I have had so many orders this year, via my etsy store and also just through email/facebook notes. Its been crazy! Then in July we moved and that wiped out our cash flow, so I had a big push in August to sell dolls- I even did a few “buy one get a mini doll free” sales…. And promptly found myself pregnant and so sick I could barely function throughout September. For weeks I couldn’t do anything but curl on my bed in a ball. My doll orders piled up, unfinished. I felt terrible, but I couldn’t work. I was too ill.
Now I am nearly caught up!
Three more dolls were mailed out today (I sent you shipping notifications and also a tracking number for those in the USA. One went to Belgium.). Now I’m finishing up the orders for Holli, Tricia, and Maureen to be mailed Thursday. By Tuesday or Wednesday I should have the orders for Jasmine, Heather, Bethany, Brianna and Carlene. And then I will be working on Gigi’s huge order. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. I’ve gotten such nice notes to let me know you are OK with the time it is taking me to complete your orders. I really appreciate that!
I was sitting here thinking, as I stuffed herbs into a doll, that while I was so ill in the first weeks of pregnancy I could barely function and that of course is why I had to set them aside until I felt well again. But I also don’t like to make dolls while I am feeling unwell because I put a bit of myself into each doll. I think intent is so important, and when I am making a doll I try to think of good things, happy things, and imagine my customers happy with their dolls. If the customer has asked for a specific thing, like fertility or healing, I visualize and focus on that aspect while I make the doll. So working while I feel terrible or resentful is just not OK to me. It seems to work, because my customers often tell me that the dolls “just feel good” or “comforting” …..so I’m going to continue to sit here and finish out these orders and think happy things.
After that… I will have an empty queue for the first time in…… seven months! O.O