First of all… I am DONE with ALL Christmas orders! They have ALL been mailed. That being said, I will be taking the next week OFF! :)
I am tired. So so tired. My back feels like it’s on fire, and has felt that way for the past few weeks. I have ignored the pain and pushed through, though.
I haven’t spent a lot of time with my kids or husband. I have been so focused on getting these orders out and that’s it.
In the 3 Christmas’ that I have owned my business I have been shocked by many things. But I think what shocks me the most is when people get mad at me because I’m not working fast enough. It’s just not good enough.
Please note. I am not a robot. I am not a machine. I am a person who happens to own a business, but I also have a life. I have 2 small kids, and a husband and many things outside of SheyB. I am not sewing 24/7. Not sure why people might think that, but I swear some do.
I hate to be a downer, but I have been wanting to say this for a while. I figure that this is my blog, so I should be able to say and blog what I want, right? Well, I think so.
I think what some don’t understand is how hard we all work. How much time and dedication we put into our business’. My turnaround time isn’t a month because I am lazy and eating bon bons rather than sewing. It is a month, because that’s how many orders I am getting. It’s a month because I have children I want to spend time with. It’s a month because that’s what it is.
What’s sad, though, is Christmas time is when so many of us handmade business owners are treated the worst. I have been yelled at, hung up on, cussed out, called “the worst person ever”. It used to bother me more than it does now. I used to shed tears over the words people threw at me. I no longer shed tears, but I am still just as appalled now as I was from the get go. I will never understand this need to batter people during the holiday season.
Handmade business owners work very hard. We *handmake* everything we sell.
We are not Target, we are not Walmart. We do not mass produce our items.
All I’m saying, please treat us with respect and kindness, not with hostility and nastiness.
On that note. I am announcing a BIG change coming to *Shey*[B]. And the reason for this change is not only because of what was said above, but because I think this change will be better for me, and for you all as well.
Starting February 1st, I will no longer be offering “made to order” items. I will be making EVERY single strap cover and camera strap before listing it, so they will all be ready to ship. This allows me more flexibility, say if I want to go on a vacation… I can! ;)
This also means that there is never be a 1 month turnaround time again! Yes!! I will explain more later.
For now. Make a holiday wish…
And enjoy your Christmas week! Hope it’s magical!
I’ll be back soon.