Monday, April 05, 2010

Contest!


Ok. So I'm about to sit down to do my taxes.

I know.

I always-always-always put it off. Always. This year the task is all the more daunting because of my little plushie-making business. It got bigger in 2009, you see, a lot bigger than I ever thought it would. As fun as it is, there's the tax thing that I wish I could stay in denial about. I am just not into the numbers.

You see, I am so not into the numbers that I've never counted how many items I've made over the past year. Its a lot, too. A LOT. Not only was my Etsy Shop busy, but I did two really big shows last year - the Maker Faire and Renegade San Francisco. I also was fortunate enough to have my items in three "Brick and Mortar" shops last year - Modern Mouse, Doe-SF and Cafe Gratitude!

Its time, though. Its time to let the tax man know the deets so its time for me to tally up the numbers.

It will then become all the more clear exactly what I've spent my free time doing in 2009. The truth will be out that I have spent far more time with needle and thread than gardening, exercising or entertaining. That the Jan the Janome sewing machine has been more of a companion to me than most of the humans in my life. That poly fiber fill and felt have occupied my closets, drawers and dreams more than anything having to do with international adoption - a surprising, yet quite welcome distraction. Time to face the music..

Here's the fun part...for you.

Just for shits & giggles, I would like to host a little contest. Anyone can play! Whomever comes closest to the number wins this little guy:



For a Hint - Click Here!

Just leave a comment for me with your numerical guess of how many plushies (includes Hoot Owls, Mice, Bunnies - all of em') you think that I made from January through December 2009. The number and the winner will be revealed on Tax Day - April 15, 2010!

Off to count....(and, thanks for playing along)! xoxo


beautiful "tally mark" necklace (above) by NinaGibsonDesigns @ Etsy.com

38 comments:

Brenda said...

Hmmmm ... man, this is a toughie! I'm going to wildly guess ... 437.

Hee hee! Can't wait to find out how many of your adorable and sweet plushies you actually made last year!

xo Brenda

Tom said...

Hmm. If you made one a day, every day that would be 365. Minus those major holidays and vacation--I presume your company ; ) offers a generous retirement and vacation package--I would guess 182.

Waterrose said...

Well, my guess is 532.... I hope I'm close!

lillyella said...

fun fun fun! Ok, my *very calculated and precise* guess is 350!
(but also thinking it may be a bit higher than that)
good luck with your taxes, mine make me eat a lot.

Lisa said...

Hmmmm.....I'll venture to guess 397!

Sylvia-Louise Handbags said...

How many cute plushies does it take a year to make? My guess is 427.

Project Ni Hao said...

299. First number that popped into my head!

Samantha said...

Hello! I hope you don't mind me just jumping in - I followed a Twitter link from Brenda (right up there ^) and I love your little owly.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say 600. Go big or go home! :)

(PS - I'm feeling your pain with your taxes. All I can say is good luck and congrats on your growing business!)

ANudge said...

I'm going to guess 76 - that sounds a lot to me to make by hand.

walternatives said...

711

alexkeller said...

because i'm in a Prince sort of mood, i'll guess 1999

Jessi said...

628

HuluMama said...

347?

Michele said...

The guessing fairy told me to say 428.

And for 2010 and beyond, I can help with the record keeping if you want so you don't have to put all the info together at the end of the year.

dreamer said...

597

Rhonda said...

293

Michelle said...

I'm going to go with 656. Don't ask me why because I'm not entirely sure. :)

Special K said...

Hmmmm...

174

twisted said...

706

aubepine said...

Fun! I'm going to randomly guess... 450

AlliesAdornments said...

367, final answer.

AmyMayDesign said...

Hmmm I say 550!
And congrats on all of your success:)

cigarboxbeads said...

okay- 762---and all of them cute, cute, cute!

;>)

marilyn g

maidofclay said...

I'm going to say 314

cory - falling star lane said...

I think you have been really busy - and i am sure with the shops and fairs, it's a really large number. I think it's around 800 - so, i am thinking 797 is a good number.
:)
I love your owls, and i keep looking for the perfect one to buy - i looked today, but no one spoke to me.
I'll keep looking!
Cory

Sandy said...

With Etsy plus shows, I'll say 539. P.S. I love my penguin!

Debra said...

123

Shannon said...

817! Ellie and I love Ellen the Peach!

RedBessBonney said...

I'll guess 365..

Bella said...

I'm guessing 324!

Slitely Askew said...

I'm guessing 592...I hope I'm closest!!

Jane said...

hi buttercup, I'm going to guess 360! Which is an enormous number!!
xo Jane

Ann said...

Wow...this is difficult! I have to guess 499!

M3 said...

513 (the number jumped into my head).

Cheers.

VisionQuest said...

i believe....
433

Katie J said...

365? I counted somewhere around 252 on your Etsy site, but I imagine it's more than that.

RoadToHanzhong said...

Hmmm...405 pops into my brain...

linda said...

I say, hmmmmm 565, and its never enough of these cuties.
linda
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