Monday, 19 December 2011

A Little Chunk of Cheerfulness!

Victorian Christmas Market

hello dear readers.  sorry i've not blogged recently - i've been snowed under ('scuse the pun!) with work and the usual christmas chaos.

i hope you are full of festive cheer and just in case you're not, i thought you might like to see how i got on at leominster the other week when i did a christmas stall.

there was some fantastic stalls and people - everybody was in a christmassy mood and it was such a lovely atmosphere.

we were very lucky with the weather - it stayed dry which was a blessing but i have to say it was bitterly cold which resulted in me catching a bit of a chill.

different friends and family of mine came to say hello which was lovely and supportive of them. 

my lovely son rory came with me and was a great help all day which was just as well, because i have to confess dear reader that i actually thought it was going to be a very quiet day what with the recession and all but i couldn't have been proved more wrong.

the fair was actually busier than last year and although i did very well the last time i did a christmas stall,  i ended up doing even better this year which was very surprising!

as you can see from my photos my stall was full of little cheerful knick knacks, because as you know dear reader my ethos is to live my life surrounded by inspirational and uplifting people and beautiful and functional objects.

so for instance if i need a needlecase, i make it myself as beautiful and inspiring as i can.  if you're going to use daily objects why not make them visually appealing and heartwarming as well?

i'm a firm believer in finding little rays of sunshine and happiness in the simple things in life.

i wonder if other people are starting to feel the same way because items like my cheeky lady coasters were very popular, and again, if you're going to use a coaster why not have a funny one that makes you smile?

i think more and more people are moving away from the mass produced and are wanting a more personal and cosy home where they can close the door on the world and all its insanity and enjoy a relaxing space surrounded by the people and things they love.

i sold lots of different things including cushions, notebooks, cards, coasters, teacups and mugs, and i like to think that i've helped to cheer up a little corner of somebody's home.

i had a really successful day and the cherry on the cake for me was that a lady running her own stall at the market really liked my work and so now i'm supplying her shop at leominster.

it's a children's boutique called 'connie and tom' and i'm really looking forward to making more items for her shop and the other 2 that i already supply.

all in all i think i'm going to have a busy new year which i'm looking forward to because i love creating all sorts of art and to make money from it is just an added bonus because truth be told i would be making it anyway!!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Credit Crunch versus Joie de Vivre

The Credit Crunched my Joie de Vivre!
a strange thing happened to me this morning dear reader.

i was going about usual daily chores when i suddenly realised that i had lost my 'joie de vivre.'

usually i start each day feeling that my 'inner lightbulb' is one of those old-fashioned full 100 wattage bulbs, but this morning it was definitely an 11 watt 'energy-saver.'

there seemed no obvious reason for why i felt so lack-lustre.  now i know dear reader that this probably doesn't seem very important, but me without my joie de vivre is like Del Boy without Rodney...

it just ain't right!

i had no idea where i had left her.  i thought about it logically and decided to re-trace my steps in the hope of finding her again.  i made a mental list of all the things i had done this morning. 

1. i know she was with me when i took my dog for his daily walk.

2. she was still about when i was eating breakfast.

3.  amazingly she was still with me when i was sorting out the huge pile of washing.

4.  i remember i went on my laptop to pay the bills... 

Ah!-Ah!  i think i know where my joie de vivre has gone!

i quickly went into my studio where my laptop was on my desk.  sat in a pile next to it was all our bills.  i leafed through the pile and there between the credit card statement and electricity bill was my joie de vivre!  i must have dropped her while i was busy paying the bills!

i was beside myself with joy!!  i said i was sorry to my joie de vivre for losing her so easily but my only excuse was that i had been pre-occupied and a little overwhelmed with the credit crunch and cost of living.

my joie de vivre said she would forgive me for this little indiscretion as long as i promised not to lose her again.

joie de vivre told me that even when i feel she is playing hide and seek with me and i cannot find her, she is still around but just in a different place.

i asked her where would be the best place to look for her in our rather frugal festive season if i misplaced her again.

joie de vivre gave me a list of the top 5 most likey places to find her:-

1. in the kitchen while i'm baking the mince pies and christmas cake for my family.

2.  sat next to me on the sofa while i'm watching the dvd of It's A Wonderful Life with my little dog Monty.

3.  helping me to untangle the sellotape while i'm listening to my favourite christmas tunes as i wrap all the homemade presents for family and friends.

4.  hiding amongst the tinsel as i sort through the decorations for the christmas tree.

5.  and last but not least,  curled up on the sofa next to me on christmas eve when me and my hubby and 2 kids all snuggle up together and enjoy watching the original version of Scrooge while we have hot chocolate and mince pies.

 joie de vivre told me that this was the most likely place where she would be because although she understood my financial worries she felt it was her duty as my best friend to remind me that money was all well and good but it can't buy you health, happiness and love.