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Thoughts on that Christmas Art Show at Harbour Station

Well, now that a few days have passed, my mind seems to be calming from the experience of prepping, setting up, selling, tearing down and unpacking from the Art’s and Craft’s Sale held at Harbour Station this past weekend.

I’m not sure if my mind has calmed much if at all. It seems to be on hyperdrive these last few weeks between trying to find new tenants, managing this household and selling on Etsy and wondering where I fit into this world.

I guess I fit right here in my home, both online and offline. :)

The show was good. Not as good financially as I had hoped for as I am short two tenants but not as bad as it could have been. My booth display needs work for future shows yet it was presentable and people saw my artwork, commented and bought. That in itself; the getting of feedback and of having your work received by a public you’ve sheltered yourself from, for so long was invigorating, exciting and downright thrilling at times.

I met some fantastic people who surprisingly either follow my blog and/or new of my Etsy shop and dropped by to say so. I met students of art, mothers and daughters, my ex-husband, extended family members namely cousins (as I have close to 40 first cousins), old school mates from secondary school, other artists and crafters, shop owners and a few folks from government art agencies and many new faces! It was so nice to meet, talk with and see you all!

And I earned enough that I was able to pay a bit to both my Mom and Dad and Tricia for their help during the weekend. That felt great!

I’ll be doing it all over again in 2010 having booked and paid a deposit to reserve my spot for then. Hope to see you next year! Until then my online art shop found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/JessicaDoyle is open 24/7 and whatever you order is carefully packaged by me and shipped directly to your home from mine.

Cheers! Thanks everyone! xo

Do keep in mind that online Holiday Shipping and Ordering Deadlines are approaching quickly.

Packaging 101 and how it’s related to 4000 Etsy hearts, feedback, cupcakes and being sick.

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I glanced at my hearts on Etsy tonight and there were 4000 of them! It is also the first time I surpassed sales numbers per ratio of hearts. It used to be that every 500 hearts I made 50 sales. Well, I am at 470 sales.

Momentum rocks!

And each and every order gets packaged with extra special care. I received this public feedback the other day from a happy customer. She writes:

In less than a *week I received my “sassy sea urchin”… it’s even better in person!!! I was very impressed with the packaging, my daughter cut out the flower you drew on the envelope and loves the sticker you enclosed!! Thanks for making my first internet shopping experience so positive!!

That in itself keeps me going :) I love my customers and making people smile. It’s my job.

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In behind the scenes

I’m skeptical about asking my free supplier of cardboard for more cardboard but will need more clean cardboard very soon. In the meantime I began the daunting task of researching a clean Canadian cardboard supplier online to buy from. If you have any ideas please shoot them my way.

Thanks!

And in sickness news

I am very sick right now… again with a sore throat, swollen glands, can barely speak and am going in and out of fever. I’m doing my best to keep the business going, respond to inquiries, print, package, sign, date, title, write a review about my new Epson R2880 printer and most importantly get enough rest during this busy time of year.

Oddly enough I took two days off this past weekend and travelled to Fredericton to visit with Karen. It was the first two days in a row that I took off since the summertime. I did the bare minimum to keep things going online. It’s hard to step away.

It seems I get sick when I step away. I don’t get it.

I resolve to work all the time so that I don’t get sick in the future. Being sick sucks!

Or as Dad puts it,

Suck it up cupcake!

*Please keep in mind that order was shipped to another Canadian address. For the life of me I can’t figure out why 3% to 5% of my orders to United States residents take five weeks to arrive. The norm is two to three weeks.

*Names on envelopes have been blurred to protect the identity of my customers