I know the blog has been rather sparse of late. It's because I am treading water. I think it is the 'get up and go' of everyone really starting their caskets that is causing this high water mark. The order volume at Thistle Threads went up by 250% in November and has held constant for eight months. That is great - but it is still only me.
So I have to apologize for extra time it takes for orders to get out! It is also making it tough to keep on top of CDs, making instructions, stitching the next project, getting items cut and ready for kits and etc. etc. Fortunately it is summer and I was able to garner some summer labor - my robot girls seem to be happy to make money and when they are here - surprise, surprise, I often get a bit of free robot boy labor (sticking stickers, etc) as well while they chatter.
They have helped me get all the Frostings box contents prepared (done), we will finish the CDs for Stumpwork next week and have the contents for the 1st Stumpwork kit done. I am finally breathing a bit lighter this week - especially after four of them processed 60 pounds of wheat paste for me into 600 bags. (This is a job that can only be done in the summer as it goes everywhere!). We had to hose them down in the yard when they were finished (I think it was an excuse for a water fight).
They have allowed me to keep shipping the daily orders and caskets while knowing that progress is being made on the core business.
If NOTHING more goes wrong at the box maker place - we are driving to Rhode Island on July 14th to pick up the first pallet of frostings boxes and plan to have all the shipping boxes labeled and ready already so we can ship them out Saturday morning. I refused to wait for them to ship them to me. So I have a pizza party planned and about a half dozen teens. I expect a fight for the shrink wrap station. That is always popular, ha ha.
It has been fun so far, several of the kids are entrepreneurial and so I have been discussing the particulars of small product companies, building web infrastructure, etc. Funny to see them absorb information on credit card processing, PayPal, etc. while packing stumpwork forms.