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>During Mabel’s nap today West,  John and I headed into my new and improved workspace to take some photos of my new shirt colors. My new workroom has a 6 ft x 6ft window and will prove to be an awesome space for both work and photography. We are still waiting for some molding to be installed but by the end of this week I will be fully up and running– and SUPER busy!

John was my model and I must add uber handsome! Check out some outtakes. Most of the images are of blank shirts because I plan on adding my images on digitally because most of my shirts are print to order and I have limited stock/sizes in my adult shirts.

My handsome men!
West running around the empty room yelling “echo, echo”
“I am not looking at the camera”

not quite ready for me to take photo      
My favorite new shirt color

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>Often when everyone is in bed, I look up my google analytics site and see where the traffic comes from for my Etsy site. Last year I did a top 10 countries that people search my Etsy store from… thought I’d do a 2011 edition.
1. United States
2. Canada
3. Australia (also who I sell the most to beside people in the US)
4. UK
5. Japan
6. Germany
7. Spain
8. Italy
9. France
10. Netherlands

I realize that this is only really interesting to me. I haven’t been updating my blog as much as I’d like to. I haven’t really had much to say. My shop was on vacation except for a few already printed shirts and some valentines cards. Mostly I have been recovering from surgery and dealing with sick kids.

Now it’s March, almost spring and I am gearing up to get my shop running in full swing again. I will have new products, more styles and shirt options.

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>Where has Westmama been?

>Well a lot has been going on since my last post.

  • I turned 35
  • I suffered a uterine prolapse 
  • we put our house on the market
  • Mabel started walking
  • we traveled to Missouri
  • Mabel turned 1
  • we managed endless house showing and searched for a new house
  • all 4 of us got colds (some of us got two back to back colds)
  • we got an offer on our house (still in the inspection period)
  • we put an offer on a house (inspection tomorrow)
  • I scheduled my pelvic organ repair surgery included an abdominal hysterectomy. 
  • we are planning West’s third birthday party
  • And I’ve still plugging with my Etsy shop— only 5 sales away from 200 sales!! 

Here is a cute picture of Mabel and West and similar ages wearing the same outfits.

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>One of my favorite past times while the kids nap is looking at baby photos of them (though technically Mabel is still a baby). Here is one of West on August 24th, 2008. He was playing with he baby… learning great big brother skills.

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>My husband John, is often drawing pictures for West. When you ask West what he’d like you to draw you get one of two answers… “um… a cat.” or “umm… a dinosaur”. But my clever husband has also wow’d West with helicopters, sharks and my favorite Robots.

I had been working on some robots myself, but when a friend also requested some I figured I should get more serious about designing something worthy of my store. Since I have ZERO time lately I asked my husband to draw some. He blew me away with how many he came up with in just a matter of minutes.

I am so excited about his robots that I have pushed back some of my more pressing tasks to debut them to you!

Introducing: Robot Dance Party by Westdaddy 

 I hope there are more designs from him!

**this image is not in it’s final form, may change a bit before it makes it on a t-shirt**

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>Thanks to that lovely mention in the Etsy Storque last week I will have ended this week with 27 new shirts/products sold, 2 treasury listings and I met a lot of cool people… who knew so many people loved cuttlefish.

Now if I could only get some Snowy Egret love… it is just a beautiful design. 

In other news my sweetest baby girl got her 8 month check up… HELLO! 20lbs and almost 28 inches. She doesn’t eat much in the way of solids but she sure loves her avocados. I just looked in West’s baby book he was 21 lbs at 8 months and 28.5 inches. I guess I’m one for chunky babies!

West when he was 8 months (and a wee bit of Westmama too)

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>Wow busy day. I was doing my normal morning thing (i.e. taking care of two adorable children) when suddenly I started noticing A LOT of people were asking about my cuttlefish shirt via Etsy’s internal email system.

When I had my craft show last month I had a lot of inquiries about making this shirt in adult sizes, so I just thought it was those customers following up with me.

Turns out I was featured in Etsy’s The Storque, which is their weekly email newletter… it reaches THOUSANDS of people and in just a few minutes my cuttlefish shirt had close to 1000 views. I kept relisting it and it kept selling. It would have been more fun if the kids had been more cooperative and if I didn’t have a big issue that needed resolved with a shirt supplier.

In the end I sold 6 cuttlefish shirts and 1 Born in Water shirts today. That put me over my goal for the year which was 100 sales… reaching 102 sales today.  I will now shoot for 175 this year (on Etsy). 

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