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A new chapter?

A year or so ago I decided to start making greetings cards. I know it sounds quite ‘twee’ but I enjoy designing and crafting so it means I have a creative project to get my teeth into and hopefully make a small income from it at the same time.

I started in earnest with great plans of designing and making wedding stationery, creating a few designs and building a website. I soon realised that wedding stationery would mean waaaay too much pressure (I’ve been a bride, I know what they’re like) at a time in my life when I don’t need any more of the stuff.

So, I am keeping it small scale for now. I have a handful of birthday and baby designs which I sell on my website and on Etsy. I’m continuing to build up my stock and in the summer would like to get along to some local markets and craft fairs to see how I fare.

I’m really enjoying crochet at the moment too, and hope to expand eventually to crotchet goodies and perhaps patchwork baby blankets but we’ll see. For now, with 2 little ones and another business I have my hands full but I’m definitely looking forward to this new little venture and seeing where it may lead.

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Holidays are coming…

I don’t know if it’s because the kids are becoming more aware of it or it’s simply my inner-child fighting to get out but I am so excited about Christmas this year.  Finn is 4 in March and understands the whole Father Christmas thing (there may or may not be* a bit of Santa-related bribery going on) which only adds to my over-enthusiasm for the season.

This week there has been a whole heap of Christmas-ness going on in the house.  The tree went up at the weekend.  It’s Tree vs Max and, though it’s holding it’s own fairly well, Max is just edging the lead as I frequently find baubles in cupboards, drawers and the dog’s water bowl

The shops are full of fair isle goodies this year and, thanks to Abigail, I now have some lovely festive paper chains on order to go with my knitted bauble currently under construction

The boys and I made snowflakes to go on the window** and considering I’ve not done these for about 25 years, I think they look ok!

Earlier on this year, I started selling handmade cards.  Time, work and family commitments meant they had to go on the backburner for a while.  I think perhaps I was being a bit over-optimistic thinking I could run a business, look after 2 pre-schoolers (and, you know, sleep and stuff) and still find time to design and make cards so I kept my Etsy page and sold a few designs but didn’t do any Christmas cards or sell at local markets (as was my original plan). 

I have, however, made a few designs just for us to give to family and friends.  It’s put the fun back into design and has motivated me to re-start the engines and push the cards again.  I’m going to build my stock back up and perhaps get out to some markets in the new year.

 

Anyhow, as I type this the sun is streaming into the living room and I need to get my 2 very restless children out of the house so we’re off to enjoy this sunshine whilst it lasts (snow forecast today-really??)

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** I made snowflakes, they made a mess

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