It’s the Saturday after Good Friday, so does that make it Good Saturday? Chuck and I spent our day in the city. We started off at BioLife where he donated and I attempted to donate plasma. Maybe I wasn’t hydrated enough or maybe I just had a couple of bad sticks, but I’ve been deferred for eight weeks. It is the second time it has happened to me! Oh, I hate when this happens. I count on that money to buy extra stuff for which I don’t want to take money out of our joint account: clothes (both at Ross and on Ebay), but especially my new jewelry business.
Chuck tells me I have to put the brakes on because he’s not seeing a profit, yet. What he sees is me deposit money from jewelry sales into our bank account and then turn around and take it right back out to build my inventory. I don’t know what to tell him: I can’t book parties with no inventory to show, right? I can’t have just ten or fifteen pieces to sell. As I sell I have to keep replenishing my supply, or else I won’t have a variety from which the ladies can shop.
This afternoon Chelsea helped me go through all my inventory and select pieces for Tuesday night’s Facebook Paparazzi party. It seemed like it took us over an hour to sort through all those boxes of inventory and make sure we had a stock photo for each item and record how many we had of each piece!
I am excited about all the parties I have coming up! I have decided that Chelsea is such a big help to me that I want to pay her for helping me with each party. For instance, I was so flustered with my first party, trying to find stock photos of the pieces I had available (which were scattered in different folders and not all of the pieces were named!) while the party was in session (and finding out I was not nearly as organized as I thought I was) that I wasn’t able to field any questions or interact much with the party guests.
Chelsea was right there to answer questions, direct ladies to the post where the jewelry was posted and take notes on which lady bought which piece. Her notes came in very handy at the end of the party. It kept me from having to scroll through nearly a hundred comments and photos to find out what everyone bought.
Chelsea and I have also decided that she can pick out all the jewelry on my next shipment and pay for it herself. Then she can take it to Uptown Style and have a “basket party.” The clients can select pieces of $5 jewelry when they come in to get their hair colored or cut. That will help Chelsea get a feel for what sells and what doesn’t. Parties also help us see that. If she wants she may show some of her pieces at the parties I book. Then, of course, all the profit for those pieces will go to her. It’s a win/win. We’ll be kind of like business partners, and the weeks I’m not able to buy jewelry from corporate she can.
The longer we’re with Paparazzi the easier it will be to see the trends, and the pieces we know we can sell will become clearer and clearer. For instance, I had no idea copper was so popular right now! Because I’m a winter, copper is not in my color pallet so I wouldn’t think to order it, just because I don’t wear it. What I have to remember is, I’m not wearing all the jewelry I order! I must have a variety! My taste is not someone else’s taste, and what looks good on someone else doesn’t necessarily look good on me.
Chelsea is an autumn, so she looks wonderful in coppers, brasses and golds, whereas, I look better in silver, gun-metal and black jewelry.
Speaking of gun-metal, I have a Paparazzi necklace and earring set that has received more compliments than probably any other piece of jewelry I own. It’s called Take a Bow. It comes also in white and black (both sets are silver, but one has white stones and the other black stones). Mine, as I said, is gun-metal, and I love it, love it, love it! I bought a top at Ross’s last year and this necklace sets the top off perfectly. Since I bought that necklace, I have gotten a few more pieces in gun-metal. Before that necklace, I never realized how much I really love that look in jewelry. I bought another piece from a consultant who was looking to sell out her inventory so she could start a new business. I had every intention of buying it to sell, but, as soon as I saw it, I knew I couldn’t part with it. It’s called Ringing Off the Hook, and it’s pictured on the left above. I’m wearing it today, in fact!
I have to say that I love how clever the names of the Paparazzi jewelry are, and it would be my dream job to help name the different pieces!
I’m up a pound from last week, but it’s a pound: I’m not too concerned. I’m still doing pretty well with my eating, but my exercise suffered this week, as did my water intake. This coming week I intend to do better, with God’s help.
Chuck and I looked at bikes at Super Center after we had lunch. Blue Springs must have had twenty or so. It was overwhelming. I can’t decide which bike I want. I know that I don’t want to spend over $150 for it, and, if I can get one for less than that, that’s even better. I want it to be attractive, have more than a few speeds (but nothing crazy like twenty-one speeds!), a big, comfy seat, and I don’t even know what else–I guess a bike to which it won’t be that hard to match a helmet. That sounds dumb probably. In other words, I’m basically clueless and don’t even know the things I need to be looking for in a bike, other than price, color and comfy seat.
I came home and started looking online at Walmart.com and was so overwhelmed by it all (like trying to find a Trim Healthy Mama recipe on Pinterest for dinner!) Finally, I just said, “God, I’m giving this one to you. Put a bike in front of me that appeals to me. I’m tired of looking.”
I’m happy that Chuck will be able to go to church with us tomorrow on Easter Sunday. Most years it turns out that he has to work, but finally he’s off. We don’t usually have a big Easter dinner, and I don’t even think about having one, either. Chuck specifically asked if we could since he would be off this year. It won’t be a Trim Healthy Mama meal, but I can’t eat that way all the time. Still, there are things I can eat that wouldn’t be horrible for me, and we’re not having dessert, either.
Here’s my Easter menu: spiral ham, deviled eggs (of course), candied yams (at Chelsea’s request), Stovetop stuffing (at Cameron’s request), cheesy potato casserole, chicken and noodles (at Chuck’s request), coleslaw, Sister Schuster rolls, and green beans.
I have to get a couple of those dishes going right now, so, before I leave, let me leave you with my Easter Prayer poem that I wrote back in 1996 (or 1997. I can’t even remember now, and I can’t find a framed copy that has the copyright year on it. I bet you didn’t know that about me: that I write poetry. I used to illustrate it, chalk it, and frame it, too, but that was, wow, twenty years ago.)
An Easter Prayer
Thank You, Father, for Your grace
Which saves us from our sin,
The sacrificial Lamb of God,
Who cleanses from within.
All we like sheep have gone astray,
None is righteous–not one.
Because we cannot save ourselves,
You sent for us Your Son.
Free of in, He bore our shame.
Accursed of men, He died.
They nailed our Jesus to a tree:
Our Lord was crucified.
The cruel cross couldn’t hold Him.
The tomb is empty, too.
He conquered death that Easter morn
To reign again with You.
Forgive us when we fail Him–
Our ever constant plea–
Forgive us that we nailed Him
To Calvary’s lonely tree.
One day soon He’s coming back,
And all the world will know
He’s God, Messiah, Master, King
Of all creatures high and low.
No greater name under heaven,
He is the great I AM.
God, thank You for Your gift of Christ,
Our precious Easter Lamb.
Have a blessed Easter, my friends! Thanks for coming by for a visit!