Looking back, it’s been a whirlwind of a year. It’s been nearly 10 months since my last posting. Where has the time gone?
Most of my week’s time has been spent working for one of the PNW’s oldest “start-up” company – Nordstrom. Huge in the retail business and quickly becoming more noticed in the technology scene. My Talent Acquisition co-workers and I have been putting great people to work in the IT side of the house with fervent energy. I stepped into an office downtown near Pike Street Market (see picture – taken out of a window on the 11th floor) last August. Our building has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Taking public transportation into work really cuts down on wear and tear on the vehicle – and it allows time to read, make new acquaintances, and get a bit of exercise walking from the bus stops.
Wanna-B-RockStar has been keeping pace. Am offering up Inventory pricing on Etsy sales thru July 7th. Take advantage of the Coupon Code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive 20% off your purchase! Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for. A few of my regular Wine Charm sets (i.e. Seattle/PNW, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Idaho, Alice & Wonderland, Garden, and Beach themed) that are not listed on the site; but I will still honor the coupon code thru July 7th.
Hope you have a great Summer Solstice! Keep tuned for my next posting.
Part of being a small business owner is learning about your tools and how to use them. There’s lots of trade materials to sift thru to learn “how to” create this or that, or how to hone a skill-set. You Tube has been posting all sorts of things from lessons on Oragami to jewelry making. It’s a wonderful reference library at one’s fingertips.
One of the tools that I often forget to use is the old fashioned telephone! How many of us pick up the phone & start dialing our customers to check in with them? I often find myself turning to email to do this. Why is it? Fear of rejection? Fear of sounding silly on the other end?
Working with my husband, I find myself on the phone calling his customers all the time. It takes a mere minute or two & it really does lend itself as a personal touch. Hmmm, maybe there’s a bigger lesson for me here?!
I have started beefing up advertising lately. This is the kind of activity can be done at any time, thank goodness. It takes a little more effort and time, but customers are seeing my products and ordering. One step at a time.
The air is getting that oh, too familiar crispness to it & I’m loving it! We were at a Holiday party a couple nights ago in the historic district of Kent, WA. Very cute area. Lots of fun restaurants & shops. The food was deeeelish & the company was outstanding! (Hey, how many times can you say that about a Holiday party?) It was cold that night & I was super glad to have on my long wool coat for the evening.
“It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…” cam e to mind as we strolled down tree-lit walkways. Something so romantic about bright, little twinkle lights hung simply along a tree limb. Makes your countenance light up & begin to feel all cheery inside. Yes, it is the season of goodwill towards men. (Too Polly-Anna for you? You can deal with it.)
Earlier that day, I started making my lists & checking in with the relatives. Does Sally really need this? Have any ideas for Bob? Thankfully, our family decided quite a few many years ago to limit our gift-giving activities to children & the names we pick out of a hat. We really do focus in on the food & hanging out together. It’s very refreshing. But there’s still that one person who you can never really think of what to give.
Because my husband & I devised some pre-Holiday travels of our own, this last week has been focused on trying to get custom orders for Etsy customers out before the 2nd week of December. So far, so good. Got most items all wrapped up & shipped out yesterday. Am very thankful Pay Pal has a label making tool with a postage feature. One doesn’t really want to spend precious hours at their neighborhood Postal Office this time of year…
Am sure we’ll order a few gifts on-line and gather the food items closer to the date. I figure that one or two days of shopping with the rest of the frenzied shoppers won’t be so bad. I really don’t mind intermingling with all the shoppers as long as I can blast Christmas Carols in the car.
Getting ready for the Holidays usually starts around mid-October for me. (Can you relate??) Big sales start to celebrate Halloween and then go on daily from there… With the internet, I’ve been letting my fingers do the shopping. Having 2 little girls in my life now gives me a big excuse to check out all the new toys, dolls, and cool girl items! So far, have found Hello Kitty Watches, deals on a doll house, and new clothing items.
Speaking of shopping…. will be having a few new Art Shows on the docket soon:
• Washington Public Market
• Seattle Hill Elementary Craft & Vendor Show (PTA Fundraiser)
• Helping Hands Bazaar (PUD Fundraiser)