Oh look its nearly Christmas already. I dont know why we get so suprised when suddenly theres only a couple weeks to go....its not as though the date changes every year .
Anyway I feel like Ive been talking about Christmas for the past 3 months.
Im one of those people that like to be organised, thanks mum.
Its been a very hectic few months but glad so many of you are organised too, and Ive been packing and posting off your christmas orders that started coming in early.
Its been so lovely to feel the support for my growing puzzle range, and rest assured there will be more towns added to the puzzle range next year. Ive got a full painting schedule for the first 6 months of 2023, so Ill be trying to get through some new images that Ive wanted to paint for ages but as most self-employed people know, when you have to do all elements of your business, you never have enough time to do everything.
I do get alot of email and facebook messages requesting certain places. I try to get back to everyone quickly but I know Ive probably missed a few along the way, but rest assured I keep a suggestion list of places people request me to paint.
My images are becoming alot more detailed now, which lends itself to being a fun puzzle, but the time to paint just one place can be at least 1 to 2 weeks of me painting every day.
People often ask me how the process works to get their town painted, but really it depends on alot of things, like how many times its been requested before, if its already on my schedule , and most importantly Ive found...do I want to paint it?? Ive worked out over the past years, I need to want to paint something or otherwise it doesnt turn out any good lol. I can paint loosely to a brief but if it becomes too tight and controlled I get grumpy, and thats never good for anyone lol.
So I have my suggestion list, along with a booked in list and when I wake up in the morning I often have a clear idea of what I want to paint and a sort of layout that means its time to paint that particular image. Theres no fixed schedule or tight running order of what I have to paint when, but if Ive committed to a business or visitor information centre, they know it will happen, just over a looser timeframe. I know its not ideal, but Ive learnt to just go with what works so I can get the best outcome for everyone.
Anyway thats how it works, I hope people can understand my creative process. I do paint alot and Im full of ideas so you know there will be lots more to come in 2023.
Speaking of which, Wed 21st is the last day you can order from my website and do doorstep collection by from my home in Mailors Flat. Its then time to spend some time with the family and Ill be having abit of down time over the next couple of weeks. There are plenty of stockists listed on my website. they are all terrific small business people that Id love you to support, as they support me.
Ill have some extra stock on hand for stockists over the xmas and January time but will be limited as my awesome Aussie puzzle making elves are having so hard earnt time off for most of January.
Thats all folks...have a great festive season and thankyou so much for supporting me on my puzzle journey. Ive loved it to pieces....get it ...pieces lol