Friday, June 19, 2009

Etsy...isn't easy...and my thanks to all of you.

Hi All,
Well here I am done with the school year and home with my boys for the summer.
I should be thrilled but being that I am not unlike the toddlers I care for, I feel a bit blue and grouchy about this recent transition. I have MANY tasks before me that require deadlines and much organization, as well as my creative efforts. I like that part but feel overwhelmed at the same time. When I am inspired it's never the right time, somebody always needs something....grumble, grumble.

On to my Etsy shop...
Apparently the US Postal Service doesn't care that I have very little money and no summer income. Two Etsy orders I recently sent out both arrived to the customers damaged. Guess who pays for that? I feel horrible. I'm pretty sure they were intended to be end of the year teacher gifts. Obviously those gifts didn't get given. It just stinks, you know? I should have packaged them differently I guess, but I'm knew at this, I don't know what I'm suppose to do. I trust that things will arrive the way I sent them.

I mean can't a person get ahead? I feel like I've been racing to catch the carrot my whole life.
Grumble, grumble....

This is a productive POST. Sorry to regular readers. And my apologies to those of you just stopping by. I am feeling like the endless rain that is falling outside my window. When will the sun shine?

I know I am blessed in so many ways and I shouldn't grumble over such small things, but sometimes even grown-ups gotta cry. That's what I told Little One this evening anyway.

I want to express my thanks to those of you who email me and leave comments. I've got to tell you it makes a world of difference to hear from each and every one of you. It makes a Mama feel less alone. I don't blog as often as I wish I could anymore and that you still stop by to visit me, makes me smile.


Susan Y. Dyer said...

Dear Jennifer,

Sounds like growing pains to me. Putting yourself out there takes courage, but make sure you take a first aid kit with you. Hang in there.

As for the print I ordered - hey I can wait till next Christmas for it to arrive. I will need some gifts then.

Cry and eat freezer pops by the dozens - then look in the mirror and tell yourself:

"Hey, I was at an author table at the AMS conference signing books I wrote. Wow, that was so cool! Time to start making some new art, Jennifer. Get to it."

Give that reflection of yourself a good hard kiss and get out the construction paper and scissors.

You'll be okay.

Susan Dyer
The Moveable Alphabet

Shannon said...

Sorry things feel so hard right now! Doesn't change just stink? It is especially difficult to adjust when even the weather seems grumpy (I type as I am listening to yet another thunderstorm rumble in....)

Hope you feel better...the sun will soon shine again,

plaidshoes said...

Transitions can be tough. The change this school year was hard for me, too. Just give yourself a little time to adjust and try not to put pressure on yourself that projects have to be done 'right now'. They will get done in their own time! ;-)

My Child's Diary said...

Dear Jennifer,
I wish I could just give you a huge hug right now. Maybe take you for a long drive to the ocean. Then just sit there, listening to the nature and having a glass of wine.
You are such a talented artist, giving mother and gifted teacher. Feeling blue happens sometimes. But then the best thing in sun is that it always shines. I have no doubt that it will stop raining eventually, and your muse will get back to you. Just give yourself time, and you will be alright!
Wishing Peace,

jojoebi said...

hiya, sorry you are going through a tough spot. When I started my Etsy shop, i read some advice somewhere - can't remember where! but when calculating your P&P charges you should do it ...
cost of packaging of goods + cost of envelopes + cost of actual postage + your time (time taken to package and post it) + a little extra for insurance

now the insurance is your own little added extra so that if something goes missing, arrives damaged you should be able to cover your costs. I had a parcel returned from the USA and had to re-mail it but because i always add a little bit so i didn't actually loose much money.

hope this helps, jo

Nina said...

I understand that scared and disapointed feeling that sometimes comes when you have put your heart so fully into something and it doesn't work quite how you had wanted. But your art is so amazing I can only imagine wonderful things in the future for it and that this is just a tiny set back tha will soon be forgotten.

Alycia in Va. said...

I totally understand. Sorry you've had such a hard time with "mail".
It'll get better.

Amanda said...

Isn't that frustrating! Grrr. I sell on Etsy too, and I just had something like that happen last week. It makes you feel awful! I totally know how you feel. Hang in there! :)

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