still here

My friend Melody popped in to my last post to ask what's up and if I'm OK. I am OK, just very busy. I had to see a specialist about my continuing knee problem, which is not serious but will take a long time to heal. So, I wasn't able to function very well for a week or so while resting it. Having to hang out in bed for days sounds like it might be fun but definitely isn't. You can only read so much, watch so many movies, and do so much embroidery!

And I heard that an online friend is closing her business after many years. I'm happy that she's going to pursue something else now and understand her reasons. But it threw me a bit, too, because she's always been an inspiration. My first thought was, "OMG, if she can't do it then how can I possibly?" Business has been very slow and all these thoughts go through your head—is it just the bad economy, am I doing something wrong, are my prices OK? It's easy to blame yourself.

But, instead, it pushed me to do some marketing for my business—something I'd planned to do anyway. I sent a mailing with a catalog, sales policy sheet, etc. to a bunch of retail shops where my products seem to fit. I've heard that this often doesn't work, but I've already got a very nice wholesale order from a store in Philadelphia, and hope to hear from some of the more local shops in the coming weeks.

And then I sold a pillow, and another, and another. I got an email about a local craft show that sounds interesting. Things are looking up again.

I've also completed the move of all Stitch School posts to their new home and replaced the list here with a small banner that links to the new one. Look for new stitches soon!


Unknown said...

I'm so glad you're doing ok. Sounds like great really.
You sound like we're in the same boat with our knees. I've had a floating knee cap since HS, but there is cartiledge, so need for relpacement. It just pops out of joint when it wants. LOL just imagine standing still and falling over as your knee slips. I always say gotta lock and load it. Well last June I fell in the gravel Drive at home..you guessed it...not only popped out the knee, but crimped some nerves and bruised the muscle. It was numb for months...now not so much. One big charlie horse, but for those months no pain and it has ached for over 30 years. Now they talk knee replacement..ha I have allergies to feathers. Now they are trying to figure out what to use as cartiledge and knee replacement. Chicken is used in a lot cartiledge replacement stuff, soooo I'll be walkin,,,hoppin along.... on these knees for a while longer. I say as long as they don't fall off I'll keep goin.
I did add a display to the Heritage Museum at the park I wrote about.(there's a post a few back if you didn't see it)And I'm gonna do the Harvest Fest./Craft Show. The local Antique Mall Invited me to put a display in too.
Have to think about that one.
Well I better get to work. Talk to ya later.

Rachel said...

Good to hear things are looking up. And yes, I know, being laid up in bed isn't fun for very long!