Have you ever had one of those weeks when everything you do you end up having to do twice because nothing goes right the first time? Or one of those weeks where everything takes twice as long as usual and nothing goes the way it should? Well, I had both of those kinds of weeks this week. Suffice it to say though, those little hiccups did, in a roundabout way led to the good things, so I'm trying to see it all as a silver lining kind of thing.
So, the result of all of this taciturn bad luck was that I had two extra pairs of little shoes on hand. What to do with them? Etsy of course. I finally listed my first (and second and third) item on Etsy. It was terrifying, but I am so glad I finally "opened shop". And I made my first sale there too! Thankfully it was to my sister, because, when she purchased it I realized I had no idea what to do next. So glad that it was someone who knew and loved me to help me walk through the process.
And yesterday, I met friends at Busy Bees, an upscale consignment boutique. I brought the shoes I had made for my friend as well as the "extras". This store sells locally made products and I had e-mailed back and forth with one of the owners about the possibility of selling my items there way back when all of this started. I thought I would let them see up close and personal my little shoes. They were very complimentary. The owner who usually deals with the "local talent" wasn't in yet so they asked if they could hold on to them to show her, and then they displayed them on a shelf with my card. That was quite a feeling. I left more cards with them and went on to lunch. When I got home I had a extremely excited e-mail waiting for me. Seems she liked them. She also invited me to sell my items at their store on the 21st during Arts In Ada. Now if only I had more items to sell!
I did get a couple of things right though. This pair of shoes now belong to a lovely little almost three year old, the daughter of a good friend. They turned out impeccably. Black linen with a pale pink silk flower. And while I was making them I improved on my technique again. I can now fuse all of my layers together, including the lining layer for a more cohesive, more shoe-like shoe. There are now seven layers in my shoe uppers!
|Happy Birthday, Ella!|
So there you have it, the highs and lows. The good, the bad and the lovely I hope.