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    Ok, Whats your secrets. How do you guys do it? Looking after family, running your business, up dating blogs (which are great by the way) and having fun on the forum. I've almost always done some sort of crafting, home made cards, making my own home furnishings, sweet making , baking to name but a few, but now i've registered as a sole trader and want to make money from my crafts I don't seem to have enough time now, it's not just making the craft it's all the organizing stuff that goes with it. Help what is your secrets!
    Joanne

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    I think it's learning to do without much sleep.......
    Mary
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    • #3
      I seem to spend more time making cards, updating my website, ordering supplies, sorting them out when they arrive etc than i do in my real day job. I would like to say i'm organised but judging the mess of my house sometimes thats not quite the case. Lack of sleep is a major factor, as Mary said somethings gotta give and it's normally sleep time.

      I was hoping to be able to give up my day job if my supplies business takes off so i could spend more time with my 14 month old but thats not going to happen, unfortunately.

      So your not on your own and i'm pretty sure that most people on here would agree in one way or another.
      Emma
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      • #4
        Have an extremely messy house! When faced with a bit of spare time I always craft/blog/do something other than housework!! I'm fortunate too in that my younger daughter still sleeps during the day and my elder daughter loves helping me to craft so we often play lots with my crafting stuff while Tara sleeps! Tara also enjoys crawling round th craft room too so thats a bonus!
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        • #5
          I agree a very untidy house, hell who has time for housework, and when it just has to be done rope the kids in with bribes of money. Mine are 16,14 and 12 so they always want money. Ive got to admit running a shop 6 days a week then coming home and dealing with website and looking after husband 3 kids, 1 dog and 1cat is quite stressfull but wouldn't life be boring otherwise. My husband is quite good at housework as well though, he is currently cleaning the bathroom while i chat and watch 24!!!

          Heather
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          • #6
            I agree whole heartedly with the messy house thing. I only really give the house a good going over when people are coming over (we had the family around for a barbeque today) the rest of the time it can wait!!! Working full time, crafting, running the web and blog takes up most of my spare time. Having said that I go to dancing classes twice a week and help out at my local weight watchers class on a Wednesday. Attedning craft fairs at weekends really takes it out of you too. Just need to get on with it I suppose.

            Lisa

            Bowed Over
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            • #7
              Hi! I must say I have a passion in making crafts that can add to the beauty to the home interiors, I know there are professionals now who can do the said task for you but then doing this work all by myself gives me the added satisfaction. Moreover during my college days I did win many prizes for craftsmanship as I was always inclined to make utility things out of items that apparently seemed useless to others. This habit of mine has now helped my home having that different look and people adore it.
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              • #8
                Yep, messy house but creative mind!!

                You'll always think that there is not enough hours in a day to do everything, but really there is!! Apart from housework!

                Most of my friends wonder where I magic all my time from - I work full time in a demanding and stressful job and can do a lot of travelling, I have two boys under 4 and my husband runs a business from home so I help with that too when I get home. And I still manage to do my stuff.

                You simply adapt!!

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                • #9
                  My house is messy too. Wool in every room except the kitchen and bathroom. Have every intention of sorting stuff out in the new year but that might not be next year but hope it is. Tidy up if someone is coming but the cat isn't bothered if the house is messy.

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                  • #10
                    I work shifts so I fit stuff in on my days of. Luckily I only work for half the days of the month but when I am working I'm working 12 hour shifts (half of them though the night!)

                    I just try to schedule myself as much as possible, but as of the new year I really need to be more organised to get EVERYTHING - like the housework, cooking, reviewing, managing a band, writing two blogs, running a shop and actually having a life LOL - done, I thrive on routines its the only way that life doesn't turn into one big mess :-)
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                    • #11
                      Yep. House has gone to hell, crumpled clothes, paying red bills etc. Lack of sleep a given (I'm normally sitting up in bed knitting gone midnight - what a granny!) and if I sit down with a cup of tea I'm packing things in gift bags etc. I hope the admin stuff will get easier. I've spent an awful lot of time shopping around for the best prices and it is paying off. The secret I think is to try and find where the ebay sellers buy their stuff. Once you have good suppliers and systems in place I hope (oh puleeeeeeeeeese) that it will get easier ...

                      But it's GREAT FUN! I have never been creative in my life and suddenly I'm making things people actually want and will pay money for. I'm calling it my mid life crisis. Yippee!

                      Enjoy your crafting.

                      Marion

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                      • #12
                        As above. Do not under any circumstances tidy the house. It is against crafting law !

                        Snacking is also a required as cooking takes up valuable crafting time !

                        Tidy house people do not craft !
                        If you dont have a go ................... you will never know

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                        • #13
                          Im glad im not the only one with a messy house, but its a happy house, craft stuff takes up quite a bit of room and time but i would most likely be bald after pulling my hair out through boredom lol
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                          • #14
                            Brilliant! One day, come the revolution, crafters will take over the world. Jumpers covered in bits of thread, candle wax, paint etc will be mandatory wear and people who criticise our products will go straight to the tower!

                            Chairman Marion

                            Originally posted by Bogwell4018 View Post
                            As above. Do not under any circumstances tidy the house. It is against crafting law !

                            Snacking is also a required as cooking takes up valuable crafting time !

                            Tidy house people do not craft !

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MarionT View Post
                              Brilliant! One day, come the revolution, crafters will take over the world. Jumpers covered in bits of thread, candle wax, paint etc will be mandatory wear and people who criticise our products will go straight to the tower!

                              Chairman Marion
                              You forget the saucepans dyed a fabulous shade of pink and acrylic paint splashed white sinks and hedgehog carpets where the pins fall among the threads not stuck to jumpers !
                              If you dont have a go ................... you will never know

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