Saturday, 16 August 2008

Christmas Shopping!

Don't you just hate it when the supermarkets are full of Christmas stuff and you've only just packed away your sarong? I suppose they need to clear space so they can get the Easter Eggs in on Boxing Day!

When I had my own (small) High Street empire I understood the marketing strategies, didn't like it, but I understood.
I'm just as bad now. Business was good last Christmas (thank you each and every one of you) but I didn't start marketing until the end of November and knew it could've been better. I've already bought stock and have designed badges specially for the season. Even my Halloween badges are on eBay now!

I'm not one of those people that do their Christmas shopping in January (anyway, I'd forget where I put it if I did). I love the sentimental idea of leaving all thoughts of Christmas 'til Christmas know, picking the tree as the snow fall gently down around after a lovely, very productive, bimble around the town exchanging Season's Greetings with friends and neighbours. Are your surprised that one of my favourite films is 'A Wonderful Life'?

I try not to get caught up the the panic; to savour the anticipation, to enjoy selecting the perfect gift. Instead it seems to be one great big headache and I end up spending a fortune on stuff because I just want to get back home. Hardly the Christmas spirit!

Anyway, the point is, finally (Himself says I'm like Ronnie Corbett with his arm-chair monologues, taking several minutes, branching off at tangents seemingly losing my train of thought before coming to the point~personally I think its a skill, allowing me to impart copious amounts of useless information to my audience in a single sentence. Maybe it's 'cos I'm short petite and tend to get overlooked. Himself says it's amusing, if a little annoying. I prefer to think its endearing...)

Anyway, the point is that this year I'm buying Handmade where I can & I'm starting NOW. My money is going to small businesses and charity shops and by starting now I can find the perfect present and no panic buying.

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

Remember: buy handmade and seek out items as unique and special as you, your family and friends are.

Handmade items are the result of an individual's passion, time, energy and focus. There is an intimacy in buying these items that you don't get when you buy cookie cutter items from big box stores.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Don't feel guilty (easier said than done)

Had a good day creating. Made and sold a couple of new bracelets.

Its really difficult when the weather's nice...I want to be outside yet I need to be inside 'working'.
Saw a great place near Bristol over the weekend; made me dead jealous. Would love to have a little workshop somewhere like this:
Clevedon Craft Centre, it would make my work life so much easier.

If you are easily distracted, like me, staying focused on your business can be harder than doing the actual work of your business! It is very easy to procrastinate, especially when you are a WAHM (Work At Home Mum). There are always so many other things to do. I feel guilty about the pots not being done, or the washing waiting to go in the machine. It doesn't matter that if I was out at work they'd be there til I came home anyway!

I usually get up at 5.30am with Himself and we have a cuppa together before he tootles off to 'real work'! So, my goal ( I have been told that this is what I need to stay motivated!) is to do the house work in the hour and a half before I need to get Tillymint up for college! Sod the neighbours, those bottles and tins WILL be put out for recycling -they don't care about making a noise at 11 or 12 pm so why should I care about disturbing them at 6am- and I will not boot up the pc until 8.30!

Oh God, I can feel myself wavering already. I love having a peak in that 10 minutes before Himself comes downstairs, just to see what's been sold over night.

Anyway,apparently 'When you accomplish your goals, give yourself a little treat to remind yourself that you worked hard and achieved success!' and 'I should get out of the house at least once a day to avoid becoming isolated'. So, no more procrastinating (hang on a minute, I think the washing's finished...), I will make that necklace, but I need to just answer this MSN message first then,while I'm upstairs in the office I could make up the bed in the spare room....maybe I'll just treat myself now and save some time!!