I ordered 3 yards of fabric from Spoonflower a few weeks ago. One of those yards (the Pineapples) is almost gone! So I decided it was time to place a 2nd order. It COULD have got out of hand but I was fairly restrained…
I re-ordered the pineapples Swallows pattern I whipped up
These 3 excellent vintage photos will become cushion panels
And finally… I’ve ordered 3 colours of pineapples on white background. So many pineapples!!!
That’s what’s going on in the Cumulus Factory! I can’t wait to get the fabric order 😀
The other day I had my very first Etsy sale! What a rush! It was a custom request for Teal/Grey cloud cushion. The customer was kind enough to send me a photo of her stunning apartment, with the cloud cushion in situ.
Etsy customer’s lovely photo of a Cumulus Factory cloud in her stunning apartment.
I’ve also had a word-of-mouth referral for 2 cushions, from a friend of a customer in Melbourne. Very excited to sew up these custom orders!
Which leads me to my next point… I’ve been imagining a kind of ‘visual custom order form’ for a while but I didn’t quite have the technical know-how to make one myself. I stumbled across 123 Contact Form and found exactly what I needed… Free! Booyah! So I now have a fancy custom order form which can be accessed here (through Facebook) or here (non-Facebook).
I’m pretty new to this Etsy thing. I’ve got things to sell and I know they’re excellent, but I just think I need more exposure. I’m mostly writing this post to track what I’m up to and hopefully someone can learn from this one day (most likely candidate: Me!) Here’s how I’m getting my things ‘out there’ at the moment:
☁ I am pretty active on Instagram – nearly 450 followers now!
☁ Facebook page has a little under 100 followers, most are people I already know. They’re my best customers til now!
As you can see, my goals stated in the previous post are going pretty swell! I’ll hold my first Cumulus Factory market stall at the Bondi Markets on Sunday, 24th March. I’m pretty excited to see what happens!
Last time I held a market stall, it was 1994-ish. My best friend Kira and I sold quilled cards (excellent quilling example here … N.B. ours wasn’t quite this awesome). We made a profit around $8 each to my memory. That was because Kira’s mum footed the bill for the stall. Thanks Kim!
If you have ANY tips whatsover for holding markets, please let me know!
I’m a speech pathologist by day. We were taught to make SMART goals for our clients. It’s not a ground breaking concept, but it does help me focus.
SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic (or Relevant) Time-bound
I’ve started to develop a few SMART goals around my Cumulus Factory endeavors. Here is what I’m shooting for right now:
• Have an equal number of instagram followers to the number I follow by the end of Sunday 10th March
• Make 5 cushions per week during March
• Make 5 tote bags per week during March
• Hold my first market stall before March is up
• Apply for Finders Keepers markets in December 2013
This weekend’s quota of 5 cushions. They still need to be stuffed.
How do you stay accountable to yourself? What goals are you currently working towards for your small business?
Cloud marshmallows – the most obvious thing! Yet it took me scouring The InterHole to discover such a life-changing concept. Click the pic to see the other edible cloud delights that made my eyes and mouth water.