Saturday, October 31, 2009

Here's One of Those "Maybe I'm Not Burger King After All " Orders

Recently, I got one of those "Maybe I'm Not Burger King After All" orders.  (AKA: "special orders DO upset us" mentioned in a previous post.)  Acutally, it didn't upset just made me get the old creative juices flowing again.  The older I get, the harder it is to think outside the box.  Creative customers' requests give me that nudge necessary to make me come up with something new.  They plant the seed in my mind.  I produce the "crop".

A customer had previously purchased one of my Soda Santas painted on  Coca-Cola bottle and said she would also love to have a snowman painted on a Coke bottle.  No problem... I've done those before.'s the "Burger King" moment!  She would love it if I could also make it a fisherman.  Never done that before.  Result!  She bought two!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Snowed 70 Degree Weather!

Green snow!!!  That's what you get when you get snowed under with orders!  Money, money, money!!!  Smart shoppers are getting their Christmas orders in early.  That's great.

Of course, my favorite order is the one where the customer shops on my website, and finds just what she wants, puts it in her shopping cart, and pays.  Then all I have to do is pull it, wrap it, pack it, and ship it!  Smooth transaction!

Next, there's the order I call "the Burger King order" (the special orders don't upset us kind) where the customer sees something on my site that has been sold or is out of stock.  She sends email and we discuss whether or not I can duplicate.  Most times it is not a problem and I appreciate that she took the time to inquire.  The order gets filled.  Both customer and I are happy!  My motto is "Happy customers become repeat customers".

Then there's the "maybe I'm not Burger King" kind of order.  This is the challenging type that usually takes me out of my comfort zone.  However, thanks to such interesting ideas from creative customers, I've created some great selling new products that I might not otherwise have done.

Where I get orders from is another story in itself.  Besides the usual internet orders and craft show customers' follow-up orders, there are the beauty shop orders, grocery store orders and of course the Wal-Mart orders.  By this I don't mean I that I have things for sale in all these places.  It just means these are places I frequent and living in a small town has its advantages.  Everyone knows you and your business!  People stop me and tell me what they want me to paint for them.

Yesterday, I got my first gas station order.  While I was pumping gas into my van, a lady came over to ask if I could do a special order Santa for her son.  It was nice to visit briefly with her and catch up on what our kids are doing now that they are all grown up.  Our boys grew up playing Little League and Dixie Youth baseball together.

Well, I'd better go shovel some snow, but Lord please ... let it snow...let it snow...let it snow. (Even if it is 72 degrees outside today!)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

House Repairs at a Standstill

Well, here's my house as of Sunday.  It has been a week and a half since the tree fell on the roof.  I'm still waiting to hear from the insurance adjuster and still waiting for the carpenter to get in touch with me.  There's nothing I can do until I hear from them.  At least the rain has stopped...for now anyway.  I need to get this mess fixed so I can get on with my crafting.  I've got orders too fill ASAP.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away (3rd verse)

Rain, rain go away
Come again another day!
I don't want my house to leak!
Would you like to take a peek?

Yep, my house is under there somewhere!  The weather got pretty rough just hours before I was to leave for my craft show in Mississippi.  That's when the HUGE tree on the north end of my house split and fell across the roof (almost full length).  Most mornings I can hardly get out of bed due to my aches and pains.  When that tree hit at 4:30 a.m. that morning, I was out of that bed and wide awake in seconds.  Never thought of my pains!  I was just thanking the good Lord that tree wasn't in bed with me!

Within hours I had filed an insurance claim and my insurance agent had a team of tree cutters clearing my roof.  I left everything in my brother-in-law's (and sister's) capable hands and I left only 2 hours later than planned for my show.

Now the show is another story.  I'll post that later.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away (2nd Verse)

Rain, rain go away!
I've got another outdoor craft show Thursday!
Rain, rain go away, please!
I need to sell a lot of Santa cypress knees!

The Lord was good to us all for the Barn Sale in Camden, AR last weekend.  The rain stopped.  The craft show area was dry.  However, the parking lot (or rather "parking pasture") was not.  Customers had to park anywhere they could find.  Some were shuttled in from area church parking lots.  I'm just thankful that things went as well as they did.

Now, watching the weather reports, I see I need to be praying for the rain to clear out once again.  Boy, I'm glad I only do two outdoor shows a year.

Come see us on the McAlister's Deli parking lot in Canton, MS (not TX...MS) Thursday, Oct. 8th!