Endeavor

Thursday, April 4, 2013


So a couple days ago I eluded to a project I might be working on and in between that time and now I have garnered the information to decide to proceed. . . So a few months back I was approached by a buyer at Fab(dot)com to sell a selection of my pillows. At first I said "Oh, thank you but I think you have the wrong gal." Not that I don't believe in my product, but because it is all custom made I didn't think it would work with their site model. But they assured me that nope, the custom aspect is what they want. They threw around numbers that immediately made me sweat and want to hide in the darkest corner of my Etsy shop. If you don't know about Fab yet it's an e-commerce flash sales site for design products, it has grown very fast with 11 million members to date since it started in mid-2011. You can read more about them and how it all works here.

But allow me to digress, I feel like a theme I have seen running in blogs lately is the "why I started a blog in the first place" topic. The reason I started my first blog (I gave that one the boot last year) was to promote my business. But I found from that experience I am not much of a self-promoter and blogging for that reason made me not like blogging so much - it just wasn't me.

Because I am not one of those fine people that are excellent at promoting themselves I fall into the "everything happens for a reason" category. I have shared this story before but I will share it again. When I started Plumed it was a total "make it work" moment. I tried Etsy previously and didn't feel connected to my product and gave it up. But I kept sewing whilst watching a lot of Project Runway and found Tim Gunn's voice constantly in my head saying "why don't you try to make it work." So I shot some photos of the pillows I had been making, launched my Etsy site and two days and one customer after I opened my shop Emily Henderson bought one of my pillows for her HGTV show. It was kismet. It was luck. It was validation. It was really freaking exciting. It was probably the first time I truly believed in myself. Don't get me wrong, I am still wrought with self-doubt on a daily basis but I try not to let it be the bigger part of myself, even when it is, if y'knowwhatimean. I try to remind myself that good things can happen when you take a chance.


Which leads me to my endeavor. I am a bit nervous (and excited too!) because it is going to be a lot of work without a guarantee of sales, though there is a sales goal.  I am not sure how it will pan out; how much will sale; exactly how much to prepare for; how it will impact my current/future business. There are lots of unknowns and I like knowns, I am a total comfort-zone-junkie. But sometimes you just have to take risks, and, again, because I am not one who is innately comfortable taking risks with my own self-promotion, I have to be willing to walk through doors when they open, despite my natural inclination to say, whoa, you've got the wrong gal.  But I have learned that if you aren't willing to fail you forfeit your opportunity to succeed. And again that success might look different than you plan. It may just be learning about oneself, or knowing that's not a road to travel again, or, or, or. It's all perspective and it all has purpose. I think the word failure has a bad reputation. For me it has no negative connotation at all. In fact Fab is a failure-to-success story in and of itself. It started as one thing which didn't meet their expectations but from that experience Fab was born which turned out to be a huge success. I bet they were super sad when their first website "failed" and now I bet they laugh at the word failure because they know first-hand where it can lead you.

I share all of this because I appreciate all the honesty of others that I have been reading lately on similar topics. It has inspired me to not run and hide from, well, myself really, or anyone else for that matter because I would never want anyone else to do that. For two, the logistics: this little (big?) venture will impact my product availability on Etsy. I will not be able to take many (if any) custom orders at some point in the near future (that makes me nervous!). It will also affect my prices as my items on Etsy are priced at wholesale not retail. I have known forever that this was something I needed to change but I have really been putting that one off. So those things are the crux of my nerves where this is all concerned. And last, it will probably impact how often I post on this here blog. I am hoping to go for a M-W-F schedule and do more when I can, or do less if I need to. Maybe have some guest posting for good measure. We all love guest posts, non? hint, hint :)

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  1. How very exciting! It seems like you have a very busy few months ahead of you and while I will miss your posts, MWF is just enough to keep me from missing you for good! If there is a way to promote your Fab.com listing on other blogs (like mine!) while you work your butt off on sales - let me know. I will totally love to support you in this endeavor because don't kid yourself - this is amazing! You've accomplished so much with your talent and I know this is just the beginning for you! :)

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    1. thanks so much yelle! from what i know it's happening june 8th . . . which gives me lots of time to prepare. my list keeps growing longer so it's good i have a solid two months, as of right now, yikes! xo

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  2. Congratulations, Christine! I am sure it will turn out to be a success. I've learned that in everything you do, you must be the first to be believe in yourself, even if nobody else does. The best of luck!
    Ada

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    1. thanks. it's a great feeling to believe in yourself and i totally think you are right, we have to be the first in line to do so. i also want my children to believe they can do ANYTHING they set their mind to. despite my nerves that always is a good reminder that i can be a good example for them. and if something doesn't go as expected, i can be a good example for them that you keep going too.

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  3. I love this post Christine! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and hope everything goes well and that you continue to believe in yourself!

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  4. How exciting and so well deserved! I'm going to keep an eye out for your wonderful pillows on Fab. /Niki

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    1. thank you so much niki :) i will be sure to post when it happens!

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  5. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and wish you the best of luck. You've written a very inspiring post too, shows we've all got our fears and doubts from time to time. Or all the time :-)

    lyckoland.blogg.se

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    1. ha, yes, all the time :) we just can't let it get the better of us all the time. thank you so much! i am feeling pumped up after all these lovely comments.

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  6. But this is FABULOUS news, Christine! I get the FAB offers in my email almost daily, they have a very, very cool selection and yes, I can imagine they have a huge customer pool for your beautiful creations. Way to go!

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    1. thank you! i am excited to see how it all turns out. xo

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  7. First of all, CONGRATS! You will do great, and though so much is nerve wrecking about the situation, you will rock it out :) Your creations will be perfect on FAB! xo
    Isn’t That Charming.

    Oh, and PS, I took the hint :) If you need a guest post or two, I'm happy to help!

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    1. yes! thank you. i will definitely take you up on your offer i always love your posts. it would be such an honor! and thanks for the positive vibes the worry is just falling away.

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  8. Congrats on ur endeavor .. how adventurously exciting. Great things do happen when we take that step to open our heart in following our passion and intuition to change things. Kudos!!!

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    1. thank you ada, and you are so right. it's amazing what happens when you are willing to step into the unknown -even when it freaks you out a little bit :)

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  9. Congrats, Christine!! Wishing you a sold out sale on Fab!

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    1. thanks jee! i don't know what makes me more nervous selling out or not selling very much. probably the former :) but despite my nerves that is what i am hoping.

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  10. Oh CHRISTINE! I am so, so beyond thrilled for you! Honestly, you totally deserve it, and I truly feel like it couldn't happen to someone more talented or nicer or just more....YOU! I can't wait to follow along on this journey with you and say I knew you when! So proud happy and excited. Beyond belief!

    Lauren @still+life

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    1. aw thanks lauren. yer so nice <3 and yes, please don't leave me on my journey! i feel better knowing you've got my back! or my ear. or i've got your ear. you know what i mean, right? xoxoxo!

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  11. Cue the happy dance! CONGRATS Christine, this is huge news and you should be so very proud of yourself. It’s funny how some of us bloggers/women tend to shy away from recognition and success. I read a very interesting post by a blogger in Australia who was struggling with the same feelings – something out of the blue happens that validates your talent and shakes up your norm and you are left with a feeling of angst and trepidation (along with excitement and happiness of course). I think we are all guilty of feeling a little unsure of ourselves and our success but you totally deserve this! I hope it all works out for you and I can’t wait to follow your journey! If you ever need a guest poster, sign me up!

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    1. thank you so much meghan! it's funny how potential success can first evoke feelings of fear for us. i don't know why we do that either. but i am really feeling so much more inspired to just not be fearful, or doubtful and just go with the flow. you guys have helped me put it in perspective :) and yes, i would LOVE for you to guest post! xo

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  12. Christine this is such huge & great news!! I've never made good use of my Fab membership, but now that I know they are promoting creatives like you, I'm going to start paying more attention.
    And this post is so inspirational. I am a total comfort zone junkie too and often need to be reminded to shake that off.
    Congratulations!

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    1. thank you! after i read Fab's little blurb about what they do i really wanted to jump on board because they do try to showcase smaller/unknown designers and of course i love them for that. i also loved their background story. thanks for all the warm fuzzies xo

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  13. oh my goodness, congratulations. This is so exciting and couldn't be happening to a more deserving and talented woman. I wish you all the best on this journey and I know it will be a great success.

    Cheers to you.

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  14. Congratulations! How incredibly exciting! I think your pillows are a perfect fit for Fab's decor. That's such an exciting opportunity! I'm sure the amount of work it will take will be overwhelming at times, but overall I'm sure it will be a wonderful step for your business and huge confidence boost!

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    1. it will definitely be overwhelming and i think as i get more comfortable with that fact i am just getting more excited. it IS a good opportunity too. thank you so much for you kind words and that reminder :)

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  15. Congratulations, twinsy!!! You are so talented and I am so happy the people at Fab realized that and that you have this opportunity!! Good for you for saying YES even though it's scary and overwhelming and new. I'm so proud of you. SO proud. And you should be proud of yourself!! Somewhere in between all the manic stitching you'll have to do to get this order ready, take a moment to bask in your awesomeness. Revel in it!! Gah! xoxo

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    1. Oh, thank you. My twinsy is proud of me! That's totally worth it right there. Can I revel when it's over though and will you send me Band-Aids for my blistered fingers? xoxoxo

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  16. Wow! Congratulations! What great inspiring news!

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    1. thank you! they take submissions too . . . ps, all your cards sold out at my friends market! i saw them there before and they are so beautiful. i just love them! xo

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  17. Christine, first off - good for you! Validation! It's definitely something that we all appreciate and drives us toward what we do. Secondly, you're right about failure. It's okay to fail and sometimes even better. How will you learn if you do things right all the time? Best of luck with the new endeavor and keep us posted

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    1. it's totally okay to fail sometimes especially when it's an "active" failure. those ones really don't bother me. the failures that i have had where i just didn't do anything, that's different. but if i am trying and i fail so be it. of course the unknown is what makes me nervous but i am trying to choose feeling excited over the nerves. after all these comments, it seems to be working :)

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  18. Congratulations, Christine! As if reading this very awesome news wasn't enough, you threw on top of it a really wonderful, heartfelt post. Was is it about self-promotion? Why can some people do it with such finesse? Anyway, working with Fab (working with Fab!) seems like the perfect partnership - Let them do the promo and you can create.
    I have a handwritten note to myself pinned on my board that reads, "See failure as success." It means you're in the game and trying. I'm beyond excited for you and sending you all the best on this amazing venture. xo
    PS~Emily Henderson?! >!!!<

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    1. thanks theresa. i wish i knew how others can be so good at promoting themselves. maybe they just learned the whole failure-really-isn't-failure thing earlier in life. oh my gosh, yes, it's great advertising. that's one of those thoughts that can make me feel a little overwhelmed but i am trying to get things done now so it won't be nearly as overwhelming once the time comes (cross your fingers on that one for me!). and i totally agree, i am trying and that's just one of those good-feeling feelings. xoxo

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  19. Christine this is so exciting! Congratulations! You deserve it and you can make it work...I hear Tim Gunn's voice constantly, he's always sitting on my shoulder to push me forward. Too bad it's all imaginary though ;)

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