Posts Tagged 'the tragic whale'

The (Secret) May Promotion

I wanted to do some sort of shop promotion without having to come up with a coupon code and then spam social media for the duration of it. Instead, I sent a mini pouch blind bag along with every order placed in May. You might be thinking, “What kind of a promotion is this?” It’s a Secret Promotion! One in which I didn’t have to feel bad about if I forgot to do it. But I didn’t forget! Everyone got a mini pouch blind bag!

Some Flaws:
– It was a secret! I know it didn’t drive [new] sales and I don’t know if it encouraged shoppers to leave feedback.
– What if repeat buyers from May 2017 now expect a mini pouch with every order?

Some Pros:
– I have no idea! No one mentioned them.

In the past, I’ve had sort-of-annual sales (like the Summer Sale!). It’s definitely fun to have an annual sale because it can give people something to look forward to! But I haven’t done too much shop-related sewing since before Christmas and my inventory is feeling a little stale. It seemed like a great opportunity to try something new. I’m not sure if I’ll continue this promotion but I’m glad I gave it a go.

2015 in Review

“AH HA HA HA HA HA!”- Me, after realizing I haven’t blogged since June. Whoops! My bad.

2015 was a crazy year! I started out working for myself and running my own small business full time. It was incredible! I worked on structuring my days, balancing blog posts with sewing projects, hunting down craft fairs to apply for, and developing and introducing new products. It was a whirlwind of learning and adventure.

Then, over the summer, several very important things happened:

1) I joined the Windsor Farmers’ Market!

2) I got a part time job! Because after 6 months of business-ing it on my own, I realized that if I still wanted to eat I would need an alternate source of income. At first I was like, “Yep. This is what failure tastes like.” But then I was like, “Ooh, caught myself in time. No shame in restructuring my life to continue doing what I love!” (Which, in case you forgot, is sewing and watching Documentaries all day.)

3) I parted ways with a boy who wasn’t right for me.

All these things paved the way for some other things that happened in the Fall:

1) I signed on for the Windsor Winter Market, and participated in Windsor’s Autumn Moon Festival and the Legion’s (/Lisa’s) annual craft fair!

2) I was offered a supervisor position at work!

3) I started dating my person. And my Mom’s, “When you know, you know,” phrase now makes sense.

I sometimes forget that things don’t just magically “work” because I try for them. And that it’s ok for me to reassess people and situations in my life and scale back from them, or let go entirely. I couldn’t float myself on my business last year, but I still more than doubled profits compared to 2014. I’m in a nurturing relationship with a guy who’s equally my partner in crime and my best friend. And while I missed a couple Farmers’ Markets due to scheduling conflicts at work, I’m finding my new balance between my “outside” work responsibilities and my “inside”/working from home responsibilities.

AND my Mom ENCOURAGED me to play with my potatoes on Christmas! “Don’t you want to make some little snowmen or something?” she said.

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(photo credit: Jordan)

Happy and healthy New Year, everyone!

The Spring Sale!

Coupon code: SPRING20

The Tragic Whale is having a spring sale to (hopefully) celebrate the end of this rough and tough winter. I spent way too much money on propane. Boston got a record amount of snow.  Kids and teachers up and down the East Coast are being asked to forfeit part of their April Vacations to make up all the days they missed. WHAT?! Terrible. Just terrible.

So why not

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to a new makeup bag? There are almost 3 full pages to choose from!

Prep for those extra school days with a stylish new pencil case? Find the perfect size for your supplies!

Get a mini pouch because they are SUPER CUTE and practical. Perfect for earbuds, loose change, hair things, googly eyes, a small sewing kit, pills, a paperclip collection, tiny sea shells collected at the beach, chap stick and lighters, to hold your keys when you’re jogging. Basically anything!

The sale runs today through Sunday, March 22nd at midnight! Tell your friends!

Coupon code: SPRING20

Wednesday Whale Love: Night Lights

I slept with a night light until I was 17, so night lights will always have a special place in my heart.

Sweet and simple:

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This one is really neat- I like the color a lot.

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And my favorite find:

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And I know the perfect bed-side table I would keep it on ;)

I hope everyone’s week is going well so far! Happy Wednesday!

New in the shop: Small Pencil Cases

Inspired by a custom order, I decided to add a third pencil case size to the shop: small!

Perfect for crafters, as they can hold a fair amount of crochet hooks.

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And taggers, since they can comfortably hold 12 sharpie markers and still maintain their shape.

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They’re great little bags to tidy up your purse, collecting all those things that get lost down on the bottom.

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Great pencil cases for kids because they fit perfectly into little-kid hands ;)

To create them, I simply shaved down my pattern for the “Slim Pencil Case“(which can fit a full-sized unsharpened pencil!). I also decided to make multiples of some prints. I’ve focused on making One of a Kind bags for a couple of years now, I thought it was time to change it up a little bit.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday Whale Love

Any of these / ALL of these pillows would look great on my little blue Ikea sofa :)

I’m still working through this book, but the third that I’ve read so far has been really enjoyable!

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Pillows with non-rectangle shapes always catch my eye. How fun is this one?

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And who doesn’t love the Squid and the Whale?! Plus, when they aren’t pillowing around, you could play fight with them.

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Hope your Wednesday isn’t dragging and that the rest of your week isn’t boring!

Cinco de Mayo, a History

Just thought I would share with everyone the history of Cinco de Mayo, as it was explained to me at work today.

Person 1: Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo! Why does everyone keep wishing me a happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t get it!

Me: The fifth of May is a holiday in Mexico.

Person 2: Yeah! It celebrates the end of the war between the Spanish and the French.

Person 1: Oh! The Spanish-American War!

So, as I understand it, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the end of the Spanish-American War. Which was fought between Spain and France. In Mexico.

 

Also, I’ve been working on a major shop restock (here’s some draft listings waiting to become active)

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New business cards (something that mentions what I make, aha)

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and some pretty exciting changes for me! More on that as it unfolds :)


Kerry. 29. Central Mass. Maker. Fan of all things bright. Click to learn more!

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Look, it's my mom! She's waving.


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