I know, I know. You're waiting on the edge of your seat for escort card photos. Next week for sure (and boy, are they going to be great! Started last night with the velvet ribbon, which is proving to be more challenging than anticipated, but I will prevail! Photos soon!).
Anyways, today was not a paper-creating day. It was one of those mornings where, all of a sudden, three hours had gone by and I was quite literally covered in dirt. Oh, that doesn't happen to you, too?
It all started with this -->
You may recall in a blog post a month ago, the amazing (if I do say so myself) umbrella stand that my husband and I created and the potted plants I nestled in the cinder blocks. Well, about a week ago, one of the plants decided to kick the bucket and has been brown and crispy ever since, and the other plant is well on its way to plant heaven as well (don't be fooled by those flowers, the inside was completely crisp). Now, this is not the happy image I like to look at during my breakfast and/or cocktail hour on the roof. Easy fix: a quick little walk to our local nursery 3 blocks away, coleus was on sale so I bought 2, and boom, my umbrella stand is Pinterest-worthy yet again!
So, my husband, Jeff, and I have a knack for coming up with (sometimes crazy, sometimes stupid) ideas and then needing to act on them immediately. Like yesterday. We were finishing a lovely walk on the 606 (Chicago's newest elevated pathway that we like so much that we run/bike/walk on it daily) when we decided to discuss shade on our roof deck. Now, this isn't a foreign topic of conversation for us. In fact, we've literally spent hours doing internet researching and discussing possibilities, like triangle sails or fabric woven through the slats of the pergola, each time ending up defeated because we feel like it won't work / will look dumb / is too expensive. We even went so far as to buy a patio umbrella and stand last summer only to open it for about 5 seconds on the deck and discover it wouldn't stand a chance in Chicago's unrelenting wind. Nonetheless, Jeff brought up shade again today. And the next 5 hours of our day were gone in a poof (but ended in success!).
I've been afraid to admit all week that spring is here, in fear of angering Mother Nature. Chicago is really good at ridiculously cold winters and hot and humid summers, but it's not so great at these transitional months. In my 7th year living here, this is the first real spring that I can remember. Life is grand! That being said, let me describe 2 reasons why yesterday was wonderful.
#1: On the 1-week anniversary (birthday?!) of my website and Etsy Shop, I sold a set of cards to my 4th customer!!! What makes this even more special is (drumroll, please): this is my first customer who isn't related to me! When I got into this whole small-business thing, I must admit I didn't really know what success would look like. But, after 1 week and 124 views of potbellybird.com and 122 views of the Pot Belly Bird Shop on Etsy and 4 customers and 6 sets of cards sold, I'd say I'm over the moon with how this is going so far. THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to those numbers!!!!!
#2 reason why yesterday was wonderful: It's our "Spring Cleaning" weekend and Jeff and I made 3 trips to Home Depot in a day (actually, Jeff earned an additional gold star for making a 4th trip solo, but more on that later). Now, before you think I'm completely insane, it's what we accomplished thanks to our multiple trips to Home Depot that made the day a great adventure.
Hi! I'm the creator of Pot Belly Bird, hailing from Spokane, WA. Here in my blog, I'll tell you about all the fun stuff I'm up to in addition to making cards, like cooking or biking or gardening!