September already?! I have to confess, that on the return from our holidays, I was a bit miffed that autumn wasn’t already here, it is after all, my favourite season and I was ready for some cooler weather. Since then I’ve mellowed into this late summer we are getting, the nights and mornings feel cool (VERY important when you have young kids who sleep badly in hot weather) and there is definitely a sense that the season is turning, but then it’s nice to still have the sunny days.
I the studio, I have finally taken time to do some sewing. I’m firmly in winter mode here, trying to make sure I have enough of all my basics for the usual sales heavy period (I sell more in November and early December, than in the rest of the year put together).
I took the time yesterday to do a stock take and to write along side how many items I sold last year so I know if I’m on-track. There are a couple of gaping holes, mainly the total lack of monster purses, but the rest is looking OK.
I’m supposed to be clearing all open projects but I tangented from sewing replacement red roses onto new tweed purses. I say new but the roses themselves were cut last year, I just didn’t get around to the bags after completing the acorn and other rose tweed versions, I ran out of steam as they had taken so long and I was a bit tweeded out. Hopefully I’ll have these finished and listed by the end of this week, but there is a pricing issue looming (more on that in the next post).
What else? I’ve pulled my ‘winter box’ out of the cupboard. It contains the things I use, to change over the board above my desk, plus lots of half-finished project ideas. I’m waiting until the boys are back at school (later this week, due to inset days) before doing this as I’d prefer a quieter house for the occasion. Sorry if the sight of Christmas is a bit socking this early, but in shop terms, it’s just around the corner.
So what’s coming up? I’m afraid quite a bit of re-stock, some nice new designs, a giveaway or two and hopefully the shop re-opened this week, pending my getting over the feeling it needs a re-design (which I simply don’t have the time for). Roll on the boys being back in school, I always dread it but know that the first morning I sit at my desk, coffee in hand in the peace and quiet, a feeling of calm, determination and enthusiasm will resume.