Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Taking it easy today ...

Well kind of ... I've spent the morning tearing my hair out, trying to take half decent bead photographs. The light is so dull that's it's almost impossible to get a decent image that doesn't need photoshopping half to death.

So how's it been going since I last posted ?
Slow - ish really. Steady, but slow. I think that when my partner first lost his job, I kind of panicked and threw myself into accepting every sniff of a commission, but then I started struggling to keep to deadlines, so I had to apologise to a few customers and slow down a little bit.
My biggest problem / fear is creative burnout. The pressure on me to be creative and productive when I am the sole earner in the family can be horrendous at times, but regardless of how I might be feeling, the bills still have to be paid, so I try and just plod on most of the time.

If it wasn't for all of my wonderful customers though, my mortgage and other bills simply wouldn't get paid, so I shouldn't really complain. I feel privileged to be able to sell what I enjoy making so much :)

So other life stuff ... I still have a bad shoulder. The physiotherapist thinks it's tendonitis, and is giving me some exercises to do. It's not much better yet, but I haven't lost any more movement, so that has to be positive.
I just wish that when it hurts, it didn't hurt quite so much.

My middley had his birthday at the weekend .... 13 already .... teenager number 2 to try to survive, LOL
He's getting so grown up now ... he went bowling with a friend instead of me taking him bowling .. I guess that at 13, bowling with Mum just isn't the done thing anymore *sigh*
The whole family pooled his birthday money and he is now the owner of his very first console ! It's so quiet here now, haha .... I wouldn't normally allow him to spend hours at a stretch on it, but it's new, and it's half term, so I'll let him have his fun for now :)

Anyway ... that's pretty much it from me for now... so I'll round up today's post with a few new bead pictures

If you got this far, reading ... congratulations ! LOL

Enjoy the rest of your day :)