I can’t believe that I completely skipped referring to Mother’s Day in my last post – and that it has taken me all week to post again! My own beautiful mother (you know – the one who flies in to help at a moment’s notice, who was my super-assistant preparing for the Christmas markets last year, who is amazing in all areas) is worthy of a day of her own. Last year she was with the chicks and I on Mother’s Day and was part of the celebrations. This year we missed her and had to suffice with a phone call. That meant that I got all the celebration fuss from the chicks on my own! First of all they presented me with the most wonderful gifts including a ‘Mummy Survival Kit’ they had made with their step-mother – chocolates, panadol, throat lozenges (for when I have been yelling too much!!), tea bags, a scratch and win lottery card (I didn’t), a needle and thread so I can always sew, a bottle of gin (they know me so well!), and bed socks, all in a beautifully decorated container!
The middle chick had made me a jar of cleaning slime (!!), the boy bought me a new mug with chocolates inside it, the eldest chick bought me some bath fizz, and they all gave me a mug decorated with little birds. Now this was all pretty wonderful, but they topped it all off with my breakfast in bed. First the menu, then the preparation and delivery.
(For the record I had ‘Perfect Pancakes, Everything tastes better with Bacon, a cup of tea and freshly squeezed orange juice!) They even stuck the order up on the cupboard above the stove, and presented me with my bill (to be paid in hugs and kisses) when I was finished. My little people never cease to amaze me at all they can achieve!
I hope that you were able to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mother, or, if you are a mother, with your children.
The week then started off with a new idea I am pursuing. I invited a small group of craftspeople that I know to participate in a group mentoring session, facilitated by me, to discuss the business side of having a creative business. Three amazingly talented women were able to attend and we had a really interesting two hours talking, sharing, and exploring ideas. It is such a privilege to be able to share the knowledge that I have gathered about having a creative business, and we are going to meet again soon to continue our discussion. I am exploring the concept of being able to offer this as a service for individuals and groups – including by Skype for those who don’t live close by, so as I develop the concept I will keep you informed. There is something so invigorating about being in a conversation with other people who are developing their craft and are interested in how they can take it to the public – this is going to be fun! I added a few new links to the Resources page (at the top of the screen) so do pop by and check them out.
A large part of my week has been spent juggling children’s sporting activities and social lives, attempting to get organised at home, and getting involved in some discussions about my future (wooooo…..scary stuff!) This has meant that not a huge amount of sewing has happened. Which is a bit slack given that it is three weeks until the Handmade Markets and I have 1000 ideas that I wanted to have completed for the Markets! Looks like I am going to have to rein in my ideas and streamline the items I am making (which is of course very sensible, but always slightly frustrating to any creative person who loves to follow bright and shiny objects and ideas wherever they may go!) I have cut out a pile of fabrics ready to create bags, and will be making bibs this weekend too – all those pretty fabrics have been calling my name all week!!!
However today I spent the day working with a fellow craftsperson, teaching him how to sew a cushion cover. He normally works with wood (and makes beautiful creations with his wife that you can see at Creations by Holmes) and it was really interesting as we worked together on designing and making the cover how similar the principles of construction using fabric and wood are. Although it took most of the day we were both pretty happy with the end result and, as usual, identified how to do it much more efficiently on the next occasion. The exchange of ideas and concepts in sewing and wood-working was a really good intellectual exercise too!
I wrote last week about the humour that we have been enjoying about the fact that I am officially a ‘human’. Another factor in being a human is that we ‘mature’ according to my optometrist. I tried to tell him that it is just getting older but he insists that my eyes aren’t getting older, they are ‘maturing’! Anyway – whatever the phrase, I have had to accept that my eyes are changing and after wearing glasses since I was 12 I now discover that I need to move to multi-focal lenses! Eeek. Forget the ‘maturing’ thing – that just feels old! A friend and I had vowed not to move to multi- or bi-focal lenses until we were 50. I had to send her a text of defeat telling her that I couldn’t wait that long after all. She was in a very high level meeting and tells me that she saw my text and couldn’t help laughing despite her surrounds! Ah well – at least it brought a smile to someone’s day!
I have many other exciting things bubbling around in my head, but have to wait a while before sharing them. What I can say is that I have had great joy this week in making decisions that are good for my family, even though they may not be good for my finances. The future looks different, but it looks happy.
And now I need to leave the vortex of the internet and get to work sewing!!!