Every year, at about this time, I solemnly swear that next year, about this time, I will NOT be doing all my work in a deadline-induced panic.
November is like Groundhog Day.
To be fair, the deadline I'm referring to is the last posting dates for Christmas delivery, which, in theory, are immutable. In practice of course, they are ever so slightly flexible, especially on international routes which are well served. For example, the last recommended posting date for airmail delivery to the USA is 12 December. For Australia it's 4 December.
I am currently working on commission orders for both of those destinations and my self-imposed deadline for completion is 30 November so that they can be packaged and ready for delivery on Monday 1 December.
Just 5 days away.
But I also have commission orders to complete for delivery to three European destinations, as well as several for here in the UK.
In total, 15 dressed toy dolls, plus assorted toys and pullalong animals.
As always, it will go right down to the wire......