I did my taxes today. I dread it every year but when I finally get to it it doesn’t take long and it’s not so bad. It gives you a great feeling when it’s done and no longer hanging over you. This was not my best year. Both my husband and I were ill or in hospital at different times and that’s a really big distraction from work. However, I have a lot of stock to work on and post on the sales site.
I noticed that it’s quite hard to find little bottles of shellac these days, and where you do find it it’s quite expensive. So I thought I would make a batch, buy some bottles and offer it on the sales website. I found, though, that it was very difficult – if not impossible – to do this on my sales site as it’s set up now. There are complications about postage and to rejig the site to accommodate the bottles of shellac would cost me a lot of money which I would probably never get back. Anyway, I have a whole lot of little bottles of shellac and if you want one just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s £3.50 per bottle and postage is included in that price. N.B. I can only send shellac to UK addresses.
Because last year was the least successful for a while, we were talking over the future of the business today. We did consider dropping it and doing something else to make a living, but I realised that a life without fountain pen restoration would be completely unthinkable. Pens are my life. They fascinate and obsess me and are as much a part of my life as eating or breathing, and you can’t stop doing those things either. So it looks like I’ll be around for a bit longer.