Monday, January 31, 2011

Open for business

The summer holidays are nearly over, and it's time to hang out the Squirt Baby shingle again.  And to announce a couple of changes.

I do struggle with balance.  I'm sure I've mentioned it before!

2011 is the year to do something about it.  Because things aren't going to change unless I change.

So here's the deal.  This year my only markets will be Shirt and Skirt and Sister's Market.  And maybe the occasional special one.  We'll see.  I love Squirt Baby, but Squirt Baby has become too big for me to manage in it's current form.  So I'm downsizing a bit for this year.  I made this decision on Christmas Eve, in the midst of chaos.  Then one week into our holiday, Marv had a fall that resulted in a fair amount of damage to her mouth.  It changed the pace of our holiday dramatically and brought about a lot of soul searching.  I'm not good at relaxing (never thought I'd hear myself say that!).  Staring down the prospect of unproductive time I hopped down to the local craft shop and bought some cross-stitch kits for Marv and I to do.  Ladybirds, galahs and bumble-bees.  It's been a long time, and I've taken it up again with gusto.  And the best part is - these projects are just for me.  It feels so good!


On a roll I've even started a new scarf for myself. 
Today I have tentatively reacquainted myself with my beloved machines.  They have lain idle for the past month.  I made the decision to limit my sewing during the school holidays and instead spend quality time with the kidlets.  Then I found myself unable to even contemplate it for fear that once I start I will find it very difficult to stop.  Because that's the sad truth - I am incapable of self-monitoring sewing machine time.  For my offspring I can limit time spent on the computer, in front of the telly, on the Wii, on the iPad, iPods, iPod touches and anything else starting with an "i".  Sadly, for myself, I can often be found sewing my way into the next day.

So in order to achieve this goal of fewer markets (as I type another application form has winged it's way into my inbox) and less sewing time I'm overhauling my product range.  While that range is yet to be pinned down and branded, I know what I'm not going to be making anymore.  And that means I'm ready to clear out the racks BIG TIME. (Gee lucky I check my own spelling - I just typed "bog time".  Eeew!!)

The next time you see me - at the February 20 Shirt and Skirt there will be a massive sale.  I seriously want it all to go, so be prepared for some fantastic bargains.  Mark that date in your diary now!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Low tide

During our beach-side holiday I like to take walks at low tide.  The kids have fun collecting pretty shells and discovering the inhabitants of the inter-tidal zone.  I marvel at the sand sculptures.

Gee, I should have touched up Im's nail polish!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Face ache

I have a face ache.  And I blame Billy.  He makes me laugh.  A lot.

Last night my beloved and I went to see Billy Connolly.  Two and a half hours (no interval) of story telling, swearing, observations and laughing.  We've reached an age, my man and I, where we pay an awful lot of money to laugh.  And we go home feeling happy, albeit a little sore from sitting in one spot for so long!

Billy spoke about his sister, and their difference in approach to playing music.  His sister plays the piano, but only with the sheet music in front of her.  Billy, on the other-hand, just plays his banjo, wings it.  And I thought about this in terms of how I live my life.  I'm like Billy's sister - I kind of like to have the music in front of me, but I long to be free of it at the same time.

I don't make New Year's Resolutions, but during our January retreat from the world, the MOTH and I set ourselves some projects for the year to come.  Past examples include solar panels, water tanks and going back to being a one-car household.  This year, we feel, is to be a year of consolidation.  Which is a bit vague, I know so it may be a little hard to achieve.  It really means balance.

I get hung up on keeping the place organised.  There are six of us with our own collections of stuff, so it's fairly important to be organised.  I don't cope well with miscellaneous bits all over the place.  This need to be organised often takes over and can be overwhelming.  It takes first place above all else.  It is never ending.  That's a problem.

My children need me to be more than the nagging woman.  Yes I am a safe anchor, but there's also an adventurous fun-loving girl in there.  I want them to see me as a woman living a fulfilling life rather than the person who grudgingly performs domestic tasks and plays the role of taxi-driver.  Not an observer but a participant.  Golly, I'm starting to sound a bit deep and perhaps a tad dissatisfied.  Not so.  Just in need of balance and a change of perspective.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Thanks to Emma At Play for passing on this award to me.  It makes me feel just a little bit special, so thanks Emma!

So the deal is I share some little known facts about myself and then pass the award on.  For long-term readers of this blog, you'll remember how much difficulty I have passing on awards because -

Fact #1 - I am a chronic over-thinker.  It's crippling.  I wish it wasn't so.  But it is, so sometimes I just have to opt out.  Instead I'm going to ask you to find a new blog and follow it.  Okay, that's done!

Fact #2 - This is a new one and only recently discovered.  Despite being a fairly practical person and reasonably calm in a crisis, when one of my children is bleeding profusely, I am at risk of fainting.

Fact #3 - I envy peeps with fabulously neat and organised studios/workspaces/desks.  Oh how I aspire to have such organised space.  I've found that the only way for my work space to be neat and pretty is for me to not be working in it. *sigh*

Fact #4 - I like to plan my spontaneity.

Fact #5 - I like being a kept woman.  I get to do stuff I like and call it "work".

Fact #6 - Humidity makes me grumpy.

Fact #7 - I am yet to master crochet but I can tat.

Thanks again Emma!  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Signing in

The world has been a busy place since we last spoke.  Christmas, holidays, New Year, anniversaries, birthdays, accidents and natural disasters.  It's hard to keep up.  It's impossible to adequately convey feelings about the state of things in just a few words.  But then, we're all on the same page aren't we?  Shocked, dismayed, perhaps even a little thankful.  How do we manage to steer ourselves and our families around the bad things that happen?  

Tomorrow I'll be at Shirt and Skirt to kick off the market season.  In the usual spot, close to coffee.