Hello friends. I’m back. I’ve been away from blogging for much longer than I anticipated and in retrospect I probably should have let you, my lovely readers, know. It’s just that I didn’t think I’d be gone for quite this long. Two months in fact. It’s not that I haven’t been busy. Au contraire – quite the opposite in fact. So much going on, so much to tell….
I’ll start at the beginning. Earlier this year the landlord of my shop returned from his travels away and decided to make some changes to the space I shared with our local architects. I loved this space and the arrangement I had with the other tenants was ideal. So the changes really threw me. Admittedly I had access to a much larger, better area to run my workshops but the dynamics of it all just seemed weird. Anyway I went with it and for awhile things were ok. But then the landlord started living there (like literally – he had his bed in the room next to mine) and he was there all the time and he had all of these ideas for the space, which were very different to how I thought it should be used. So I started spending less and less time there.
At around the same time I starting talking to people about the fact that I would like to take on graphic design work again and I swear the universe hears these requests because from that moment I have been inundated with work. It has been so great. I am absolutely passionate about design and it’s only now that I’m back into it that I realise how much I missed it. So I was spending more and more time at home and less time at my shop (mostly because I just didn’t enjoy being there). And because I was spending so much time doing graphic design work and getting my new website up and running, my online craft shop has been neglected as well.
So the decision was made to say goodbye, to both my online shop and my lovely little bricks and mortar shop/studio. It was made with a very heavy heart but in the last couple of weeks I am feeling much better about it. It is kind of freeing. I feel lighter.
With all that’s been going on, this little blog has been rather neglected. I kept thinking I would hold off on a new blog post until I’d finished my graphic design website and make a big announcement but that is still a way off yet.
So the upshot of all of this. My online craft shop Sew Crafty Living is still open (very neglected but open) until November, when my renewal is due. I will endeavour to head over there from time to time to put items up for sale. The good news for you, my lovelies, is that I will be selling off a lot of my stock. So for those of you who love to get their craft on, keep a look out for some fab bargains. I will post them on my website, here on this blog and also on Instagram and Facebook. So check in from time to time and you might just nab something awesome.
I am in the throes this week of dismantling my bricks and mortar shop and hauling everything home. It happened kind of quickly in the end and though I was reticent at first I’m really thankful now that I’ve had a bit of a push along. There is still much to do. Here is a picture of my shop as I pack up boxes.
And I don’t normally do this, but here is a picture of my craft room at home. I’m not one for sharing my mess but I want you to understand the gravity of what I have to tackle.
Oh dear lord! It’s one of those situations where I don’t even know where to start. To say I will be busy getting things in order is a bit of an understatement. I’m sure it will be a lot easier when I get the furniture home. I’ll probably tackle this in my spare time – between 2-4 in the morning usually sees me with a bit of time up my sleeve.
Anyway, what else? Subscription boxes will continue on this blog. They’ve been very popular and will be bigger and better than ever with more choice. I will be making announcements about updates over the coming weeks. At the moment I offer stationery and craft boxes but am looking at more options.
My snail mail project is currently on hold. We have many members and for now the group would like to keep things as is. I am looking at starting another group so you can still put your name down and I will add it to the list for if and when I start another group. The response for snail mail has been so great and I think I can safely say it has been really successful. I’m hoping to do more snail mail posts in the coming months and would like to feature readers who are involved in this project or any other snail mail project. Please contact me if you would like to participate.
I will also be putting more craft kits together and they will be available here as well. And I’m hoping to find time to make some more crafty goodies for sale. I do love creating so it’s not something I want to give up. All of these items will be availalbe here on my home page in the shop.
And of course my new design website. I’m really hoping it will be ready to go live in the next two weeks. I’ve chosen to go with Squarespace because I feel the platform works really well for portfolio design driven websites. However, it has been a major learning curve and isn’t coming together quite as quickly as I’d hoped. In the meantime if you need graphic design work done please think of me. And if you hear of anyone needing work done please send them my way. I really love designing. I have been a graphic designer for over 25 years and it just feels like it is in my blood.
I will be offering logo design, branding, website design, stationery, art prints, wedding and invitation designs and calligraphy. I will have a range of pre-designed logos and branding kits available as well. Recently I have been working a lot on my hand lettering and calligraphy and have even had a few commissions. I’ve started drawing again too and I must say it is another love of mine. I just finished a lovely commission piece for some friends of friends for a sweet portrait of the couple. Of course if you have anything you’d like me to work on for you, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Here is a favourite and very apt quote :
OK, I think we’re all caught up. Some of the projects I started earlier this year have fallen by the wayside. The 100 Day Project only last for about 20 days. The Get Messy Art Journalling is still on the back burner. Each month I get all excited about the Collage Group prompt and never manage to find the time to do it. Once I’ve finally got everything sorted at home I will have the time and space to get creative more regularly. Could you imagine trying to create in my craft room in its current state?! And in terms of blogging, well I promise I won’t stay away that long again. And if I do, I will have the good manners to let you know. My goal is to post once or twice a week. So now I’ve said it, I’m accountable.
So how have you been? What’s happening in your part of the world? Everyone seems so busy now days. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. But it is what it is. I think it’s a matter of how you handle it. What do you think?