Where did 2014 go?
We’ve spent most of the year adding all of our product to the website and to our Etsy sites. Advertising and Social media outreach was new – this blog, the Facebook page , Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter pages. A couple of buying trips each in the spring and fall. Toss in a couple of cross country trips from Vancouver, WA to Mississippi and Texas for shows, and that takes care of the rest of the year!
In the summer, Miss Audrey and her family moved close by. Yeah! We are so happy to have them. Doesn’t her attitude come through when she’s modeling? She’s a pistol in “Whitney’s Ruffle Neck Romper” by Create Kids Couture. Expect to see more of her in 2015!
What went wrong – oh boy, there were some doozies!
A large spring show turned into a non-event and our entrance fee went the way of the dodo bird. We stepped out of our comfort zone and booked ads in a couple of quilting magazines but the first drop date came and went, Fall Quilt market came and went, no ads, no magazines…. The publishing company had gone out of business! Well, let me just say those two events really knocked us for a loop! Finally, with all the travel time and show prep, social media, newsletters, blog postings were all just a little too sporadic.
BUT, we’ve met wonderful people at the events we have done this year, had wonderful customer feedback, and learned scads while setting up the website!
Hopes and goals for 2015 –
Develop and stick to a schedule for regular blog posts, newsletters and other social media.
LOTS more samples and pictures of the sample making process!
Maybe an open house in the Spring or Fall.
Going with our gut feeling more!
Adding more cute fabrics beyond basics (dots, stripes, solids) to expand our lines and inspire children’s apparel, crafts and quilts. What would YOU like to see? Types of fabrics – whole collections? new designers? new manufacturers? more bundles? new pattern lines? Please let us know!
Thank you for sharing our year. Please join us in 2015!
Vivian and Rebecca
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