My sweetie and I have been up to our eyeballs, working on a new collaboration. Earth Wind Stoneware garden bells. Several years ago when I had my little shop here in Sedona, I used to make windbells. They always sold out as soon as I made them, and somehow when my business took off online, I stopped making them, as I was too busy making yarn bowls and all the other items that you see in my Etsy shop.
Now I've got a partner!! He's been making the bells and selling them locally, so we thought we should make an Etsy shop and sell them online. Folks have been buying the test pieces right off his personal facebook page and this makes it so much easier.
a lot of folks asked about the sound, which is a little like a cowbell, but not really! You can hear how they sound here in this little youtube video.
Whenever things slow down for a week or two, the phone stops ringing, orders are nowhere to be found, and I get used to the slower pace for a few days, then BAM! it all comes rushing at me at once. This has been going on for years. I have a few different aspects to this business: my local wholesale business, where I sell a my Southwest style functional ware to a few local shops in Sedona; and my Etsy shop, and my yarn bowls which I also wholesale to a few retailers across the country. So there are a few times in the year where nobody seems to want anything. During these times, part of me is relieved to have a break, and another part of me starts to panic, thinking, 'what if nobody buys anything from me ever again. I'm doomed!'
And it seems that the moment that panicky thought starts to settle in my brain for a day or two, and I get a little worried, things change. It's like all my customers were waiting, and then they all contact me at once. And then those panicky thoughts of failure turn to panicky thoughts of 'how am I gonna get it all done?'