Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Reflecting on 2009 by She's Batty Designs

I'm already looking ahead to 2010.
I'm planning out my handmade resolution - I'm taking on soap making and have even started a blog for everyone to follow my adventure. I'm also planning big things for She's Batty Designs. I have a new (non-paper) product line that will launch in my Etsy shop in January that I'm totally excited about, and I'm planning to introduce 52 new card designs to my shop over the course of 2010 - that's one design for every week of the year!

.....But before we plunge head first into 2010, I thought I'd reflect on 2009. I often have a horrible memory (I blame it on all the "school stuff" I have to cram into my head) but thankfully surfing through the blog archives should jog my memory. Here's some highlights from 2009....

Not too much to report (that I can remember) but I did manage to post 7 entries on the blog between working for the OSPCA. If you follow the link to those 7 entries you'll see that I was desperately missing my studio! I was also ready to come home from up north because I was missing Drew and Noel. Princess kept me company up north but I was also missing out on Sassy getting adjusted to life in London.

In February I put a lot of effort into a new venue to me, Artfire. I saw a good amount of sales there for the next few months too.

I started the Ghouls Guild on Artfire in March and continued major promotional efforts of my AF shop. You can see this in the blog posts from March. The Ontario SPCA Walk-a-thon was also a huge focus for me during this month.

By April I had scored myself a "free ride" at Artfire so my efforts were really paying off! No more fees! Hooray! Sales continued and I shared my "scoring a free ride strategy" on the blog. See all the posts from April for more info. April was also my birthday month! I can't believe I'm in my "late 20's" now! That's just plain scary!

I finished up my contract at the Renfrew County Branch of the Ontario SPCA. I really miss all the wonderful people I worked with (including all the volunteers who put in countless hours to help give the animals of Renfrew County a second chance), and I miss being around the animals everyday. Of course my pets take full advantage of me missing the shelter because I cuddle them that much more. After returning home, the month got super busy (see the archives for the proof including the beginning of my Garden Adventures Series and the Super Resource Series!). I started writing for Handmade News as a columnist for the Marketing department which took up a lot of my time and finished my "winter term" classes and quickly started my "summer term" classes. I think there was a week of downtime between the ending and starting of classes. I also started working at the university again.

Another whirlwind month! I shared a closer look at my studio (which I have expanded on since then in my flickr account under the "my studio" set), I started the Facebook fan page for She's Batty Designs, shared more about my disease, continued writing for HMN, and the blog series that I mentioned under May continued. My classes & work at the university also continued. See the archives for more details and a ton of useful handmade marketing info!

I got promoted at HMN to the Editor of the Marketing Department. The promotion was super exciting but my new position took up SO much time! The department grew by leaps of bounds and I developed amazing relationships with the columnists in the Marketing Department. Of them, I really connected with Libby who runs Maylee's Garden on Etsy - a handmade vegan soap shop! I learned so much from her and I hope she learned a lot from me too. I consider her one of my best "online" friends now :) Check out the July archives for more fun stuff including my feature on the main page of Artfire!

I started prepping for Halloween in August and was totally bogged down with work at HMN. If you check out the blog archives for August you'll see what I mean. Something note worth that happened in August was that I released the new She's Batty Designs logo.

Drew and I celebrated another anniversary - 2 years! I also started my final year of university. I can almost FEEL that bachelor degree! The Ghouls Guild also had their first annual "Trick or Treat" event. You'll want to check out the September archives for lots of helpful handmade business advice, awesome ghoulish finds, and the continuation of my garden adventures. By the end of September HMN had "de-moted" all the editors back to columnists and removed the "editor" positions all together. Although I still carry a bit of a chip on my shoulder about how it all went down, I was thankful to put all the time I was spending on HMN back into my own business.... which resulted in a great "4th quarter" for my biz! You'll see what I mean below.

I participated in my first craft show in almost 2 years. Turns out I picked an amazing event to be apart of - the Bazaar of the Bizarre in Toronto, ON. I had a good number a sales, got a lot of business cards out, but the highlight was meeting all the fab artists, like Mel of Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities, and a mini celebrity in halloween circuit - Ghoul Friday. See pictures from all my latest craft shows (including the Bazaar of the Bizarre) in my flickr photo set "Craft Shows".

October was also full of Halloween celebrations - what else right? By the time October was over I was burnt out and didn't foresee doing much for the next two months - turned out I was in for a pleasant surprise - mega sales in my etsy shop (see below).

I had the best month in the history of She's Batty Designs for sales on Etsy! I made cards into the wee hours of the night almost every night and loved it! I was also in the storque, a gift guide (Editor's Picks), and the Etsy voter for the first time! By the end of the month I had been featured in the storque (under the related items) multiple times! I was so grateful for all the extra exposure the Etsy admin were giving my little shop because it made a HUGE difference in my sales! I also posted the November edition of the newsletter online. If you don't want to miss out on my monthly update, sign up on the right hand side of my blog or by going here.

I also participated in "Craft off the Lot" in Toronto at the beginning of November. Although the show was sooooo slllloooowww, I did meet two really awesome Etsians, Ky and Becky which made the 4 days of driving back and forth from Toronto worth it! Huge thanks to my parents who helped me all weekend! I couldn't have done it without them :)

So far the month as been full of flare ups (AS), weening off one of my medications (a sleep aid that has turned out to have horrible side effects!), studying for exams, and getting rides to school at the butt-crack of dawn due to the LTC bus strike! Let's just say I can't wait for the last week of this month when I can relax and start off the new year rested and refreshed.

Look out 2010, here I come!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Behind the Scenes with She's Batty Designs

Oh, and the November update for She's Batty Designs had been released!

Check it out here: http://eepurl.com/e4fP

If you'd like to receive the monthly She's Batty Designs update in your inbox, please sign up using the form on the right hand side of the She's Batty Designs blog :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

See The Ghouls Creations on Artfire

Are you looking for some ghoulish delights?
You've come to the right place then!

The Ghouls Guild of Artfire offers Halloween and dark art items all year long! Halloween isn't just a holiday to us - it's a lifestyle!

So if you need your fix of gothy goodness, click here to see all the items currently offered by the Ghouls Guild members on Artfire.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Congrats to our Scavenger Hunt winners Julie and Diana!
Each of these girls will be receiving prizes from two different Ghouls!

Thank you to all who participated in Trick or Treat 2009!
Now the Ghouls are off to celebrate Halloween - which means big parties, lots of crafting, elaborate costumes, and of course candy!

We wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TRICK OR TREAT 2009 ~ Giveaway No. 10 !!!

And the winner is...


Please contact Huckleberry Arts at
admin [at] huckleberryarts [dot] com
to claim your prize!

Thanks to all those who participated!

You can find more Halloween goodies in Huckleberry Arts' shop!


You can never have too many spooky elements when crafting. Bulk up your scrapbooking/cardmaking/etc. graphics collection with five Digital Collage Sheets of your choice from Huckleberry Arts!

Click the link to for more information!

Now, I know you're dying to know how you can get your hands on this!

All you have to do is post your answer (and email) to
 Have you ever entered a costume contest? Did you win? What was the prize? 
in a comment below!

Yes! It's really that easy!

A winner will be chosen at random and announced Oct. 13th.
(that's only fair for those West coasters! Contest will end at 11:59pm PDT)

What are you waiting for?

TRICK OR TREAT 2009 ~ Giveaway No. 9

And the winner is...

CharSpirit's Creations!

Please contact Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities at
kaoticekko [at] gmail [dot] com
to claim your prize!

Thanks to all those who participated!

You can find more Halloween goodies in Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities shop!


Everyone needs a cute but creepy companion!
This CAT! will be more than happy to keep you company,
even light your way in the dark!

Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities' CAT! pin from the Curious Creatures Collection is purrrfectly happy to go home with the winner of this giveaway!

Click the link to for more information!

Now, I know you're dying to know how you can get your hands on this!

All you have to do is post your answer (and email) to
 Have you ever played any Halloween tricks? If so, did you get caught? 
(ie TP-ing, egging, silly string-ing, etc.)
in a comment below!

Yes! It's really that easy!

A winner will be chosen at random and announced Oct. 12th.
(that's only fair for those West coasters! Contest will end at 11:59pm PDT)

What are you waiting for?

Monday, October 12, 2009

FEATURED ARTISTS: Sisters of the Moon Design and Bloodshred DIY !!!

And the Ghouls Guild's annual 13 day Trick or Treat event ends with our final two featured artists.


Artist Bio:

We are new to Art Fire, but not new to selling. We have 100% feedback on ebay! and have been selling for 8 years!

We are a mother and daughter team that loves to make unique and different designs of hair and body. This is our home biz, we work on our own time, and from our own house. We love to meet new and exciting people from everywhere.

My mother is very crafty and has been making clothes for years now, and she is a seamstress. I have always been into creating art, in all forms. I went to school for Art, Graphic Design and Photography, but always wanted to go for Fashion Design. However, I could not afford the school for that.

We make sure all our items are quality pieces of art. We use all quality hair, yarn, elastics, and other materials. We are reliable, and our feedback on ebay is 100%. I want to make sure every customer is happy! I do my best to treat everyone equally and how l would like to be treated during a buying process.

FIND Sisters of the Moon Design:

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade SistersOftheMoon Website SistersOftheMoon Blogger SistersOftheMoon Etsy SistersOftheMoon Twitter SistersOftheMoon

For TRICK OR TREAT 2009, Sisters of the Moon Design has the following sale: Cyberlox Hair Falls: Reg. $45 ON SALE: $35! No coupon code required.

Lindsay White

Artist Bio:

All of my clothing is reconstructed from OFFICIALLY LICENSED t-shirts (ie band merch, etc) if it's not just made from fabrics!
All DIY clothing is one of a kind (or two-of-a-kind if I make one for myself too :P)

FIND Bloodshred DIY:

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade Bloodshred_DIY Website Bloodshred_DIY Etsy Bloodshred_DIY Facebook Bloodshred_DIY

FEATURED ARTISTS: 49 Stocker and A and M Boutique !!!

What? MORE featured artists? WOW!


Artist Bio:

I started crafting when I was a wee young girl, I often traveled to many craft shows. I am self taught learning some ideas from my Aunt and taking it from there. In about 2002 I opened my first online store. Now I have 2 wonderful blogs in which I sell my crafts in one and the other is about things I am working on, contests, giveaways, recipes adventures I am having and what ever else I can think of. I love making cloth dolls it is my favorite, but my quilts and crochet rag rugs have been moving up to second favorite with making rock cottages in a close third. My quits are quite different in that I use my cartooning to create them. That is right I once was a cartoonist and worked for 3 different newspapers making political and daily cartoons, also I did some cartooning for a book that was published called "BE BOLD GET OLD".

FIND 49 Stocker:

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade 49stocker Website 49stocker Blogger 49stocker Twitter

Amy and Maggie

Artist Bio:

My name is Amy, and I love to sew. I love working with beautiful fabrics and make unique items that people can use, I take custom orders. I really enjoy needle felting purses.

My mother, Maggie, makes the most beautiful stained glass and mosaic creations. She has been working with glass for 12 years. She can also custom make items for you.

FIND A and M Boutique:

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade AandMBoutique Blogger AandMBoutique Etsy AandMBoutique Facebook AandMBoutique Twitter AandMBoutique Indie Public AandMBoutique

For TRICK OR TREAT 2009, A and M Boutique has the following sale! Use the coupon code below to get your discount!

AANDMBOUTIQUE13 Free shipping on Halloween and Wiccan Items

Alexandra Aiken

Artist Bio:

My mother has taught me all I know about sewing, and I recently have started up a site selling coffee cup sleeves in the shape of bats. My mother and I came up with the idea one day out of nowhere and it really took off! I have always been interested in bats, I have volunteered with the Malayan and Island Flying foxes at the Oakland Zoo and also taken a bat rehabilitation class in Texas at Batworld!

I am a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I am a 3rd year anthropology major and I am currently researching the role bats have in numerous cultures throughout the world.

FIND Bat Girl Designs:

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

For TRICK OR TREAT 2009, Bat Girl Designs has the following sale! Use the coupon code below to get your discount!

BATTY = Free shipping.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

TRICK OR TREAT 2009 ~ Giveaway No. 8 !!!

And the winner is...

Glasstastic Treasures!

Please contact Simply Smiss at
smiss00 [at] gmail [dot] com
to claim your prize!

Thanks to all those who participated!

You can find more Halloween goodies in Simply Smiss' shop!



These spooked little cats look like they've seen a ghost!
Or maybe just a dog...

Anyway, these super cute clips would make a special addition to any Halloween hairstyle! And even better, they're free if you win!

Click the link to for more information!

Now, I know you're dying to know how you can get your hands on this!

All you have to do is post your answer (and email) to
 What is your LEAST favorite Halloween treat and why? 
(ie "Raisins. Because they're RAISINS!")
in a comment below!

Yes! It's really that easy!

A winner will be chosen at random and announced Oct. 11th.
(that's only fair for those West coasters! Contest will end at 11:59pm PDT)

What are you waiting for?

Hey everyone! Make sure you leave your email address,
especially if you're not registered with Blogger!
We wanna make sure you get your prize if you win!