Thursday, January 14, 2010

Looking Forward

The current EtsyBloggers blog carnival topics were chosen by me! The topics I chose are:

1) Now that 2009 has come to a close, what will you remember most about last year?

2) Now that 2010 is here, what do you have planned/look forward to/hope to accomplish this year?

Hmmm. It was easier to choose the topics than to write about them! Well, I'll start with how in 2009 I got really close to 100 total sales in my Etsy shop - ending the year with 96. And thanks to my customers, I was able to donate $686.50 to charity in 2009, up from $407 in 2008! YAY! Hopefully 2010 will be an even better year!
Another thing I'll remember from 2009 is doing my first craft shows. They are a lot of work but sure are a lot of fun. I plan to do more this year too!
One thing I hope to accomplish in 2010 is to get the ball rolling on the non-profit I have in mind to help terminally ill people find homes for their pets. Eventually I want to expand this to include seniors, people affected by unexpected disabilities, and others affected by things out of their control who need help finding homes for their pets to keep them out of the shelters. Keep your paws crossed that I accomplish this!
Hope you have good memories of 2009 and wonderful things on the agenda for 2010!

36 comments:

Roschelle said...

Sounds like things are really taking off for you. Good luck with your crafts and all the best 2010 has to offer in EVERYTHING else!!!

Jen said...

What a terrific idea for a non-profit! I'll keep my hooves crossed you are able to make it a reality :o) I will tell you quite honestly though, that the 501c3 paperwork is awful; it took us almost a year to get approved. Congratulations on your sales, too - Woo!

the casbah kitten said...

Wow. That's wonderful that you were able to donate that much monies. We're purring for you to achieve your goals in 2010 too because we animals need all the help we can get!

Catherine said...

Good for you on all your sales and donation ~ that's terrific!

What a beautiful idea for an organization to help terminally ill people to find homes for their beloved pets! I can't imagine being sick and having to worry about your furry-friend too.

You are a beautiful person!

Marg said...

That idea of finding homes for animals of terminally ill people is just fantastic. I hope that works for you. I would give anything to be able to do that. I was going to do the 501 deal, but I couldn't afford the lawyer and also there is some charge every year. But I sure hope it works and I would be glad to be on your committee if you need any help other than money. And good for you to make all those donations.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

That non-profit sounds wonderful! I sure could have used that when my dad died. He left 3 cats behind that I couldn't take.

The Monkeys said...

We think you have great ideas for 2010, and we hope that you get your non-profit off the ground!

Congrats on the store sales increase too!

Duni said...

Beautiful.
Sharla, you're a beautiful person with a huge heart and generous nature. That's a superb cause to work toward in 2010. Sammy and I wish you all the best towards achieving this goal!
And beautiful photos of Sadie and Angel, as always :)

Buggys said...

What a good thing you are doing with your time and money. You are a good soul Sharla!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea, helping people in serious circumstances find homes for their dogs and cats. Our animal rescue organizations say that the economy has left many animals homeless. People lose their homes and jobs and just can't keep their pets. Heartbreaking.

Congrats on your growing sales.
Marnie

Lin said...

It sure sounds like a successful year! And in this economy--that's really good news.

Nancy said...

Sounds like a wonderful plan for the future, good luck with that, our furry friends need all the help they can get!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

2009 sounds like it was a good one :)
And I LOVE the plans you have for 2010!!! Paws crossed your dreams becomes reality!!!

NICO Designs said...

Angel, with purrty paws like yours, I am sure you will accomplish your goals!

Simba said...

Those are really wonderful goals for 2010. Puts some of us to shame for just having a goal to exercise more!

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

Sounds like things are doing nothing but looking up for you! This year WILL be a better year! We think what you're doing is a wonderful thing and we LOVE the pictures today! Mom would LOVE to do a craft show (but, she says she has to get back into making crafts first!)

UberArt and Emerson Bindery said...

Great accomplishments for 2009! Congrats to you!! May 2010 bring you to even greater heights!

The OP Pack said...

Sadie and Angel look so happy in those pics AND proud of all their Mom has accomplished. We are in awe of your new goal - what a wonderful project - lots of good luck getting it going.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Your Daily Cute said...

Pimp and Moo will cross their paws for you just like Angel!

What a great year. Here's to an even better 2010! :)

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Congrats on 09 being a better year than 08. I wish you even more sales in 10! BTW, your fur babies are lovely!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats!

I'm sure Sadie was furry instrumental in making it happen too!

Just look at THAT face!

Paws khrossed fur an even better 2010!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Way to go Sadie!

Grace said...

Wow, you have an ambitious agenda. I most certainly hope you achieve all you want to...wonderful cause.

Ann said...

congratulations on a successful 2009 and all the the best of wishes for an even better 2010. I like your ideas about helping people find homes for their pets.

The Army of Four said...

YOur generosity is inspiring!
Luv,
Dave

Pricilla said...

What a wonderful plan for 2010!
Good luck...

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Once you get the pet rescue thing in motion, holler. You know I'll help in any way I can.

storybeader said...

what a great idea for a non-profit. I don't think everyone understands what an emotional problem it is, trying to find a home for a pet that's already had a home and parents. I know a lot of friends who are having to find homes for their parent's pets... they can't even take care of themselves! And wow- LOTS of sales! Congrats.

Catline Crew said...

That sounds like a great plan for 2010. And congratulations on 2009

Kathleen said...

Your non-profit sounds wonderful - there is a HUGE need for that! Looking forward to hearing more about it this year. Blessings to you!

Misobel (Mary) said...

Congrats on a good year! It's great that you're supporting such fine nonprofit organizations.
Best wishes for your 2010!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Here is to an excellent 2010, we have our paws crossed too :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

That's excellent about your sales and all the money you donated! Your non-profit is a great idea - I wish you the best of luck with it! Angel looks so pretty - and so serious. Love, Moon & Reeni

Hot Rocks said...

Congratulations Sharla, on the success of your Etsy shop! You are a very generous and kind person to donate your earnings to charity...I wish you much success in 2010!

Glogirly and Katie said...

Congratulations on a successful 2009! You have a big and generous heart. We wish you all the best in 2010.

I have a cool Foxy Friday Quiz inspired by Rumblebum over at my place today so swing by if you have a chance!

mew!
Katie
(Glogirly's cat)

MagdaleneJewels said...

Sharla - your selfishness is truly rewarded. There are so many pets that need homes and care, thank God for people like you who donate not only their time and love, but unselfishly part of your Etsy sales.
In 2010 I look forward to following the adventures of your kitty's!

Splendid Little Stars said...

wonderful, Sharla! May you have success in all areas!