Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blogging and WB took a back seat this week...

We have a construction project going on at the House and a teething baby. Will explain when I get some sleep :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

And, so it went...

Would you believe it, I had everything done right, and one, probably the most important thing, that I couldn't control - fell through. My credit card machine didn't come on time. They called three times today to apologize and offer amends. As they should. Thankfully, it didn't make that much of a difference, because people preferred to buy online. Go figure.

It was a great show. I forget how much foot traffic is there in New York, because I mostly drive these days. As with everything else in New York, there were so many different personalities, I am not sure where to begin. There were people with kids, couples without kids, gay couples, lots of young students dressed like Kajgoogoo or A-ha band members... For those of us that lived through the 1980's, it was so much fun to watch. There were a lot of people who asked if my sleep sacks are maybe vests. Probably because it was cold. There was a man in a wheelchair who asked about purchasing a comforter to cover his legs. And there was a woman with an infant who yelled at me because the sleep sack was overpriced in her opinion. As I said, all kinds. Luckily, almost everyone who passed by my tent said the products are beautiful and the logo is cute. And that made me feel great.

My tent threatened to fly away twice, but I did a good job anchoring it with water bottles. After the show, I put the bottles back in the car, because I was too lazy to dump the water - and one of them spilled all over the floor on the drive home. I mean, really. Also, the curtains were too long. I'll shorten them after the construction on the new office/studio is done. Oh yes, we have a new office/studio. I should be finished painting it tomorrow or Wednesday, and I'll post photos.

And, yeah, I forgot to take the camera, so no photos. Sorry folks.

One of the customers suggested another NY show for me. I just sent in my application, and I'll keep you posted. Thankfully, this one is indoors.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Show must go on!

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain."

Yes, there will be rain. Yes, it might be a tad cold. But, the show is still happening, and Woolly Boo will be there.

All the kids activities will be indoor, so they will certainly have a great time.

So, come on over!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Facebook Success!

I've been trying for weeks, unsuccessfully, to change the page name on Facebook, to something manageable, like say, my business name :)

I finally did it. So, to the world out there, you can find us on Facebook at:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Checklist for Saturday

Time for another roll-call:
  • Tent curtains are in. I also managed to get some other materials for dirt cheap. LOVE RoseBrand.
  • Credit card machine will be here on Tuesday.
  • Banners will be here by Wednesday. Thanks Wilson Graphics.
  • Still waiting for stickers...
Wow, it looks like I actually might have my act together.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Woolly Boo made it to the first Etsy Treasury!

Oh my goodness! Don't know where to begin! So excited about this opportunity!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those little people that made this moment possible [laugh]... just kidding.

Thanks muppetloon for listing us. Also, big thanks to the {NewNew} Etsy team and looking forward to joining your ranks.

See you all next Saturday in New York, baby!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Remembered what I was missing!

That's a good part. I swear, with the fear of sounding like a cliche-throwing wanna-sound-smart journalist, if my head wasn't attached to my body, I would have lost it. These last few days have been challenging, at best. It's bottles, and meals, and diapers, and supermarkets, and classes, and meetings, and car, car, and more car. I have at least one dozen calls to make and still have to send an email to people who signed up for the mailing list... I'm getting tired just writing about it...

Oh, the thing I forgot - credit cards. I have to be able to accept credit cards at the shows. It looks like somebody really likes me up there. Just as I was thinking about it yesterday, an email popped up from my bank offering free credit card machine. Maybe this whole Woolly Boo thing is going somewhere after all.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The stamps are here. Yeah!

I ordered two rubber stamps from a fellow Etsian, since I figured it might be more economical to stamp various promotional items, than to put stickers or some other alternative. And I have to tell you, they look great. I just made a batch of price tags using the stamps... Very happy with the results. Here is the photo:

Rundown for the New York show: table-check, tent-check, rain cloth-check, products-check, price tags-check, bags-check, tissue paper-check, postcards-check, business cars-check, dear customer letters-check...

To do: pick up curtains (yes, they are still at the manufacturer's place, long story), banners-hopefully to be delivered at the beginning of next week, stickers are ordered-waiting for delivery... Is that it? Am I missing something?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Just finished our first show/fundraiser...

It was loads of fun talking to people about Woolly Boo. That, combined with getting up at dawn to bake cookies, a glaring sun, walking around constantly fixing the display, running after kids (mine and other neighbors), it was exhausting. But, we made it a family affair, everyone chipped in, all in all, awesome.

Check out the photos of the event on Flickr. Or click on the photostream on the right of this post. My thanks to Jeanette from Aunt Jean's Toys and Treats. I really hope the event was a success for them.

Now I have to go and order some more stickers, as they were the hot item of the party and all the kids wanted one.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Little Lamb

So, my son has discovered the Halloween costumes - check out the photostream on the right of this post. We had two costumes made, one for him and one for our daughter. They will both be little lambs, as I need all the advertising and marketing exposure I can get. Anyway, he likes his new beanie so much, he wears it around the house, kid you not. I am certain, come winter and cold weather, he will want nothing to do with it. Ah, kids, gotta love them.

A short aside: I've ordered some panels/curtains made for my show tent. And if you are asking why I haven't done this myself, it is quite simple: all these shows have flame-retardation requirement when it comes to the display that includes panels/curtains. Now, these fabrics can only be purchased in bulk. I am talking at least 100 yards. So, the best and the cheapest way is to have one of the supply companies actually make these for you, which is what I did. I used Rosebrand. They came highly recommended and I have to say, they were very nice and helpful. And very fast, to boot. The amazing thing is that they can make you practically anything you can imagine, and your own imagination is the only limit. I though they would laugh me out of the room because of the simplicity of my order, and, well, considering how small it was. Nothing like that. Thanks Rosebrand.