Business Model Motto: Through the publication, distribution, and sales of Chelly’s books and creative projects, ChellyWood.com provides the world with a library of free, printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.
Annual report of charitable donations:
This website has given 10% of its profits to a charitable cause or a worthy fund every year since 2016.
In 2021, ChellyWood.com earned $4,021.28, ten percent of which is $402.12 altogether. Local charitable funds were given $2.12 for the food bank, and $400 was given to members of my family in the form of college scholarship money. The United States government doesn’t consider this a true charity, but if you’d like to learn why I chose to give this money to my own family members, please click here to read more.
In 2020, ChellyWood.com earned $1280.00 from ads on this site and (less so) from ads on my YouTube channel. In April of 2021, I donated $128.00 to Family Promise of North Idaho. Full Disclosure: The Family Promise of North Idaho is managed by my sister-in-law, Cindy Wood. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I struggled to find a charity that was actively involved in helping kids and families (other than the local food bank, which I already donate to anyway), so I decided to donate to Family Promise. During the pandemic, my sister-in-law worked super hard trying to find safe habitations for the homeless families that are housed by this amazing program. It wasn’t easy because even churches were closed… So I decided her charity deserves the money this year, more than any other I can think of! Click here to learn how you can help Family Promise.
In 2019, ChellyWood.com earned $963.00 from advertisements on this site and my YouTube channel. At the end of the year, I had the pleasure of meeting Audrey Kissik, who helped install water filters at schools in Liberia, where clean drinking water is hard to come by. Her work inspired me! So in 2019, ChellyWood.com donated $97.00 to an organization called Clean Water for Liberia. Click on the link provided to read more about Audrey Kissik’s work providing clean drinking water to schools in Liberia, and to find out how you might contribute to this excellent cause.
In 2018, ChellyWood.com earned over $700.00 from its ads. I donated over $100 of our profits to purchasing books for the school library where I work. I also bought fabric for and sewed new aprons for the lunch staff at our school.
In 2017, I earned over $500 from ads on ChellyWood.com. I donated $50 to the Victoria Foundation of Phoenix for college scholarships to needy students. Full Disclosure: my uncle, Pete Garcia, was the founder and CEO of the Victoria Foundation of Phoenix. He has since passed away.
In 2016, I earned $250 from ads, and that year I donated a new-used keyboard to a school music program.
I’d like to thank all of my followers for helping me spread the word about ChellyWood.com on social media, so that a.) I can continue to offer free patterns and b.) I can continue this charitable work.
Why I give my patterns away for free:
People online have asked me, “Why do you give away your doll clothes patterns? Why not sell them instead?”
I have several reasons for this.
First, when I die and meet my maker (hopefully quite some time from now), I want to leave behind a significant legacy: an online free-access library of doll clothes patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes, and knowledge of how to sew doll clothes that will inspire creativity in others for many generations to come.
Third, sales of my books and my creative projects (see my TpT store and Etsy store) help provide me with enough money and free time to keep creating more resources for this website’s growing library of free patterns and tutorials.
And that’s why I give my doll clothes patterns away for free. By offering my patterns for free, people keep coming back to this website–and sending their friends and family to visit this website–which in turn, generates more funding for the charity work I do and the free patterns I make.
My vision for the future of ChellyWood.com:
More than anything, through this website, I want to make a positive difference in the world.
Sharing my passion and talent for sewing is one great way to do that. Writing books and teaching classes that inspire people to sew and design their own patterns is another. Helping to fund charitable programs is yet another.
And in the future, I’d like to do more to demonstrate my love of books to my followers. You may not be aware that I like to create stop-motion videos with literary themes.
I loved creating my stop motion video of Romeo and Juliet, and in the future, I plan to create additional stop motion videos of the classic works of literature from long ago. On the drawing board are stop-motion videos of Treasure Island with dolls, a stop motion version of Jane Eyre, and a stop-motion version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
If you subscribe to my YouTube channel and/or this website’s newsletters (just hit the “Sign Me Up!” button), you’ll hear about new stop motion video productions as they come out, along with new patterns that are released on this website. But please be advised, these productions take YEARS to create. Still, it brings me so much joy to make them!
I vow to share 10% of the profits of any book I write and publish with helpful charities, no matter what form my books may take, and I will continue to donate 10% of the proceeds from ads on this website and my YouTube channel to charities as well.
God willing, I will always find a good cause with which to share my financial and intellectual blessings.
Here’s what you can do to help:
With every pattern I post, you should see a “Creative Commons Attribution” mark. Please honor this mark by sharing my patterns and tutorial videos on the social media platform of your choice, to make sure this website continues to grow.
If you enjoyed viewing Romeo and Juliet, please share this video with your circle of friends and family. Let them know this video exists. I really want to build my collection of stop motion literary classics — I’d like to create a whole library of them — but I need your help to get the public to watch them!
I teach paid courses on the Creative Spark website, and that money is part of the ChellyWood.com funds from which I donate my 10% to a charitable cause. If you have any interest in advancing your skills in doll clothes design, please consider signing up for one of my courses on Creative Spark. (Tip: Ask a family member to “gift” the course to you for a birthday or Christmas gift.)
Links on this website are often “affiliate” links. Affiliate marketing works like this:
- You need some cotton fabric to make your doll dress
- You click on the link I give you
- It sends you to Amazon or Etsy or JoAnn Fabrics
- You buy your fabric online and have it shipped to your house
- My website earns a small amount of money for your purchase
As the the number of followers on my YouTube channel and website grows, so will the profits, and thus, I will continue to donate 10% of this website’s profits to charitable causes. Thank you, everyone, for your help in this endeavor.
If you would like to work with me collaboratively or interview me for a sewing podcast (or other media), you can find out more about how to contact me and my literary agent on the About the Designer page.