New Website

busy with New Website

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working on building a new website for Damask Raven.  I like the layout better, the shopping cart function is easier, and I think overall it’s just easier to navigate.  For you the customer, and for me, the behind the scenes administrator.  And I waffled back and forth between keeping the blog here or relocating that too.  I’m still not sure.  Mostly, I’m doing more vlogging, or at least exploring it more.  Ultimately, I think it will be a combination. For now, I will keep this one active, and resume posting here, while

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The Lost Art of Dress

The Lost Art of Dress

I read a book.  I’m not sure I liked this book.  The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski was a bit to get through.  I initially thought this book was sort of a how to guide on the lost styles of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.  Well, sort of.  The book did not provide any specific how-to’s.  However, it did provide some general guidance on color schemes to make one appear stylish, broad overviews on what might be in a ladies wardrobe.  First and foremost though, it was a history book.  It was a history book on, believe it

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Lipstick on Silk

Who doesn’t feel utterly glamorous with a silk blouse and the right shade of lipstick?  You know what’s NOT glamorous?  Lipstick on silk.  Which is why I’m going to show you how to remove lipstick, should you get some on your silk fabric. Now, generally speaking you probably won’t be using your blouse as a blotter.  But, should a smudge occur while disrobing, you won’t need to panic all the way to the dry cleaners.  Just put a little Dawn detergent on it and you’re good to go. And voila!  Lipstick gone, thanks to my favorite detergent!  I did use

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That moment when…

That moment when

That moment when you realize you haven’t written a blog post in over two months.  Yikes!  That’s just bad business.  This was not an intentional disconnect.  I’ve been vacillating between blog and vlog or a hybrid thereof.  I’ve been working consistently behind the scenes.  Which would be fine, except that I am also the in front of the scenes person. So, bluntly, I need to do better.  I may not have the  largest following, but the people who do follow me deserve a little more attention and communication from me.  So here is an up to date status report of

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Presentation

One of the tricky things about vending is coming up with a lovely presentation.  This is a skill I am more or less comfortable with at indoor events. Indoors change a lot, but with a defined space, it’s fairly easy to come up with an appealing layout.  More fun, though, is your space.  Outdoor events which utilize your own pavilion allows for some personalization in the presentation. Now, that first little out door set up was a 10×20 easy up with some canvas walls that were tied together with grommets.  The next outdoor event had TWO 10×20 easy ups placed

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Be a Student

Yep...how all students feel

It’s hard to give yourself permission to learn new things.  Especially once you’ve obtained that almighty degree, and have obtained the status of Graduate.  It’s slightly easier to be a student when it’s entirely for fun.  When I’m in dance class, I can be fully focused and in the moment.  I can concentrate on the lesson and what the take away is.  Not so easy when the only teacher is me, and I also happen to be the only student in the class. Forcing focus when I know I need to be concentrating on learning all the things is probably

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The downside

Downside

Want to know the dark, downside of being a business owner?  Especially in the early days, when it’s just you and a dedicated band of loyal friends who have more faith than common sense (love you guys…you know who you are).  It all falls on you.  As advertised, I am vending at Cairo Shimmy Quake this weekend.  And boy do I not want to go.  Scratch that.  I want to go.  The spirit is more than willing.  The flesh, however, says that in this year of the plague, my cold logged, snot drenched, behind, should seriously spend the weekend in

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Subscribe Now!

Subscribe Now

When I post a blog, I always go to my blog page and see how it looks.  And when I posted on Thursday, I noticed something I had not previously seen.  Namely, that I did not have a subscribe button on my blog.  I sat in stunned disbelief, blinking at my screen, trying to figure out how long I’d been missing the subscribe button.  And when I went back through my site statistics, I found that I had had 11,000 visitors to my blog…yet only five subscribers.  And only four of those actually count, since one of them was me,

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After the event…

After the Event

After the event comes project planning.  After the tear down and the load out, you review what worked and what didn’t about the event so you know what to do better next time.  Not just next time for this particular event, but at your next vending event.  And project planning. Where do you go next with your business to keep moving you forward on your path to success? For me, it is pattern design.  While it’s a long shot that I will have a working  pattern by the time I pack for Cairo Shimmy Quake, it’s not impossible.  I know

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What it’s like to vend

Vending 2017, to vend

I started my life in customer service.  First in a pizza parlor, next in a buffet, then a car parts store, finally at a hotel.  I am actually really good at customer service.  I genuinely like people, in small, one on one doses; the introverts dilemma.  So vending events was not a leap for me. I started vending for Janie Midgley, running her booth at her Wiggles of the West Competition (a fantastic event, sorely missed).  And I quite enjoyed it, not just because she paid me with sick amounts of merchandise.  It let me play to my strengths, talking

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