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!