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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Unconventional Advertising

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Today we had a good time at the Amelia High School Craft Show where our Cute-as-a-Bug hats were all the rage. In the morning we were putting the spots on the lady bug to finish it up when someone walked by and bought it on the spot, then checked back in 5 minute intervals to check on its progress. That afternoon a family bought the bumble bee and immediately put it on their baby before walking around the rest of the show. Just a few minutes later a dad-to-be came up to ask us if we had any more of those cute bumble bee hats he saw a baby wearing. I think we need to hire some toddlers to walk around all our craft shows wearing our hats and being cute!

Death by Sock Monkeys!

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We packaged up our first hat order to mail out today! I know I’ve said it before, but I feel SO official! These hats are going out to 18-month-old twins. Hope they love them!

Thanks for Cupcakes!

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This year, we are celebrating Thanksgiving means knitting, knitting, knitting sock monkey and cupcake hats to fill our orders! We’ve had a VERY cozy day – cinnamon rolls, knitting in our pjs while watching the Macy’s parade, and a quiet family dinner followed by more knitting and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 🙂

We’re in Business!

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With so many orders at the craft show and so many business cards given out, we decided we needed to be more official. So Randy came up with a real live order form on www.thespottedelephant.com! Check out how official we are! (And go order something for your next baby shower!)

The Bell of the Ball

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The Spotted Elephant survived his first REAL craft show this weekend….barely! Ryle High School in Union, KY puts on one heck of a craft show – the most hard core of all the shows we are involved in. The busiest, biggest, most stringently organized craft show around. We were lucky and honored to get in – we applied late for the strictly judged show and there was a lot of competition for the last remaining spots. We were nervous because this was the real test for us – if we didn’t sell much at this mondo-show where suburban women are just dying to spend money, we’d have to reexamine our business. Luckily, people liked us! We sold a lot of hats and surprisingly, took a lot of hat special orders!

This guy was the runaway hit – the bell of the ball. I liked him but I had no idea he’d be so popular. We sold him at the very beginning of the first day to another crafter who was generous enough to let us keep him displayed until the end of the show. It was a good thing – we ended the day with 10 orders for sock monkey hats!

 

We are super tired and super grateful for all of our customers and all the people who liked our products but didn’t have any babies to buy them for. We ended up with 17 special orders and hopefully, a good base of fans for the future!

Fun With Scalpels

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As a part of my reproductive system’s ongoing evil plot to ruin my life, my ovary thought it would be super fun to grow some cysts over the last few months. Whee! So my reproductive endocrinologist decided to do a laparoscopic hysteroscopy and ovarian cystectomy. In other words, to open me up with three small incisions and take a look at my insides via a small scope and then remove and laser out anything that wasn’t invited.

I had my surgery on November 10th and it was just as fun as it sounds. Here are some highlights:

  • My arm became a blood geyser when the nurse put in my IV and my hospital bed,  gown and blanket looked like a crime scene.  Oops.
  • The cyst was bigger than they thought and they almost couldn’t get it out laparoscopically, so I narrowly escaped a big, nasty incision! Phew!
  • My left ovary, fallopian tube, and uterus were all stuck together by endometriosis (crazy-mutant uterine lining tissue that grows wild outside of the uterus and causes all kinds of problems, including cramping and infertility).
  • The doctor was able to “clean out” my tubes and ovaries and restore them to a normal state. He classified my endometriosis as moderate to severe – and we didn’t even know I had the disease! I don’t do anything half-way.
  • I accidentally dunked my gown in the toilet when I went to the bathroom during my post-op holding period. Fun Fact: that was the second time I accidentally dunked an article of clothing I was wearing in a toilet that week. Only, the first time I wasn’t drugged…
  • My mom is a saint – she practically moved in to bring me food and help me continue with my craft production during my recovery.
  • Randy makes a great nurse – but he didn’t wear a classic nurse’s uniform as I requested.
  • Vicodin wreaks havoc with my emotional and gastrointestinal well-being.
  • Turns out its not really a good idea to schedule a craft show for three days after surgery, no matter how quickly the doctor says you’ll recover. Knitting deadlines kinda take the fun out of the recovery time when you should be snuggling in bed, watching bad movies and sleeping all day.

I’m feeling pretty much back to normal now and have been promised that my monthly cramps should be much less grizzly now. Thanks again to all my meal bringers, hospital-sitters, and well wishers!