Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hold onto your Jingle Bells!

It's NOVEMBER!!!  I had imagined that I would say that I am busy working like an elf in Santa's workshop for all of my sweet & wonderful friends who want their gifts to come from a "Made by Hand (from recycled materials)" friend. many of you know we adopted two puppies a week ago.  That was, how can I explain this?  They are so cute and so sweet and so fun to play with and watch.  And yet, they pee and poop all over the place!!!!  They are incredibly messy and have yes, caused me a few tears of frustration.  I try to be a good mommy-figure to them and take them out every hour, but it's just not enough I guess.  Ha!  Oh well, one day they'll get it, right?  Until then...well, just pray for me, will ya?  I am not a "dog person" or even close, but I know the benefits of having pets, especially a dog, and I am learning some (obviously) much needed patience and grace.
Well, my life may never return to normal...but I must keep trying to stock my inventory which means create & recreate!  I LOVE doing just that!  So, I have a new necklace coming out soon and more wrap bracelets and of course earrings.  Hopefully, I will get some coasters and bookmarks done!  And, I will also have Laundry Soap made and available to any of my customers who wish to purchase that during the Winter season.

I am still trying to figure out "WHERE" you will be able to find me this Winter.  I would like to vend the Winter Market (at least until Christmas) on Fridays at the Smith-Trahern Mansion from 9:30-1:30, but I am not sure how that will work with preschool for my youngest.  
I am also considering the Handmade Holidays "A Crafters Bazaar" which sounds perfect, but costs $100 to vend.  At that rate, I'd have to raise my prices.  This is something I've already given much thought to, and it's coming.  Many customers & friends have encouraged me to to charge more, knowing that it takes me a lot more time than I consider.  I know they are right.  So, upon deeper review, my prices are going up and I should start making closer to the true value of my time, supplies, and all of the other factors involved (packaging, labels, promotion, etc...). 

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