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Hey guys!

Now, go get up, pour yourself a big glass of water (or wine…  your liking!), grab that throw pillow and sit comfortably in your favorite chair. Yep. This is going to be a looooong post! Are you ready for the ride?!

Still trying to figure out where to start with all this…

Ok, let’s try with my Facebook fan page….

Back 2 months or 2 1/2 months ago, my fan page was sitting there with its lucky 295 fans. everything was smooth and cool. My friend Mélissa over at Rizada asked on her fan page (over 2000 fans!!) for people with a crafty page to link up in the comments so we could discover new talents… which i did! and then, with that link, reached the 340 fans. Next thing I know? Facebook is sending me (?) an email congratulating me to reaching over 300 fans along with  50$ coupon for advertisement (?) I was like.. really???

Ok, if you have been wondering if Facebook advertisement is working.. the answer is: HELL YEAH! I made the advertisement only for Québec and went to 340 something to over 840 fans in less than a month… WOAH! can we say c.r.a.z.y here?! I was kind of overwhelmed with that. And not prepare a bit to received that overflowing of custom orders that went with it! I got about 15 custom requests in less than 2 weeks and was having anxiety over them since I was trying to figure out how to keep track of everything! My small dry erase picture frame wasn’t gonna make it… actually I think I heard it agonizing…

Enter superman: aka hubby. Did I ever say that accountants are boring? Scratch that. He just snapped his magic and easily made me an awesome  google doc with many boards to follow my sales, production and orders! (ok, they can still be boring sometimes… ha!) That helped me a lot  to stay organized and keep track of everything (with even the numbers adding to themselves… told you! Magic!) even my Facebook email links are there so I don’t have to sift through all emails to find the one that request that special order.

Now back to that facebook page… (you still there??)  Many people asked if they could drive and get their custom order themselves instead of me shipping it out… that wasn’t a problem but on my page I had listed that my small business was in Montréal since I thought it would be easier to discover if I listed the big city instead of my small south-shore town. Being tired of explaining to every and single one that I wasn’t exactly on the island I got up and changed it to my real city on my page. Next morning?? there was a journalist sending an email to ask if he could interview me for the local paper (with photograph and all!) WHAT THE….???? I jumped up and down said yes, of course!!  So, i spend more than 2 hours with that nice journalist (with him even dolling out tips!) had the photograph in and 2 weeks later I was feature in the local papers! ( the net version, in french, and please, just skip the picture…) It’s kind of weird going to the grocery store and having people say to you: Hey, I saw you in the paper! That was an experience!! It made some people call to request more custom orders… ( have you heard me whisper: panicking! here?)

All that while preparing for a big craft fair that I was helping to make it happens… (ok, maybe, I said, maybe I wasn’t whispering… i might have cry  Panicking out loud!)

and then, that nice journalist told me, since he’s from the old generation, he would have like my phone number to be on my fan page because he would have prefer to call me instead of typing out an email. Since I’m a good girl (?) i followed his tip and went and added it to the page.

Three days later? I had a well known (but for me!) Lady calling in to ask if they could feature me on the weekly well knwon magazine we have here in Québec (it’s called Le Lundi)..  I was listening to the lady while looking at my hubby wondering if it was a prank or something… here’s the proof it wasn’t….

my product, being featured in a mag!

Sooooooo, I had my big craft fair (everything went well, thank you very much!), still working my way out of my custom request list (being out of it should happen sometimes in the upcoming year!), and still trying to adjust myself to the busy schedule and feeling of craziness… (that may or may not subdued in the following months…)! I do have lots of stuff to share here since I haven’t written much in the last months ;) And glad that I’m back to read all the wonderful stories and projects you shared. I’ve missed you. More than I can say!

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33 responses »

  1. Woot Woot ! Longue vie à Cul de sac ! :)

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  2. Felicitations ma belle Josee, je suis tellement contente pour toi! WOW! je ne peux pas y croire comment le tout s’est deroule! je suis vraiment heureuse pour toi et je suis certaine que dans les prochains mois tu auras encore plus de succes qu’aujourd’hui! :-) Dans le journal, dans un magazine, hey, c’est quelque chose! :-) Mais je ne suis pas surprises tes creations, elles sont super belles, tu sais que je les aime beaucoup! :-) Ca me prend du temps t’ecrire ce petit commentaire car je devais lire ton “post” encore une fois a mon mari! :-) Encore une fois Felicitations !!! :-)

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    • Ah t’es trop gentille Ingrid!!! Merci beaucoup! Quand j’ai eu fini de lire mon post d’un bout à l’autre, j’avais de la misère à me croire moi-même haha! Il s’est passé tellement de choses en si peu de temps. Je n,ai jamais imaginé que les choses décolleraient de cette manière! J’en suis bien heureuse mais malgré tout un peu anxieuse ;) Bisous!

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  3. Super contente pour toi ma belle !!! :-)

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  4. Congratulations Josée!! This is fantastic! I’m so happy for you, although I can only imagine the craziness/busyness of it all!

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  5. Dang girl! You were even busier than you let on when we chatted! I’m so happy that your business is finally taking off and thriving…even if that means I don’t get to visit with you as often. :-( LOVE YOU!!!

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  6. WOW! How EXCITING! I’m so proud of you!!! You definitely deserve to be “discovered” . . . pretty soon you’ll be hiring local seamstresses to help with your orders! Keep up the great work!!! :)

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  7. You deserve it! A bit of luck and a lot of talent, perfect!! I never heard Facebook is sending a coupon, maybe I will get one soon, now I have 287.

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  8. Congrats!!! Wow hard work now a great self reward. Be Blessed, Mtetar

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  9. This is so incredibly amazing!!! How wonderful for you and your business! :-)
    Kenley

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  10. WOWOWOWOWOWWOWOWOWOWOWOW ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    Am soooo happy for you! You richly deserve all, and whatever it is your duty to do, you CAN do w/o harm to yourself!!!!! Delicious hubby/accountant & kiddos all will help – they are so proud, as are we all who’ve read & loved your wonderful spirit ! ! ! ! xoxo D’el

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    • Awwww D’ellis you are way too kind for your own good sometimes LOL! Love the delicious hubby, and I’m sure he would be more than pleased with that name bwhahahaha! Thanks a lot for your encouragements and support, it means a lot to me :)

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  11. YAY! I’m so thrilled for you! So great that your business is taking off AND you’re getting recognized for it in articles and magazines!!!!!!! And I love, love, love that your husband made you a organization plan to stay on top of all those orders! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

    PS — I wish there were a way to express how happy I am for you; the normal smilies just don’t seem to be enough. Is there an emoticon for a HUGE smile and a happy dance?! :)

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    • no i don’t think there is, but don’t worry i could hear it in your comment :) thanks for all the encouragements you are giving out! some of my success comes from support and encouragements you guys are kind enough to give! lots of hugs!

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  12. WOW! First of all, thank you for sharing your story. Second, your overwhelming catapulting popularity is so deserving. Classic example of the best rises to the top. Third, Congratulations! Take Care, Thea

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  13. Bravo Josée c’est très inspirant et je t’ai lu jusqu’à la fin oui oui :-)

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  14. OMG! Okay, I’m so jealous that you got that coupon from Facebook! LOL!!!! I tried a $10 campaign (having no idea what I was doing) and it got me not even one new follower. Please tell us how you crafted your ad – or do they do that for you, now? I’m so excited for you!!

    Congratulations, dear Josee! You deserve this! Now, at the end of the summer, you have to write a small business post for my blog! ;)

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    • Thanks Yancy!! I was pretty lucky I guess with my coupon. I made the ad myself, and decide to stay only in Québec (province not city) since my facebook page is in french (at first i was going to usa and canada) and i asked to show it to people with interests in fashion and environment. Don’t know if that helps you or not…! I was sooo unsure of myself while doing all this ;) Hope you are having a great weekend! and no problem for your blog ha!

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  15. Well, I may try it again in the near future. Congrats, again! I’m so happy for you!

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  16. Wow!!! Josee, it’s been far too long since I’ve visited your blog and this was SO helpful. I also got an offer from Facebook for a $50 ad…for reaching 200 followers! Lol. And I started to make the ad and then kind of forgot about it…but this makes me want to try it ASAP! That is an amazing response you got, congrats! Do you have any tips for creating the ad?? I am so unsure of what might work and what won’t…

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    • Hi Erika! It has been far too long since i wrote something new :P here is how i made my ad. I went with people who’s interests were environment, fashion and sustainability (not sure on the last one though) then i selected people only in my province (local) and it gave me about 300 000 people ;) i thought that was enough for a start… Does that helped you?

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