While it felt kind of odd to have a couple of days away from the computer, it wasn’t really bad. In fact, I think that I needed the time to finish things up, regroup and in between, have some time with family and friends.
Things were a bit rough last week. There was just too much going on and I was feeling rather overwhelmed. Between the big order, working on new patterns, and getting things ready for the new distributor, and preparing to be gone for a couple of days, I found myself feeling anxious and restless, as if things were slipping out of control.
I could have written yesterday, but I needed one more day to focus on getting things back on track and finish up the order and I needed one more day of quiet time, so I chose to wait one more day. Today I feel more like I am back to normal and ready to face the world again. so here I am. The order is finished and boxed and I already put in for the pick up today. We did well considering that we were gone for two full days. It only took us three days to produce 250 kits. Now we can get back on track with our other things.
I learned a lot about the business in the past week. About other people too. I share these experiences because I wish that I had known many of these things early on and perhaps it would have saved me a bit of grief regarding the business and helped me make better decisions. But just like Dorothy in the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’ I suppose that learning things for myself is the best teacher.
But like the journey through Oz, this journey that I am taking isn’t always pleasant. I tend to take people at face value and sometimes that comes back to bite me. Especially on the business side of things. I never claimed to be a great business woman, as I tend to think with my heart more than my head. Being a ‘pink cloud’ person doesn’t always help either. Sometimes when looking for the best in people or situations, I fail to see the potential downfalls and put myself in places that aren’t necessarily beneficial to myself or the company. While I like being a positive and optimistic person, I find that sometimes I am not thinking realistically enough about things and that is when I get burned.
Having a partner is helpful in this area. The old saying that ‘two heads are better than one’ certainly applies in my own circumstances here. Having someone to talk to and help assess things saves a lot of grief later on. While there is still no way to make perfect decisions every time, I believe the odds are greatly increased by having another opinion.
I am still nervous about the problem that we had last week with the wholesaler. I mentioned in my blog that in the end, we were called back and told that they were going to carry the snowmen ornament kit in the next catalog. Our contact was to be leaving on vacation, and he said that he would be assigning it an item number and sending us an order shortly. On Friday I packed up the set and sent out for photography and we ordered additional supplies (wood, bags for packaging, etc.) so that we would remain ahead of things and the orders could be filled quickly. However, Friday came and went without receiving an invoice from them. This troubles me a bit.
I would like to think that it was just an oversight, and that with getting everything done prior to leaving for vacation, it just got lost in the cracks, but seeing as how such a fuss was made as to the time frame it took for the items to be received at the warehouse from us here in Canada, I would think that the order would have been placed ahead of time so we would be able to get it there with plenty of time before the deadline.
I was told on the phone that there would be 150 kits ordered. But with no purchase order and with everything that went back and forth, I am not really sure if we should even begin printing it, let alone cutting it out. If they were to change their mind, I would certainly be ‘stuck’ with more kits than I would need and I don’t want to invest the time or materials into this when I am not certain. Of course, now my contact is on vacation so I will be up in the air until his return. Then things would be rushed again, I am afraid.
So for now, I think that I will take a breather on this front and concentrate on other things. I have a couple more presentation pictures of the new plaques that I need to take and I want to do that today, as well as assemble the pattern packets for those pieces. Then I think I will move on to the next designs, as I have quite a list of what I want to do.
Hopefully I will feel a bit better about things today. Keith finished organizing all of our files and we were able to forward them to the new distributor before we left, so we are excited about having a new outlet for our work. We both have lots of things in the works so there is much to look forward to and it keeps us positive.
I have a picture of the sunrise the other day from our room at the hotel. This is overlooking the Halifax harbor on Sunday morning. It is quite beautiful I thought and while the colors were amazing, it only lasted a couple of minutes.
I like the city, but I am truly happier here in my quiet little place in the country. While it is nice to venture out into the world sometimes, I can’t deny that for myself “there’s no place like home.”
I am very happy to be back.
Have a great Tuesday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"