I am sitting at home with a large cup of tea reflecting on the weekend that was – the Handmade Market. It was a big weekend – loads of customers, lots of sales and lots of lovely discussions about wool, tea, teabags, the environment, and everything in between! I sold out of reusable tea bags, have very low levels of stock to list in my online shop, and generally need to get back to work to restock – not a bad position to be in! First of all though I need to clean my house – the last week of intense preparation means that once again my housework was at the bottom of the list of priorities – oops!
A few highlights of the weekend in pictoral form – including a photo of me that a customer took and sent to me!
What next? Possibly a market in August, otherwise focusing on rebuilding stock and filling custom order will be my priority over the next week or so! (After I sleep, clean, and catch up on all my messages!!)
This is the perfect time of the year for making – it is cold outside but inside in front of the fire, with the winter sun shining through the glass, is perfect! My fingers have been busy with new creations and returns to old ones, and gearing up for the next Handmade Market on 28 and 29 July. And I have been trying out my self-description as an artist! I have been surprised at how easily it rolls off the tongue and how people just accept it as a fact! I am reminded that confidence is everything – if you are confident in yourself then others accept that you are authentic.
I have filled a few custom orders, and created some new designs in the tea cosy range. This custom order, for the Devonshire Teas being served at the Henry Lawson Festival in Grenville a couple of weeks ago was fun!
Of course I have also been busy growing my second business as a Thermomix consultant! It has been wonderful to rediscover my creativity in the kitchen as I am reminded again about all that can be achieved with food and good equipment! I have been enjoying getting out and meeting customers, and having that time for myself on my own terms! Occasionally I think I am mad for trying to grow two businesses at the same time, but they both provide such different inspiration and energy to my life that I am going to keep them both going and see where it leads me! (I was a bit excited when Thermomix released a new recipe collection aimed at High Teas though – the overlap seemed too perfect!) I have uploaded a few recipes to the Thermomix Recipe Community website, so if you are interested in Pineapple Whip, Gluten Free pizza bases or Gluten Free Banana Bread, head on over and have a look! I have also been playing with hiding vegetables in snacks with these spinach scrolls!
I had a moment of madness a few weeks ago when, after a cortisone injection in my shoulder left me in considerable pain, I decided to play with a pattern I had found on Pinterest as a distraction from the discomfort. I shared it on my personal Facebook page and my friends started requesting them straight away! I ordered in some nice thick cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills and have started filling orders for *drum roll please* “Dishcloths of Holey Profanity”. They are based on the pattern created by TeezToppers but I have added in my own variations to make them suit my style. I haven’t decided whether to continue this as a full line in my handmade business but they are certainly providing a pile of fun for my friends at the moment! I say that these are the perfect dishcloths for tackling yet another mess in the kitchen that you didn’t make!
In addition to fresh tea cosy patterns I have also been working on restocking jewellery for my online store, Trove and The Collective Store in Brisbane. Next I think it will be time for some candle making as I have some teacups that are just crying out for a bit of love!
Of course all of this wonderful time to create does come at a cost. I dread having to open my studio door at the moment as it is chaos in there, and I keep hoping no one drops in for an unannounced visit as my housework is definitely below standard! But my sanity is relatively secure so I am happy despite the guilt!
I hope that this season finds you with time to do the things that are important to you!