I started a new business, and had a bit of a crowdfunding adventure. If anyone wants to hear more about our experiences, let me know and I'll blog about it. It's going pretty well, and it's been great working as part of a team with a fellow creative person, and a supporting cast of fantastic designers. We are launching our online shop any day now, and the first batch of orders will be sent out very soon - they are being finalised by the printer as I type!
I took more than 50 orders at www.girlindustries.etsy.com - a large percentage of which were custom orders for a combination of last-minute and forward-planning brides. This kept me busy! November has been quiet so far, so if you wish to order a package of envelope seals/custom stickers, multiple packs of confetti for your big day, or other elements of table decoration or packaging, now is a good time to get in touch about your requirements.
I've been working full time in my day job, and have had to scale down my freelance working at least until Christmas. I am not sure what the new year will bring, but for now I can take on short-life projects like online shop support and proofreading/editing work and usually turn these around within 48 hours.
I have been continuing to destash my craft room and although you can't really tell to look at it, I have made a serious dent in the level of supplies I've been holding on to. I still have a long way to go, but plenty of projects underway to help me with it. Now the room has to be even more multipurpose than ever, I need to use the space more flexibly and in a more organised way. I can feel another eBay binge coming on, I hope they have a free listings day soon!
I've signed up for two fun swaps over the Christmas period. The first is organised by Oh Comely magazine and I have been partnered with someone who is going to be so fun to make for. A mum-to-be with a love of all things vintage. I have the perfect gifts in mind. The second is a decoration swap organised by Laura over at Dropstitchblog. I have no idea what I'm going to make, but you can still sign up for the swap until midnight this evening, I think, so get involved!
I've been reading Posie gets Cozy a lot and feeling inadequate, so I try to only read it now and again, and treat it a bit like a made up world. I do love that blog (and I loved making Maggie Rabbit, and A enjoyed helping and seeing Miss Maggie come to life) and I'm grateful to Alicia for sharing her life. It also reminds me of being on honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest, of real seasons and time to sew, knit and cook to my hearts content.
I've also been a bit more sociable lately, and have been to craft fairs, meeting up with friends, having family days out, and this week I'm even going to a gig. Which will no doubt make me feel super old, and I will be driving, and trying to cope with an early morning the next day, so possibly not the best idea ever but I am looking forward to it!