I felt really good about things yesterday. After spending the day putting together the SLD475 Nevermore pattern packet and completing the newsletter and latest site update, I felt I finally could take a breath. It was around dinnertime by then, and after the roller coaster that we had been on for the past couple of weeks, it felt good to be (at least for the moment) caught up and allow myself to just 'be'.
I had entertained the idea of working on some ornaments that I had been painting, or even embroidering. But I am happy to say that once our newsletter was emailed out, I was kept pretty busy with a nice, even stream of orders, and I was happy to fill them out and touch base with some of my regular customers and friends.
I do think we will be OK.
As I said yesterday, we have several things in the works for the future of our business. I suppose the most difficult part of having so many choices is deciding where to best invest our time. Each opportunity reminds me of that game I played as a child called "Mystery Date" where you open a door and don't know what will be behind it. But that is part of the excitement and fun.
There are no fast and quick answers as to what will be successful. I find it very difficult to answer people when they put the question of "how can I start a small business?" to me. Sometimes I feel like they may as well be asking me how to preform brain surgery.
Not too long ago, I saw a graphic on Facebook that really hit home. The graphic had two lines plotted on it and was entitled "Success". The first line was under the heading "What people think it looks like" and had a straight line, from point "A" to point "B". The second heading stated "What it really looks like" and had a meandering nest of a line that started at point "A" and again ended up at point "B". Things aren't always as simple as they appear to be. My personal favorite thought on success is "if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it."
I must say that I felt rather successful last night. I noticed many, many new customers were ordering as well as some names that I recognized. While I love knowing each of my customers on a personal level, I can tell you that it is rather exciting when I realize that we are growing to the point where it would be impossible for me to do so. Of course, I still give the same personal service to all, but by not recognizing many of the names that came across on the order forms, it showed me that we ARE growing and it was very encouraging for me to see.
I also noticed that while our new things that I introduced in yesterday's post did well, so did our older designs. This furthered the supposition that people are just finding us. It gave us a great deal of hope.
We certainly appreciate all the support that our customers offer to us. By purchasing from us and sharing our site with their friends, it is helping us reach more people than we ever thought possible. I know I say that I am grateful often, but that is because I truly feel that in my heart. Our customers will keep us alive. Thank you!
Before I go today, I wanted to share with you a photo that a customer from Germany (Angelika) sent me. While I don't always get a chance to post photos that are sent to me, I really enjoy seeing them.
Angelika took my SLD311 Butterfly Oval Self-Framing Plaque design :
And used it on the top of a box she created:
Isn't it just lovely?!
I can't tell you all how much joy I feel when I see someone enjoying my designs. To me, it is the best reward for my work.
Today looks to be another spectacular day in Nova Scotia. The sun is shining brightly and the air is warm and calm. The coolness of the morning has already burned off and the crickets are all singing.
I have many directions that I can choose to head today. I have a little more organizing, some painting, some drawing, or all of the above. I also have some new opportunities to work on for advertising and letting people know about our site. My day will be full and happy.
I wish you all a wonderful Thursday. May your day be filled with fun, enjoyment and creativity, and may you be successful in whatever you do.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"