I am so excited………….I just have to share! I woke up this morning and took care of typical morning chores around the house; let the dog out, make breakfast, clean up the kitchen, start laundry…………all those super exciting events…
No, I’m not thrilled with my morning routine………..:) The exciting part was when I finally got to the sewing room, and checked the emails. I’m still so new to the Etsy store routine, that I thought I’d made an error last night, when I re arranged my shop. My total number of items for sale had changed & I assumed I had messed up. But no! I had SOLD two items! I’m feeling a teensy bit of momentum here…but, don’t want to say this too loudly.
I was in such a rush this morning to get these 2 orders packaged up & get to the post office before they closed at 1PM. Wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t have any of my thank you gifts ready to go? So, I grabbed a crochet hook, my notes and some yarn……….and quickly stitched up a pair of my soap sacks, which I have decided to tuck in each order. They are a good size, I add in a business card and a little blurb about how to use the soap sack and tie the whole thing into the bow when I wrap the items.
And, if that wasn’t enough of a glitch………..The petticoat that sold was missing it’s bow! I had snatched it when I made a custom order of the same item……..and hadn’t replaced it when the new ribbon order arrived. So, out came my new favorite tool, the ribbon burner thingy…………and I finished up a gorgeous new piece of ribbon for the petticoat…..and sewed it on. (true disclosure here………I admit to pinning some items on to get the pictures done a bit quicker & then I don’t get back to the details!)
Before I could get on with the packaging I ran into yet another glitch. I was out of the little printed explanations about the soap sacks…………….and when I went to print some more off, I discovered the new printer I had installed yesterday was not totally installed. I haven’t told my computer we have a new printer! So, an email to myself, and off to the upstairs computer (with a working printer), so I could access the hand out and get it printed. By this time, I’m feeling just a touch scattered. Oh, and the resident teenager was waiting for a ride, as I had told him I was going to be making a run to the post office….
What did I learn this morning??? Preparation alleviates stress. I have been thinking that getting too much done ahead of time was going to jinx the shop! No more. I spent the afternoon fixing all but the printer snafoo. I have no idea how to fix it, so I figured it was best not to mess with the unknown. Will look into getting some help tomorrow.
Back to the energy! Even though I’m exhausted this evening, I do feel a change in how I’m viewing the Etsy shop. I can also see where family members are a bit less skeptical about this venture. I am so fired up to get to work, I’m almost ready to give up something like sleeping! 🙂 Better to give up housecleaning maybe???