When you are constantly looking ahead, sometimes you need to look back
And looking back at all you’ve accomplished and not be so focused on the numbers. It was a very good year for the Itty Bitty Bag Company, despite the continued dismal economic environment and even with many personal obstacles thrown in the mix. From April through December, my home was invaded by Contractors. My health troubles began in February and I am still working through them today.
I had a very busy Nov/December of 2011 and I never got the chance to blog about some of my favorite projects. I will do this but I thought it would be fun to see where I was at the beginning of 2011 and where I finished up. I also want to highlight some of my favorite projects.
I started doing a lot more embroidery. Adding special hand elements that are unique and whimsical are so much fun. Also, embroidering by hand, though it takes longer is such a better quality than most if not all machine embroidery designs. I also introduced iPad Sleeves & Kindle Sleeves to my shop.
I created new burlap totes with bright spring accent colors. I also made a very special tote for Martha Stewart and had so much fun meeting her in person and talking with her. I also introduced wood handles as an option in my shop and thought with the burlap bags this was a very nice touch. Finishing off February with some great framed clutches in peacock & saffron yellow!
I created a bunch of new mini-totes in very bright fun colors and then received a request from my dear friend Jacquie to make Easter Baskets and spent the next month working on them. iPhone cozy wallet sales were still doing quite well after the release of the iPhone 4. I also had 4 large bridal orders that I worked on during that month.
A very successful Trunk Show in Massachusetts kept me busy the majority of April. I received a fun local design work for an Upcycled pillow cover and created a tutorial on how to do it. I created several framed purses. I had two portrait sessions so that I would have a professional headshot.
I had a very large girl scout order for mini zipper pouches. Several custom designs, especially for large bags, my first Prom request, and more wedding make up pouches.
I created a special Burlap set for the annual DTC Lobster Bake, started cross-stitching monograms and had many more bridal orders that included totes & framed clutches.
Was a bit slow…I was on vacation relaxing with my family. I created some unique burlap designs with a handmade satin sash. Some unique custom design requests. A business mistake that we all can learn from…many hours/days into a project that never came to be and should have charged a design fee so that it didn’t happen.
Several monogrammed wedding wristlets all unique, Dance bags for both of my girls, and Phone cozies were back by popular demand.
Time to get organized!! I created the mom journal/planner so that I could keep track of my crazy life. :) Several custom orders for totes, undiaper bags, and wristlets.
My fall totes with burlap, cords & wools was probably my most favorite design work. I thought the combination of the embroidery, broaches, and fabrics was my best work yet. October is also a very busy month for me as both of my girls birthdays are in this month, one at the beginning and one at the end.
Holiday orders were on overdrive and I quickly had to set limits for myself. Several custom wool totes, zipper pouches, many many key fobs, Holiday shows, custom designs, and a very fun wedding order.
Do you have a favorite?
Thank you for your support this year. I will blog about some of my recent custom designs very soon. :)