December 11, 2009

Progress: Makin' it.

Whew. Its 1:43 and this is my 4th night in a row up this late, sewing. Tonight I completed a bunch of plushies that will be shipped out tomorrow. Only 28 more to go until I am completely caught up with my orders. They will be out on Saturday and Monday morning with priority shipping so they should (HOPEFULLY) make it by Christmas. A lot of these orders were made after my Xmas deadline anyway.. So the customers are not expecting them but it would be nice if I could get them out in time.

I never expected this. When I read all of the "are you ready for the holidays?" blogs and emails from Etsy I just shrugged it off. I had absolutely NO idea that I would receive so many sales. On black friday alone I made over 18 sales and from that day on it has been complete madness. It has tapered off quite a bit now that I have almost emptied my shop completely... only offering little red foxes and a couple of other plushies. Next year I am going to start my holiday plush stash way ahead of time, like summertime when sales are slow. I want to have a stash of about 50 plushies before October. That way I am not completely engulfed in work.

Seriously. Drowning.

in.

work.

Next year I hope I can enjoy the holidays and maybe even decorate my house or hmm.. make handmade gifts for loved ones.

I am not complaining by any means. I just can't wait for this rush to be done with! I can't remember the last time I did a recreational craft. Ohh sounds so nice.

Anyways.. I should probably get to bed. I have had 4 espressos today and although I am completely wired I should try to get some rest.

Goodnight out there.

5 comments:

  1. dangg! congrats on the business, it sounds like hard work though! hopefully it's not too overwhelming soon, in the meantime, don't let it stress you out! :)

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  2. congrats on all the sales and holiday success! Just think of the time off you can have once you've finished ^_^ .......I like the new blog header and layout too : )

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  3. That was me last year... er... this year. Last year was my first year and I had NO IDEA what the holiday season would be like. I would stay up until 5 every morning, sleep till around 8 or so, and then get up to continue sewing. This is our "big season" so we want to make the most of it, but there comes a point where you don't get to enjoy it yourself. Have I made cookies this season? Nope. Made paper snowflakes with my girl? Nope. Watched Rudolph while drinking hot chocolate? No ma'am. So I feel for you, I do. I think once you get through your first season, you can better prepare, but this is my second and I'm still in the same boat as you. One thing that has helped this year is raising my prices. I just had to decide how much my time (and my time away from my family) was worth, and price adjust a little. It honestly has helped. I'm swallowed, but not drowning like last year. Now, talk to me next week and see if I'm saying the same thing. ;)

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  4. congrats on all of the holiday sales! sorry you have to work to hard to get to enjoy the holidays though.

    I just got Liam in the mail and he is the cutest. thing. ever.

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  5. big congrats on being so in demand! The time when you are finished will feel soooo good. Hope that you get lots of sleep when you are done.

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