What. A. Week.
Wow, this last 7-10 days has been absolutely frantic. Getting the website off the ground was a lot of work. I'm so relieved that it's up and running, and seems to be doing all the things I need it to do. (Somebody knock on wood) I'm happy to say that my site is getting a good amount of traffic, and I've already made some sales! My heart is full and I feel so grateful. Thank you to all of you for the wonderful feedback and tremendous support. It means the world to me, for sure.
This was my Instagram post announcing Jilly & Kiddles Grand Opening
Guys, I don't know if you've ever done anything like this before, but let me tell you, it's an emotional rollercoaster. Can I tell you something? Right after I opened the website and I'd posted about it on Instagram, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It reminded me of the first time my daughter went off to school for the day and I didn't know what to do with myself. You know what I mean? Oh boy. I just had to wait and see if people were interested in what I was putting out there.
So within 30 minutes or so, I got my first sale. What?! I was so excited. Naturally, I started freaking out (in a good way). Here's where it gets crazy. I looked at the order to see who had placed it. It was my Dad. Yeah, that's right. My Dad was my first order of yarn. People, I lost it. I was so relieved to have a sale, and happy about it, and touched that he did that. I was smiling ear to ear. I was jumping around like a kid. And then I started crying. Yup. Like a baby. It didn't really make any sense, but there it was. I just started bawling. It's funny to think about it now, and I still can't say why I responded that way. I guess it's just human nature sometimes. And for the record, my Dad says it was a joint effort. My Mom helped him. So cute, right? They're the best.
Myself, my husband Brian, and my parents
Note to self: if my kids ever start a new business, be sure to be the first customer in line. They'll think I'm a superhero.
So now that things are in motion, I don't have to spend 10 hours a day at my computer. I still spend some time here of course, writing this blog post, for example. However, I can do some other things too. Cheers to being able to get back to the dyepots! This is definitely the part of being an Indie Dyer that I love the most.
Somewhere in the middle of creating the colorway Nineteen
I can also start to enjoy the current FibreShare swap! I was just matched up with my partners, and I'm so excited to get to know them. If you've never done Fibreshare before, look into it. It's too late now to sign up for this round, but consider joining the next time. It really is a blast, getting to know someone you might never have connected with. You can follow the link above, or google it yourself. I'm happy to answer any questions you leave in the comments as well. The women who run it are amazing, and they really care about the participants and their experiences. They are also in Canada, so be sure to type "fibre" and not "fiber", o.k?
You won't regret it! Ok, I'm off to make dinner and do some drop-offs and pickups for lacrosse. Happy Knitting for now!