A busy couple days here at the store. "Black Friday" isn't quite so dramatic for us - no lines of people camping out overnight, but people were definitely out shopping. Many people are just making their lists and checking things out right now but we were definitely getting a very positive response, and introducing ourselves to some new shoppers. This weekend is always fun because people come back to town to visit family and I get to see alum from high school and Little Luxuries days. Now everyone from high school knows where to find me, thanks to our reunion website, but it is nice to be able to say "this is our store..."
Today was the downtown Madison holiday open house. Lots of businesses had hot cocoa and various activities. So many families came out. It was very fun and lively. The trolley is always a big hit. We kicked off our holiday crafting with the gift tags. Thankfully our mom came in to help out - she directed people at the craft table, and it was full almost all day long. The button machine was also a big hit and I think Sachi and I both have slightly sore wrists from all the button-making. We ended up with one scheduled interview with Channel 3 and another with Channel 15, plus a Cap Times reporter came in to ask questions. I suppose everyone is curious about how businesses are doing in this economy. But we really feel good - people are responding so positively on several different fronts: local artists, local business, crafty projects, recycled elements, many items under $20. There's really no place I'd rather be so that helps too. Not just geographically, but in my life, too.
Tonight it's home to Thanksgiving leftovers (yummy!) and magnet picture frames. I pinned the knitter's pockets this morning before work so they are ready to sew. Perhaps Sunday night will be a night of sewing, as well as Monday afternoon. There, that should make up for some of my blurb distraction. But, seriously, if you haven't checked out blurb for yourself yet, you really ought to. It's getting a little late for Christmas presents, but think about birthdays, weddings, artist books... SO FUN! I didn't say I wasn't going to talk about blurb, did I? just that I wasn't going to work on my book anymore.
P.S. Sorry that I've been a slacker about including pictures in my posts. I really like posts better when they have pictures... maybe I am too preoccupied with blurb photos? It's a possibility.