Erik from HolyMonkey3 on Etsy recently visited us at GlassEyesOnLine. Erik used his fabulous Improvisation and Puppetry skills to share his puppet design tips and tricks. We had so much fun creating this short video where Peter Rabbit explains how his Body Parts were created.
Erik used plastic spoons and drilled a hole to put the Safety Eyes through the spoon before attatching to the puppet material and installing the washer. He then used a piece of Pink Felt and rubber material to create eye brows.
Erik used Black Oval Safety Noses and covered with Pink fleece before installing in the Puppet Material.
It's the time of year again for reflecting and planning. 2018 was a busy and productive year at GlassEyesOnLine. I use my blog, the newsletter, our social sites and data about sales to guide me as I begin planning for next year. Below are some of the highlights of the past year and some plans for the year to come.
2018 The Year For New Styles, Sizes & Colors
In 2018, Jerry introduced new styles, sizes, and colors of Glass Eyes and Plastic Safety Eyes.
Do you remember the Spring 2018 Limited Edition Colors?
The Spring Colors were a huge hit and customers continued to request these colors after they were discontinued in August, 2018.
Look for the Spring Limited Edition Colors to return in February with the addition of at least one new color in the Collection.
Jerry also introduced a new line of Safety Eyes in Chromatophore Colors in August. He hand paints the Chromatophore Colors on Clear Safety Eyes. You have a choice of Ten Colors inspired by wildlife found in nature with shifting skin and eye color.
Plans are already on the painting board for a Fall 2019 Limited Edition Color Series and a new line of Glitter Colors that are Amazing!!
Needle Felters, Polymer Clay Sculptors, Wood Carvers, Doll Artisans, and Jewelry Designers were asking for Cabochon Glass Eyes with and Without Pins. Jerry started and expanded the line of Cabochon Glass Eyes to include size 8mm to 20mm in many colors and styles.
The Styles of Glass Doll Eyes is now expanded to include the Paper Weight Glass Doll Eyes.
Jerry continues to add new sizes, colors and styles of Glass and Safety Eyes, and Noses throughout the year. Sign up Below for our Free Newsletter to get updates on New & Featured Products.
2018 Sales & Give Aways
We tested Viral Sweeps for six months with Random Giveaways. This helped us expand our newsletter subscriber base and increase social followers. The Giveaways were opened to customers World Wide.
While reviewing data about International Customers in Viral Sweeps and ShipStation we came to the realization that we need to grow and support our International Customer base by building relationships with creative businesses in other countries. Read More about Building an International Dealer Store Locator Page.
In 2019, with the help of our current customers, we want to continue to increase our social followers. Joy and Emily will be posting Give Aways on our social sites throughout the year so make sure to follow us on Your Favorite Site and Share Posts with your creative friends and family. We love to see finished creations that used our products and will continue Sharing and Reposting your creations in 2019.
Our 2018 Christmas in July Event included weekly give aways and a portion of profit from sales to benefit Alzheimer's Association. We started planning in March and posted announcements at our social sites beginning in May.
I learned how to make Youtube videos during My #The100DayProject with a goal of promoting this event and sharing what I learned about Alzheimer's Disease.
Sales increased 13% from the previous July and I learned so much about making videos and the work involved in hosting an Online Event.
The Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sales were well received with sales increase of 27% in 2018.
We also collaborated with Charlyn from The Cheerful Chameleon and Berta Cohen from In The Round Ami Magazine for the 2018 Holiday Critter Crochet A Long Contest and hope to be involved in a collaboration like it in 2019.
In response to your request for more articles about artists and crafters; we invited Guest Writers in 2018. Fabulous artists and entrepreneurs shared their stories and creative projects in our monthly newsletters. They gave us tips and suggestions for marketing and running a creative business. We received some rave reviews so we are planning to do this again next year !
The Call is Out for Guest Writers in 2019. If you are a creative and want to be a Guest Writer in a Future Newsletter, we want to hear from you! We'll help you every step of the way to publication. Contact Carolyn or Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can be a featured Guest Writer in 2019!
2018 Conferences Trainings & Creative Business Visits
At the start of 2018, I set a goal of attending 4 business conferences / craft shows through the year. Joy attended the Comicon Show and Craft & Quilting Fair for us and shared photos on Instagram. I took a free Online Course through Youtube to learn more about making videos. We visited Living Felt in November and finally were able to meet Marie and her crew in person. I really hope to have more time to visit more creative businesses and attend more shows and conferences in 2019.
Youtube Creators Academy
Comicon: Dover, Delaware (photos on Instagram)
Craft & Quilting Fair: Sydney, Australia ( photos on Instagram)
Chihuly Glass Exhibit at Biltmore: Asheville, North Carolina
Living Felt: Austin, Texas
2018 Customer Reviews & Feedback
While reviewing the year; I keep being reminded of our customers and their creations with our products. So many of you shared photos of your creations on your favorite social sites. We are grateful for your business and thrive on the positive feedback and suggestions for improvement you sent throughout this past year. We look forward to continuing our efforts to improve our products and services. We are excited about plans to collaborate with other creative businesses in 2019.
We wish you, Our Readers, Followers, and Customers a Prosperous and Blessed New Year ! Carolyn @GlassEyesOnLine.com
During our Thanksgiving Holiday, we had an opportunity to stop in at Living Felt in Austin, Texas. We met the owner, Marie Spaulding, on line a few years ago and have been subscribing to Living Felt newsletter ever since.
We look forward to opening the newsletter to see the photos of amazing needle felted projects sent in by people from all over the world. Each week someones photo gets chosen to receive a felting goodie bag. If you are a needle felter; the newsletter is a wonderful avenue for sharing your work and entering to win felting supplies. We also follow Living Felt on Facebook and Youtube.
One of my first on line interviews for this blog and our newsletter happened to be with Marie so I was thrilled to meet her in person. Read my conversation with Marie HERE.
We were thrilled to finally meet the Living Felt crew Anne, Hannah, Kayla, and Emma in person. They gave us a Behind the Scenes tour of Living Felt. We also saw the studio where they go Live on Wooly Wednesday for needle felting workshops !
Jerry and I had an opportunity to talk with Marie and the crew about all kinds of business topics. We exchanged ideas and tips and talked about the challenges of running a creative business. Jerry also came away from our visit with new ideas for keeping product sizes and colors separated on the inventory racks.
There are some amazing Felting Workshops coming next year to Austin, Texas. Now is the time to make reservations and accomodations for 2019 Needle Felting Workshops at Living Felt.
We made sure to pick up some Felting Kits for Holiday Gifts for friends & family before heading back to San Antonio.
We stopped about 10 minutes from Living Felt at the legendary Texas Salt Lick BBQ located just outside of Austin in Driftwood Texas. This is a great place to visit after a needle felting workshop if you love BBQ. There is indoor and outdoor dining and a complete menu of Texas BBQ. Jerry enjoyed the Bison & Beef Ribs. I had the BBQ Turkey sandwich to begin my Thanksgiving Holiday Feast ahead of time.
It was a joy to meet Marie and her crew at Living Felt. Their enthusiasm for sharing their creative business is contagious ! See for yourself. Watch a Wooly Wednesday Live broadcast.
If you crochet, you will definitely have some fun making your holiday gifts and decor with The Cheerful Chameleon's 2018 Holiday Critter Crochet A Long Contest.
I am honored to be asked to be one of the Judges in the 2018 Holiday Critter Crochet A Long Contest at The Cheerful Chameleon.
Charlyn asked me to send her some information about myself for the About the Judges Page. I decided to put some of the skills I gained this year with Youtube Videos to create a video about myself, GlassEyesOnLine, and The Contest. Joy recorded the video and we all had fun at GlassEyesOnLine making it. I edited it using Camtasia Studio.
Today I am in Valdosta Georgia because we evacuated for Hurricane Florence. I kept busy with my computer. I found some photos and videos I took when Jerry and I celebrated our 24th Anniversary at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.
We attended the opening of the Chihuly Exhibit and it was my intention to share my pictures and videos upon our return; but life and business got in the way.
The weather was unusual on that day in May with intermittent clouds and showers. It made for some interesting photos and videos of the glass. It was such a romantic way to spend our anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and our time together.
The exhibit is ending October 7 so there is still time to visit. I highly recommend attending the night exhibit as well if you are able to make it.
I hope you will enjoy the photos and videos as much as I did creating them.
We are heading back tomorrow and want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during our evacuation. We are praying for everyone in North Carolina and South Carolina that was affected by Hurricane Florence.
Wondering why I haven't posted here since March 2018??
I've been busy learning how to make Youtube Videos and Vlogging about it at
I started on April 1, 2018 and will continue with this Free Global Art Project for 100 days.
Head over to My #The100DayProject where I'm sharing my experience with learning how to work with a new creative medium.