Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Photo Shoot Fail

Last Friday I started working with dried pressed flowers and resin to create some truly unique looking pendants for my creations.  As I finished up four gorgeous pendants, I grabbed my camera before the natural light disappeared for the day.  (I love to shoot my pictures in natural light because it's just easier and I'm definitely not meant to be a photographer.)  I pressed the power button, only to discover that my camera battery was dead.  There would be no pictures taken that day so I popped the battery into its charger and decided to pick it up on Monday.

On Monday, I grabbed the battery out of its charger noticing the happy green light was flashing, indicating the battery should be fully charged.  Imagine my surprise when I placed it into the camera and pressed power.  Nothing happened.  I pressed it again.  Still nothing happened.  Sadly, I am pretty sure the battery has gone to digital camera battery heaven.  I was really happy to discover that Batteries Plus carries the correct battery, but crushed when I discovered it is on backorder until May 11.  Hmm.  That probably won't work for me.  

You may be wondering why I'm obsessed with my camera and its battery right now.  Well, it's because I depend on my camera to get my product out there.  Without a camera, there are no new products on Facebook or Amandamade.biz.  Unfortunately, this is one of the inconvenient realities of owning a small business working out of the home.  It looks like I may be in the market for a new camera soon.  

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Waiting Game

Back in the days when I was taking college classes to become a special education teacher, most people commented, "You must have a great amount of patience!"  I'm not sure if transitioning from a teacher to a small business owner has changed me or what, but nowadays my patience for waiting on others has definitely changed.

January 15th was the day I sent off an application for an art show of which I would really like to be included.  Apparently I won't know anything until somewhere around the end of February.  This is a cruel, cruel joke.  The reason I am impatiently waiting to hear the news about the application is because it is a "juried" art show.  These shows are just as one would guess.  A small group of people take a look at photos you have submitted, including the booth set-up, and the kind of work created.  Based on the photos and information provided, the "jury" decides if your work would be an amenable addition to their show.

Last year the bulk of the shows AmandaMade participated in were not juried, which means I could send off my money and application with the assumption that I would show up at the designated time and place to sell my wares.  This year, I have my eye on a few juried shows just to see how they go.  I have never been a fan of the waiting game, but until I'm comfortable enough with my work to know an art fair would be lucky to have me, it's going to be a reality.  Until then, the jury is still out.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Paying Uncle Sam

Alright, I'll go ahead and say it.  I am late paying my sales and use tax for my company.  I'm not super late, just a few days which is long enough to warrant the government charging me interest and penalties.  Now since this is my fault, I'm not going to complain about the interest and penalties or even the sales tax.  Filing paperwork and paying money is the least fun part of owning a business.  When I decided to start AmandaMade, I had NO idea how many different papers there were to file and the number of fees there were to pay.  But that's not really what this blog is about because taxes are inevitable.

The funniest part about being late on paying my taxes is that my mother is an accountant and has been for years. You would think being the daughter of an accountant, I could send my money in on time.  Do me a favor and don't let her know I'm late.  ; )