Apologies for the extended radio silence from Sew Curvy Towers! Who knew this pandamoneum - i mean pandemic - would last for so long !!
Well whilst things have calmed down a BIT, it's still been busy so first of all I'd like to send out my huge and limitless thanks to all of you who have kept this little business going through what's been a very difficult year for everyone! Thank you so much for all your support! Judging by the fact that I have sent out more corset kits over this summer than I have in the last 10 years I think we have added a few nice new corset making addicts to the world in the process - sorrynotsorry ...
The good news is that I now have help on a Monday which is the busiest day, so we are able to get more sent out faster. There are still a few blips in the supply chain for haberdashery, cotton fabrics and cotton tapes, but on the whole, things have settled down in that area.
On a personal note, my house move continues to be 'interesting' - I've moved from the west of Oxfordshire to the south of Oxfordshire. The studio is still in West Oxon which for me, means longer commuting times and this does impact on the working day somewhat - I used to live only 5 mins away from the studio, in a perfect house that didn't need decorating/sorting/mending etc., so I could quite happily work till 6.30pm and still have tea on the table at a reasonable time, but that has all changed now so along with all the lockdown type stuff, I'm having to adapt a bit on the home front. It's all good, though a few things have changed, or will be changing over the next few weeks:
Changes at SCC for the month of November and beyond as follows:
The first thing is Fridays. I'm no longer sending out orders on a Friday. This will give me more time to focus on blog writing, tutorials, admin, and social media!
The 'big bad B' - BREXIT
So on 31 December as things stand now, we're going to be out of the EU without a deal. This is going to add new meanings to words like 'chaos', 'panick' and 'pandemoneim' and it's going to be a whole world of pain financially for many people, not least small traders like Sew Curvy who will have to negotiate a whole new raft of rules and regulations as far as customs and duties are concerned. I'm expecting a drastic change to the way we import and export, so what I'm trying to do is get enough stock together to ride past that particular storm (if that will indeed be possible!) and keep all of you corset makers in stock too! That means i'm concentrating on our core corset making components - busks, spiral steels, flat steel boning and good quality european corsetry coutil. So, 'preparing for brexit' will be high on my agenda over the next few weeks and that means lots of studying of new procedures, new VAT rules, and stock related admin. I'm tired just thinking about it.
- Post no longer going out on Fridays
- Shopping basket will be closed for a period over Christmas so I can work out all the Brexity stuff.
I hope you all have a safe and productive lock-down, and lets keep everything crossed that November's 'pain' will be December's gain.