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A day in the life of...a busy crafter...

My day starts at 6.30am when the alarm goes off. I usually groan, switch it off and then sleep again until either I wake up with a jump 10 minutes later or I sleep for another 40 minutes and then wake up in a panic that I’m late for work.

My new routine involves eating breakfast. I find this really hard. For years I never ate breakfast and now I’m training myself to expect food first thing in the morning. It’s usually porridge or muesli and a cup of coffee. Then I leave for the horrible journey to work.

I work full-time in an office so every day is the same, on the way in I get two trains and a bus into central London and then the journey in reverse on the way home. I HATE it! The first train is always late (or maybe it just feels like this). Then the second train is always packed and then the bus is like a rugby scrum. I try to tell myself it’s fun, but it isn’t.

On arrival at work, I usually start the day by checking emails, putting together a list of things to do and talking to other staff about projects we’re working on and what I need to do help move things forward. By the end of the day at 5pm, I’m really looking forward to going home. Reverse the morning journey, add in a 59 bus that always smells like pee (yes, really it does) and I’m home by 6pm or 6.30pm at the latest (those blasted trains again).

At this point my day properly starts in terms of Emma Barrett Designs and making handmade crafts or doing something creative. This is my favourite part of the day. I usually check facebook to see if I need to reply to messages and I check my emails to see if there are any orders to fill and if there are, I spend time doing this. I always try to reply the same day to questions and I try to get bracelet and jewellery orders out the same day. If it’s a big order like my handmade bunting which I make especially then it can take up to five days to finish. After that I have dinner and by then it’s usually about 7.30 or 8pm at night.

If I’m not too tired, I might do some drawing or make some new products. I like working at night, I feel more creative in the evenings than I do in the morning however, it’s not a good time to take photos of my products as the light isn’t great so I save that for weekend mornings.

By about 11.00pm I usually stop because I’m tired and starting to get grumpy at that point!

It’s a busy life but it’s fun to be doing something I love every day. One day I hope that it will be the only thing I do each day, it’d be great to just commute across the hallway to the study every morning.

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