Hours, turnaround times...... a fresh start to 2017!

Hours, turnaround times...... a fresh start to 2017!

I think it's safe to say and Mr Periwinkle and anyone who knows me well would agree that Periwinkle and Clay pretty much took over my life in 2016 - and you know what this is ok - we survived our first year of me running my own business and I'm uber proud of what I've created, really proud... and tired...

I've been doing a lot of thinking since finishing up for Christmas on how I'd like 2017 to be different - I honestly don't think I've got the energy to carry on at the same speed.  Some amazing things happened in 2016 (oh I am going to blog more about all of this!) like moving into my own premises and moving Periwinkle and Clay, all the frames and stock out of the family home - all happened super fast.  So I've been mulling over how I can get more balance back to work and life... :-)

I want more of happier balance to work in 2017.  It would be wonderful to have some time to be creative and come up with new pieces, not just work all hours I can on orders. I don't want to be working every spare hour I have available and I really do want to make sure the time I have with Eliza is just for her - she's growing up so fast (so no checking facebook or Instagram messages, emails, etc. during the time that I have with my family going forward...)

Therefore I have decided to publicise my hours going forward.

I'll be at the studio 9-4pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday where Periwinkle and Clay will be my main focus, notifications will be on - the phone will be on, orders and everything else that comes with running a business will happen - the magic you might say!! :-)

Wednesday afternoons are going to be reserved for creativity and coming up with new designs - which is really, really important to a small business).... my head is brimming with ideas :-) I will take occasional Sundays or evenings to run market nights or Market days (you loved the Sunday market I did for Christmas - so hopefully there will be a few more of them this year).

I am planning to take occasional Sundays or evenings to run market nights or Market days (you loved the Sunday market I did for Christmas - so hopefully there will be a few more of them this year).

Outside of these hours though, I may not answer your messages immediately, even though there may be posts on Facebook or Instagram - they may be scheduled :-) - I've turned off notifications on my phone since Christmas and it's been nice to forget about my phone a bit more... (my aim is to be more organised this year) so I shouldn't need to feel 'on call' 24/7...

Product turnaround times will still be 2 weeks from approval of proofs - If anything I want to work on shortening this for you.

I am also looking to get a regular evening to work in the week and will make this known when I've decided - which will be mostly proof editing and work on the laptop at home.

I really hope you'll understand this and support me in trying to get a better balance with working, being a mum, running a home, being me.... 

More blogging to come - I've missed writing updates :-)

Love Claire xx

Claire Millen

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