Friday, 28 September 2012

What happened?!

Melbourne Festival 2012

I have no idea what happened to September!!  There we were enjoying the summer holidays and suddenly we're knocking on October's door and collecting fallen leaves on the way to school.  It's been a veritable whirlwind of highs and lows. Wirksworth Festival was great; great art, great people, great sales.  I felt in touch with myself and loved talking to people and living my creative life.  Then there was the reality check. The following weekend I had the Melbourne Festival but with a busy week in between, and a poorly child to contend with, I hit the buffers half way through the weekend and ended up in bed ill.  My hero?  David.  He stood in for me with a smile and promoted me really well and made some good sales!

My plan was to use these events as a chance to assess what was working for me and where I want to go.  As part of that plan, I attended a one day 'Creative Business Away Day' at The Refectory Table.  It was really worthwhile.  It has thrown lots up in the air and I am still waiting for the pieces to fall back in to place but ideas that I had had rumbling in the back of my head came to the fore and I was given some valuable methods for assessing and reassessing my business.  The upshot is I don't want to do anymore than I am doing but I want to take time to focus on each area of my business and achieve my potential.  So this week I've been curling up with 'Make Your Creativity Pay' and a big notebook.  I'm also trying to be smart enough to use my smart phone for all my social media but I'm not sure I've got what it takes!

So, the studio build goes on and I'm clearing out my current studio and finding homes for unwanted things.  I feel that I'm bubbling with ideas across all areas of my life.  My youngest started school this month and I'm relishing the extra time but my to-do list is long.  It's three years since I started my business and it feels like the right time to take stock and make a plan of where I am going.  I'll let you know when I've had my epiphany.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Featured Artist

I'm featured artist of the day at Brave Girls Club alongside an inspirational message to smile, love and encourage. I'll be doing that today and tomorrow at the Wirksworth Festival!  Hope to see some of you there and show you my new work, including this piece 'Joy and Gladness.'

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Step 1

If you follow me on pinterest you'll know that I've developed an obsession with garden studios.  Well changes are afoot at the bottom of our garden where the fairies live.  We have plans to develop.  So watch this space!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


All the planning I did and talking to myself about realistic expectations has paid off!  I've met the targets I set myself and have new work finished and framed ready for the Wirksworth Festival Arts Trail this coming weekend and Melbourne Festival on 15th/16th September.  I have new prints available, cards, ceramics and new notelets and Christmas cards.  I've even had time to take some photos in the studio.  And I've also had time to make some things to keep my creative soul happy.  If you'd like to join me for a workshop this Autumn, places are filling up but there are some slots on the Landscape weekend and Memory Book workshop.

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