Saturday, April 17, 2010

Drumroll Please...

Thanks SO much to all of you who decided to play along with my giveaway this past week. It made my Tax-Time just a little bit more fun. And, I needed that.

Most guessers were pretty much in the ballpark of reality. Some of the numbers that were thrown out, however, kinda cracked me up. I've been quite busy this year but couldn't imagine being busy enough to crank out 1999, 762 or 817 handmade plushies in a year's time. Maybe if I were able to sew and build full time I could hit those sorts of stats, but not on top of my full time day job. It is food for thought, though. Your confidence in me is much appreciated - and I hope that I haven't let you down.

Here's how some of the 2009 numbers shook out:

Etsy.Com (195)

Donations and Gifts (29)

Bizarre Bazaar/Maker Faire (25)

Renegade San Francisco (89)

That's a lot of this:

A lot of this:

A BUNCH of this:

And a little bit of this:

There were some other numbers including stock left at the end of the year and things sent to brick and mortar shops. The final-final number is probably slightly under reported but my best guesstimate based upon the numbers that I had.

So my big number is: 368

Which means that the Big Winner is: Alyssa of AlliesAdornments - the maker of absolutely beautiful jewelry that she creates from upcycled and repurposed to-die-for vintage buttons. (She guessed 367).

Thanks again to EVERYONE for playing along with this little contest and most importantly for supporting me with such heart as I pursued this creative endeavor over the past couple of years.

Its been real. And, it has been fun.

Now? Now it is time to clear off that baby changing table and make room for the next great adventure!

Not to fear, the shop does not have a closing date - but things are slowing down. We are hoping for news of our adoption hopes and dreams becoming a reality by the end of the summer this year. So, we'll see what happens between then and now. Probably a lot more gardening, maybe some quilt making and definitely some projects around the house!!



Tom O'Donnell said...

Wow! Amazing! You need to look into those vacation benefits I mentioned in my guess. You've been a harsh master! But I bet it was at least a little bit fun. Clearly I underestimated you!

Brenda said...

WOW! And Alyssa was so so close! (What a cutie that Peyton is!)

AlliesAdornments said...

OMG! I'm honored! I know that you've been working your little fingers to the bone, but more than one a day is super impressive.

Rhonda said...

That's really impressive! I hope you're still making them when we get little one, I'd love to buy one...

Bobbi Jo said...

Can't wait to read about your news...hoping that you hear some good news soon!!

VisionQuest said...

YEAH!!!! to both Allie and WenderZ!!!

i'm not ready to think about you closing up shop, so i won't.

HuluMama said...

You rock!!! I'm so impressed with everything. Will be contacting you soon about what to get for my 4 year LIDisversary.

And hoping we meet in China. :-)

K is for Calligraphy said...

Hooray for Alyssa! I did not play because I am already blessed with two wonderful and amazing buttercupbloom hoot owls (Harriet and Blinky)! They say hoot hoot to their 366 brothers and sisters!
xo, Katy

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

That is a lot of sewing!! Glad your business has done so could it not with such cute things.

Oh how I hope you get your referral this year!! Glad to see you back blogging!!

Shannon said...

I think 817 was my guess! haha All my numbers/counting experiences have been distorted since I started Ellie's adoption! Heck if 6-8 months can equal 3-5 years then 368 can equal 817! Right?! =)