The big news in the nest today is the rain. Yes! It has finally rained! Our water tank is full, the garden is starting to look a bit green, the air is damp, and everything feels cleaner. After long, hot, dry weeks everything, including the air, was starting to feel dusty, so this clean dampness is a joy!
The eldest chick’s birthday celebrations went off very well on Friday. In the end I made her a cross body bag using Dr Who fabric, a Dr Who pillowcase, and gave her the pouch that I provided the tutorial on, with some beautiful face care products made by a very talented creative friend, Kyoko, who makes all the lovely things at So Soap.
Add in a Lego present, and a light for her bike and she was a very happy eleven year old. By way of a party I took her and four of her friends to a trendy café/pizza place/bar for dinner last night. Luckily one of the mothers, who is a friend of mine, chose to stay so I had company while the 5 girls giggled and acted sophisticated, and then acted like children, and generally had a great time! One of her friends always gives her excellent presents – either handmade by her mother (a very crafty friend of mine) or books. This year it was a new series of books that already have the eldest chick lost with her nose deep in the pages, so that was a success! Another present she got was just perfect. Great friends of ours taught her to play Yahtzee over the holidays, so when they saw a Dr Who Yahtzee set, it had her name written all over it. She very happily taught the boy to play it this morning and declared it the best game ever!
By working away in my sewing room I have managed to complete the 6 bags that I cut out and prepared a week ago. (I am trying not to dwell on the fact that it took me a week to make 6 bags…..). I complicated things by putting in zipped inner pockets, wide bases that needed stability added, etc. I also complicated things by managing, on three bags in a row, to sew things together upside down……. I am sure that there is a message in there for me – just not sure what! After 6 messenger style bags in a row I think it is time for something different this week. (Now to work out what it is!)
I have also made some business decisions in the last few days. After going through a great process of deciding that the bibs that I have been sewing are not ‘within scope’ and therefore I will only make them to be sold by another website I have done a complete about face when presented with an opportunity too good to miss. Here in Canberra we have the Handmade Shop, where everything in the shop is handmade within Australia. It has always been part of my long term plan to apply to stock my bags in there, but I am not at that point yet. However they recently called for a new designer bib maker to apply to stock their shop, and a friend of mine tagged me in the Facebook page. Cutting a convoluted story short, a few days later I applied, and was accepted the same day, so will be stocking bibs there from 1 March! What a fabulous excuse to buy more gorgeous children’s prints!
The second decision was that I needed to improve my record keeping and inventory control, particularly for attending markets, and if I am going to have stock sitting in shops, or on other websites. A recommendation from a creative colleague pointed me to a great program – and it can be used on an ipad, including producing and then scanning barcodes (it is Vend, if you are interested). What does this mean, I hear you ask? That this provided sufficient justification to purchase a new iPad Air. (I was an early adopter of the first iPad but hadn’t upgraded since, and the absence of a camera meant that it wasn’t much use for inventory etc. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!) So now I can look all professional and keep track of my products instead of looking at my storage boxes in confusion!
On the home front, the chicks all had a great week at their schools. Given the drama, trauma, and crises of the last two years with the boy attending school, being able to write that first sentence is such a relief. I am eternally optimistic, so hope that it continues (but am realistic enough to know that the future is unpredictable.)
With only 3 weeks until the Handmade Markets I am hitting the panic button a bit, so hope to get a lot of sewing done this week. I was going around in circles tonight, wondering what to do next when I remembered my bicycle applique from the last post. So here it is, appliqued onto some canvas, ready to be made into a canvas satchel!
I think I might have to break up the sewing for the week with experimenting with a few new applique templates!
I hope that you have had a great weekend, and that your week ahead is full of fun experiments. What are you looking forward to most this week?