Friday, November 09, 2007

Blogging and work

Hello there.. long time no post i know......

When i started blogging i was hoping to post every 2 or 3 days. It now seems to be once a week if i'm lucky.
I do want to say thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog ... i love getting the feedback and comments. I also want to say that once a week is probably all i can manage at the moment... maybe it will increase when i'm a little less busy and when i can share more of what i'm working on.

This week for us at the Flour Loft has been another busy one. We have just finished working a full week on the book with a few orders thrown in for good measure. I am unable to show the actual book projects but can say that we are working very hard. In addition to the 20 step by step projects we are also making many extra items to illustrate variation and to hopefully give further inspiration. We have a 2 day photo shoot next week, so the pressure really is on to finish everything. Then the final copy has to be submitted by the end of the month. Aside from the book, we are also in the busiest time of year.... the run up to Christmas. So orders are coming in for handmade stockings and personalisations. Sometimes it's hard to work out what to do first. Alice is fantastic at working steadily through but i tend to dart from one thing to another. I try and tackle the smaller orders as soon as they come in to get them out before they pile up.
Luckily most folk who place larger orders appreciate that there will be a short wait.

This week we have made many brooches and decorations, which are being ordered through not on the high street, including these pretty beaded hearts which i posted off earlier.

I also made up a heart peg bag today for possible inclusion in a February magazine. Typical that the one thing that is requested (also via not on the high street) is the one thing which is out of stock!

I have also managed to get myself a some part time work for next year at a local college. I had an interview on Monday and they offered me a job on Wednesday. I hadn't had an interview for over 10 years!

Alice and i will continue collaborating and we have some possible other projects that we are musing over. Our priority at the moment is to finish the book and complete our Christmas orders. We will then hopefully be in a position in the new year, without studio overheads (which is a large drain on a small business), to have the freedom to continue with commission pieces and to further explore our own creativity.

Three Christmas card designs are now for sale... star and snowflake .. £3 each and tree £4.50 and the last of our Advents now at £45 over at the website.. here

Please check out our other Christmas products and handmade gifts on our website . More updates soon.
Happy weekend to everyone.


caireen said...

well done on getting the job! gosh you do sound busy... I know what you mean, I'm darting between applying for posts/creating 'big' work, and developing the handmade which takes time and 'sitting down with clearhead'! not to mention personal craft/art projects! Hope you get some elves soon to help with Xmas rush! look forward to reading more about your journey. Cx

Kitty said...

Hi ... been reading your blog for a while now, but have been tempted out of the comment closet by those fantastic cards - they're fabulous!

It doesn't matter how often you blog - the fact that you do it at all is brilliant. Keep up the good work!

Kitty :-)

Annie said...

Love those Christmas Cards.

Picture it in Stitches said...

Goodness me ... You are busy !! I don't know how you manage to fit it all in. If only I could be as organised as you :o) Keep up the good work - you're doing a fantastic job. Sarah x

this is my patch said...

Hi Ginny, just a quick one, nice to hear from you and thank you for the 'cold' advice, I did buy some lemons and I don't need much of an excuse to have a nip of brandy! I shall read through your post thoroughly later on. Seeing as I have mentioned cards in my latest post, I wondered if you would like me to give your lovely hand-crafted ones a mention? Louise x

Joanna said...

That alll sounds very exciting, good luck with the photo shoot

Jane said...

Goodness life getting in the way of blogging - how did you let that happen?
I love reading your blog, no matter how often you manage to write it.
Good luck with the photo shoot - it is all very exciting. Also congratulations on the job - it sounds very exciting - is this the first work you have done like this? A pity that you have to give up your lovely studio but I'm sure you'll go onto even more wonderful things,

French Knots said...

The new jobs sounds great!
Between orders, book writing and family I'm amazed you manage to post at all!
Your Christmas range is lovely.


Hi again Ginny, you are keeping really, really busy, I don't know where you are finding the hours, you really couldn't manage more blogging if you tried! I am glad your projects are coming along and your future job at the special needs school sounds like a really worthwhile challenge for you. Louise x

willow said...

Congratulations on the new job Ginny, it sounds just perfect for you. Also good luck with the photo shoot for the book, do you know when it will be published yet?
Have a good weekend.

the flour loft said...

thanks for the comments..
I do wish the elves would come and help me Caireen..
Hi Kitty and Annie, nice to meet you both and thanks for nice comments about the cards.
Sarah... i don't think i am that organised really.. just a bit manic perhaps.
Louise, Enjoy your Brandy.. and thank you for the mention.
Joanna, Jo, Willow and Jane... thanks for the good luck wishes, we have had one days shoot already so i know how tiring it can be.. the photographer is lovely and very good... it is so very exciting.. i still wont really believe it until it's in print and that's not till Autumn of 2008.. so a way off yet.
I have spent a good while blogging today.. but it has been nice to catch up with many of you .. and yes i know i have lots to do.. but a girl does need some fun time too!

Florence said...

Hi Ginny,

I've been meaning to drop by and thank you for the lovely comment that you left on my blog a while ago (the one about writing very long posts!) - thank you for being so reassuring and sweet, it means a lot!

It sounds like it's hard work not to feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of change and work that is happening for you at the moment...but somehow I'm sure everything will get done bit by bit...and it all sounds very exciting, if a little exhausting (and who wouldn't be putting blogging a little further down the list with all those things going on?)!

Fantastic news on your job! Well done!

The things you've made are gorgeous, by the way.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Florence x

cupcake ally said...

I always come and look in to see if you have something new up. I love your blog and if it is only once a week you post well that is better than nothing at all! I know how life can become overwhelming.
Smiles and hugs to you! :-)

cupcake ally said...

oh cupcake ally is my new blog.
simply nice is how I am known to you!

Ragged Roses said...

Congrats Ginny on your new job. Hope it leaves you lots of time to make your lovely things, I do love seeing all the things you've been making! Good luck too with the book and peg bag.
Kim x

carolyn said...

Congrats on the new job such exciting times for you both at the moment it's a wonder you find time to blog at all.

Tracy said...

you blog when you can - it is nice to catch up with your news x
congrats on the book, it sounds so exciting!
lovely cards and hearts x
tracy x

Katherines Dream said...

I know exactly what you mean, it is a lack of time or is that clock really ticking faster?
Love your creations, I have a few things on the go.....infact I am in a spin as what to finish first!
Thank you for your kind comments on my last blog.

alice c said...

Congratulations on your job - what a worthwhile thing to do! I suspect that the hours in your day will have to stretch even further when you start.
The great thing about blogging is that you can do it when you want - there are no rules. You are doing it for yourself - we will be here to enjoy whatever you write whenever you have the time to write it!
Don't wear yourself out.

Wild Rose said...

Hi Ginny,

Congratulations on your new job. I think that you are doing really well to keep your blog updated with all the projects you have at the moment.

The best of luck with finishing your book and getting your Christmas orders processed.

Marie x

Annie's Abode said...

You can only do what you can do - you sound very busy to me.

Good luck with it all