Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Incoming Vendor Show Madness - and Where's My Book??

I apologize for the radio silence this week.  This coming Saturday is our next vendor show and it's supposed to be "The Big One", or so we have heard.  Due to being overseas and the time it can take to ship things (more on that later...), many people stationed here do their shopping at this "Fall Show" for Christmas presents to send home.

So we had been planning, hoping, to be READY for this one (...).  We are actually going to have two tables for the first time, one for each of "our" businesses.  The laser, and my crafty things.

However, lately we have been quite slammed with laser orders - a good problem to have, but still stressful.  On top of that, both of us have been sick much of the past two weeks and not up to doing much.  As a result, this week started with quite a log jam going on, topped off by the "Big" show now barreling down on us.

I haven't much time to craft and no time for horse stuff.  :(  The laser is pretty much the equivalent of my day job and, for the moment, business is close to booming.  There's been a lot of overtime going on.

Laser all the things!

On the Studio front, I've decided that this show will most likely be the "last hurrah" for a lot of the other crafty things I do - at least as far as making them any kind of priority and attempting to market them.  After this week of madness, I'd like to throw myself back into the studio organization with a goal of purging (even more) crafty stuff.  What really brings me joy are the model horses: customizing, sculpting, painting, hairing (!), making tack and props, showing, and so on...  Most of the other crafty things I've started doing over the years were poor substitutes, outlets for creativity when I "wasn't doing the horse thing anymore" (was just punishing myself, really).  Not to say I didn't/don't enjoy them, but I enjoy the horses more.

I'm looking forward to an "official" redirection.

Unrelated, but I mentioned it up top:

Shipping things:
Five weeks ago, I ordered a book that I have been wanting for... years.  It's been a bit of a saga to find it and get it, but the time was right, it was available, and I pounced.  I have never been SO eagerly awaiting something to get over here, and...  it is taking its sweet time.  I usually don't haunt the tracking information on a package, but after 3 weeks and no show, I started watching this one.  It was shipped the day after I paid for it, was zipping around for a week, and then stopped.  It sat in one spot for an entire month (I was juuust about to report it lost to the seller) before it started moving again, just a couple of days ago.  I don't know what happened, where it is now, or when (if?) I'll see it.  I'm trying to look on the bright side, for this week anyway, and realize that even if it WAS here, I wouldn't have the time to use it.  (It's a how-to book, I'll share all about it when it gets here - optimism...)  At this point I think everyone here who knows me is tired of hearing me go on about the book.

I keep asking around:
How long it can take for things to get here?  I've never seen this before. I've heard horror stories about some things taking months, but so far it hadn't happened (yet).
Has anyone had this happen before?
Should I be concerned?
Should I just keep waiting, or figure it's lost?  (before it started moving again)

Now I've told you all about it too!  Ha!


  1. Packages are so frustrating! Even back here in the states ordering from over seas takes it sweet time too. I understand, I'm still waiting for EL-Wire to come from China.

    1. I hope your long awaited package arrives soon! For me, the book (finally) came in... later on the day I wrote this post, haha. It's funny how things work sometimes...

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    1. Yep! We have a laser cutter/engraving machine. The whole thing was Jeff's idea; he had wanted one for a long time and after I learned more and saw what they can do, I wanted one too. Running it and the business is pretty much my day job over here and a big part of his retirement plan. It can cut and etch all sorts of things, but we've mostly done a lot of wood working with it so far.