Friday, January 1, 2021

2021

 Happy New Year!

2020 was a long and difficult year. I have no illusions about 2021 suddenly becoming sunshine and roses, we will still face COVID and lockdowns for much of it. But a lot of good things did come out of 2020 so I want to focus on those:

  • I wrote 41 blog posts for 2020 which is definitely a record!
  • We adopted Soup!


  • I got my new printer, Nora which is a prusa mini and can do smaller and more detailed things.
  • I got engaged to the love of my life even though covid messed up any plans for a wedding in the near future.

Last year I setup a list of goals

  • Blog more often! (What every blogger ever says). Ideally I want to keep to a 2 blog posts per month/ every other week schedule.    
    • 41 posts is more than 2 per month!
    • Make 5 new designs. That works out to roughly 1 every 2 months with some room to spare. Between my day job and my shop, design time is low.
      • Well by my count I managed 16 new designs! Knocked that one out of the park!
    • Redo all photos because I need to up my game!
      • I did actually manage to do this which is kinda surprising to me.
    • Keep a better inventory of popular items. I got slammed over thanksgiving with 20 orders, I definitely did not have enough stock to keep up with that...
      • I did try. But unfortunately I ran out of stock of some things. This years thanksgiving sale involved 38 orders...  Luckily they all got out on time. Still going to have to work on this one. 
    • Make a saddle. I want to improve that skill too. So I need some practice.
      • Mainly due to the IMTM this did get accomplished! And I improved a lot of skills like having adjustable stirrups and working on tooling. 

    So what are my goals for this year?

    I'm going to focus on rekindling my love of the hobby. I've already started by buying some nice tack for my herd. Hopefully I'll be able to get a couple of setups done so I can enter some photo shows. 

    I am currently working on updating my jump stands so that they can be easily transitioned from traditional scale to classic and schleich scales. The current jump stands are also two pieces that get glued together so I'm working to make each stand 1 piece to make them sturdier and to save myself some time.

    I have some ideas for new products so I'll be working on those.


    SHOP NEWS:
    I may be delaying the reopening a bit. I was supposed to reopen mid-January but I'm going to be starting a new job on the 11th so it will probably wait until the end of January or the beginning of February. Sorry for the inconvenience and it will be worth the wait!

    Done moving, still unpacking