Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beads Beads Beads! Stock up and Save!

Wow, where does the time go? It's hard to believe that everyone is busy getting kids ready for back to school and...gasp...creating goodies for the upcoming holiday season! Just a quick reminder that Rouge River Beads is having a 20% off sale! Just enter coupon code SUMMERFUN at checkout.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chosen for Artfire's Collection of the Day!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Local: Vendor Call

It's craft show season!!! The Ross Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is currently seeking vendors for the annual Extravaganza Gift Show. This year's show will take place on November 5th at the Armoury in Lindsay. If you are interested in booth space you can contact Tracey at (705) 793-2633 or at

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Halfway Through The Year Mark

It's hard to believe that half of 2011 has already come and gone. What a year it has been!!! Despite afew bumps along the way including pregnancy, a newborn, a postal strike, putting the house up for sale and a death in the family I am pleased with both how my business has grown and how I have slowly but surely begun to save some major money couponing/sale matching.

What will the rest of the year have in store for us? Above all else I am of course hoping for the health and well being of my wonderful family. I can hardly believe that my oldest just turned 3 and the baby is now a bubbling 4 month old! Hopefully we are able to sell our house in the next couple of months and I only have one more dress size to loose and I will be the same size I was pre-baby #1!

On a business front I sold 58 items in my Etsy shop in the first half of the year. Not bad given everything that went on. I think that selling 70 items from that shop for the second half of the year (an increase of approx. 20%) is a reasonable goal given my ability to focus a little more on it, that it is the holiday season and that I have almost doubled my inventory selection. I am hoping to reach the 120 listing mark and be able to maintain that, if not grow it more, through the holiday season. As for my Artfire studio it has come a LONG way. Thanks to the Heartsy promotion I have grown my sales numbers there to an amazing 214. Hopefully I have some return customers through the second part of the year and continue to have new buyers find my treasures there.

On a couponing front I have $759.80 left to go to reach my coupon savings goal by the end of the year. While that may seem like a lofty endeavour the first portion of the year was really spent learning the ropes. Now that I have a bit of a handle on things I believe it is absolutely do-able (I save $26.50 on today's shopping trip alone) plus I will be able to redeem some airmiles, hbc points and optimum points shortly which will help me reach that goal.

What are your plans/goals for the rest of the year? Can you believe that we are talking holidays already?????