I was going to provide an update on where we are at on our Facebook page as that is where the Ocah community usually convene for updates, but on this occasion the update was getting rather too long for that little white Status box on Facebook. So here we are a little Ocah News update.
Ocah is on the move . The lease is up on my existing Studio at the end of June and for a number of reasons I have decided to move my studio back home. I am very excited and quite relieved that I will once again be a WAHM, but more about that another time.
Now given that the very reason that I moved Ocah out of our family home was the lack of space in our little house we knew that the only way that I could move Ocah back home was if we could some how create an additional space for my studio. I joked that maybe I should move into the garden shed, and sure enough the cogs started turning and I decided that this wasn't such a bad idea after all. There followed much research into Garden Offices, more than a little daydreaming took place, and finally a plan was hatched to build a new studio in the back garden. This too is a whole blog post in itself for another time, but suffice to say I have been heavily reliant on my long suffering Husband to do much of the preparation work that needed to be done before my new studio can be installed. At some point soon I will have to down tools to pack up my old Studio and move everything to my new space, but for now my focus is on my sewing.
Which leads me on to completion date of existing Customer orders, *takes a deep breath*, I am running 2 weeks behind schedule. I know where I lost one week, the girls half term break at the beginning of June, I gave up on trying to arrange childcare for the whole week and ended up taking 4 days off to do the childcare part myself.
I had hoped that I would be able to make the time up, but it didn't happen, why ? honestly ? we said "yes" to more people than we should have, well OK, I said yes to more people than I should have, Claire and Carla warned me that I was mad, but I am a sucker for taking on extra orders to try and keep people happy ( and still there were people that didn't get a slot this time around). Lesson learnt, let Claire and Carla deal with the slot booking as they are better gate keepers than me. So anyway, I am working long hours at the studio sewing, 10-12 hours each day so that I can get everything finished before we go away on holiday on the 14th of July, I am sorry for the delays and I do truly appreciate the patience of customers waiting on getting their Wrap Conversions completed, if I could work a miracle and get them made sooner I surely would, but I will say that all carriers will be completed no more than 2 weeks later than scheduled, everything will be shipped by 13th July,which leads me on to the next piece of "News".
The schedule looks like this, after finishing the exisitng orders by 13th July Ithen head off on my holiday with my family from the 14th July. After my holiday I will be moving into my new studio, setting up my cutting table, sorting a place for my sewing machines, organising storage etc. And then we have 3 of our four girls birthdays in July , so realistically I am not going to be ready to sew new orders until early August.
My studio is due to be installed and fitted out by contractors this week, but I decided I cant take time off from my sewing schedule to pack and move everything from my old studio to my new studio and so as much as it will pain me to leave it standing empty, we will be working on getting everything set up properly in the studio after we returned from our holiday.
And so the Slots will now be listed on the first Monday in August. We will bring a discussion to the Ocah Facebook Group and our Facebook Page on how people would prefer us to make these slots available in due course.
Because we receive a lot of emails for each order that we take, we have decided not to set the August slots up the month before as we would do normally in order that we can all have a proper break without having to tend to the constant flow of emails to our inbox .We will still be checking in online at regular intervals, we have plans to update our tired looking blog space, we have a new order system to test out before we set it running, we having wearing instructions to print, packaging to re-work, and we have a few new ideas that we want to bring to the fore.
Finally I'd like to saya huge thank you to everyone who continues to support me and the Ocah team your love and support is very much appreciated.