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The blog in 2011…. January 16, 2011

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After THIS recap of our house in 2010 and what we hope to accomplish in 2011…..

we bring you the next installment… what are our goals for the blog and the business in 2011?

#1 Set ourselves up as an official business, not just a hobby endeavor. This means filing a Master Business Application with the state and all the associated paperwork. The best part about this goal? Its already crossed off the list! We accomplished this last week and are waiting for our business license to come in the mail. We registered both The Ravenna Girls and Ravenna Girls Vintage so we  can move forward with both ventures. Woot, hooray for getting something crossed off the list!

#2 Get our wares out there. We did our first craft show in the beginning of December, and although it was a lot of work, I think we would like to try some more this year in order to get an idea of different atmospheres. I think it would be reasonable to say we would like to do three shows this year, one in the spring and potentially two during the fall and/or holidays. We did a lot of the legwork for the Ravenna Neighborhood Show in 2010 so they should get easier over time.  It was also a great way to get our name out there and meet members of our community right here in Seattle.

#3 Plow through the stack of vintage and handmade inventory to list on etsy. We have quite a number of items that need to be photo’d and listed. They aren’t going to sell themselves. Also, keep a better tab on the items we collect so we don’t keep getting a back log.

#4  It is no secret that we love making things.   We have a few “staple” items that we constantly produce and find supplies for.  This is mostly to sell at fairs or on etsy at this point.  But, when it comes to making gifts or something, the sky is the limit.  In 2011, not only would we like to tackle more new craft projects, but we would like to create a few new lines to sell on etsy.  No idea what this will be yet, but we have all of 2011 to find the inspiration, make some prototypes and try it out.

#5 For the blog, we have some changes in store. Our friend Dave has been helping us out with some redesign, but it now is at the point were WE need to work on many more elements to get this up and running. Hopefully soon you’ll see a new look around here.  {thanks dave, for putting up with our  slow creative spunk!}

#6 In 2010, we posted 152 times. This averages to 3 posts per week. Our goal for 2011 is to bump this number up to 4-5 posts per week. We have so many exciting projects up our sleeve, we need to make sure to share the results!

#7 Get more involved in the blog community, at least locally. There are some local bloggers who are incredibly inspiring. Orangepoppy, Maggie Rose, and A Chow Life to name a few. It would be great to be more connected online with this amazing group of local ladies. We’d love the chance to feature some of their work here.

#8 Show the love throughout the blogosphere. What does this mean? For me it means making a better effort to leave comments on those posts that inspire me most. There is a lot of inspiration and energy and beautiful work going on out there, and sometimes I take that for granted. I am going to try and leave 5 comments a day. Reaching out also means reading some new blogs, keeping my google reader fresh and interesting. Follow those ideas that really align with our inspirations and dreams.

We have enjoyed having this space so much to share all of our projects, travels, and excitements with you all. Our overall goal for 2011 is to keep this space active and lively.

Before move on to the last of our goals for this year, the personal ones, we thought we’d take a moment to share our top referrers of 2010. These sites sent the most traffic our way and we wanted to show our love back.

Tastespotting. Our most viewed post of 2010 was our recipe for Chocolate Mascarpone Peanut Toffee bars that we submitted to their site and was chosen to be featured.

The Tomlin Family Blog


Ravenna Blog



Anything else that you would like to see here this year?


a hundred October 28, 2009

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that is the amount of times we have hit publish so far on this blog.

and to think, not so long ago, our biggest blogging world fear was not having anything to say.  sheesh.  we have plenty to say!


here is to a hundred more.

{and thanks for reading the first hundred, by the way!}