** I'm writing notes for the Sock Monkeys workshop I'll be teaching on Saturday.
** I'm making Monkey-samples, for the same workshop.
** I'm making book samples, for a Books with Fabric Covers workshop I'll teach in July (the samples need to be displayed at the shop in advance).
"London Phone-Boxes" 6"x4" notebook, with fabric and red paper cover and red ribbon tie.
"London" Sketchbook, soft cover, with red paper lining and back, red cotton edging; Japanese stab-stitch binding in black linen; leather strip and button tie closure.
** I have two of my original Custom orders left - waiting on customers to answer a couple of queries, then ready to go - one is all but complete.
** One of those customers has asked me to make a second custom order also.
** I had an order for a Wedding Guest book, from a friend who recently got engaged.
** The same friend also wants a photo album, to match one I made her last year.
** Yesterday I took an order for a Visitors' Book, from a UK artist, to use in his studio/shop.
It will be like this except with a Coptic stitch binding (this has a hinged cover, for a Japanese stab-stitch binding). The binding will be in chocolate brown linen.
** This morning I took an order for another Wedding Guest book, the same as one I mailed to USA last week.
This will be the last Wedding album order for this paper (unless I can find more!) - I have run out now; it has been so very popular!
** I still have a Coptic stitched Guest Book on my Binding Table.
I'm binding another book like this one.
** I completed another Guest Book, plus a couple of mini-albums and listed them in my shop.
"Birds and Butterflies" Guest book, Coptic stitch binding, 8" x 6"
Mini 6"x6" Scrapbooks, in "Nonsense" papers, by We R Memory Keepers.
** There is a pile of pages and cover boards for Photograph Albums on my table, waiting to be worked on.
These will be large and small photograph albums (one day!).
** I have pages cut for several other books, which need covers and bindings.
~~~~ Gasps for breath! ~~~~
I have now told family and friends that I am "Working" on Tuesday to Thursday. These are my Studio Days. Except for urgent appointments/problems, I am not available to give lifts, run errands, go out for coffee, go shopping, blog hop... etc, etc.... I have stopped answering the phone during "office hours" and allow the answering machine to do its job (it does very well).
Some stuff is unavoidable - like the cat needing to see the vet for a check-up and it needing to be a "work day", as she was out on Monday/Friday;
So far, this has been quite successful. I have found that my own attitude has also changed. Suddenly, it feels that I Do "Go to Work" on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I feel justified in leaving the housework between 9 & 4 (though I do sometimes put the washing on the line, or else it won't dry!). I am definitely getting more work done - a lot more!
So far, so good - until an "emergency" crops up, I suppose!
Well, now I have got my breath back and it's the end of a day's work. I have spent the day on queries and admin, as there was a lot to deal with (and the morning was half over once we got back from the vet). Now it's dinner time... off to my Other Job!