Getting things ready (and Holiday announcements)

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

I’m not quite there yet.. Still have to find the turkey and finish planning meals!

But for my job, I have to skip ahead and be ready for Christmas!

Stocking up for the holidays are fun, but to change things up a bit, I designed a new product– a reindeer display to decorate your Christmas Table or Mantle 🙂

 

These are perfect on our mantle as they can be spread apart and displayed however we want them to!  The funny thing is, I tried them out yesterday, and depending on how I angled the legs, it looked like the reindeers were prancing around a bit!

How? Well, apparently, our heater’s air circulation path goes to the mantle, and since the weight of the paper is so perfect it gave a perfect nudge on them enough to vibrate them without toppling them over or moving them. Neat! (That effect is not guaranteed to work unfortunately for every house.. haha)

New item

Reindeer Mantle Decor

 

Speaking of getting ready, I just had my 33 week prenatal appointment. It’s difficult to predict when exactly the baby is going to decide to come, but I will most likely close my shop for a bit when that time comes. Again, it’s hard to say  exactly how long, but I’m hoping to re-open or at least start to take orders within a few weeks with the help of great assistants.

It would most likely be at the end of the year past Christmas or at the beginning of the next year, so just a heads up for someone that may be planning to order around then.

It’s coincidentally the SLOWEST time for my business from past years, so hopefully it won’t affect too many customers.  It’s funny how that worked out. This baby is a great planner!

But if you do have questions or concerns during that time, I will be sure to check my Etsy messages and emails often, and will keep you updated as well.

 

Thank you so much for your understanding!

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Generosity

I was surprised today by the generosity of one of my customers. I won’t say who or details due to privacy, but she told me thank you in a way that no one has ever done before.

I was honestly caught by surprise, and it also made me realize the importance of generosity. It’s so easy to get caught up in the almost mechanical tasks of everyday life, but when one person goes out of the way to do something nice for others, it goes such a long way, and it makes a huge impact.

I want to make sure to not take generosity for granted and also to pass it forward, and never forget to keep it with me for as long as I live…:)

Like I’ve said before, I don’t know how I got so lucky with great customers. In the two and a quarter years I’ve been doing this, I have had very very few problems with customers (if any). Yes, there are occasional postal delays/ mistakes and stuff that has resulted in unfavorable timing of things, but I couldn’t say that there was one difficult customer to work with. Going into business was a bit scary but overall, this world is filled with good people. I’m thankful that I’m able to think that. Thank you all for continuously teaching me how to be better in business and as a person, and for just being awesome!

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I’m starting to stock up for the Holidays~!(yes, finally..) There’s something satisfying about seeing your products all lined up. I don’t know why I do not do this sooner though. It would be much easier!

Also, today was our first snow of the season~~!! I stayed home – nice and warm all day because today was not a shipping day. and had a lot of work to do at home.

Tomorrow, I am going to a local craft show, so hopefully the snow on the road won’t be bad.

I have still never really driven in the snow since I moved to Washington, and probably drive like a Californian in one, so I just hope hope hope that the roads are clear. Otherwise, I think I’m not going to go. I can’t risk getting in an accident while being 7 months pregnant!

Updates to come…

‘Tis the season..

woodland-garland2It’s been pretty slow since the wedding season is officially over, but christmas orders have started trickling in.. Wow!

Christmas orders are coming in almost a month earlier than last year. I wonder why??

 

Last year, my Christmas trees have been featured on the InStyle Magazine, so it got quite crazy (especially since we went on a vacation also), but this year, I have no idea what to expect!

I guess I should prepare for the worst (also best) case scenario 😉

 

I’ve been seeing ads for local craft shows coming up this month, and with the arrival of Etsy’s new card swipe machine in the mail,  the seed has been planted in my head.

I think I want to do a craft show next year!!

I know I’m not the typical craft show vendor, so who knows how much would sell, but I think it would be a fun project!! The more I think about it, the more I think I need to prepare, but I can see it being a really fun especially since this time of year is the slowest time for me.

The big question is.. would I be able to do it with a 11 month old baby? I have no idea! Any comments or advice would be appreciated:)

I guess I’ll play it by year, but I will start brainstorming ideas for items to sell etc.