Plots and Plans: Winter Edition

Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Halloween (for anyone who hasn’t figured that out yet.) I miss the days when a certain end-of-the-year holiday waited to show its face until November 1st. I literally recoiled from the aisle in the dollar store that was half Halloween and half That Holiday. Working part time in a store that’s already stocking decor and gift ideas for That Holiday isn’t helping (especially since some of it is so darn cute!)

So I’m not going to name it. It shall remain That Holiday for the time being.

But I’ve already started thinking about it. Making plans. Sourcing materials. Budgeting my limited income. Because I have to work in the time it takes for supplies to ship and for me to actually make the items, plus do all the fun (tedious) things like take pictures and write listings for the online shop.

I had three options.

The one I really wish I could have done, if I didn’t have limits on time or money, would be to create a line of jewelry that would have equal representation of all cultural festivals happening at that time of year. I’m atheist, so I have no personal connection to That Holiday. And it’s bothered me for years that it’s so difficult to find items for other holidays than That Holiday, so I figure, if I’m going to make items for That Holiday, I’m going to do something for all of them. I could do unique statement pieces for each one, or I could make up a line of jewelry that relies on colour and basic symbols that I could change out for each celebration. But given that I know very little about many of the other practices, and I have a feeling that finding things like suitable charms or other things wouldn’t be easy, I knew that I likely wouldn’t have the time. For this year, anyway. I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket for next year. (This option would be a lot easier if I could sculpt with polymer clay. Because then I could just make the symbols I’d need. But I don’t have the resources or space to learn to sculpt.)

The second option was to make a winter line. No religious symbols at all. Just snowflakes and snowmen and sparkles and whatnot. Stick to a silver and white palette, accented with some pale blue and purple. Anyone of any religious bent could wear whatever they wanted. And I could also keep the items up for sale past That Holiday (and customers would be able to wear the items longer, too.) This option wouldn’t require additional research aside from sourcing some snowflake charms and the like.

The third option was to do nothing at all. This option was looking likely for a while, given my budget constraints. It really all depended on how my Halloween line did at the Witchery Market. (I’ve been working on a selection of simple necklaces, mostly of different stones that should be good options for people looking for small gift items. And then, of course, I have my larger, statement pieces, so it’s not like customers wouldn’t have anything to pick from. Just nothing seasonal.)

But the Witchery Market last week was fantastic, so I was able to invest in some of my wintery wishlist.

That means…a winter line is happening! I’ve got some cute things on order, and lots of sparkly things.

Also…surprise boxes, if I get into the Yule Witchery Market. More details on that to come.

Business Firsts: Online Market Night

Today is a big ol’ mess of emotions.

I’m excited and nervous and tired and rather hungry. All of these combined are making me seem loopy and spacey to anyone who’s not currently inhabiting my head.

Because tonight is a big night. Tonight I am partaking in an online market night on Facebook known as Market Night Spotlight. It’s a wonderful group run by an awesome lady whose fan club I’ve kind of tumbled into. I don’t even recall whose links I followed where, but I wound up in her Dojo. And because she’s awesome, she organizes and runs (with the help of a few other equally awesome people) a monthly themed market for artists and crafters.

This month’s theme is Halloween, so of course, I had to make something.

This is my first foray into this kind of market. And this one is, I think, a good place to start. There are lots of spots that are open to anyone who wants to make something, take a decent photograph of it, and submit it for approval. (I follow another monthly market that features the work of the three organizers and one hand-picked guest artist, too. I’ve thrown my name into the hat, but no dice so far.) And everyone who participates is full of wonderful, positive energy. Also, at the last few markets (that I know of, anyway,) every single item has sold before the weekend runs out.

So my odds are good that I’ll have my first online sale this weekend. Which explains why I’m excited.

Earlier today, I was nervous because the market has a very strict two-hour window to post items, and I’ve been at Where Faeries Live helping finish inventory all day. I dragged my laptop along for the ride, and have spent the day checking the time. (This is also why I’m tired.) But I got it posted! So now I’m nervous because…well…what if my piece doesn’t sell?

What if mine is the only piece that doesn’t sell this whole weekend?

What if I over-priced my piece?

What if my description actually sucks, and that’s why no one wants to buy? (Well, aside from one of the other crafters who, like me, is low on funds. So as much as I’d love to buy at least half a dozen of the things on offer, I just can’t.)

It’s gotten a lot of nice comments, so that means the pictures aren’t totally wretched. I think. I hope. See? This is why my brain can’t be trusted.

Seriously, though. It’s been about two hours since I posted it. I can’t keep thinking this stuff. But I will, because my brain can’t help it.

Ugh. This is awful.