You have no idea how excited I got when I opened these boxes and allll this yarn just busted out – heaven, just heaven – I think John is concerned.
I feel like I’m tweaking and refining and putting systems in place all the time. Things like a special basket for sticky rollers and another for doll cheek blush and freckle pens really and truly make things easier around here in the dollmaking basement. We’ve had to do some physical tweaking here in the basement as of late – new shelving and even more bins to hold our bulk orders of yarns and wool and fabric that have been arriving daily – I feel like I’m in a real live Tetris game.
So that stuff above becomes this. Ohhh the endless possibilities This rock retaining wall in my back yard is the best yarn dryer in the world – on sunny days it heats up and drys the yarn in a jiffy. These pictures have little to do with this post – I just thought they were neat.
We’ve also had to tweak and have patterns in place on how things are done – how to upload a listing for a doll, how to edit pictures, how to ship, how to process a custom order, etc – this makes things easier for us all when it’s all done in a particular order. This is happening on so many levels – it feels as though Bamboletta is becoming it’s own thing now – it’s an interesting process because I know that all the work that we are doing now is important to the future of this little company. Things really changed for me personally just before I took the last batch of customs – it was a light bulb moment where the cliche of ‘Am I running this business or is this business running me?’ hit me like a tonne of bricks.
So – why am I telling you all this? Lol, it feels like many of you have been with me on this for a long time now – it’s like I’m having a cup of tea with you all as I write these thoughts down. I like sharing how this is evolving – my thought processes and where I want things to go – it’s always changing and always growing.
Here are a few changing coming up (to make our process smoother)…
-Uploads will be once a week now – this is so we can dedicate one day to doing working on this instead of having it spread out through the week. It’ll be bigger uploads (around 20- 25 per upload). I’m still going to do newbie and serendipity and international ‘special’ uploads -and I think on weeks that those happen I’ll do 2 uploads to spread things out a bit.
– I will no longer accept cheques or money orders. I only get a few of these per year and I don’t think people realize that it can take up to 3 weeks for a US cheque to clear in Canada. I’ve also had people send US money orders that can’t be cashed outside of the US and cheques not clear (with the 3 week wait – hey – it happens!). Most people end up paying via Paypal anyhow so I’m saving my accountant some hassle and getting rid of this option. That being said – if the only way you can pay is via this method – contact me and we can work something out.
– I’m moving Serendipity Dolls and Auction Benefit Dolls (there will be one next week!) to Hyenacart next week. More info on this to come…
– Last but not least, I think I’m going to be making custom dolls a semi regular thing. The orders that have been coming in have been great and all going well, I’ll be taking orders again. Not sure on the dates (it’ll be months yet) but I’m pretty sure they’ll be happening again!
Have a great week everyone 🙂