cookoorikoo is not paying the bills. its not even coming close. occasionally, it brings in some extra cash and that's nice but i'm not selling things like i once was. it bums me out - especially since i've been making such amazing new things. really, i feel like i'm doing my best work right now but there are tumbleweeds rolling through my shop on most days.
pixelparty is where the money is at. i don't talk very much about pixelparty here, or my role in it. the facts are: i do a lot of the production work, i pack all the orders, i answer almost all the convos and emails, and i try to stay on top of stockists. I play a big role in the process and yet i act like its not my business. it may have not been my idea but i do love videogames. i may not have played as much as shawn when we were growing up but there were games i played for hours and hours, games i still enjoy playing from time to time. also, a bunch of the ideas i've had for characters have been great sellers and i do enjoy the work. so, yay, pixelparty! its time to just embrace it.
add to this mix my desire to find more time to write. i wrote book no.1 in november and have been working on editing it in tiny bursts, when i can find time. i've decided that by july, i want to be writing book no. 2 and i want to start shopping it around. those things demand more time than i have right now.
what does this all mean?
cookoorikoo isn't going away any time soon. making yoyos is a happy place for me. coming up with crazy new color combinations and new ways to use yoyos hasn't stopped being fun. but what has stopped being fun for me is bracelets and rings. sourcing materials is getting more time consuming and costly. the colors that sell the best are often the hardest to find and sometimes i haven't been as strict with myself about cost of goods, figuring it all works out in the end. if i pay $5 for this sparkle for one dollar for this bauble but i spent hours finding this piece... it doesn't really work out so well. to try and compensate, i raised the prices on bracelets and it affected sales. so, for now, i'm done with bracelets and rings. they both only ever sell at shows and then usually at a discount.
so, why are bobbypins are sticking around then? after a few years of not making bobbypins, i brought them back and i honestly priced them based on what my materials cost. if i use a slightly more spendy brooch, the bobbypin is priced higher. i feel good about it and they've been selling. plus, its easy to stumble upon things to use for bobbypins here and there. it doesn't feel like searching for a needle in a haystack the way finding red sparkles for bracelets does.
and why am i telling you all of this? while its not easy to publicly acknowledge my unhappiness with the current state of my business, i think honesty is best. i just wish it hadn't taken me so long to be honest with myself.