In this profession, no two days are the same. However, the days I work from the studio tend to look a little like this.
Time to get up and make breakfast for myself and the kids. I also make sure the kids are ready for school and don’t miss the bus. Mornings can be hectic!
I sit at my laptop and catch up on emails, post an Instagram (or two) and maybe a few Facebook pics. I am always checking for website updates and making sure that my on-line shop is up-to-date. Finally, I print dispatch notes for any online orders and…put some washing on! Multi-tasking at its best.
I take this time to go for a long dog walk with friends or a short dog walk followed by a run or crossfit.I’m still learning not to feel guilty about this ‘me time’…..when you work on your own these times to catch up with friends or go for a workout, are life-saving.
11:00 – 16:00
I am back in my studio (I am lucky to have my own space at the back of the house – my universe). I make up orders, prepare stock and work on commissions. I normally have a client popping in at some point each day, either to discuss a commission, or purchase something from the one of my collections. I enjoy these moments interacting with my clients.
16:00 – 16:45
Time for a quick cuppa and a chat with the kids when they get back from school. Then I whizz to the Post Office to post any orders (there’s barely a day that goes by when I don’t have to go to the post office – I am on a first name basis with every staff member there!).
Back in the studio to finish off my commissions.Once I get stuck into a project I find it hard to tear myself away, much helped by the many fabulous podcasts I’ve found on iTunes (another guilty pleasure of mine).
I now have my “mum” hat on: I hang out the wash, pick up all the objects the kids have scattered around the house and generally put everything back where it belongs.Then I have to think about what I’m going to prepare for tea! Never a dull moment.
19:30 – 21:00
Phew! I generally catch up on the day with my husband over a G&T (a welcomed reprieve). Then I cook, sit down to eat with the family and do the washing up.
If I am in the mood, I watch a drama on TV. This is the first down-time of the day where I switch off my brain and indulge in some lazy pursuit.
And onwards: bath time, a good book and sleep.