Friday, November 7, 2008

Achieving Contentment for the Holidays

A few posts back I mentioned some goals I wanted to achieve. November is already here and quickly passing - realistically I will not be able to list 300 items in my Etsy Shop while preparing for two upcoming craft shows, and I am okay with that. It is great to aim high, and it is even greater to not get discouraged when not all of your goals are met. I am trying to take it easy this holiday season; it is important to enjoy time for yourself too. Success is too hard to come by when you are stressed and sleep deprived and rushed.

I would be so happy to be able to work my business full time, and the thought of this motivates me into overworking. I have decided to wait until early next year to work on some new products and ideas so I can take the proper time to experiment and have fun. This frees up time to keep up on this blog, create inventory, and breath once in awhile.

My family and friends celebrate Christmas, and what a hectic holiday that can be. I am doing my best to plan every little detail in advance. I already know what the gift tags are going to look like, and I almost know what I am going to get or make everyone. Christmas cards I still have to design, but it is almost easier for me to make them at random on the spot.

If you are going to be in the area please feel free to see me (CM Designs dba 1337art) at the following venues this month:

1st Annual Winter Warm-Up Craft Fair and Chili Cook-Off
Key Peninsula Civic Center
Saturday, November 15th

Winterfest in Purdy, WA
Peninsula Highschool, November 29th and 30th

It is important to take it easy this holiday season and find time to relax. You are not a super person, and it is okay if you did not accomplish everything you hoped for.

Thank you so much for reading,

-
Christina
CM Designs
dba 1337 Art
http://1337art.etsy.com/
Elite Art for the elite at heart. Featuring jewelry for men and women, art collage, awareness items, bookmarks, cell phone charms, hair accessories, key chains, kilt pin brooches, wine charms, and more.

Custom orders are accepted. Custom deadline is November 30th, 2008

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7 comments:

Art By MAR said...

Wow 300 items is a great goal. It just takes time. It has taken me forever to get up over 100. It is important to take time to breath and have a little fun too!

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

you are in WA??? how come i never knew this! i'm in everett, i'll have to see where Peninsula is LOL. 300 items is a ton of items in a shop, thats quite the goal! Glad to see you know ow to tackle Christmas, I'm slowly buying thigns for people now....ack.

UniqueNurseGranny said...

You are so busy.i admire your rnrtgy and organization.hope the shows are great for sales.

Cindy said...

Good luck at the craft fairs! I have a long way to put up 300 items. Your impressive!
Surprise! I'm tagging you. Please see my website for the rules.

Cindy said...

I have to correct myself. Please see my blog for the rules. Sorry to early in the morning.

Forever Foxed said...

It can be hard to enjoy Christmas as there's always so much to do. I'm hoping this holiday season will be peaceful and creative!

Always Amy said...

Hey there!

I'm kinda dropping by randomly because your link is on my blog & I'm reading through them in the middle of the night.

& I thought I'd stop for a second to tell you about this new selling site I found. It's called ArtFire.com & you should check it out.

It's still really, really new (still in beta) but it's heading in a really good direction! They are already buying advertising online & in print magazines to bring in traffic to the site. (It's already got almost as much traffic as indiepublic.com)

It's got stats for shop views so you know where your customers are coming from! I know! Gasp! Faint! Right? hehe

& it's just $7 a month (for the first 5000 artists) to list & sell as much as you can FOREVER. $7 a month no matter what! I signed up on that alone! haha

Anyhoo, it is new so there aren't zillions of people using it (which is good & bad) but I thought you might want to take a look at it. With the ad campaign they are working on kicking in soon (or so they are saying), I think it's going to be a good place to start listing!

If you sign up, give me a yell & let me know what you think!

Always,
Amy

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