So another year! Hasn't this year gone by so very quickly?
Any thoughts on what this year will bring/throw at you?
I'm hoping for big changes with the main one being a buyer for C.B. We put it up for sale before Christmas. I know in this climate it isn't the best time to do such things but somethings got to give!
Although I knew it would come to this I found myself shocked and completely out of sorts for a while after. I feel like I have failed!
The reasons for selling?
It's just hard struggling with the children and I miss not being able to be there and enjoy them. We have very little time after school, with only one early day to get together with friends and enjoy ourselves. In the four years we only ever manage one week a year to go on holiday together as a family. The rest of the time we have to divide the time up to cover the school holidays or shipping them to Grandparents.
So I feel I am missing out on my own children - this isn't woe is me and all that - just a re-addressing of the balance.
What if we don't sell it?
Well we will have to have a look at getting people in and covering the afternoons and also the Saturdays. Or we scrap the ceramic painting side and open up a different sort of shop! Believe me we have gone round the houses with many ideas and even a list of names for it!
Someone can make a real go of it but I have lost my 'umph' with it.
Something else I'm thinking of doing is to try and sell my wares! Approaching local shops and maybe Etsy. I'm not very good at selling my stuff, I tried a few years ago and it is incredibly hard and the craft fairs are so expensive to hire a space that it doesn't warrant!
I generally make things for people I know and will give them away for Birthdays etc. Sometimes I'm so taken back that someone likes my things that I inevitably end up giving it to them or barely getting the money to cover the materials! The fact that someone likes it means more! Not good business sense there!
I think most people like what I make for them - and you can always tell those that don't! These are usually people who don't do 'homemade' stuff. They don't realise how much time and effort you have put in worrying about the choices of materials, the colours, even hunting stuff down! Occasionally, it's more that I love what I have made more!
Anyway that's me. I'm sorry I've blabbered on and if you've made it this far - good on you! Thank you for listening.