My WAHM Adventure

Hello, In April 2010 I decided to start my own home-based business making handmade hats for small children. Two years, two Etsy shops and 400 sales later, I am feeling awesome! What started as a small idea has turned out to be more successful that I ever expected. Surprisingly, the satisfaction I get in making something I love, has been the true "success" of this whole adventure.

Friday, October 29, 2010

45-Day ArtFire Guide

Well, I've been MIA working my way through the 45-Day ArtFire Guide getting my ArtFire shop set up properly.  Things work differently on ArtFire than they do on Etsy, so it's been alot of work editing, optimizing and hopefully it will all pay off.  On top of all this, I've been happily finishing up last weeks orders for 14 hats, yes 14 hats!  What a great week I had last week!  It feels so good knowing that all my hard work, while still taking care of my small children, is paying off. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Grand Opening Sale on ArtFire

I am having a grand opening sale on my ArtFire shop for the next month!  Enter Coupon Code: GrandOpening15 to get 15% off your purchase!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

One of the downfalls of being a WAHM selling handmade items is that so often sales come in spurts and then nothing.

It's been a slow week for me :o(  So I decided to open a new online store on Artfire (  We'll see if this turns out to be a good source of sales or not!  Check out my shop!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Another Giveaway!

I've participated in another Product Review and Giveaway hosted by Mommy of 1 and Counting.  Check out Heather's review and enter to win a $20 store credit!  Giveaway ends October 16th.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Is Purple the new Pink?

This week alone I have had four custom orders for girl winter hats in purple.  Did I miss something with the pink hats I'm listing?  Is Purple the new Pink?  I guess I have some work to do!

For those interested I'm having a Canadian Thanksgiving giveaway on Facebook!/event.php?eid=131597943558997.  Enter to win a $20 store credit.  Winner will be randomly drawn on Monday October 11, 2010.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thanks Etsians!

Thanks to two fellow etsians, I have been included in two Etsy Treasuries, and and in Crafted by Lindy's blog at

It is days like today that make me feel like what I am doing is worth it!  I love what I do and I love when others appreciate it as well.

Off to finish my first online order from my new online shop which can be found at (a wonderful Canadian online shop)!

BTW, I'm running a giveaway on Facebook, if anyone is interested in a chance to win a $20 store credit, check out!/event.php?eid=131597943558997.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Getting things done!

I'm feeling pretty good today as I have almost completed a newborn hammock I am making for a local photographer in exchange for some photos of my girls in some of my hats.  There is a sneak peak on Amy Bailey's blog,  I can't wait to see all of the photos she took and getting them up on my Etsy shop.

I'm also working on my last women's newsboy hat.  I received the large wooden buttons that I'm going to put on the hat last week and I'm very happy with them.  The wooden buttons were purchased from another Etsian  She was so patient with me when I was going back and forth over what I wanted to see engraved on them!  I highly recommend her if you are looking for customized wooden buttons!  I'm hoping to get these women's newsboy hats photographed this week and up on my site as well!

I don't know how many of you run your own home-based business that is truly based on your creative ideas but I have to say the ideas don't stop!  I am constantly thinking about what to make next.  Now if there were more hours in a day, I could make my new ideas into products a whole lot faster!  Oh well, patience is a virtue, right?

And the most exciting news today is it's my daughter's 1st Birthday!  Wishing her an awesome birthday and a great second year, love you! xoxo

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My First Blog

I know, I know, blogs have been around for a long time, where have I been, right?  I don't know, perhaps I've been busy being a SAHM and haven't had a moment to discover "blogging".

Well, it's 2010 and I'm joining the blogging world.  The past 5 months my life has changed drastically and it has been an adventure.  I thought what better way to celebrate my adventure than by starting a blog about it.  I look forward to sharing my never-ending thoughts and ideas concerning my home-based business and share my adventure with you.