Well it's Monday - maybe I should start calling it Monday Maintenance being that I make a lot of phonecalls on Mondays!!!
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Here is the latest update - they are scheduled to be air freighted here to the U.S. the first of September which means now that we are looking at mid-September for actual delivery. Fortunately we (Ellen Hutson LLC) are at the very beginning of the list of those receiving the dies and we are SO ready to ship these out as soon as they arrive here in Seattle! Please keep your fingers crossed that the manufacturer has NO delays above this timetable. All Spellbinders can do is keep those phonecalls going to make certain that work is proceeding and that these are being made correctly and then we wait, and wait and hope for the best.
COPIC: I am thrilled to report that this morning I was told that ALL merchandise has landed. I would have danced if I could have, but instead just grinned from ear to ear and bounced in my chair. We have our team prepped and ready to go to blast those babies out of here as soon as they come. The crew is madly working at their warehouse in Oregon to get these out to us pronto! NO MORE BACKORDERS on COPIC I hope! By next Monday I hope to have all Preorders taken away from the COPIC section of the store. I am trying to stay ahead of the game as well on new order possibilities and therefore I am so very hopeful that in the future we will have a better understanding as to how much inventory to carry. Being so new in this business of selling has made it a challenge to "guess" and yes, it is truly a guess each time I place an order for a new item. If anyone has a secret formula for how to inventory I would LOVE to hear it - LOL!
Foot: WOOHOO I am SO excited! I went to see the doctor again today and they sawed that cast off!!! They took another x-ray and the bone has signs of putting that initial layer of "glue" down, so the healing process has just begun!!! They have allowed me to have a boot instead of a cast. For this I am eternally grateful - it's the little things that matter at this point :D To be able to take it off and allow the skin to "breathe", to allow me to ice it and rub those aching muscles and gently stretch out those charlie horses, to be able to shower or bath that skin and apply lotion - it is SUCH a relief!!! Oh yes, the little things in life :D Casts are claustrophobic!!! - LOL.
Unfortunately I am not allowed to walk yet. I must use my crutches and only put a tiny amount of weight on it. In fact they want me to use both crutches for at least another week and then I can slowly work myself down to a single crutch by six weeks. Oh the patience I must continue to have - I have true empathy for those who don't have an opportunity to do this and are permanently injuried. My heart goes out to these people more then ever before! At six weeks they will do more x-rays and reevaluate whether I am able to start weight bearing and Physical Therapy. Hopefully at six weeks they can then "work me" out of the boot. I learned so much more about the break that occured at my visit today and the ramifications of putting weight on it too soon are not good. So it is going to be another LONG three weeks, then two more weeks of working up to using it. The bone I broke takes 7-8 weeks to "clinically heal" and then 18 months to strengthen back to normal. Ouch!!! I am so "not good" at sitting around and therefore I am slowly beginning to lose my mind - LOL! The only bright spot is that being I can't get myself any food except stuff like chips or stuff I can carry in a bag I haven't gotten myself anything. I refuse to gain one more ounce sitting in this chair and so I think I may actually loose a couple of pounds with this adventure - woohoo!
The lack of ability to create has been extremely frustrating. Not being able to multi-task is not something that is easy for me to accept - LOL! It is all I can do to keep my family moving along preparing them to get ready to go back to school, keeping them helping do the laundry and cleaning house, and trying to promote loving behaviour between these two monkeys!!! Believe me when I say that I think it is time for them to have more of a break from the 24/7 time together stuff - LOL! They are so loving and yet all this "togetherness" is just a little too much. The remainder of my time is spent here in a chair with my leg up doing computer work and keeping the girls who help me up to date with the webstore as well.
There is so much on my creative to do list that I would like to do and share, but all good things are worth the wait. Right?!?
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all for the well wishes - your cards brighten my day like a ray of sunshine. I plan on taking a picture of these beautiful creations once I am a little more able to be mobile by myself and share it with everyone.
Hopefully I'll be back with something creative in the next couple of days because the long-awaited Limited Edition 2007 release is right around the corner along with some spectacular new Lockhart images. I can hardly wait to share these with you!!!