It certainly tis the tree season around here! I'm on a roll with these pastel sweeties. Hopefully, I'll get some listed in the Boutique or on Etsy, before I go out of town. But I don't know if I will or not, I've got a list as long as my arm full of things to do, so adding more pretties to the shops might have to wait.
We are headed to North Carolina for a nephew's wedding. If you are kind enough to buy something from me while I'm away, I'll be mailing it on Tuesday the 20th, when I return.
But, for me, my job is more than just working and I run my business in a way that makes me happy and keeps me entertained. I enjoy making holiday things AFTER Halloween. Not way in advance like a smart business person would. I love the feeling of Christmas on its way, and the anticipation of getting out my baubles and tinsels to play with is the best part!
I do my holiday retailing in real time. Not way ahead like I should. I don't always get done as much as I should that way, but I love doing it.
So, here I am mid November, taking a trip for almost a week, getting ready for Thanksgiving, I have an article due for a magazine, a workshop to prepare for, and I have a table top full of mini trees to finish glittering up, photographing, and marketing.
Uhm, I did say that I enjoy this, right??
Well, honestly, I do. Like I said, this is more than just a job to me, its a lifestyle. I love what I do, and making Christmas things during the season is an activity that makes me happy. I might always be a few steps behind in getting them done, but those are delightful, little skippy steps, not trudging, drudgery type steps.
Sugarwings agrees. Every year, she helps with the mini trees. This year, she was big enough to mix all of her own colors and dip them by herself. This is her pile that she is keeping to make into Christmas presents for her family.
She did say that maybe I could sell a few for her, but only if they were $10,000 a piece. I let her know that if she gave them as gifts, they would be priceless to her family, and that we didn't need to sell them.
The paper towels that we dried the trees on will be cut up and used in a project too. The dyes made a pretty watercolor effect on the paper.
I do have some more holiday goodies listed and for sale in the Boutique and promise to soon have more in the Etsy shop. I have a million or so trees to add to it, as soon as they are glittered and sorted. Some I will set aside to top off more decorated spools too.
What I added to the shop over the weekend are some star ornaments.
And a few kits if you'd rather make your own. These come with everything you need, including glitter and mica flakes.