snowflakes outside, snowflakes inside

December 22, 2009 |  Category:   craft the biz




First of all, can I just complain about how sore I am? I am presently laying down on the couch with back pain, shoulder pain and sciatic nerve pain in my legs after 2 days of pushing that stroller through the snow and hauling some gift boxes and marshmallows to the Gifted Market this morning (yeah, I know, but believe it or not, marshmallows are heavier than you think). With my bad back, I’m not really supposed to pick up and carry anything over 10 lbs because it will trigger back and sciatic nerve pain, but sometimes that can’t be avoided.

So day 2 of the Gifted Market is complete. People, it’s not that I don’t love you, but I’m not really cut out for the vendor thing. Physically it’s hard on my back to be standing and sitting in 1 place for 9 hours and I wish I was more exuberant and bubbly, but I’m just too tired. There’s certainly an art to being a good sales person. I don’t think I have it, but sometimes you gotta pitch in for the team. Mark’s back on duty tomorrow and we’ll both be there on the last day. In the meantime, I’ll be putting on my mom hat all day tomorrow. Maybe we’ll even make more paper snowflakes.

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  • Candice December 23, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to say, love your blog and a Merry Christmas all the way from South Africa.

  • mixette December 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

    After two miserable sessions in a booth at the National Stationery Show (biz now sold/closed) I had the same conclusion: selling is mentally and physically hard work with all the standing, talking, talking, talking, and being “on” all the time. Better left to those with a true talent and love for making the sale. I’ll just stay home and design more product please.

    Merry Christmas to you and the family, and hope that the next few days have more sitting on the couch with a nice glass of wine time!

  • Shanessences December 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Just discovered your blog and love reading about your family’s adventures. Hope it’s not too cold today at Gifted, and Happy Holidays!

  • Iyang December 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I caught a glimpse of Mark just as I was about to walk into Gifted but then he was gone and your table was empty! Sorry I missed you, but congrats on your success!

  • Michelle December 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Wishing you and your family a warm and wonderful holiday!
    I adore your paper snowflakes and would like to learn how to make them. Any tutorial or book recommendations? Thank you!

  • Lecia/A Day That is Dessert December 24, 2009 at 1:10 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your physical troubles. I hope you all have a nice Christmas together. And I must say your snowflakes are incredible!

  • jun December 24, 2009 at 2:06 am


    You know that you’ve been nominated for Apartment Therapy’s “The Homies 2009” award (under the category Kids at home) I will vote for you. I’ve been here almost every morning with a cup of coffee– start my busy, hectic days with your family and business. I love your blog – your stunning photos, your warm writings. Thank you!

  • janet December 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

    hi jenna, feel the same about selling at markets. i like to leave that up to stu. the few times i’ve sold at the flea with him i mostly feel like hiding than selling. 🙂 wishing you a merry christmas!

  • parisa mahmoudi December 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Merry Christmas and happy new year!!!!!!! 🙂
    Your blog is lovely,I really enjoy of it.
    Best Wishes