In preparation for my upcoming time off (baby arrives any day now!), I've been making jewelry like there is no tomorrow! We have shipped a whopping 72 wholesale packages since the beginning of March - I have no data to back this up, but I'm pretty sure that's a Freshie & Zero record. I am so excited that we were able to fill all the orders I had promised, so that now I can take a couple of days off and rest up, since I'm going to be short on quality sleep very soon!
Another reason I'm glad we got our orders out when we did: in the last few days my hands have been getting swollen and stiff from being 39 weeks pregnant and that makes jewelry making a bit difficult! I've been asked what my timeline is for shipping right now and basically, I am going to be able to ship small orders or partial orders after June 1st to my retailers. I will open my website again probably after June 10th or so for retail orders. I will have my lovely assistant in the studio taking care of day to day operations, so we won't be shut down completely, but even a workaholic like myself has to take a break when there's an infant to take care of. :)
We will also be returning to the American Artisan Festival in Nashville on Father's Day Weekend; June 15-17 so if you're in town and have any requests for jewelry you hope I have at the show, please let me know. After the festival is over, we'll be 100% up and running again, and getting ready for our next show - the Atlanta Gift Market in July! Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about the next few months!
And now I must get back to resting my puffy feet and drinking ice water. It's unseasonably hot in Nashville right now!!