June 2012 - June 2013
It was one year ago that I opened LAREN DEE DESIGNS on etsy.com. I remember reading through the vast information in the Seller's Handbook of what, for example, one could or could not sell and then a very long list of rules and policies. At times it was overwhelming and I had to step away from reading and mentally absorb the material in smaller increments. I remember asking myself if I was really up for all this!
I persevered and decided baby steps were just fine. Just this week I finally resolved to understand international shipping so I could add that to my shop. It wasn't so bad, afterall, but I had to be in the right frame of mind to do that! Now, when one looks at any shop item, USPS first class shipping rates to the European Union, European Non-Union and Everywhere Else are posted.
I laugh about this because after my Dad retired from US Army active duty service, he went to work for the US Post Office as a mail sorter and then customer service clerk and performed that work for twenty years. I have often chuckled that if he were alive today, how might he have been able to make sense of all the shipping detail for me! Yet what looked overwhelming turned out not that difficult when I was ready. I finally found my way around usps.com and figured it out. Dad would have been proud!!
This entire episode reminds me of a science teacher/friend I was close to (I cleaned her home every Saturday for two years during high school) who explained to me that every subject has a language of its own and once you understand the language, the learning is easier. That made so much sense to me back then and I have remembered her sage wisdom often.
During those months when I was unwilling to compute international shipping, I was busy learning how to run an online shop, create jewelry designs, advertise, purchase materials, learn what ceramic, lampwork and Czech beads are, what patinated metal is, how to wire-wrap, discover picasso and cathedral, figure out what pinterest is, how to think in millimeters instead of inches, package with bubbles, print labels, and understand the advantages of different shipping methods when one lives forty minutes from the nearest post office.
In between all of that I joined three bead groups on Facebook and began to learn that language. I discovered what a blog is and then learned what blog hops are. I began this blog and participated in four blog hops and two design competitions. In between all of this good "noise" I found other women who were also nuts about art and design, beading and manufacturing ceramics and glass.
In one word? It has been exhilarating!
Hello. My name is Laren and I am addicted to beads.
Having admitted that I am powerless over beads and that my life has become unmanageable unless I am in my design studio, I am on step two and may be here for a while. I am finding it enormously difficult to move on:
Came to believe that a Power
greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
I rather believe that I like insanity.
Hogs and Kisses Necklace
Thank you for reading and have a great day!