Last month was an exciting month on the shop front. I had, what I would consider, my first successful show.
And I mean success in a variety of ways. There was, of course, conventional success. People bought my shirts. They bought my napkins. I went home with less inventory and more money. And that was nice, obviously.
But the success of the show was more than that. I got to talk to people. Real people. About my *art* (gasp!). I got to get honest reactions and feedback. I got to find out what people thought and liked. I got ideas…
Like this. I had already done the first two lyrics to the song, but a customer wanted all three. She was willing to get just the two and buy an elephant for the third kiddo, but I decided to work with her.
Because that’s the awesome thing about this gig. I get to make things that, hopefully, make people smile. And that’s pretty awesome.
And it doesn’t just stop there, or with that one woman. Over at my Etsy shop, I get frequent requests from customers who see something they like in the shop but want something just a bit different – different color print, different size, different sleeve length. And they ask.
And, most of the time, I get to say Yes! Yes, I can make that for you! (Just look at my Sold Items page, it is overwhelmed by my little Custom Order icon)
And then I do.
And I get to feel a bit like a magician.
Yup, this gig is pretty awesome.
The fact that I can do it while staying home with my little ones and loving on my dear “assistants,” major bonus!