Scatterbox Originals on Etsy

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Making a list...

...and checking it twice!

I can't go away for any length of time without making at least one list of things to pack. I'm a compulsive list-maker and I think I've got through about 6 notebooks in the past year with mainly lists of things to do, things I've done, things to remember...

I'm making the epic journey to my parent's house tomorrow. All being well, it'll be a journey of about 10 hours...that's if everything runs on time. I've filled up my little mp3 player with enough music to last the whole day. I always worry I'm going to get bored of even the most favoured album so I've got a very varied mix of Indie, Pop, Instrumental, Rock and the occasional errant Disney song from a mix cd given to me by a friend (however did that song from Lilo and Stitch get onto my mp3 player...ahem...)

My shop is now hibernating. I've got to work a few full days in the Day Job after I get back so I'll probably wait to open up again until January the 3rd.

For the sake of my health and sanity, as well as maintaining quality control, I've held off finishing the items I mentioned in my last post. I did make one small moleskine cover and it sold in the flashiest of flashes - there will definitely be more. New things to expect in the shop from January onwards include...

Cushion/pillow covers
Moleskines with covers
Coin purses
New Improved Tote Bags
Pins

I've really enjoyed making the childrens' scarves but sadly there's a new piece of legislation, the CPSIA, effective in February that means I can't legally sell products for under 12s to the United States without first getting all components of every item tested for lead (even if, it seems, they're entirely fabric and very unlikely to pose a health threat). This is an insanely expensive procedure that a one-woman-band like me can't afford, and most of my customers are in the USA, so regretfully I don't think products specifically for under 12s are going to be a viable avenue for me in the future.

I'm also developing some new ideas though for some possible new paper products that I'm really excited about and I hope once I've got further along with the technicalities of it I'll be able to show you all.

In the meantime, I shall leave you with my thought of the day:

Singing along to "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" on the train is an effective way to ensure you get a whole carriage alllll to yourself!

What's your way of killing time on long journeys?

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Decembrrrrr!

Belatedly turning over the page of my calendar today, I could scarcely believe we're into the last month of the year. My how time does fly!

Since my last post I've had a visit from a friend - a lovely relaxed couple of days featuring baking apple pie, strolling through town, having a cream tea and watching a dvd. A lot of places in the UK seem to be getting snow, but Falmouth is its usual self:


I've also been busying myself with custom orders. Custom orders are great - a perfect opportunity to stretch your creative muscles and do something new that you might not otherwise have thought of. Would I have thought of making a mobile with a space rocket that looked like a bumblebee? No! But I had a suggestion from a customer and rolled with it - I'm quite pleased with the result.


Now that I've got more time for making things on my 'to do' list, I must confess to being a little overwhelmed. Last posting days for Christmas are coming up - next Wednesday (the 10th) is my cut-off for North America and the 12th is the deadline for Europe. I'm going up north to be with my family for Christmas on the 18th, taking UK orders up until the afternoon of the 17th.

So, if I'm going to make all the things on my list in time for my customers to buy for Christmas, I need to get going. In the next couple of days I'm working on some more cushion (pillow) covers, more coin purses and developing designs for some more moleskine covers.

The moleskine notebooks are going to be the smaller version of the moleskine cahiers, rather than the large size that I used last. If you can't quite make out my scribbly drawing you can click on it for a larger image - as you see, I have three ideas in mind at the moment - one similar to my original moleskine cover design (but I am going to make some small changes), my sleepy bunny cropping up again on a 'dreams' notebook (I thought it'd be good as a 'dream diary') and what do you know, yet another sighting of EL BANDIDO! The perfect book for planning your next dastardly scheme. ;-)

I've already started on some sleepy bunny cushion covers and will try and get those into the shop early next week. I'm not certain the notebooks will be ready in time for last posting day for North America, sorry guys - but certainly I should have some for folks to spend their Christmas money on.