Thursday, November 09, 2006

Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning!!!!!!!

Well, it is still dark outside, but I have faith!! And I have so much to share! I had a stellar day, yesterday! I want to tell you how it started- I hope you don't think me materialistic!

  1. I made $110, yesterday!!!!! On Postcards!!! I just can't believe it!! I am thrilled, thrilled thrilled- and apparently talking in triplet, today! Where to start... I had this lunch date with a girl friend at a local tea house. (Yes, I am still decaffeinated- my eyes feel a little too big for their sockets and the headache persists- though abated, somewhat.) The Tea in the Country teahouse is in Yorktown, IN, and you have to make reservations to eat there. The food is delish and they sell gifts- she is expanding- bought the cottage next door- only 2 feet away. She's opening the new addition the day after Thanksgiving. (For those of you in other cultures and climates, the day after Thanksgiving is a huge shopping day here in the States- you'll find me hiding in my house.) After tea, I showed them my postcards- she bought 25! in 10 minutes! And her daughter bought several, also. And I gave her 1 as a tip for waiting table. I brought my 2 table runners- she grabbed them up and asked if I had any more? I will!! (Those will be on consignment) Then I sold 11 more postcards to a couple friends last night. So now I won't be doing that little craft show next month- I'll just sell my stuff at her shop and let her deal with the hassle. She told me to go home and start sewing- and don't stop for 2 weeks! She loved my cards and my quilting and didn't even make any artistic suggestions-said she could see I had talent- she'd take whatever I brought in. She had a nice variety there and I could see where my more traditional stuff would fit in nicely. I don't know if I can do victorian, but I'll give it a whirl. I'll have to find a place to sell the art postcards...
  2. I received the most beautiful thank you note from a soldier in Iraq. I had made a QOV quilt and he was so sweet in his appreciation. If you haven't taken the time out to make one of these- wow! The thank you letter is enough to make it all more than worthwhile!! I have always thought it would be so cool to write a book with pictures of quilts- a little blurb about who it is for- and then a copy of the thank you letter on the opposing page. I have a small stash of these letters and it is really very humbling to see how your time and efforts can really touch someone. So many people I love, so many quilts, man! I need some more time!
  3. I got a letter from my friend "Windy." She knows who she is! She had even printed out the words to that song- "Who's looking out to capture a rainbow? Everyone knows it's Windy!" Had me just singing my heart out- if a bit quietly so as to not allow my head to roll off my shoulders from the pain behind my right eye! I did buy some decaf tea at the teahouse- yummy stuff- had to add milk as I am off the sweetners, too.

It was just a great day! The kids and I will be huddled in the quilting room, if anyone needs me! No, don't say that! It's not a sweat shop! It's quite cool out there...

21 comments:

Screen Door said...

You sound so happy--- Congrats on all fronts... The postcards, an appreciaitive response from a new friend and a great family.

Peni said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Hold on to that book idea - it's a great one! Now just how are you delating which tasks in the sweat...er...sweet shop?

Love, love, love, Mama

Isobel said...

I am not at all surprised that your postcards sold so well....they are amazing. I am so proud of you. Love ya!

Peni said...

*delegating*

Hedgehog said...

Congratulations!!

The QOV book idea is brilliant. How nice to get a note back.

quiltpixie said...

so gald you were able to sell your postcards. I'm not surprised, but doing it this way really does cut down on the hassel if its the creating of them you enjoy!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations, that's wonderful news! Isn't it great to make a little money doing something you love?

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the sale! I'd be proud too.
I've seen the QOV but never made one...yes, I need to.

Darcie said...

MYMYMY!!! HOW COOLCOOLCOOL!!! (That triplet thing is infectious!)

A big WOOHOO coming your way, my friend! I think that the Tea Room is a much better venue for you. Are you getting enough $$$? They are itty bitty little works of ART you know! Art is an investment...don't make me come there and give you my lecture.... OK! Do!

I wouldn't diss the art postcards for the Tea Room just yet. You were a guest there...and you don't necessarily just do Victorian, right? Not every guest of the Tea Room will want frills...some will want contemporary. (I'm lecturing, aren't I!)

Speaking of *Windy*...at the Camp of the Cross that I was just at...before each meal we sing a song of praise and thanksgiving. And each song is sung to a different tune...like "Windy" or "The CocaCola Song" or...can't remember anymore right now.

Your QOV story brought tears to my eyes. It's so wonderful that your soldier got to write you a letter of gratitude. How truly touching.

Hugs and blessings to you, my friend!

Darcie said...

By the way...your Mums are refreshing!!! Enjoy their beauty!

Melzie said...

Congrats on your major sell Nines :) I'm happy for you! xoxo melzie

McIrish Annie said...

How great to make some $$$ doing something you love!!

Judy said...

You do just lovely work no wonder it sold so quickly! I'm sure she knows what sells and will have no trouble selling anything you bring her! COngrats!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Way yo go Nines. I have seen some of your postcards - do you have a gallery of photos?

Angela said...

Well yay for you! That is awesome. I am share your joy with you.

cher said...

yippee! how fantastic to sell so much of your stuff so quickly and easily-I agree with Darcie, be sure you are asking enough...you put a lot of creative effort into your postcards!
love the bright yellow mums-they express your joy perfectly. your book idea is a winner-go for it!

Sandra said...

How very cool to be able to sell your stuff so fast! I hope you enjoy making some more :-)

Anonymous said...

That's great to have a merchant know the value of your work! Too few do. I think you will have a great customer base before long.

I quit caffeine and had the awful headaches and my Dr. said why? caffeine in tea is almost nil and a little caffeine is actually good for the immune system. Something to think about.

Karen said...

How wonderful to get excellent artistic work like that sold so quickly and you have orders for more!! Wonderful post, hearty congratulations on your recognition!

Dawn said...

Oh Nina - what great news! I can hear the excitement in your words! Very cool!

Denise Wheeler said...

I am very excited for you and your recent consignment offer! I wish something like that would happen for me! I am very curious to see the quilt you made for the soldier. My brother is in Afghanistan and was injured by an IED in July. I want to make him something special but have not found anything yet. Can you send a photo of this quilt to me? I would love to see it.

Denise