Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mission Accomplished...almost!

Just finished a fourteen-hour day in the workroom, preparing almost the last items for the show that starts this Thursday, and, for me, which continues for five days. Other brave artisans are there for eleven days, and these are long days...the show beginning at 10 a.m. each day and running until 9 p.m. However, it is a brisk, fun show, and it is great to see wonderful talent from across the country. If you are in the Toronto area, visit the "One of a Kind" show from November 25th-Dec. 5th! You will be glad that you did!
Will share pictures in the next post, but the camera can wait for today! Joining the "order" of "Sisters" for this show are "Sister Mary Melody", the piano enthusiast, "Sister Phyllis Driller", the dentist, and the chef, "Sister Amelia Love". These are literally "hot off the press"...just finished the last of "Amelia" a few moments ago. Pleased with the way that these concepts turned out...the ideas linger for a long time before realization!
Always like to have a number of each "Sister" for customers seeking a special gift. This did not seem to be a huge task until I realized that there about thirty more varieties in the group than there were a few years ago, these new ones often being a result of a request for a special order. I am full of ideas as to how to avoid the last minute "burn out" next year. However, although I do have a good memory, it is short. Already thinking of the personal projects I can now pursue, (after this show!) and no doubt, I will be writing a similar "burn out" article next year. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Weighty Problem...

happens every time I visit the Post Office, and not just because it is right next door to the coffee shop. (although that can be a problem!) When shipping packages for delivery to customers in the U.S., it is a good idea to keep the packages to less than 250 grams...otherwise, the price of shipping "jumps" an extra $2.00...that has not been charged to the customer. A postage scale is a great thing to have...if you remember to use it before you head down to do the mailing. The "sisters" are almost down to a science, as far as keeping that weight down....unless one of them has munched on too much filling or is carrying something that is a little more weighted. However, today, two of the three items I shipped were faced with that 'over the 250 gram" problem, which I never would have considered because they contained ornaments and not the regular "sister" shipment. Shipping within Canada is even more expensive because it is based on the region to which you are shipping. The cost can vary quite a bit once an item leaves your own province. The problem is, of course, that the first item one ships is the most expensive. Adding items to an order does not double the cost, usually, and is the better "way to go", even when one is purchasing items.
Back to creating "Sisters" now....I have to pay my postage bill! :)