When I scroll through my Etsy stats I can check how many times an item has sold. My set of bird beads – these ones in particular – are favourites. This means I end up selling a few sets a week which means there are often pans of birds in the oven at my shop. Which occasionally makes for fun conversation starters.
I am not the neatest, most organized person. I’ve improved over the years but my beads will never be my favourite organized thing since I actually sort of LIKE them in big bowls of mixed colours. My assistant – aka Chloe – likes her crayons and her beads all in colour and size order though and has tackled the task.
Because I have a child who is still a student I have a school year based view of “summer”. Summer really gets going when the kid finishes up her classes. This year that also means I have full time help for a couple of months and there will be some serious production happening. We’re off to a good start on our first day with almost full batches made of the above representatives… something that takes me two or three days in the shop normally.
I joked to my guy that I had leveled up the last couple of Christmas show seasons. The seasons were easier even though, numbers wise, I knew there was actually more being done and sold. I had simply reached the stage of being able to do this volume. I notice it in other things now too, sometimes, as I get the orders done, the shop neatened up and papers filed before the next wave hits.
Because this week was a little like that, I got to play with my clay, something I don’t do nearly enough. I made a few paperweights from the cane ends sitting on my workbench as I cleaned. I made bead batches ahead of them being ordered. I sat and made the hedgehog someone taught in my shop this week.
I associate summer with this: taking the time to build up stock, enjoy the process, make new pieces. Sneak in ice cream cones and pool dips. It’s been lovely so far!