This post is a little late getting up today . . .
It's been busy in Rosyville!
I'm in phase two of moving the business out of the house.
Moving the studio was huge,
but having the computer, the packaging and shipping supplies,
the filing and bookkeeping all still at the house
was a pain.
When a little room right by my studio was vacated,
I snapped it up.
So since Monday,
I've been painting again,
moving boxes, getting organized, and trying to get the technical aspects of
wiring a computer into a 1906 building all figured out.
But I'm officially home-free!
Working completely in my little pair of rooms downtown.
Out of the house.
I feel . . . proud.
Anyway, such growth has prompted me to really think hard
about what I want for the future of my little business.
What I want for me.
And I've made some decisions.
There are some changes that need to be made
both from a business perspective and for my own general happiness.
Which is not to say at all that I am unhappy.
But we all have things we'd like to adjust, right?
For numerous reasons,
some of which will remain unexplained here,
a couple of things are going to change.
I will no longer be accepting reserves.
Secondly, we have some lovely news!!!!
Charlie is due with her first child, a boy, in October!
(We keep meaning to blog about it and share pictures,
but it never seems to be the right time.)
She will be leaving me for two months,
during the busiest season of the year.
This means that I will be back to doing all the filing, packaging and shipping,
accounting and errand running that she helps me out with now.
And such things eat away at studio time.
I'm having a hard time keeping the shop stocked.
A great problem,
but I think it's largely due to being busy with custom orders.
Even taking only a few requires an immense amount of time.
Again, something I'm learning as I go . . .
This is what I want:
I want to make on a whim.
I want to make what I imagine without putting that imagined piece on hold for awhile.
I want to make for fun.
Out of passion.
I want to have bigger shop updates more often!
I want to learn new techniques and not make the same things over and over again.
I want to push myself.
To see growth like I haven't seen in me before.
I want to go in to work everyday,
Excited to be there.
Doing my thing.
So . . .
Until further notice,
I'm not going to be taking on new custom orders.
This is the right decision for me.
And I really believe, in the long run, for my little shop as well.
And those two facts, really, are all that matter.
And just in typing these words, I feel a bit liberated!
Excited at the prospect of what my hands will do when left to their own devices
for an uninterrupted stretch of time.
I've chopped off my hair.
I've changed up my studio and office space.
Gotten spaces that are fully my own.
I've read a few books.
I've painted my nails and just had an amazing weekend with a great girlfriend.
I'm doing more for me.
This seems to be a natural next step.
And I hope I have your support.