Monday, March 31, 2014

Big Changes

WoW! It certainly has been a super busy beginning to the new year! Last fall the hubby and I discussed selling our house and moving closer to where he works. We even contacted an agent to get an idea of the market and what price range we could expect to list at. After the crazy winter we had and the road conditions he had to travel on to get there, we decided to go ahead and make the leap. The only condition I had was that the new place be a ranch home with a great back yard for the grandkids to play in...oh and room for my hot tub ;)

We began to talk to the people he works with and check out the areas closer to his work place. Soon we began taking "Sunday drives" to get a better feel for the areas and did some online house shopping. The actual plan was to list our house later this Spring. But, as it usually goes, we found THE house we wanted. Knowing we had to sell ours before we could make an offer we quickly called our agent back and put ours on the market. That was in February! We had ONE showing in the middle of all that bad weather and got it sold! It is now the end of March and we have already closed on our house and will be signing papers to get the new place next week!! Isn't it cute? :)


What an exciting Spring this is going to be. We have lots of rooms to paint and a few minor things to take care of before the movers take over the furniture. I have already done the majority of packing and we have a storage space full of things to be moved in later. It's amazing what you collect over the years. I'm sure there will be more purging once I tried to fit all that stuff into the new place  LOL But, that's ok. Time for a new chapter.

I'm already looking forward to the day that my yarn room is organized and we can enjoy some sunshine relaxing on the new patio. I know Tessa, my mini poodle, is going to love that big fenced back yard! We also have lots of plans for cookouts and campouts with the grandsons this summer.

Stay tuned .. Creative Kitty Crochet will return! I am looking forward to meeting lots of new folks and getting connected with local crafters. I'm sure there will be some new craft shows for me to attend this year!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Getting Noticed



YES! I do love working from home and being my own "boss". But some days it does get overwhelming.

I recently had a friend ask me if I use Twitter. I had to admit that, reluctantly, I do. It was part of a strategy plan used by a marketing intern that worked with me last year. He also set up accounts on Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and some other page I can't even recall.

While I know that social media outlets are necessary I also know there can be just too much. At some point in the day there still has to be time for the crochet. Otherwise I have nothing to post, tweet, pin or blog about!  Plus, my family appreciates a little attention now and then ;)

I can honestly say that until I started my small business I had no idea of what the time involved in each project would be. After creating the item which can take anywhere from hours to several days, there is the photography, writing up descriptions, deciding on a price, posting, tweeting, pinning and hoping for the sale. Then the customer interaction, which I love! Answering questions, taking suggestions, and from all that comes new ideas. I also try to take time for online seminars and use you tube videos to learn new techniques. I wish I had time to write patterns as well but I just haven't figured out a way to squeeze that in .... yet!

My point here? If you are starting, or trying to expand, your business don't feel you need to use everything out there! Choose ones you will be more likely to use frequently. Learn the ins and outs of them and put them to work for you! It can be intimidating at first but the results are worth it. But most importantly...don't forget the PERSONAL side. Get out there and meet people! Pass out business cards, join a group, participate in local craft shows, teach your craft at libraries or schools. Nothing promotes your business like you!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014

Another New Year! So many hopes and goals. I can honestly say I am glad to see 2013 over with.

There were some good times, but seemed to be more bad and sad times. We gained a new grandson, had a great vacation with good friends, but lost a brother in-law to brain cancer. I'm glad I was able to be with my sister at the hospital during this time. There wasn't anything I could do but be there.

The one thing I am looking forward to this year is finding a new house. We have decided to sell this one and move closer to where hubby works. We've decided to downsize a bit, I want a ranch house, and improve the outdoor space. Hopefully ours will sell quickly!

I have many plans and goals for Creative Kitty Crochet this year as well.  I am amazed every year at the growth and customers I have. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I can't tell you how much you all mean to me. You keep me going more than you could know! So with that said I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy 2014!