published in Uncategorized by Maryanne | November 13, 2019 | No Comments

The Merits of Setting an Intention

 

My star sales associate, Ella

“By setting our motivation strongly in the morning when our mind is fresh and clear, we are much more likely to remember it during the day and act with that intention.”

– Dalai Lama

Ahhh…the things we learn from experience

For this year’s First Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney, BC (Nov 9th & 10th), I set up my “Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations” display table on Friday night (with help from my tiny but mighty friend, Terri) instead of Saturday morning, before the show began. This turned out to be a brilliant move because it made Saturday less tiring and more enjoyable.

Another thing I did differently this past weekend was to set an intention on Saturday morning. I did this while I was relaxed and drinking my coffee by the fire. Truth be told, I hadn’t intended on setting an intention 🙂 but my yoga instructor’s voice popped into my head (he always suggests we set an intention at the beginning of class…mind you, he’s kinda hot so that might also be why he popped into my head). Anyway, I thought I’d give it a try for the craft show. And the one-word intention that bubbled to the surface was…

Connection. 

Okay, that’s kind of a lie. The first word that actually popped into my pea brain was SALES. As in…I wanna sell lots of stuff this weekend!

But then my higher self (or whatever you want to call that part of our psyche who cares about making the world a better place) gently reminded me that maybe, just maybe, what’s also important this weekend (based on past craft show experience) is to connect with people…by saying hello, asking them how they are doing, listening to their answer, and (if applicable) taking the time to explain what our products are, why they exist and who they are suitable for.

And if sales come from those connections, great. But I know from past experience it’s often the people who don’t buy a single item from me who are the ones that most need to make some sort of meaningful connection.

In other words, I released (sort of…I mean, I’m still an entrepreneur and sales are kinda necessary) the expectation of sales coming as the result of my primary intention of connecting with the people who stopped by my booth.

But by putting the intention of connecting first and sales second, this seemed to shift something because we ended up selling an awful lot more product than past shows.

I think another reason for this was an e-mail sent out by Jantina, the show organizer, to all vendors a few days before. She had written something to the effect of: “YOU are your best advertising for your table. A smile and saying hello can go a long way. And stay off your phone unless absolutely necessary.”

I took all three suggestions to heart (okay, my star sales gazelle Ella, 11, may have had to physically remove the phone from my hand once or twice) and what a difference. More meaningful connections happened, the days went by much faster and our sales more than doubled.

Ella in action

Here’s an example of a connection made…

To display our “A Wolf Called Nakoda” story (about the wolf John and I sponsored, who was shot the week before John died…it’s a fundraiser for the JPMF & Wolf Awareness), I used this beautiful photo of a wolf (I don’t have a photo of Nakoda):

I had forgotten that I’d bought this print from a vendor (a wildlife photographer) at the same craft show a few years ago. And low and behold, that wildlife photographer was at the show this past weekend and came over, introduced herself and told me the story of the wolf in the print (a sea wolf who lives on an island just off Oak Bay in Victoria, BC).

You can check out her stunning wildlife photographs on her Facebook page: Photos in Nature by Nancy

Wildlife Photographer: Photos in Nature by Nancy

“A Wolf Called Nakoda” story sells for $9.95 ($2 to JPMF & $2 to Wolf Awareness) and can be ordered through our Etsy store. If you know a wolf-lover, this is a thoughtful gift. Yes, it’s a sad story…unfortunately that’s often what it takes for change to come about.

Saucy Mrs Claus Photo Shoot

Just to follow-up on something I mentioned in last week’s blog: the professional photographer, Roxanne Low, did in fact photograph me & my wares on Saturday morning. Those photos aren’t ready yet but I think it fair to warn you that the snaps of me in my Mrs Claus outfit are…well, let’s just say our photo shoot was an awfully fun way to start the day 🙂

“How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life.”

– Louise Hay

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

published in Christmas, Creativity, Inspiration by Maryanne | November 5, 2019 | No Comments

Craft Show Crunch

 

Trial set-up of the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table

“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”

www.LemonadeDesignStudio.Etsy.com

The crunch is on for the first Christmas craft show of the season.

I know, I know…we just got through Halloween and haven’t even got to Remembrance Day yet! But it is what it is and the First Chance Christmas Craft Show in Sidney, BC is this weekend: Nov 9th & 10th. 

If you live in the area, please come by the Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations booth and say hi!

If not, here are a few snaps of what my little Santa’s workshop in Qualicum Beach has looked like of late:

My garage is the perfect spot for a studio to paint sand dollars

 

Boy did I move to the right place for THIS craft…sand dollars galore on my local beach!

 

Creative madness of making new x-mas cards out of old ones

 

A little sampling of this year’s “re-purposed” x-mas cards (we sell them for $1 which people LOVE)

 

These tags also sell like hot-cakes 🙂

 

Assembling the “Potent Prosperity Principles” quote card sets ($7.95)

 

Found this gorgeous photo of a wolf to use at the show to display the “A Wolf Called Nakoda” story sets ($9.95 each with $2 to JPMF & $2 to Wolf Awareness)

 

I SO love the beautiful cover (designed by the publisher, BHC Press) of the novel version of my book!

 

Having a little geometrical fun with the “Wise Owl Wisdom” quote sets ($7.95)…usually our biggest seller at the craft shows, as they make a perf stocking stuffer 🙂

If you’d like to order anything, many of these items are also available in our Etsy Store (not the x-mas cards & tags…but if you REALLY want some, e-mail me).

Wish me luck this weekend! There WILL be photos in next week’s blog. Roxanne Low, who photographed me a couple of years ago (we’re still laughing about that boudoir photo shoot…how could I know the Search & Rescue guys were right around the corner?) will be at the show, taking photos of vendors & their wares.

Till then, take care & have a super week!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

published in Children, Family, Inspiration, Photos, Travel by Maryanne | October 20, 2019 | 6 Comments

G’Day From Down Under

 

Wee Rosie

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.”

– Leo Christopher

G’Day Mate…how ya goin’?

Ace, I hope! I am in Perth, Western Australia this week, visiting rellies: my niece, Kylie, her husband, Colm, and their two adorable ankle-biters, Liam (4) and Rosie (2). I am Liam & Rosie’s Great Auntie!

The Captain America shield just flew across the room, so I shall keep this blog short then return to the task at hand 🙂

This trip has been all about getting to know & playing with the sprogs…and that we have done spectacularly well, if I say so myself.

Here are a few snaps:

Super excited Liam at Rockingham beach…we both swam!

 

Rockingham beach

 

Moo-stache (Rosie’s nickname is Moo Goo or Moo for short)

 

Liam on tractor at the Crooked Carrot Cafe & Park

 

MA & Moo picnic in the park

And, just to keep my single-gal sanity in check, there has also been a daily solo escape to the lovely local beach:

Secret Harbour beach

Sometimes I even sneak off TWICE a day, to catch the sunset:

Love this shot of me & Ky at Dophin Quay (just seems like yesterday she was Rosie’s age):

 

And this is the beach at Dolphin Quay…wow!

That’s it, that’s all for now…have a good week & catch ya later!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.