I have a plan to write about my two very different experiences of fairs that I have had over the two last Sundays but right now time won’t allow. This is due to the very positive experience from my last fair – I still have orders coming in from that!
So instead of having my planned Christmas break where I would devout my time to clearing and cleaning out our house, I’m making dresses and bow ties, and stuffed toys,and an apron for my husband (don’t really know how that crept in there).
It’s all amazing and just what I had hoped for!
This is where we’ll be selling on the 2nd of December together with some fellow Glasgow Etsy Team members.
On Tuesdays Granny picks up Squiffy and has her for the day. They usually go singing in the morning (Mini Music Makers) and, before nursery started, they used to hang out at Granny’s place.
So, since I’m child free, Tuesday is the day of the week when I work. I usually have quite an extensive list of things to get through, and, usually, do not get through it but it is better than nothing.
Recently, of course, I have been focusing at making things for the craft fairs that I’m going to sell at. Since I’ve not done any fairs before I have absolutely no idea how much to make and what to make. It makes me a bit scatter brainy.
Today I managed to (almost) finish a parchwork baby blanket but not more. I had hoped to be able to cut some fabric for making cat softies but only managed one.
Ach, well, there is always next Tuesday!
We have finally taken the plunge and signed up for our first fairs. The first one will be at St Mungo’s Museum Christmas Market on the 25th of November. I will be sharing a stall with my fellow Glasgow Etsy team member Lynsey from Fearless jewellery. Really excited but also nervous. Mostly about not having enough time to produce enough stock. And not having the right kind of things with me – we only ordered paper bags yesterday as I realised that I wouldn’t want to have to use old Tesco bags if anybody buyes our things! But then I also worry about not selling anything, or, maybe more, worry that people won’t even look at the things I’ve done! But mostly I’m excited!
So, hey, we have finally made it. The Etsy shop is open. Wow. I feel remarkably proud. But it took me A WHOLE DAY to list four bags. I hope I will be able to speed things up a bit as I get more used to it.
I have a looooong list of “to-dos” and not getting anywhere with it, it seems. As soon as I sit down to do one thing my mind races to think of things I should do instead. I find it very, very, very hard to live in the here and now. And to just say “right, this is what I’ll do first” and then do it. Because whatever I do, I feel I’m doing the wrong thing.
For examle, while writing this I am thinking about all the other posts I should be writing – about the course in screen printing, about all the blogs I’m reading, a crochet tutorial I want to put together, things about good places in Glasgow, etc, etc.
And that is making me quite stressed out. And grumpy.
Sorry, just had to share…
Happened upon this little gem of a magazine via Edvard and Lilly. Love to try some of the bread recipes!
First day of the screen printing course is done and it was not as I thought it would be. Not in a good/bad dichotomy (cos it IS good) but in a reproduction/art kind of way! I thought I would learn how to reproduce an image in a conveyer belt style but instead we are now making art. I’m glad I didn’ know that would be the case because I wouldn’t have dared sign up for an art course!
Now we are all getting ready for day 2.
Okey, soo, getting an account with Flickr set up doesn’t really qualify us for the “spearhead in social media” award but it is nevertheless a little step in the right direction.
I wanted to take some pictures of the things I’ve been making for the (soon to come) Etsy site but the rain just kept falling. The fact is I’m slightly freaking out about the pictures. Obvoiusly they’re very important as they are the one and only way for your customers to see your wares. And I’m not sure if I’m up for the challenge. Having browsed around a lot it seems like many favour just a plain white background – which does make sence as it brings your product to the fore but I want to use the cool surroundings we have right on our doorstep. But I also worry if that is the right decision.
Anyway, I found a really good series of tutorials on Haptree and me. Now I just have to wait for the rain to stop.
Been a bit of a hiatus here. We have been trying to figure out what we are to do and how to go about it. As Hugh wrote in his blog post – he had just started studying again (as part of a promotion/job change) and knew he had to dedicate quite a lot of time to that. Squiffy wasn’t settling in at nursery the way we had hoped for so just after Christmas we decided to keep her home instead. She will probably start again (but at another place) in the autumn. But that means for me that time spent not looking after her is limited.
But now we are again taking tiny steeps towards the realisation of a business. I have been drafting patterns for bags and aprons so far, but have quite a lot of ideas circling in my head. It feels good to be going again!
And we are going for a course in screen printing at the Print Studio this coming weekend. Yay!