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The rush of the first sale

OMG. A former co-worker and now Facebook friend bought a bracelet yesterday. Thank you, Jen! I'm so happy for her that she'll get a piece that is truly lovely and since I know her personally, I know it will look smashing on her. Here it is!

The funny thing is, that design has worked for me before. I've sold one almost exactly like it a few years ago from my Etsy shop. It's interesting that repeat-ability is something that a business really needs. Even a handmade business where no two things are completely identical. Designs that work are designs that work.

So after spending an hour or so looking over my books, I remembered a few other pieces that sold well in the past and I'll be getting down to the bench!

But first I have to print a label and ship a package to my friend.

Sweet.

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