutiques/markets (PT)
* put together information & follow up with existing contacts

2.
New patterns
* experiment with folded, twisted, clamped resists

3. New products
* zip bags
* pillow covers

4
. New colorways
* orange
* cranberry

* emerald green


5. New quilts
* continue "break" series
* "furrow" quilt - develop colors
- lake/poppy, gold sand/?

6. Find shows to enter, assemble deadline calendar, including 3 Rivers next June.

7. Business Plan-- finished!

8. Prepare for Arts Market in early October

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