I had a very busy day yesterday. I was surprised and thrilled at the response to the posting of my new patterns and surfaces in my ETSY shop. I also had several orders for wood pieces from other sources – including people that bought my wood kits from Artist's club previously and are looking for more. It is great to see that my long term thinking on this is working out. So much of owning and being successful business is thinking ahead and making decisions that are going to help the business farther down the road. You may not reap all of the benefits immediately, but sometimes laying the ground work for the future is even more important than instant gratification. Our Artist's Club venture is one of those great things because not only is there the short term payoff of getting paid for the kits we provide, but also the great amount of exposure we received from them and the customers that come to us for other things later on. It is a 'win/win' all around. Several of my recent wood orders are from customers who first heard of me through Artist's Club. I am very happy with how fair Artist's Club is regarding allowing me to keep all of my own company information on the products we provide for them. Believe me – many companies do not allow that, as they want to re-brand all that they sell as their own. I have worked with wood companies who actually stripped all of my information off of my work so that even if they wanted to do so, the customer was unable to contact me. I don't think that this is good for anyone involved. While the company selling the products may reap the benefits of the initial sale, I don't think that it would develop long-term loyalty of the customers – especially if the customer runs into issues or has questions about the pattern. Just my thoughts though.
I worked pretty much of the day on cutting and sanding wood, and getting the orders ready to ship. I was disappointed in myself for missing the 3pm deadline to get them to the post office, but with the additional orders going out, there was no way I could make it. Besides – I felt that the pieces needed one more quick sanding and I figured the quality was more important than the extra day to ship. I also cut extras so that I can get ahead of things so when additional orders come in, I will be ready. I just need to stay ahead of things.
It was hot here in Nova Scotia. I was sad to say I had a 'spell' of feeling quite poopie. While I tried to drink and eat properly, I believe the heat and humidity got the best of me. By the end of the evening I felt quite ill and overheated. In general I felt sick and just no energy so I had a cool shower, a glass of orange juice to raise my sugar level and went to bed very early (before 9pm). I think I was just exhausted. I feel better today, but woke up to an email box of over 100 messages. I will spend the morning trying to catch up – a late morning mind you, as I slept until (egads!) 7:30. Time to slow down! :)
Today is a holiday in the United States – my other country I call "home" and I wish all of my fellow Americans a wonderfully Happy Independence Day!
I hope you all have a wonderful and SAFE long weekend! I think on July 4th is when I miss being in the USA the most. I have so many wonderful memories of when my kids were small and when we had wonderful picnics and gatherings. I can't help but share a photo of my daughter, Danielle in an outfit I made her for her first 4th of July celebration.
I know – she will not be happy with me for posting – but it is so CUTE I can't help it! :)
Happy Birthday, America!
Have fun! Play hard! Be safe!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"