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Planning Ahead

Now that I’m back in the swing of things a little more and back doing that pesky stuff we all take for granted… you know, getting up and going to work every day… stock is beginning to pile up, and the scary looking to do list is shrinking rapidly. Amazing how you forget how much you can achieve when you don’t have ‘morning’ sickness all day.

I am currently finishing up a ridiculous amount of new Ex Libris stock (for release in the next couple of weeks) which I am making with leather from a reasonably new partnership with my favourite local shoe company, Minnie Cooper (so neat to add another string to both my ‘locally made’ & ‘re-used’ bow). It’s awfully daunting making stock in bulk that hasn’t been released yet. There is a certain amount of excitement, and a huge mental pat on the back when you see the containers and containers of finished work surrounding you. However with it comes that feeling in the back of your brain, and pit of your stomach, ‘what if no one buys it’. The difference between this stock and the other bulk stock I have made in the past (and recently) is that the other bulk stock is stuff that I have been selling for years, or months at least… and has been flying off the shelves. There is less stress and less on the line, because I know the products are already popular. This is more of a gamble, a big leap of faith, so I’m crossing my fingers and toes that it is popular… but not too popular, I’m hoping it will last me right through Christmas (I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d made LOTS).

Minnie Cooper Embossed Lizard Leather

Minnie Cooper Embossed Lizard Leather

As I just mentioned, I’ve been making bulk stock of other popular items too, in preparation for being out of action after the birth. I have been making like I’m on death row. The whole experience is such a roller coaster. So exciting, and daunting, and to feel on top of it all requires a lot of mental organisation and list making. Nothing like a deadline to light a fire under your bum!

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Down in the Garden Shed…

Along with everything else going on at the moment making my head spin, we decided a wee while ago that we need to move. What’s a girl with a home studio to do!? We currently live in a 2 bedroom house up a million stairs (which will be much harder to navigate when I’m very pregnant or with a pram). It isn’t very large, but it has been a good size for my husband and I, too small for two and a half people though.

This kicks up a whole host of questions, problems and creative solutions for the ‘at home self employed jeweller’. Do we look for a three bedroom house which will cost quite a bit more, or a two bedroom with better access and I share an offsite studio with someone else…

The three bedroom will probably cost more than an offsite studio but I will have the luxury of working any time night and day (with the baby asleep in the next room, or playing on the floor…) a luxury the offsite studio does not provide. However I like the idea of it being a more serious work area, not mixing home and work too much so I keep focused and serious about what I’m trying to achieve. I tried to mix these two ideas together… what about a two bedroom house with a shed on the property. Now I’m not talking about a cold, damp, small, dark, garden shed. But something a bit more flash… with electricity, insulation and (at least one) window! Seems like the perfect solution to me (although of course a big catch would be finding a property with a big enough yard to house this magical dream shed) I researched it and it is very doable, as I’m sure you can imagine… but is VERY expensive and not hugely easy to move when we decide in coming years that we have to move (as we will be renting, not buying). There is also the awfully annoying fact that the range of a baby monitor probably won’t stretch to my wee creative shed… but I really do love the idea.

Roald Dahls shed

Roald Dahl’s shed

Back to the drawing board it seems.

We have looked at many houses over the last couple of months and I’m starting to feel a bit like goldilocks. One is too small, then one is too cold, where is the one that’s ‘just right’? I got so worried that my girth would increase to a size that would make me very unhelpful by the time we find somewhere perfect that I have started packing boxes now, while I still can, and I’m quite surprised how calming it is. It’s also quite nice having a good ‘ol cull. Still no idea where we’re moving too of course, or when, but at least my books are packed…

 

 

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