Painting for Christmas
Hello! waves from the shed! Moobaacluck commissions are taking up all my time..so I'm afraid I haven't any exciting trips to London to report just some hair-raising trips to and from the summer house in the dark and rain! I only worked until 5 today..with a break this morning for a big shop and post office dash (it has to be done). I've been dashing in and out of watching Strictly Come Dancing to write this.
I'm happy to say that orders are coming in very steadily just slightly faster than I can get them out so I always seem to have 70 -80 outstanding but have 3 or 4 weeks to get on top of them and am determined to do it. I found out that the horse door plaques are not in the second catalogue drop by Notonthehighstreet next week which I am so relieved about! Today I had a single order from Switzerland for three of them, several singles and a few others. When a single customer orders more than one I have to paint them all side by side to ensure they all look roughly the same!
[caption id="attachment_1495" align="aligncenter" width="560"] A days orders before trip to the post office...[/caption]
I have been pleased that other items throughout my range have been ordered - for sanity's sake! I love way this cat plaque order turned out, I like the colour combinations: I didn't have a sample available to view but the customer bravely ordered a ginger cat. Do hope she likes it.
Cards have been selling well and I'll be introducing more next year.
Finally put my "Baby's first Christmas" card out there and orders have started coming in; I sent one off in the post this morning with the optional printed instructions and ribbon to turn it into a decoration:
Naturally my bestsellers have been the horse plaques as they featured in the Notonthehighstreet.com brochure but these Christmas stars have been a close second in the last few weeks:
I will probably have to stop taking orders for hand painted items at the end of the first week of December but so much depends on how well I get through all the orders outstanding - that's the unnerving bit about this time of year! I hope if you're making to order that it is busy enough, but not overwhelming. You can see and buy much of my Christmas range here until November 30th or see even more in my notonthehighstreet shop.
So I'll be mostly in the studio whatever the weather until the third week of December! If I'm quiet you'll understand why.
Last weekend I had a Saturday off and spent it swapping rooms with my ten-year old son back to the room my husband and I had when my daughter was born at home just over 8 years ago. He now has the biggest room but it's also the only one with fitted carpet and he now has a space to play with his friends that's brighter and bigger. It feels like coming full circle and new chapter of life is about to start.
When you work on your own it's so easy to get carried away with what you think should be doing, pushing yourself constantly and comparing yourself to others. I'm so grateful to be busy now; it hasn't been the easiest year but the demand I've had across my range has really boosted my confidence that I am on the right path. I know what I enjoy doing most now and I shall build on what has worked next year and experiment more with my painting and stationery ranges.
I took this picture from our back doorstep this morning. It doesn't quite do the soft ashen, peachy, gauzy view justice but to me it looked like a painting. We have big skies in Norfolk.
Happy Weekends to you all.