Wednesday, November 12, 2008

some steps to re-opening an online business...


Step 1: quit slacking!

Hi everyone. Okay, today I finally finally finally scored internet at home. PHEW! Onward and upward on the list of Things To Do involving re-opening the Etsy shop
... as long as I can stay focused...
...not spend the day streaming the Daily Show...
...maybe this was a bad time to sign up for NetFlix, too...
...alright, a little blog post to clear my head.

Today is a very very rainy day in Portland, windy and gloomy. I'm the kind of person who is completely bewildered by weather (I blame my Massachusetts upbringing~ you don't have to live there for 27 years to catch on to the annual "What, snow again?" tradition) and can't really get involved with any precipitation without becoming entirely drenched, bedraggled and hopelessly uncoordinated. So, it was little more than a walk to the grocery store (soaked to the knees, hair plastered to my face, shooting uneasy glances at my umbrella) that convinced me I might as well just stay inside today.

I've opened boxes, taken stock of what was packed and hauled cross-country, and created an inventory of items that need complimentary supplies before they hit the shop (i.e. cards + envelopes). I've gone over my Shop Policies finer details and started figuring out the maths on what supplies actually cost. Last year I admit- I often just threw money into the shop willy nilly, and yes- those were some nasty lessons to learn.

I also admit- I'm staring wistfully at the Gocco box day after day, awaiting with increasing impatience for the time when I can jump back in to printmaking. (sigh) For the moment, these steps and preparations will have to do. Steps 2, 3 and 4 (in my view) are Get Inspired, Get Inspired, Get Inspired. Be it through crafting, art-making, reading, knitting, wandering, whatever you do... I'm beginning to remember what a time sucker these computers can be and I am so very grateful I've got books lining the walls of my new apartment, catching my gaze when I look up from the screen.

Before I go, I want to sincerely thank Ms. Little Bee for giving my blog it's very first ***award***!Yay! Certainly it was one of the motivations to get on with it and begin prepping the shop: let me tell you its no small task to get me on the phone with Comcast for a big chunk of the afternoon! But, aside from that, Jennifer of the Busy Bee Blog has always been a stalwart support (even with what I imagine is my appalling grammatical variety) through all of the ups and downs of my own blogventures.

Her engaging blog is always such a peaceful place to visit~ the clicking of knitting needles, smell of baking bread, and Clarence cameos welcome you in
. Jennifer's award offers me the opportunity to reach out and spread the love, sending out awards to 5 other blogs I'm following. So, here it is: with my fractured, scattered internet use over this past season, I've been a seriously slack blog follower. With a little more time in front of the screen, I'll have my awards ready this weekend. Until that time, to all of you lovelies reading along- you know who you are... and I couldn't thank you enough for the love and support.

3 comments:

mushroommeadows said...

congrats on the award! :) plus, i can't wait to see some more gocco work!

littlebee said...

You are very welcome on the award! The image keeps disappearing, but it's a "you make my day" award! :)

laurie said...

Ah lovely ones, you guys are so sweet :-)

 
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