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.