Saturday, 22 February 2014

The good and the bad. No ugly here!

February, comes along every year, bringing all sorts of unwelcome gifts. We've had colds, sickness, sinusitis. Not a day goes by without one of us feeling bleurghhhh. I'll be glad to see the back of it. There have been a few positives though.

geometric bird embroidery in hoop

I've had a few commissions. This one was finished last weekend. Another bird surrounded by geometric chaos. Still love doing them. I was hoping to do a budgie but discovered budgies don't have much of a profile. Something to do with the beak. No good for this type of silhouette style anyway. Would still like to crack a budgie though. Someday.

Me and the other Crafty Muthas have found a great new venue for our regular handmade fairs. It's not a million miles away from the old venue, but it'll be like starting over again. Relationships to build, table plans to work out, and there's some outside space we're thinking of using too, in the warmer months. Exciting for us and hopefully great for all of Bearwood Handmade's stall holders and customers.

I've been blogging elsewhere and really enjoying it. I've started writing for Craft Business, a blog for anyone interested in making some money from their passion for crafts. I've been researching and writing some seriously long posts about craft fairs and I've learned loads in the process.

handmake me screen grab of home page

At work, we've been testing a new site out which I'm really eager to share. Handmake Me is all about commissioning one-off pieces, something totally bespoke or maybe personalised. We're connecting buyers with makers and I think this site has huge potential. We could become the go to site for anyone wanting to commission personalised gifts, customised fashion, one-off jewellery etc. Lots of hard work in the meantime. I say work, we're actually scouring the country for great designers and makers for the site, which means I get to check out lots of creative, fun stuff. Getting a right little wish list together!

So February hasn't been all bad. I'm still sniffing and freezing but Spring is nearly here. And I LOVE Spring.

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