This weekend, I was surprised to see a massive jump in "sales" of my free pattern on Craftsy (the one for the sewing kit that appeared first on here then in Sewing world magazine). It took me a while to work out the reason for the huge increase - then I discovered I'd got a mention on the Craftsy blog! What was even more surprising was that my little pattern was trending as number 1 on the free sewing patterns page! Wow!! That was just amazing (although it's entirely possible it's dropped from the number 1 spot by the time you read this).
It's made me realise that I need to get some more patterns out there! It's one of the things I've really neglected recently. There seems to be so many things I want to do and I need to get better at making time for them all. Any ideas to help me organise my time would be welcomed - although I am pretty well-read on the subject and aware of the theory... it's the practical I struggle with!! Maybe I'm just trying to fit too much in.
I am about to add something else into the mix which might make time management even harder - something that has absolutely nothing to do with handmade but might be a welcome diversion at times...
I'm getting a puppy - but not just any puppy. I've volunteered with the Guide Dogs Association to be a puppy walker, which means a puppy will come and live with me, distract me from my work, piddle on my floor, chew anything I leave lying around and in return I'll take him or her for walks and socialisation practice - a very cute companion, I think!
I'll keep the puppy for about a year (when they'll want it back for its next stage training!) but I will have the option to take on another little fluffy bundle when the first one moves on.
I'm really quite excited but managed to rein in my excitement a little when they asked could I start mid-December - there is a litter of puppies ready to be homed then. The busiest time of the year for me is the run-up to Christmas, when I'm furiously painting, lettering, packing and posting for my gifts website. I am hoping it won't be much afterwards though when "my" puppy arrives!
I've now got patterns and tutorials for dog chew toys and dog beds going around in my mind!! Inspiration is everywhere but time is as short as ever!
There's more good news, in that I got a mention in Homecrafts Top 50 craft bloggers awards. I recognise quite a few of the bloggers on there, but some are new to me - so I'm going to be trying to make time to look at the blogs of some of my fellow awardees (is that even a word?).
If you'd like to share what's been going on in your handmade world this week, you know what to do...