Is it wrong to stalk the postman and the courier drivers? I love the packets of goodness that they deliver to my front door! The latest parcel arrived late yesterday afternoon and was full of delicious new geek chic fabrics from Spoonflower. I just had to share the loveliness!
This one symbolises so many lovely geek things it just jumps off the page!
Retro cameras anyone?
Some new takes on old themes with police boxes popping up
And what is more geeky than a good old fashioned calculator?
It is a long weekend here in Australia, to celebrate Australia Day – the day when the British claimed this country as their own (quite regardless of the fact that it had been occupied by its existing owners for thousands of years). Despite the tragedy behind the original purpose of the day, there are many wonderful things about this country that warrant celebration, so I am not complaining about a public holiday. I plan to spend the weekend hanging out with the MIML and doing a spot of playing with the new fabric. I hope that your weekend is a celebration of things you like.
This week seems to be flying past quite quickly, yet at the same time a lot is happening. I am still off work so have been trying to focus on resting and recharging so that I can return to work on Monday. Of course this would not be possible without the support of my delightful mother. Part of recharging involves remembering to focus on just one thing at a time, especially while the chicks are at school. Would you like to hazard a guess what I chose as my one thing????
As a result a few new bags have been produced, and the cross body bag featured in my recent tutorial has been produced in all sorts of different styles and fabrics.
I also discovered a lovely piece of burnt orange linen in a pile of fabrics I had been given, which inspired a new style of bag that I am enjoying playing with. Canvas and linen makes such a lovely combination!
I had a mild panic on Monday, wondering if I am completely mad to think that I can have a stall at the Christmas markets, whether I will have enough stock, etc, etc, etc. Instead of making a rash decision to quit, I decided to lay out all my stock to see what I had. And guess what? I have quite a bit! It also helped to see that the things I am passionate about, and that hang together best as a collection, are my bags. All the other ideas – pencil rolls, pillowcases, t-shirt, etc, are fun, but I don’t have the same passion for them. Which was the first of several lightbulb moments I have had this week. I also addressed my dilemma of stockpiling rather than selling – I will stockpile until the markets then list the remaining stock online for sale. And I will take custom orders in the meantime too. Phew!
This also prompted me to get organised and accept that if I want to take this whole making and selling thing seriously, I need to act seriously. So I now have registered business, and a registered business name!! Oh my! I have also had the next light bulb moment in where I want to take this all next year, so stand by for announcements, developments, etc after Christmas when I will be completing my business plan.
Then, to celebrate all of this in style, I received my copy of the latest issue of *bespoke* magazine which includes a feature on handmade holiday escapes – and features overnight bag, in the lovely fabric by Sally Roydhouse, aka Peppermint Patty from Spoonflower!
I have also realised that I need to draw a distinction between sewing for sale, and sewing for family and friends. That way I don’t miss out on the fun stuff like making quilts or clothes, that doesn’t have anything to do with making money! On that note I am off to make the boy a sun hat with Star Wars fabric as it is his birthday on Saturday.
I hope that your week is going well, and that you are having your own light bulb moments!