all about the hohos.

This past Christmas season I made over 150 hohos, probably closer to 175 between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
It was crazy town, a blessing, humbling, awe inspiring and wonderful all at the same time.
My favorite part was checking out my IG feed on Christmas day and seeing little ones everywhere enjoying their new little hoho friends.  It made every crazy moment worth it.

Hohos are the only creation that I am always happy to make.  They are each different and quirky.  Each one is unique and made by me in my happy little studio.  Each new one is my new favorite.  Each is a surprise in how they turn out because they aren't planned, they just come together with whatever scraps of fabric inspires me. 

I've made hohos for almost three years now and I've tweaked the pattern to {what I deem as} perfection.  I love the process of creating them. 

It's my most copied creation {and if you are thinking of copying too, first, shame on you! and second, you should know that they are legally protected creations.  They are the only thing I care enough about to copyright}. 

At some point during the Christmas season it dawned on me.  All hohos, all the time.  I should be focusing on making what I LOVE and what happens to sell the best, too!

And so that's what I am doing.  I've been spending some time trying to figure out what my shop will look like in 2013 and the picture above is pretty much it. 

Over the season, I sold the majority of my hohos on my IG feed with a first come first served kind of method.  That worked pretty well but definitely had some kinks that I needed to work out. 

I needed to find a way to feed the hohos to the people who wanted them and preserve my favorite part of the process, the spontaneous creation of them.  In order to make this work for the long term, I needed to enjoy the process and for me that means no custom orders.

My reason for that?  People get crazy about custom orders.  And super picky.  Like "I would like one yellow ear that is 2in long and one ear that is blue polka dotted that is 4in long..." kind of picky.   I've had people disgusted that I used a yellow face in their custom order. 

And that is all well and good for some artists, but for me, that takes all the fun out of WHO the hohos are.  Custom order folks generally don't want me to do ME they want me to do THEM, you know what I mean?

So I thought and pondered how to make myself and everyone else happy.
And here is my solution.

At the beginning of every month I will open up the waiting list for hohos.  The folks on this waiting list may request that their hoho be a girl/boy/starwars/hello kitty/muppets/superhero and that is it.

Once you let me know what you want within the parameters of those choices, I'll send you an invoice, once that invoice is paid, you are OFFICIALLY on the waiting list. 

I'll work in order of who pays first.  My goal will be to finish up the waiting list before the end of each month, along with making lots of "up for grabs" hohos as well. 

Oh, and the waiting list will have a limited number of slots as well.  :) 

So that's how I will be going forward into 2013.  I'm sure I'll have to continue to tweak the process as I go but for now this seems like a good start. 

And though I did close January's waiting list yesterday, since I didn't get this post up in time to do you any good, if you would like to get on the list for this month, I'll take ONE MORE day's worth of orders, though the list is already pretty long.  And I will try to post here every month when the list is re-opened.  Email me at ricracandpompoms @ TODAY ONLY to get on the list.

And I also have something HUGE to share soon, a fun way to give back and spread a little {a lot} of love. :)

If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments, I will answer them there. :)

Thanks so much for all of your support and love! You guys are awesome!


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