Thursday, October 1, 2009

What a Way to Start The Day!!

I ran into another vendor at the last craft show and she asked me if I had made the vendor apron I was wearing. I told her I did....that it was just one I threw together real quick for the show out of some fabric I had. She asked for my business card and said she would be in touch...she wanted two aprons. It turned out she lived in the town I live in.

I figured I wouldn't hear from her again, but sure enough, not long after the show she e-mailed and we made arrangements for the two vendor aprons. Well, she picked them up Monday. I had them nicely boxed with ribbon so she didn't look at them at my house. I was nervously "sick/anxious" all day wondering if she would like them. Each apron had a little "thing" that bothered me. They were little things that someone else probably wouldn't notice, but drove me nuts.

She e-mailed me Monday night after I shut down my computer, so I got her e-mail Tuesday morning first thing. She LOVED the aprons. She already recommended me to two of her friends and would like me to make Christmas aprons for her two little girls! Chee Hoo. She made my day...maybe my whole week.

I haven't done much custom work and this was the first time I did a custom order for a total stranger. I made an apron for Angela of Pickles on Pizza a while ago, but I "knew" her. This customer also bought her own fabric. I actually like the brown and pink combination so much, I think I am going to make one of my "soft sider" tote bags using those colors.....when I have time.

Even though it is nice to have a face to go with what you are making....this order made me a little anxious. It just felt different than when you are making something and hoping some stranger will fall in love with it and buy it. Not sure what it was, but it went away as soon as I got her e-mail!


Heart of a Cowgirl said...

That's great news! Even when sometimes it seems our shows don't go as well as planned (read: $$ in our pocket), all those business cards passed out and contacts made are invaluable and usually do lead to something else. Really glad to hear it did for you!

Angela said...

How exciting!! I love the polka dots!! I know you are going to sell a ton of them when people find out about you!

Beth Anderson said...

That's great and yes a great way to start the day - yeah Kathy!
(why do we drive ourselves nuts worrying too?)

Lanyardlady said...

Great news! The aprons are so cute, I"m sure you will get lots of orders. I hold my breath with each custom order, but it seems they always turn out to the customer's statisfaction. We are always our harshest critics!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Congratulations on the special order and the GREAT job you did! I'm sure it will be the first of many.

A Cuban In London said...

Congrats on your sale! With times like these, every little helps. They look fab, your aprons, they do.

Greetings from London.

whyte said...

Isn't that just a wonderful feeling of excitement! Congratulations! Your treasures are fabulous!

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