Sunday, November 11, 2007

Discouraged

So the party did not go as well as I was hoping. Most people who said they were coming did not show. We had a few sales, so it wasn't a total bust, but I am a bit discouraged. We spent so much time over the past couple weeks and we stayed up so late preparing on Friday night!

I'm dreading the show tomorrow. I don't know what to expect, and I hate being stuck in large crowds of people. I wish I had a valium. I've never taken valium that I know of, but I wish I had some right now.

On a positive note, my camera arrived safely on Friday afternoon, a few days earlier than I was expecting. I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but I did play with it for a bit yesterday. I took some pictures of our set up so we'd remember how to set up at the show tomorrow. They came out alright, but being indoors I used the flash, and all I have at the moment is the camera's pop up flash, and flash and mirrors and jewelry don't make for great photos. I really need to figure out what settings work best for what lighting. That would help! It's so fast though. The autofocus is super fast, and the time lag between photos is so short. It feels heavy in my hands, like a real camera should! *grin* And that "click" sound when it takes a photo. *happy sigh* How did I ever live with a point and shoot?

On an even better note, today is our 7th wedding anniversary. I love you, honey!







7 comments:

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm sorry to hear that your open house didn't go as well as you had hoped. Keep in mind that these are your first times doing these types of shows, and while we hope they will be wildly successful, they also are a big learning experience where you can write down the pros and cons from each experience so you can do better next time.

I think the displays are pretty.

Kathryn said...

You have such a talent for jewelry making and design. I wished you lived closer that I could see the stuff in person, or have a show! Word of mouth goes a long way in these types of things. It will get better.

And congrats on the anniversary!

Jeanie said...

Happy Anniversary, Crystal and Husband! #7 -- good for you two!

I hope you get some rest in between the two shows. I agree with Heidi -- don't be discouraged. Mrs. Fields (of Mrs. Fields' Cookies) had to GIVE her cookies away at first to get people to try them...I think slower starts than hoped for are common.

But you've got the good jewelry to succeed (as I can attest to), and I hope the next show goes alright for you. You don't need a valium. Just picture everybody there in their underwear. I think that's supposed to make strangers seem less strange. (Not sure how, but it is a funny visual.)

Congratulations on the success you DID have at the show! And your anniversary!

Jeanie

The Rock Chick said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sorry people RSVP'd yes and then didn't show. That totally sucks! Everyone is right, though, you can't get discouraged!

I have a hard time taking pictures in different lighting, too. All of the camera settings seem overwhelming to me!

Jessica

Bethany said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Gorgeous jewelry, and the setup is perfect! I'm sorry your open house didn't go as well as you hoped. If I lived closer, I would have come! Best wishes for the show tomorrow. (((Hugs)))

Bernadine said...

Your displays are beautiful. I wish you were having a show in my neighborhood. You have some beautiful designs.

Jessica Morris said...

That's a bummer more people didn't show up! Your display was beautiful!! I like the sea shell theme! Very classy.

I sent an email to a whole bunch of ladies from church about your website awhile ago, and a couple recently mentioned that they were going to be checking it with Christmas coming up... I hope they do! :)

Paul was re-reminded today about your site for Christmas gifts ;)

That zebra made me laugh! How funny that there is someone else out there who takes pictures like that! :)