Happy New Year to you all. I know that 2016 was wild and crazy for most, but I have to admit it was one of my best years. Not necessarily the best business year but within my family and my own little circle it was amazing. I think when you are all holding on together you can create your little sphere of happiness even when there's a storm-a-brewin'!
In terms of business - I did twice as many big events that I have in the past. I met TONS of people face to face and it was extraordinary. It was so fun and I loved sharing what I have to offer. You guys really care about what I make and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Now, I'm addicted to the events and I guess you'll see more of me this year so keep an eye on my events page! :) I made hundreds of diaper covers and bibs - those are your favorites! I added doll diapers this holiday season and sold out of them faster than I could catch up! I had lots of return customers this year, and that was incredible. I got to re-connect with moms that were updating their diaper stash for baby #2 and I'm so honored to share the time with you all and to make the things that clothe your precious baby bums! Best of all, because of you all, I was able to afford gymnastics for both my kids, arts and craft activities in the summer and buy my daughter some of her new school clothes (and fabric to make some). Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my home business.
This year holds a lot of exciting adventures - I can just feel it! I am beginning the sign up process for the spring shows. My Spring and Summer line up of fabrics is AMAZING and I look forward to making all the things. I will be making lots more wetbags since they are the hit right now. Not just for moms but for the whole family so you can look forward to that!
Spring is a big time for baby showers so I'm hoping to add a custom listing for a gift box. you will be able to customize a set for your favorite Mom and Dad to be with bibs, diapers, powder, balm, blanket, anything in my shop and I will package it all up in a neat little box with a bow. This is still in the planning stages so if you have any ideas just shoot me over an email with your thoughts!
I will still be taking custom orders for diapers and other items but I will have lots more Ready To Ship items. When I'm doing shows it really is easier to make things in big batches to save time and cost. I promise to try and keep shipping as low as possible, it's difficult to manage the cost of shipping but I try.
Finally, I am only planning on two closures this year, one in the Spring for a few days when I go visit my sister for her first baby shower and maybe the baby's arrival (I'll be in Chicago if anyone there would like to meet up!) and one during the summer. My baby will be entering kinder in the fall... I'll be making his little kid wardrobe and I might be a little distraught LOL. But I'm usually available by email and I try to get to those messages quickly even if it's to say I'll get back to you later ;)
If you're still reading, congratulations you get in on some fun info:
Tomorrow, January 4th I will be celebrating my 40th birthday (I know I'm older than you - I'll get over it LOL) and guess what - I'm going to be the one giving gifts!
I will start a giveaway tomorrow mid morning and randomly selecting winners on Instagram!
If you aren't following me yet - Please please go follow now- this is going to be great! I will be giving away diapers, bibs, blankets - whatever I have left in stock ready to ship and maybe even some shop credits.
One last thing, actually a request: my Etsy shop was closed over the holidays. It was a great break as we went away on vacation for the first time in forever. But, it really affects my exposure and I'm not getting any views since opening. I just need a little love over there if you have a moment, please go over and favorite my shop or heart one of my items! I will be forever grateful.
I hope you all have a wonderful 2017 filled with love and positive energy. Remember to surround yourself with people you love so you can hang on tight when it gets bumpy!! Keep spreading the word about cloth diapering - IT'S WORKING!!!
All my best,