Um, is it really less than a week away from Christmas?
Part of me thinks, “Aw, already??” and part of me thinks “thank goodness!”
The weekend before last I had the highest amount of orders in my art shop ever. Which is great! Until my professional photo printer died.
Panic set in. Very quickly.
With each additional order the “this is a Christmas gift, please get it to me in time!!” requests grew louder and louder. And because I print and make everything on site, I had to get a printer – quick! Now I have a fairly large inventory, but with over 150 images and more than 10 possible options with each image, that’s well over 1,500 items (at just a quantity of one each). Obviously I can’t keep a full inventory on hand and then the timing of this in the middle of the holiday rush meant I was already low on inventory! And when I ran to Staples in hopes they could print off some photo prints for me, the coloring was so off, so that wasn’t an option. All I could do was fill the orders I had inventory on and pray for a quick turnaround. Can you feel the panic rising?
Unfortunately, these types of printers aren’t sold in your average office supply/electronics retail store, so I had to bite the bullet and order online and while I was at it, I upgraded my model so I could do large format prints (up to 13×19). Luckily the manufacturer was offering a rebate that saved me a couple hundred dollars (holler!) but then to expedite it, I had to pay an extra $50 in upgraded shipping. I didn’t care, I needed it pronto.
With fingers and toes crossed, it arrived on Tuesday – thank you UPS second day air – and I thought crisis was averted, right? Wrong…the color profile was all wrong and my images were coming out too dark or too yellow or too pink. And when you’re selling artwork or merchandise with your artwork on it, it has to be just right! I had major buyers remorse. Why didn’t I just replace the previous printer I had and loved? Orders were piling up and 2 wholesale orders came in as well. I could feel hot tears of frustration rising to the surface…
Well it took a full 24 hours, 50 sheets of photo paper, 3 cartridges of ink (and one awesome technically inclined husband) to get the color profile right. And eureka, it was a moment I tell you!
I was able to get all my orders out (even after one long 20 hour work day) and things have come to a natural slowdown, so we were able to get the tree up…
And things this past weekend slowed down even that much more and it started to snow today which makes me really happy…
And our dining room table still looks like this after my painting/creating this weekend (why bother cleaning up when I’m just gonna paint some more tonight, right?)
The girls are doing great…especially Sierra who was having a lot of health issues; her most recent sinus infection is just about healed…sweet girl
Zoe has been soaking up the sunny afternoons this last week…
And Peanut…well, she’s still a peanut alright…here she is keeping David company in the studio…
David and I are both taking next week off to reacquaint, relax as well as take care of necessary tasks (can you say year end inventory…brutal!).
In other news I have a half written tutorial on making handmade paper bows like these…hope to finish it up and have it posted by tomorrow or Wednesday, so check back if you want to add these to your gift wrapping arsenal!
If you celebrate the Holidays, I hope they are sweet and not to stressful for you!