Squirrel Picnic

Handmade with Love and Stuff

2014: It’s a Good Plan


A sneak peak at the next Make It! Challenge. What is it? I'm not telling.

A sneak peak at the next Make It! Challenge. What is it?

Last year was an amazing first year for Squirrel Picnic, and I have you all to thank. I hope that I can continue to provide fun and interesting patterns for you and that the gang will have plenty of adventures to go on. To be honest, though, 2013 was draining on both my bank account and my personal life. I fell in love hard with Squirrel Picnic, much to my husband’s chagrin. Every moment that I wasn’t at my full-time job, I was working on the blog. I’ve learned that there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about the activities you love, but time spent with friends and family is very important too. So my big goal for 2014 is to create more balance in my life. That being said, you know me. I’ve already got big plans in the works for Squirrel Picnic… I just might have to work on them under the cover of night (don’t tell my husband). So in addition to that big one I already mentioned, here are my goals for 2014.  

  1. Tackle five Make It! Challenges. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Shelby, Daniel, Becky, Brooke, and Diana!
  2. Publish more Squirrel Picnic comics: oh, the adventures we have in store!
  3. Publish free crochet patterns for each of the fatimals: starting with Mayor Snack Frog in the next month or so.
  4. Join the Counterfeit Crochet project: this looks like so much fun!
  5. Learn more knitting techniques with the intent of eventually offering more free knitting patterns here.
  6. Publish stories featuring your handiwork! If you’ve crocheted a Squirrel Picnic character using one of my patterns, I’d love to feature it on the blog. For more information, see the submissions section of my About page.
  7. Recuperate some of the costs of maintaining this blog. I spent way too much money on yarn last year… you don’t even know. So I’ve been pondering the financial aspect of blogging lately. I’ve decided not to sell ad space just yet, not until I can have complete control over what companies and products are advertized. (I know you don’t want to see that stupid belly fat ad here, and I won’t let that happen.) But I still need to make enough to support my blogging habit, so the plan is to stock my Etsy shop with squirrelly stuff and try to get some of my patterns published in magazines. I’m not expecting much, but it’s worth a try. Do you have any ideas? If you’re a blogger, what do you do to support your blog?
  8. Show you more of what happens behind the scenes: how I put together the comics, how I create my patterns, and reviews of the fiber arts books and fellow bloggers that have taught and inspired me.

Wow! That seems like a lot. I better get started! What are your goals for 2014?


17 thoughts on “2014: It’s a Good Plan

  1. Your love and enthusiasm for what you do definitely shows in the pride and effort you clearly display in each post here. I do hope you can find a way to ease the cost burden involved with the many projects you do for this site. Other than ad space, which can be kind of a gray and untrustworthy area (I had an “offer” from some group in my email once wanting to pay for ad space on my blog and simply ignored it since I could find nothing about the company via a search), I know there are some blogs that have donate buttons on their sidebars… although I have no idea if people even pay attention to those. Anyway, I look forward to what you have in store for the coming year! And since you asked… my warped mind sees the next Make It Challenge picture as brain surgery!

    • Aw, thank you so much for your advice and kind words. You rock! I’ll definitely explore the donate button. And…

      Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner! It’s not brain surgery, but that’s a brain for sure. I’m finding that brains are fun to crochet. Who knew?!

  2. My goal for 2014 is to keep crocheting 😉 yes, to the chagrin of my dh too LOL 🙂
    I realised one way to keep yarn temptations at bay is to avoid going to the shops 🙂 It works for me !!

    • Yay! Keep on crocheting! Your advice is sound… if it weren’t for the darn Internet. My biggest splurge actually came from a KnitPicks.com sale last November. So if I stay out of the online shops too, I’ll be safe. 🙂

  3. Sounds like you have lots planned in 2014! I am new to blogging, myself!
    I find myself covering up how early I start my day to crochet! Himself thinks I don’t get anywhere near enough shut eye!
    Love your blog! X

  4. look like brush

  5. what a fun post! I don’t have ads on my blog either. Oh that belly add! 😦
    I sell through Ravelry and the odd market but they haven’t made me fabulously wealthy! 🙂

  6. ps. Is it an artichoke? 🙂

  7. Oh, how I love your blog!! Why don’t you consider becoming an affiliate of Mollie Makes, which is a fab UK publication, both print and digital? They feature all sorts of bloggers and artists and are a reputable, quality mag. It’s worth finding out about, anyway. Good luck with your financial goals!

    • Hello there! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing some wonderful advice! Yours is an absolutely fantastic idea! It’s so perplexing that I somehow got it into my head that no advertizing at all is allowed on WP.com blogs, but I never realized that affiliate links are allowed. I’m already a fan of Mollie Makes, so I’m very excited to contact them and get the paperwork started. Perhaps there is more yarn in my future after all. Thanks again! (PS. You, your blog, and your darling pups are super cute!)