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If you read both blogs, I’m sorry you’re seeing this twice.

I’m in brain overload right now trying to appease a lonesome Hippy, work, craft-work, craft-not-work, and see friends.  I have many, many things I’ve wanted to blog about, including a few drafts I’ve started on my Ipod at work, but this is all I can muster for today.  I hope you can forgive me.  Please enjoy this lovely photo (different in each blog so as to keep things interesting).

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Rocketpuppy contemplating the monkey I gave her.

X-Posted

If you read both blogs, I’m sorry you’re seeing this twice.

I’m in brain overload right now trying to appease a lonesome Hippy, work, craft-work, craft-not-work, and see friends.  I have many, many things I’ve wanted to blog about, including a few drafts I’ve started on my Ipod at work, but this is all I can muster for today.  I hope you can forgive me.  Please enjoy this lovely photo (different in each blog so as to keep things interesting).

DK

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I promise I will recover this couch soon.

How far?

Recent events at work have prompted me to question how far a sales clerk must go to avoid giving poor customer service?  Is a customer entitled to hours of a clerk’s time?  Should the clerk (who is probably not making much more than minimum wage) be forced to become a customer’s personal shopper?  How about their interior decorator?

Should the customer be entitled to know when the clerk is working again in case she (*ahem* or he… this is purely hypothetical, after all… sure…) has any more questions or needs any more help?  If so, is it okay for the clerk to… fudge… a little on the hours she (or he….) is working just so she can be guaranteed some alone time?

At any point is it acceptable to say, “I’m sorry, but my schedule just doesn’t allow me to devote so much time to one customer”?  Should the clerk just suck it up and help the customer the best she can?  Other customers and obligations be damned?  Even if this customer is maybe spending $50 after taking up hours of my her time?

Would this customer’s behavior be more acceptable if it weren’t the Christmas season?  What if it weren’t during the time of year when the store takes in twice as much freight as “normal” and is having to work twice as hard to even pretend to find room for it?  Would it be more acceptable if the one clerk that has been singled out is the only one who is truly responsible for making sure the stock gets out on the floor?  Even when there are dozens of other clerks to choose from?

I guess I don’t really have the answers, or I wouldn’t even be asking the questions.  I know what I want the answers to be, but I have a feeling the “right” answers are opposite that.  Maybe the clerk needs to set up a sort of blind date system where she, regretably, receives a very important call partway into the interaction.

Retail employees should be given tips.  At least in situations like these.  Mandatory 20% gratuity.  If I’m she’s going to get in trouble because the work isn’t getting done, she might as well get and extra $10 out of it.  A thank you should be enough, but frankly, it isn’t.  And being told God put me into her life isn’t enough either.

Where are the elves when you need them?

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See that mess? That’s what I have to work on. Or, I should say, part of what I have to work on. Twenty bags, twenty four cozies. There are a few more bags cut out, but those are not currently in my possession. That picture looks confusing, allow me to clean that up a bit…

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Much better. Bags on the right, cozies on the left. I Like You business cards in the middle and mess everywhere else. That’s how I roll. I’m reckless!

The question is… Who is going to sew all these for me? Yesterday marked the one month deadline until Craftstravaganza, and the next Handmaidens’ show is one week after that. I don’t even know if the product I have already plus this new product will be enough for both shows. I have absolutely no idea what to expect! I’m hoping for greatness, though, so let’s hope that selling out is my biggest problem! : D

The best thing about that picture is that you can imagine how much fabric I had to have started with.  The pile was maybe… just under two feet.  After cutting, I have ten measly pieces of fabric to put back in my Aneboda.  Ten.  I gotta tell you…. After I finish these two sales, I am SO going to want to go on a shopping spree!  But you know what that spree will be?  Taking samples of EVERYTHING left in Aneboda and finding things to match them.  Some of these fabrics are five years old, and that’s just plain unacceptable.

I should be sewing, but I think I’m going to dig through Aneboda a little first… Just to see what I got.

Handmaidens Recap

Sale Numero dos was a huge success.  Danger Kitty Designs, The Cozy Corset Cuff, and Artistic Edition had a ton of visitors, a good number of sales, and some awesome consignment offers.

My advertising campaign (read: nagging) seems to have worked.  I recognized a ton of faces in the crowd, which was a huge boost.  I think everyone I dragged there invited purchased something, so that gives me warm fuzzies.   It’s really lovely to see people supporting local crafters.

Rumor has it (okay, it’s not a rumor, I saw him with my own eyes), a local celebrity goes to every local craft fair.  I remember him (actually, I remember his wife) from the last Handmaidens’ sale.  I shant spill the beans in order to keep mobs of news groupies (oh, I’ve said too much!) from stalking him at the sales.  It’s goofy, but I was really excited to see him there.  And his family members have purchased a ridiculously large number of Cozy Corset Cuffs.

And now it’s time to rest.  But not for long.  2008 is the year of the craft sale.  We’ve just added one more to our already busy schedule!  YeeHaw!

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Seasoned performers say the stage fright never really goes away.  You always have that anticipation, that excitement, tinged with a small bit of worry.

That’s how I’m feeling about tomorrow.  I’ve done the craft sale thing (and to be honest, I’ve done it a million times before I started doing my own this winter), but I still don’t know what to expect tomorrow.  I’m nervous.

What if I forget something important?  What if no one buys the new products I’ve worked so hard on?  What if the windchill is so cold (supposed to be -30 WC, dammit!) that no one in the state of Minnesota leaves the house?

But what if I do really well?  What if we can barely keep up with the orders?  What if I sell out?  What if someone from a shop comes by and wants wholesale orders and I’m busy for the rest of my life?

I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, but I have my Saturday to-do list in front of me, and I have until 1:45 to get as much of it done as possible.  Sleep deprived and bleary eyed, I will make it through tomorrow somehow.