The other day I got an order for two prints from a customer in Paris. PARIS! How cool?! I was excited beyond belief, but a little nervous because I have been doing drop shipping, and the company I use to print doesn't ship outside of the US and Canada. I then made the decision to stop drop shipping, and either raise my prices a tad or take the hit so that I can individually sign, date, and wrap each order. I may only be 6 orders in, but I'm not going to underestimate the power of word of mouth.
I just want to say that I am proud of what I've done, and if I spend all this time trying to sell my product then I think the packaging needs to reflect the love I have for the craft and the care that I put into it.
One thing is for sure, if I ordered something from Etsy and it arrived like this... I'd probably want to take a picture of it before I even ripped it open.
I've decided to officially make a "logo" and have asked for permission to use a particular font to do so. Wow. If I get permission, I'm going to have a stamp custom made with my design on it. I am so excited. I'm trying to take everything one step at a time and not get burned out. But boy oh boy.
And, on another front, I've got a number of free "sessions" coming up so that I can start to build a portfolio. I am seriously all tingly. And nervous. I feel like my images look great on the computer screen, but what if they look like crap when they are printed out? I am still convinced that I don't know what I'm doing - but I guess the only way to improve and to grow is to challenge myself, try new things, and continue to show pride in what I do and how I present it.
I hope you are all having a beautiful Tuesday. Spring is here, there is no doubt.