And. . . we're back! Miss us? We've missed you guys! So much has happened these past 30 days, yet it's been life as usual too. The bindery is always hopping with fun restoration projects, and our homestead has grown by leaps and bounds. We kept up with blogging, so if you've followed along with our blog you're pretty much up to date with the happenings of the homestead. We've been saving our restoration and binding projects though, mostly because it's nice to keep special projects to ourselves for a while, even though we enjoy sharing so much of our bindery life with y'all.
While on our break several people asked us if it was a good idea to take a social media break since it's become such a huge marketing tool for businesses. All the books and blogs say post constantly and often too; so thinking about that question we couldn't help but answer: Yes, 30 days of not sharing our day-to-day life isn't going to be a big deal, and here's why we came to that conclusion: So much of our business is creative and personal, and it's all housed and run directly out of our home which makes it even more personal with a huge sense of propriety and protection. Not to mention factoring in how special the rare books are that we are trusted with to care for; they're not only special because of their rarity, they also have great personal value to their owners—our clients—which in of it's self is a huge responsibility we don't take lightly. But here's the thing; we shaped our business this way on purpose.
Restoration work on books is pretty straightforward, but all of our bindings and enclosures are custom designs and handmade in our home studio, and that feels really personal, and it also feels really special which helps keep the creative juices flowing. The more of ourselves we can put into our custom work, the better the outcome for the end product and for our clients. When working in a creative field one's environment and surroundings are extremely important, and that's where our homestead living and animals come into play. Being surrounded by nature, sweet farm animals, and the work we've put into building our homestead adds a whole other layer of just how much of us we put into our work. Then we move on to the fiber arts side of our home business. Spinning yarn using the fiber given to us from our rabbits and sheep is an amazing experience, and another layer of something special we pass on to our work, which all adds up to how we find inspiration, creativity, humility, refine our craft, and become innovative. Maintaining the balance of these layers can be tricky and requires a lot of effort, and social media, while great for sharing, can be very disruptive. Pulling back from the outside world every once in a while is never a bad idea in our opinion, in fact it's required.
Here is what happened in the 30 days: