Sunday, 12 September 2010

Some Words and Pictures . . .

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my previous post - very much appreciated! This morning I woke to a beautiful sunny day here in the Hebrides and my first instinct was to record it in my blog so I guess some things haven't changed! Here's the story:

Being without my internet connection intermittently over the last few weeks has given me a little time to think about my craft business and where it is going. I suddenly found myself enjoying not having to deal with customer enquiries, confirm orders, etc - basically all the things which run alongside operating an online business. I realised that I've run out of time to do all the enjoyable aspects of crafting - like making things just for fun or for giving as gifts to family and friends. How did that happen???

Anyway, in the meantime I've been asked to work full time at my office job for the next 7 weeks to fill in for staff who have left, or are going on holiday. This will be a major change for me and might lead to further full time work but that will be something to give a lot of thought to and this 7 weeks will be a bit of a testing ground, so here goes!

My blog however is something I really enjoy and so I hope to continue with it in some form or other. I happened to glance at this little piece of needlework hanging on the bathroom wall this morning. I made it from a kit about 15 years ago and really enjoyed doing it. That reminded me that it's not all about Harris Tweed (although I LOVE it!!) but just about crafting in general which I've always really enjoyed.

I won't be selling any of my crafts online for the next few weeks and will review the whole online sales 'thing' afterwards, but I still have a list of things I really want to make and I'd love to carry on recording that here, along with any other random stuff! Talking of random stuff, here's a couple of pics of 'Little S's' birthday last weekend which I must say I thoroughly enjoyed:

He loved all his Sponge Bob themed bedroom furnishings:

We had great fun bashing the pinata fish which we hung from the rafters in the garage (it was stuffed with sweets which all spurted out from the fish's mouth as it began to fall apart - was very funny!!)

The boys all retired to the the top of the den in the garden to share the sweetie spoils of the pinata fish - I was very impressed with their democratic attitude and bartering skills, very civilised!! They looked like a little group of monkeys up in a tree!

So that's the story - a little bit of a crossroads here, but that's life - it would be boring if everything stayed exactly the same! If I survive my first full week of working full-time, I'll try and pop back in next weekend. In the meantime I'll try and catch up with all the lovely blogs I've missed reading while my internet connection's been down (this seems to have been sorted out now thank goodness!)

Happy Sunday! :)


Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

Hi Alison, I know exactly how you feel. Life sometimes looks as though its passing you by too quickly. I hope your new job works well for you. It will give you some space to decide what YOU want to do. best of luck, Lucyxx

Tweed Delights said...

Ah thanks Lucy! I hope all went well with your Harris Tweed manequin, sounded like great fun :) x

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

hi Alison, yes the Tweed was stunning. He's finished. I'm just waiting for the chance to finish his mate...a paisley print. I'm thinking of calling them Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson!! not sure which character suits which fabric though. Lucyxx

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

should have said....many thanks for the Tweed info.

Biba said...

Good luck with your job! I'll definitely miss your Etsy shop should you decide to close it but it's definitely more important to enjoy your crafting than feel that something has to be done. I sincerely hope you will manage to find some time to continue blogging, it's been so nice 'talking' to you!

P.S.: I hope there will still be a chance to purchase the other Tweedie doll, though!

june at noon said...

It is so hard to find balance, isn't it? I've been so busy gift-making that I haven't added anything new to the shop in months. I'd like to find a way to do both, but I have a feeling that's not realistic right now. Good luck to you!