I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. I've got a million things to with my little crafty business prior to Christmas, and I'm not sure how I'm going to get them all done. I've got to make lots of stock for a show that I want to do, and also to sell to my shops for the season. I also have committed to teaching a cardmaking class, and I want to make some cards and collages to sell using the Japanese paper scraps that I have piling up. Also, I want to get a double happiness site up and running to sell my wares. All this in the next couple of months, and the Christmas season seems to start earlier each year. I got an email from a craft show asking if I want to register for their Christmas sale - in the first week of October - that's not even Hallowe'en! Anyhow, enough whingeing. I think that once I get stuck into all these tasks properly, it won't be as bad as it seems. I've just got to enjoy the process, and not feel stressed about the outcome. I know I will enjoy it, and it will all seem worthwhile when I get there. I'm really looking forward to doing a craft show. I've been selling my books to shops all this year, and while they are really lovely and praise my work, there's nothing quite like really chatting with people and getting feedback. And, craft shows are also a great chance to meet and connect with other artists.

Must get back to work. My computer is right now, as I type, is downloading all three seasons of the Ricky Gervais show. Yipee! I loved the Office, and I just finished watching "Extras", so I'm on a bit of a "Ricky" kick. Listening to the show will make my hours in the studio, especially the more boring cutting up squares of paper bits, pass wonderfully.

Oh, and by the way, that's a wonky sketch of a watch that I did in my journal a while back.


mishka said...

Aw, you're going to do fine. It's funny how something that starts out as an enjoyable hobby, which you then decide to make into a business, can really stress you out when you realise "Oh my god, this isn't just a hobby anymore! There's actual demand!" Great news about the website - I think it is such a good idea for you. Yay!

I heard a CBC podcast with Ricky Gervais, and ever since I've been thinking about downloading his own shows. I'm even thinking of downloading them and burning CDs for the camping trip this weekend!

Have a great few days off!

LALA dex press said...

I love reading your entries because I don't feel like the only one who is a bit overwhelmed right now. I recently listed all the things I gave to do before Thanksgiving + kind-a freaked. Mishka is so correct! This is all supposed to be enjoyable + we really need to realize this + live by this (and breathe!). I think I need a big calendar to plot the next 3 months + maybe that will provide a de-stressor. I look forward to seeing your progress.

Trudi said...

Thanks for the encouragement/understanding/ideas guys!

And Mishka, let me know what you think of the Ricky Gervais podcasts. I listened to loads this weekend, and was laughing out loud!