Monday, 19 November 2012
Bright and Cheerful
https://www.etsy.com/listing/115450639/6-small-owl-buttons-handmade-buttons-sew These are smaller and just the perfect touch. I'm also very excited to be using a new printing process which makes the buttons even more durable. It's a bit of a learning process again as it is taking some time to work with the new process and get the colours as I want them. I'm not looking at this as a setback though. I'm looking at it as a wonderful opportunity to make my product even better. I'm also being more selective in what I choose to make. I'm fortunate that I don't rely on my buttons to pay the bills so I can be more selective. I do like making custom orders for people because it's always such a thrill to be able to give them exactly what they want. It brings a smile to my face when they're happy that I have been able to create the perfect embellishment for them. At the same time I find custom orders stressful because I do want to make the exact button that the customer has in their mind. For this reason I'm turning down orders that I need to make in a short amount of time if I feel that this will add stress to the process for me. I don't want to disappoint so I'd rather turn down work than stress about being able to meet an unrealistic timeline. I hope that doesn't disappoint but I really think part of the joy in the handmade process is to be able to control, to some extent, the work that I take on. I also want to be able to spend some time making some of my artisan ceramic and glass buttons so I have to step back a bit on the resin buttons to have time to do this. I do know it's getting close to the cut off for people to purchase buttons for Christmas. I also plan to put my shop on vacation mode on about December 10th or so. Most years I leave the shop open and people purchase but I am always concerned that orders won't arrive in time and people will be disappointed. I'm in Canada so even if purchase by December 10th there is a good possibility the buttons won't arrive in time. This will cut down on this. This also allows me time to have a bit of a break and take a vacation without worrying about responding to conversations/emails. We'll see how that goes. It does make me a bit anxious about putting the shop in vacation mode but I think I'm going to try it this year. We'll see if I actually do it when it comes time. There is a balance I'm trying to achieve between my art and the joy of creating and providing custom orders to my clients while not putting too much additional stress on myself. I guess that's always the challenge when a product comes directly from the artist. We'll see how that works out as I try this approach during the upcoming new year.