Sunday, March 21, 2010

Not-Open Studio Days

Last night, as I was trying to fall asleep, I decided to postpone Open Studio Days from April 7th until June 9th.  I immediately felt relaxed, and slept for eight hours for the first time in weeks.

When I originally made the date for Open Studio Days, I picked four months from when I had the idea.  I thought it would be plenty of time, but it just wasn't.  I was starting to feel too much stress and barely any excitement.  It should be the other way around.  Really excited and a little stressed.  As an eternal procrastinator, I've learned to work well under pressure, but I just wasn't feeling right about the April date.

I'm bootstrapping it at Wunder Budder (and for the most part out of season for yard sales!), so it's taking me a while to set up the studio.  I'm still working on getting it just right for production, so I need more time before opening it to the public.  Plus, I'm working on some new items and really want to get them ready as soon as possible, and would much rather spend my time making stuff than trying to rush to finish the studio.

Basically, I should have been excited about Open Studio Days, but I haven't been for a while.  I've been faking it for weeks, and I don't like faking it.  I feel much better now that I've decided to postpone it, and also feel like it will be more fun for people coming in if I have more time to concentrate on planning it.  I'll have more to offer and I just think it will be a better experience for everyone.

So, that's it.  Open Studio Days will begin on June 9th.

Lisa at Wunder Budder
Don't forget to smile!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Story, Part I

I'm now officially a blogger! 

This is kind of a test.  I've never done this before!  So, here goes...

My business was reborn on 01/01/10.  I just liked those numbers.

I've been making salves since 2000, and Wunder Budder became an official business in late 2002.  Since that time, my life has led me in different directions, and I never put a full time effort into my business.  But, every time I had been stressed for the last eight years, I'd start playing with oils and making things to relax me.  Wunder Budder was pulling me towards it, but I kept pushing it back for various reasons.

Then December (2009) came.

I was in school, hating it, really hating it.  I was sick for months, not sleeping, constantly in a bad mood.  Once again, I was pulled towards Wunder Budder to cheer me up.  I began to get messages, that I finally, finally!, started listening to.

One night, while working at a coffeehouse (what up FSC!), there was this great band playing.  My bosses and some of my co-workers were there, as well as other friends.. I was having a lot of fun.  I hadn't had a lot of fun for a long time because I was so stressed out with school.  My mood brought me back to how I felt having fun at other coffeehouses I had worked at, when I was leading my life in a more adventurous way.  I missed that sense of adventure, and I had an epiphany!  I should just do it!  I should put school away for a bit, keep working at the coffeehouse and go for Wunder Budder full time!  Just take a chance!

I got talked out of it that night.  I should just finish school, get it done.


There's my test post.. I'll finish the story later!