Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The TomKat Studio: Feeling Loved...

{print from theloveshop.etsy.com}

I miss blogging and reading blogs all night. Now I'm folding, printing, designing into the wee hours of the night instead. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE it. I'm just really overwhelmed. I'm going to have to create some sort of schedule, rather than just sneaking off to my favorite room every second that I can to work on orders!

Checking my email is so much more exciting these days! A new sale?! I immediately jump up and down and run around the house. It's just an amazing feeling when someone wants to actually buy something I make.

Who doesn't like compliments? Okay, so maybe I like them more than most...some sort of personal issue I have, but boy...this new gig is really making me feel loved! I am talking to customers everyday who are so excited about my products and tell me how great my work is. I am connecting with other crazy party-obsessed mommas who start planning their kids' birthdays way before I do! (I have a lollipop customer who wants them for December!)

I started this business (I guess since I am actually selling something you can call it that now?) on a whim. It just seemed like the next step after blogging and getting a little following. Throw my products out there and see what happens?! I really don't have a plan! I have no systems in place and I am totally winging it. But that's okay, I can figure it out, step-by-step....long night after long night.....

Some of the LOVE I've been feeling:

Navy Sou, an amazing photographer in California wrote this blog post about The TomKat Studio yesterday. I want to kiss her for her glowing post! CLICK HERE

Kate's lollipop party was featured on this new party website, Creative Parties & Showers yesterday.

I was asked yesterday by Thoughtfully Simple if they can post Kate's party, as well!

Here's an email from a customer, the same one who emailed me to tell me she was screaming when she opened the file of the proofs for her products:

Hi Kim, I received my pkg on Friday and it's TDF!!! I'm hiding it from Bella in a drawer and I find myself sneaking in there regularly just to "look" at everything again! I LOVE ALL OF IT!!! My BFF received her invite yesterday and LOVED it!! I can't wait for the rest of our family to begin receiving the invites - the calls will be pouring in over those!! Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! - Adelina

This is crazy! All I know is I constantly find myself SMILING at my computer....is that weird?

10 comments:

Sarah's Fab Day said...

It's so not weird to be smiling at your computer. You're doing great!

Meredith said...

That is so fantastic! Loving the love for you..although I am not suprised...

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

I'm totally thrilled for you! Your work is beautiful and you deserve the love!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Thanks for more love, my loves!

Heather said...

Love the lovely compliments! It's so great...and I'm loving your story. AND, I must say, YOU'RE motivating me to get my prints started!!! Must get them out of my head, and into Illustrator!
That LOVE poster was cool too!

Kara said...

Yay!! I loved reading this post...and I can't wait to see the invites you're making for my little Josephine!!

Inkspot Workshop said...

You are off to an amazing start, as well you should be so proud! I'm especially in love with the Candy Shop theme! It's normal to find yourself obsessed with your computer and I wish I could say it gets better! It doesn't, it only gets worse and nobody understands this except us "other" Etsy sellers:) Congratulations!

Tiz said...

Congrats Kim! Things seem to be falling in place for you and your product line is gorgeous!

Kudos to you for juggling it all!

Live.Love. Photography said...

Everything looks great! Your computer is lucky to have you smiling at it. These days I seem to want to smash mine with a bat or through it out the window! Keep up the beautiful work girlfriend!

Jenifer Helton said...

I don't know how I missed this article. Love, love , love it!

I'm in a similar situation... got down sized due to Real Estate downfall, took a job doing accounting work to make sure I had some income coming in, took a cake decorating class last summer when my daughter went to camp....... and presto"Sweetie's Pie's" was born. Now, I'm doing cakes, cupcakes, and pies in the wee hours of the night (after accounting work all day) and my husband is smiling and asking before he goes to bed should he make me a pot of decaf or fully leaded coffee.
Have a great weekend. Love the blog!