|Over 5 Carats of Delicious, Chocolatey, Smoky Quartz|
|I need a back-up pair...hahaha|
Speaking of seasons-what a crazy SHOPPING season it has been this year! I have been working my BRAINS out and my fingers OFF-filling online Etsy orders, replying to customer emails and inquiries, working extra days (and nights) at Maine Jewelry & Art, and doing jewelry repairs for customers at the shop. I'm pretty sure I can feel the gray matter is leaking out my ears as I type this and my fingers permanently conforming to the shape of the keys on the keyboard. I have had so many online orders this month that I actually reached and SURPASSED 200 SALES on Etsy! Hurrah! Thankfully, I keep reminding myself that I will be able to sleep at some point in the near future. Just the fact that I am able to blog is a good sign that things are slowing down to a more manageable pace so I can take a few moments to sleep, eat, and get back to CREATING new pieces!
|Anne Taintor Postcard by ArtisticEphemera|
"As a small business owner myself, I see, first hand, the hustle and bustle of large quantities of people coming in and out of the shop this time of year. But, my favorite part of all of this increased activity is helping people find the PERFECT gift for someone they love. Many customers come in, timidly looking around the shop, quietly contemplating what gift their special someone would like best. Then, more often then not, after narrowing down their choices, they ask for an opinion, as if anyone could possibly know which gift would better suit the person THEY know and love. In asking for help to make this important decision, it's as if the gift comes from me too. It's like a special secret between the customer and I, as we pick out that perfect gift, hoping the recipient will be pleased with out joint selection. Yep, helping people give gifts to the people who really matter in their lives, that's my favorite part of this time of year."