Well it's done, the log pile is up and the mountain of wood by the gate has gone. HUGE thanks to Colette and Simon for coming round this morning and tackling this job in the rain. At least it has rained to help settle all their grass seeding from last night.
Yes l know, maybe l am overdoing it on the woody photos, but l am just so pleased to have this job done and out of the way. Should have enough wood to keep Idgy and I going till after the New Year.
All this outdoorsy work this weekend has fairly cut into the stock building and order filling tho. I am really going to have to get my head down on the Christmas front. Tho l am THRILLED by all the orders l have been getting through the Country Living article, l am just so way behind now on getting stock made it is untrue.
Actually speaking of the Country Living article it has brought up the perenial Trade issue yet again. I have had numerous emails and calls from shops since the article came out. However this past week seems to have been a particularly trade oriented one. I have had 8 emails re trade in the past week. All of which l have politely refused. One came in and was just a plain demand 'send samples of…..', most are just normal 'do you do trade' and others are more feeling with a lot of background info etc. Those are the ones l find hardest to refuse. Then l stop myself and think, hang on, if l do this for them l am basically working for nothing. That line usually brings me back to my senses, and no matter how interesting the shop sounds or how nice the person seems to be, it all just has to boil down to money really. Them making it and me not getting it. Not really a win, win situation for me really is it? To be honest l am stressing out about filling orders just now while l haven't got time to make things for the Christmas fairs. There is just no way l could add on trade orders as well. So if there is anyone with a shop reading this, please understand, sometimes we crafters are just too small to sell our work in shops, it all comes down to time and money. I'll keep my time and you keep your money.
On that note l am off to soak away the aches of the weekend and get back to painting Christmas hearts yet again.