For the first time ever I met my Etsy sales goal! Yay! My sales goal is usually whatever my sales were for the previous month plus around 10%. Since I usually do 1-2 patterns a month and this past month I did 5, and I only surpassed my goal by $18, I’m not sure if I did good or not, but um…. yay! I met my goal!
My advice on goals: Don’t set easy ones. Don’t set goals that are so ridiculous you never meet them, either. Figure out what a realistic goal is, and set a goal that is slightly higher, but possible. I usually miss it by around $20, which is close enough that I’m more like “I WAS SO CLOSE! I’ll work harder and get it next time!” than “Waaaahhhh I suck!”
My day job is still on hold due to the temporary hacking shutdown, so I’m going to try to work hard on patterns this month, too. I’m going to try doing some standard 11-12″ fashion dolls (Barbie, Disney princesses) patterns. Ideally, these patterns will also work with Pullips, but I’ve noticed that most of the 11-12″ fashion dolls fall into either “Skinny” or “Super-skinny” dimensions. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make one pattern that works for all, but I suspect that if I have to break it down into 2 different sizes for fashion dolls, Obitsu bodies will fall into “Skinny” and Pullip type 3/4s will fall into “Super-skinny” so either way, Pullips will get more clothes.
I also picked up some clearance Ever After High dolls to do dyeing experiments with, as I’d really like to be able to work on some darker skinned background characters.
And I’m going to really, REALLY try and get up a few chapters of All My Pullips.
Aaaaaand that’s it! Extra thanks to all my customers and fans this past month, it helps me be much more optimistic in the face of job uncertainty to have something else productive to work on :3 As always, happy to get feedback and suggestions through the blog (I know the blog keeps resetting itself to registered users commenting–I keep un-resetting it), etsy, flickr, tumblr, email, whatever.
PS–remember the sewing contest everyone! I want to see lots of awesome dolly fashions :D