Monthly Archives: January 2012

Updated: Rise Up for FREEDOM


Did you know that more than 27 million people are living in slavery right now? Did you know that there are more people in slavery right now than there ever have been before? Those statistics take my breath away.

I have spent several days watching the Passion 2012 Conference online. I thank them for opening my eyes to the reality of human trafficking. 

One of the speakers, Justin Dillon, spoke about his site He asked us to visit his site and see how many slaves work for us. The reality that most of the products we buy have been made by slave labor is a bitter pill to swallow. He  reminded me that “the world has been shaped by consumers saying I want this or I want that.” We have a say and we need to tell companies that we will NOT buy products made by slaves.

I urge you to visit Passion’s site  and A21 Campaign. See the stories of those enslaved. See for yourself what is happening and what can be done. 

 I want to help and I hope you do, too. 10% of every purchase from Sam Kay Designs will be donated to help end human trafficking. Visit my shop and please tell your friends. If I don’t have something you want to buy, please e-mail me for a custom listing. If you donate to my blog, 10% of all donations will go to help end human trafficking, as well.

 This will not continue on my watch. Let’s give a voice to the voiceless.

We can not win this battle without you. Raise your white flag for FREEDOM!

Please share this post with everyone you know.

* Picture from Call + Response website


Etsy Update and Help


I opened my Etsy shop in 2009 as a way to make some extra money. Now that I’m able to devout more time to creating, I’d like make this a more serious business. Mister Penguin believes that my shop is a pipe dream, but I really would like to make it profitable. After looking over my sales for this year, I felt depressed and a bit discouraged. It’s embarrassing how badly my shop is doing, but I’m keeping it real folks. Here’s the harsh reality:

 • I only had 5 sales all year. I sold 3 vintage items and 2
     handmade items.
• My shop only averages 80 views a month.
• I only have 10 Facebook fans and 8 Twitter followers.
• This blog only averages 190 views a month and only 5 comments a month (some of which are mine).

So I started to ask myself some hard questions. Why aren’t my products selling? Are my prices too high? Or too low? Are my products not up to par? Do I have too much product diversity?

I don’t know the answers to some of these questions, but I do know that I need to improve my marketing skills. I need more people to see my products in order for more people to buy them. I also need to make or buy a light box to improve my photos. I’ve been putting it off, but not anymore.

 I also decided that I would really like to sell more art work and less vintage and sewing items. Some items have been sitting in “my shop” since I opened it in 2009. I’m going to let those listing expire and then remove them from my shop. Maybe I’ll try ebay for those!

Can you think of anything else I can do to reach customers, get more followers/fans or more readers? I need all the help I can get!

2012 New Year Goals


Happy New Year!!

After thinking about what I had accomplished in 2011, I began to ponder other things I’d like to conquer. I don’t like to make resolutions, since they seem to have almost a negative connotation around them. I have compiled a list of goals, instead. Goals mean less pressure. If you don’t complete them it’s no big deal. So here’s my list:

  1. Make my own croissants from scratch.
  2. Cook a roast.
  3. Make a souffle.
  4. Make my own bar soap.
  5. Make my own laundry detergent.
  6. Sew myself a skirt.
  7. Make Little Penguin a quilt.
  8. Design and sew new pillow covers.
  9. Sew a ruffled half apron.
  10. Go hiking at Letchworth State Park.
  11. Go canoeing.
  12. Visit Niagara Falls.

I picked one goal for each month, but I chose not to assign the goals to a certain month. You never know where life we take you each month, so I decided to leave my options open. As I attempt to accomplish each of these goals, I will blog about how it went.  The good, the bad and the ugly with photos!

I’ve shared mine, now it’s your turn. What are your goals for the New Year?