but filled with lots of promise. We got some boxes right away from FedEx and UPS so there are things to unpack, new projects to assemble, products to move around and display. We got issue #2 of Where Women Create from Somerset. I HOPE they will just end up making more books out of these (because my sister is going to be mad at me -- I told her she could wait to buy issue #1 and now it is sold out. Don't worry, I will find her a copy... and feel like Scarlett at Tara when I do so. There were several artists that we love in issue #1.... I know, I know, but I WILL find a copy!). It's so fun to see people's studios, though sometimes I wish the people were more ordinary artists. There's too much envy involved in seeing someone's studios with their printer's drawers and other fixtures that I wish for but can't afford. But envy is not a pretty thing so I'll try not to dwell on that, or the fact that these artists have gained national recognition for their creations and their spaces....
I DID get to spend lots of time in my studio the last few days and have gotten far ahead on the list. I hired someone to come and help me with sewing and I am feeling so much better about the list and what needs to be done. It helped so much. I might have been glowing on Sunday, I was so happy and relieved. Of course, it might have been a fine thing to hire someone to clean my apartment, but I will see a return on this investment much more quickly - the more I can make for the store, the more I can sell. It's always hard to know what the ceiling is on sales, but so far there is still that feeling that we would sell more of everyone's creations if only there were more in the store. No pressure or anything. Hurry hurry Laura, sew sew sew. I have a dozen artist and knitter's pockets well on their way, and a dozen more that are much further along than I thought they would be this time last week. Plus the start of crayon pockets and more aprons, oh, and some crowns. I even got some filing done this morning. Sachi will be happy. I'm horrible at just creating "file piles" which are a little cumbersome. Though still, if you ask me where something is, I have some ideas so it's not total chaos. I even spent a little time last night at my apartment cleaning up some of the clutter.
This week is only one studio-cleaning session. We have our Bone Folders' Guild meeting so there is show and tell to gather. And the film festival starts this week! I'm pretty excited for that. There are so many great films to watch. I have to exercise some restraint. One time we watched three movies in a row. That was too much. I'm watching 5 movies in 4 days, including Handmade Nation. Hooray! Sachi and I are both looking forward to that. I did get some more 2x2 photos taken for the blurb book but need to work on that some more. Maybe tonight. I do have to do more of the CD cataloging though; tomorrow morning is the plan though I should be going there two days a week. I got my tax bill which was not as bad as I thought. It's manageable, but I still need to work hard this month. And yes, I'll start estimated tax payments this year so you don't have to hear about all of this again next year.
On the whole, I THINK I can get caught up a bit this week. ... but I say that often and then find myself surprised that it's Friday.