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The Kimchi Kawaii Year in Review!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to everyone! Hard to believe that we are in 2015.

2014 was an amazing year for Kimchi Kawaii. I was able to meet some long-term goals I had set and had some surprises as well. The business grew a lot as I work towards doing this full time.

I went to eight conventions this year, three of them out of state – SacAnime Winter and Summer, AOD, Anime Boston, Fanime, AX, Otakon and Anime Weekend Atlanta.

At Fanime, I made the jump to dealers hall.

SacAnime Summer I had sales close to what I do at AX (which was amazing since SacAnime is still a growing con with attendance around 13-14k and AX is the largest in the country).

Anime Boston blew all artist alley sales records out of the water. This was my first year there and despite a hiccup with FedEx not shipping 1/3 of my stuff, I still had amazing sales there.

Otakon was another strong con for me – loving these East Coast cons 🙂

2014 saw me jump into the world of crowd funding. I ran two Kickstarters – one in May that didn’t fund and one in August that did. Both were to fund professionally manufactured plush.

The popular Steamed Bun plush for sale at my AWA artist alley table.

The popular Steamed Bun plush for sale at my AWA artist alley table.

I introduced plushies to my line up in March/April. They have totally taken off and I ended up spending most of the year behind my sewing machine trying to keep up with orders. Steamed Buns has been the biggest hit with about 80 sold already (35 came out of the Storenvy shop alone since being posted there for sale in the summer).

I just wrapped up the busiest holiday season ever with sales in the Storenvy that pushed me over the 100 sales mark. Am currently at 161 sales which is pretty good considering I’ve only had the shop for a year and a half. By comparison, I had the Artfire shop for a few years and probably totaled 50 sales over the entire life of the shop.

So what’s up for 2015?

LOTS!

I’ll be kicking off the con season right at the start with SacAnime Winter on Jan. 2nd. Then I’ll be flying off to Katsucon in Maryland for Valentine’s Day weekend. I’ll return to Anime Boston in April, Fanime dealer’s hall in May and will have two tables in the AX artist alley in July. The remainder of my summer cons have yet to post registration, but I’ll be updating the website as I get confirmations. I hope to return to Otakon and AWA.

I’m currently prototyping some more plush. I started two series of characters called Punny Buns – bread based bunnies and Coffee Cats. I’m hoping to have one go to crowd funding and the other to develop through pre-orders. Catpuccino is currently up for pre-order in my Storenvy shop.

I am also working on setting up an email newsletter that will go out once a month with current cons, news and exclusive discount codes to email subscribers. I’m hoping to launch that in January.

Whew! So that’s what I’ve got planned already and as I write this, we haven’t even started 2014 yet. Many of these things have been in planning since this past summer.

I want to close out by saying sincerest thanks to all who’ve helped make this a banner year for Kimchi Kawaii. Here’s to 2015!

January 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

2010 Year in Review

This is a totally random tradition I have. I can’t remember when I started it, but I think I’ve been doing it for at least 10 years if not more. Every year around New Year’s Eve, I write out this list of stuff that is a year in review. I kind of do a fill in the blanks so that it remains consistent throughout the years. Since I’m actually blogging now, I think I’ll do it on here. Mind you, this isn’t all inclusive – it’s pretty much what I can recall off the top of my head 🙂

Faves:
Music: trance, house, bhangra, dance, Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Toby Mac, Kylie Minogue, world music
Movies: hm…didn’t really see that many movies that I can say stood out for me in 2010.
Other: deviantART, Facebook, The Office, Project Runway

Lasts of 2010:
Dinner – beefy cheesy mac 🙂
Movie: Varekai, Cirque du Soleil
Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
CD: can’t remember what I listened to last….
Drawing: Lenore – art nouveau piece inspired by Poe’s ‘The Raven’

News of 2010:
economy, Iceland volcano, Haitian earthquake, Chilean earthquake and tsunami, Chilean miners rescued, BP oil spill, Roseville Galleria fire, Giants win World Series, San Bruno gas explosion, North Korea/South Korea tensions rise, Toyota recalls

Costs:
Gas: $3.19
CD: $14.99

Trends:
Justin Bieber (ugh), Glee, iPad, Silly Bandz, Xbox Kinect, Dancing with the Stars, Jersey Shore, Angry Birds

January 1, 2011 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

The 2011 To-Do List

Just cause I roll like that….already thinking of the stuff I want to accomplish in the new year (and we haven’t had Christmas yet). Anyway, no surprise, it’s all related to furthering Kimchi Kawaii. Here it is, in no particular order!

  • Research and launch Etsy shop where I will sell my fake cupcakes and other crafty stuff.
  • Buy a button maker to start doing my own buttons and magnets
  • Sell at Fanime in Artist Alley
  • Keep on top of this blog
  • Keep on top of my Tumblr blog
  • Start working with Copic markers to hopefully sell some of my anime style stuff
  • Update my deviantART entries to all have prints available for sale
  • Find a way to have my art done up on custom printed sticker sheets
  • Designs, designs, designs! (Duh)
  • Try to figure out how to squeeze more hours out of my day and still get some decent sleep- HA!

December 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment


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