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Neon trim cushions!

New design in the works! Neon binding with either hand-painted neon lace, or deer!

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$40 each. More cushions to come, shortly!

It was so much fun to make these, as the designs have been floating around my head for ages!

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World maps heading to Spoonflower HQ!

This morning I whipped up a print of the world map in 3 colours. I’ve always been inspired and excited by maps, and it wasn’t until this morning that I worked out a way to get maps into my cushions. I can’t wait to see how the fabric turns out!

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Which colour do you prefer?

Learning about Etsy

Dear internets,
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!

☁ Adding listings almost daily to my Etsy shop

Recently added to the Etsy shop

Recently added to the Etsy shop

I just wasn’t conviced this was enough, so I’m trying out paid Etsy Search Ads. Maximum of $7 per week – I’ll trial it for a couple of weeks and see what happens there.

I’ve also been making fancy spreadsheets to track all my spendings and profits – I’m yet to break even but I’m working towards that fast!

I wonder if I’m missing something! I’ll just keep chugging away sewing cushions and seeing if anyone wants to hug and hold those things 😀

☁ Adina

To market!

Markets

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!

Adina ☁

A little note about goals

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

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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

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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?

More pineapples, a new toy and a starry bag!

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front but I’ve been VERY busy making things!

 

I was gifted an amazing Janome Overlocker for my birthday…

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Which helped me whip up my first of many canvas tote bags…

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Here’s a close up of the starry galaxy cloud image…

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I’ve also been sewing loads of clouds! including these 3 new designs…

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AND FINALLY but equally exciting, I’m going to make my first self-printed cushion this week using The Pineapples…Image

 

I’ve also been very busy tending to my instagram account – please follow me if you use the i-gram! http://instagram.com/thecumulusfactory

 

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Happy cloudiness friends!!! 

Adina ☁