Pottering along

I have been tagged in a blog-along thingy to write about why I write.  This is not the post that will address that.  However thinking about the blog, my business and how it all fits together has been bubbling away in my mind.  When I started the blog I worried that I posted too often and bombarded my followers.  Now I feel that I have abandoned my blog, and my readers.  I have been reflecting on why this has happened and realised that writing here at some point shifted from something that I loved to do, that was like therapy, to something that I had to do but couldn’t seem to find time for.

I have decided that I want to rediscover some of the joy I had from blogging, so will try to post little bits and pieces more regularly.  I think I have also been trying to balance not writing about all the hard stuff in my life, and when things are really hard it means that I don’t write at all.    This, then, is a quick snapshot of what is happening in my life at the moment, with little bits of the hard stuff included.

After years of juggling a high pressured career, and being an organised single parent, and having a neat and tidy home, cared for garden, and an organised house, now that I am home full time I seem to run late for everything, never catch up on folding and sorting the laundry, have truly dirty floors, and forget important dates on a regular basis.  I don’t seem to have time to blog, to sew, to bake, to hang out with my friends, and yet I am allegedly a ‘lady of leisure’!  Now part of it is getting sucked into the vortex of the internet and losing time that way.  But there is more to it than that.  I suspect it is going to take me a while to adjust to this whole concept of creating my own structure, rather than responding to the structure of an office job.

I am setting myself small targets this week.  First of all to clear the back order of custom orders that I have.  Then to spend a day working through the house from front to back and returning it to order and cleanliness.  (I almost added five more things to the list, but if I can do these two I will be very happy!)

A custom order that has been waiting for a while to be made!

A custom order that has been waiting for a while to be made!

I am also back to wondering about the ‘scope’ for my business.  After deciding that I would focus on bags and accessories I find myself making bibs, doing a custom order for bunting, making up heat packs stencilled for another custom order, cushion covers for yet another, whipping up a pillowcase for another, and generally drifting back to making anything that comes along.  This might be contributing to my feeling of being overwhelmed!  I can’t make everything that exists under the sun, no matter how much I want to!  What I can do is choose my scope, and stick to it, and make those things really well.  (Gee – did that sound like a pep talk to you? )

Custom ordered appliqued bunting.  (I love the colours she chose!)

Custom ordered appliqued bunting. (I love the colours she chose!)

Bags and accessories and bibs.  That is a broad category.  It is enough.  This might be my new mantra!

On the topic of bags I can share that I designed and made a laptop bag for my eldest chick earlier in the week.  She has her own laptop now, in preparation for starting high school next year, and in moving between her father’s house and mine it has looked a big too naked and vulnerable being carried in her arms!  I decided that she needed something that reflected a bit of her personality, but could also grow with her.  This is the end result!

The front of the laptop bag showing the detail on the flap, and the red leather base.

The front of the laptop bag showing the detail on the flap, and the red leather base.

Under the flap you see the lining, and another handy pocket!

Under the flap you see the lining, and another handy pocket!

The back of the bag has another pocket, plus a bit of personalisation.

The back of the bag has another pocket, plus a bit of personalisation.

I have had some great feedback on the bag and am thinking that adding this style to my bag range is worth a try.

I can also update you about further developments for the artist in residence.  After her successful appearance at the exhibition, and being approached to sell her painting, this week she had one of her drawings appear in our local newspaper to launch a survey of the Gang-Gang – a native bird that is the faunal emblem for Canberra.  Needless to say she is thrilled and I couldn’t be prouder.  I am going to have to start recording a portfolio for her!

Gang-gang

Gang-gang

My beautiful boy is still struggling with school, and with coping that anything that changes the direction that he thinks he is following, but we have managed to have one fantastic day this week, and a couple of good recoveries from incidents.  The good moments, or days, make the not-so-good ones easier to cope with.  He is now living with me 100%, after some changes in his father’s life meant that it was best to change our care arrangements.  I shared on Facebook that I was fortunate to have him living with me, then added that I am not trying to be a hero, or downplay how difficult it is to parent him, but if I don’t see myself as fortunate I will probably break.

So here we are.  Pottering along with life, trying to work out how to survive financially, caring for my children, and having a creative brain that is in constant overdrive with new ideas of things to make.  I am pretty lucky really!

I hope that you are having a good week.

11 thoughts on “Pottering along

  1. gladeridercrafts

    That sounds like a wonderful idea- concentrating your talent in a particular area, so everything you make is as good as it could be 🙂 (Something I’m eternally struggling with, and I’m just making things for me!)

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    1. a little bird

      It is hard isn’t it? I want to make everything I think of…..but being very good at one thing is better than average at lots of things when you are running a business – or trying to!

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  2. Vicky Myers

    I enjoy reading your blog posts, but it really shouldn’t feel a pressure. I too struggle with the balance between blogging re the business and including real life family stuff – I look up to you as someone who has a good balance. I feel as though I know you a bit but that you balance your sharing with protecting your chicks and their father in the world of the internet. It’s a hard balance.
    Good luck with finding the balance re structuring your time outside of the office environment, I too would be sucked into the vortex of the internet:) Vicky
    Ps Love the denim pocket of the laptop bag (oh for an industrial sewing machine!)

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    1. a little bird

      Vicky I love that we found each other through our blogs and mutual love of creating! Thank you for the supportive feedback – it really does make a difference! Thought you might like the denim pocket – you do know that my move into using repurposed denim was inspired by you? As for the industrial machine – watch ebay!

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  3. Louise Allan

    There’s lots that’s good in life, yet still we struggle because there’s lots that’s not so good, too. Your daughter is one amazing artist and you, too, are one amazingly creative and industrious person! xx

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    1. a little bird

      Thank you Louise! (I am a bit proud of her!!)
      That balance between the good stuff and the not so good stuff is the eternal balancing act isn’t it? I am half way through your recent post. You continue to amaze me with your courage and resilience.

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    1. a little bird

      Linda you are so much better than me at using up old fabrics – if I have given you some inspiration I am truly flattered!

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  4. CUP + PENNY

    Hi, Theresa. Your comments about not wanting to write anymore are understandable. When school starts for me every year, I have to re-adjust my blogging goals. During the summer when I have time off, I try to do spontaneous posts that show what I’m doing day by day, and I try to link to lots of things and go in depth about what I’ve been working on. During the school year, I try to write on the weekends and queue up posts for the week so I don’t have to do anything on the weeknights. I try writing shorter, less detailed posts, with more pictures instead. And I don’t do as much networking like reading other people’s blogs and commenting.

    I also divide posts into several smaller posts. For example, in the summer I might post about a finished product every few days, but during the school year when I don’t get as many projects done, I post one small step each day. That way I’m still posting consistently but I squeeze 7 posts out of one project. I don’t know if my readers enjoy these smaller posts as much, but at least I feel like I’m staying in touch and not falling out of habit.

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    1. a little bird

      Rebecca they are all excellent ideas. Thank you! I have always been impressed by the regularity of your posts and how you get a good balance between pictures and words – now I understand how you do it! I am spending a bit of time thinking about all of this at the moment, and your comment has been very helpful – wonderful timing!!

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