Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Business Behind-the-Scenes: Fun with Packaging, Crazy Busy, Trying to Force Rest

As I write this I'm taking a break from labeling the new sets I'm putting out at local markets for Christmas. They'll soon be on my site and Etsy year-round. I also need to make some tooth scrubs and men's deodorant stat and then there's a meeting to get to by 3PM! These are busy times, but challenging and fun, too.

Here's a peek at the Aromatherapy Inhaler set, I mail these out in the box now and there will be an anti-anxiety joining the mix today! I made this one with a custom sticker for Yarn Cow for letting me host a class on making your own body care products this Saturday coming up.

So behind-the-scenes I've been stuck inside making and labeling stuff for hours at a time! It took me two days to re-stock the gemstone jewelry.

Earlier in the month I had time to hit up a few thrift stores and flea markets but lately everything's been conspiring to keep me away. The one above has great prices and a gorgeous indoor greenhouse.

I'm still setting up weekly to sell wares at UNF and tomorrow we're taking our tent and wares two and a half hours south to Orlando to test the market at UCF for a long market day. Adrenaline gets me through these things, they're fun, but stressful.

Just a swift smart phone snap of the adorable Yarn Cow where I'll host a class and soon have some products for sale.

And another quick smart phone snap of a shop I'll be setting up a pop-up shop it front of in Five Points next weekend. It's the new Copper Closet and it's a gorgeous space with great prices on the wares, especially for the area.

For my birthday we were supposed to go to The Hostel in the Forest but they were still making repairs from the recent Hurricane, which hit Brunswick Georgia harder than here in Riverside, Jacksonville. We're rescheduling the trip and just spent some time walking in my own area. I live the gorgeous arts/historic side of town and I don't let myself explore it. I don't let my work hours end. It's a huge problem with me. I know from research it's not productive, people are more productive in short, concentrated bursts. If there's something I need to work on into the new year, it's setting strict work hours and spending much more time outdoors.

On our walk I saw these adorable hand-painted Beasley reproductions on cardboard, handmade and Halloween is the perfect combination. Along the way we were looking for commercially zoned homes for sale, or interesting ones in general. If you have any leads in Riverside/San Marco/Avondale let me know.

And I'll close the business behind-the-scenes of randomness with a shot of beautiful orange. In Buddhism orange is the color illumination and the highest state of perfection of the soul. (Which is why it's the color of our signature Transcendence roll-on) It's my favorite color and I love that it's everywhere this season.

What's been going on in your world behind-the-scenes? I need to fit in some room for haunted houses and Halloween fun over here! I of course, have some more Halloween posts coming before the month's end.
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  1. What a fun post, Vanessa! I loved seeing your behind-the-scenes and kitty too :) Your stall set up is inspiring and congrats on the pop-up shop!

    1. She is velcro-cat, she's with me now as I type this :)

  2. Love the look of that house, and you're booth looks very good and inviting! Those markets can be stressful, but if the right crowd comes along, I think they can be big fun as well!

    1. Thank you, I try to improve our booth every time and practice the set-up in my apartment like a crazy person. I love meeting the customers face-to-face. The stressful part is mostly getting there and setting up with our extensive set-up! :)

  3. Whew! I got tired just reading about what you've been up to:P You're one hard-working girl, Vanessa:) And belated happy bday!

    PS Orange is one of my fave colours:)

    1. Yeah I finally got some sleep last night but both AJ and I feel a cold coming on, we have to figure out the work-life balance before it kills us! Thanks for the b-day wishes :)

  4. Your displays and packaging look great Vanessa! Your feline friend is so well behaved with all those "toys" around. Happy belated birthday!

    1. I guess she was too tired and lazy to play, haha :) Thanks for the b-day wishes.

  5. I love behind the scenes posts! Your packaging and labels are boss.

    1. Glad you like 'em. I've been meaning to share more behind-the-scenes craziness :) I strive to improve my labels/set-up/website etc. as much as possible every day. I've learned a *LOT* running this business.

  6. I love these behind the scenes glimpses, complete with cat packaging helper! It's amazing how crazy this season gets, and when things like packaging and restocking alone can take days it's amazing we can get any new products out :D Your thoughts on building in better work-life balance really resonate with me. Getting outside is so important to my productivity, and I haven't been allowing myself the time lately.

    1. New stimuli is vital for it, I need to finish all my work NOW and get outside, haha.

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