Cats and mothers and weeks that don't go according to plan...

Good morning! It's Monday morning...just...and the beginning of week three of my three month plan to re-start my little design business.
So, how did last week go?  Hopeless!
On Monday I decided to work on a clients garden as the weather was gorgeous. The plan was that this would free up time toward the end of the week for some design work. 

But no. On Tuesday evening I got sick with a dreadful stomach flu. Wednesday and Thursday were a right off.
Then on Thursday afternoon my elderly mother fell in her kitchen, knocking her head. She was trying to avoid standing on the cats tail and lost her balance. Fortunately I was in the next room at the time and could apply pressure to the wound and call an ambulance. The cat is fine:) She screeched and ran.
It turned out the wound was not as serious as it first looked. Cripes head wounds bleed don't they?
But still, mum needed 5 stitches and a scan. We got the all clear that she could go home from the hospital at 1:30am, not requiring t…
Good morning! I was woken early this morning by my cat meowing in a rather demanding way at my door, so thought I'd take the plunge while the world is quiet, to write a blog for the first time in many, many months. I'm excited to be back in this space.

In the past week, I've been doing some planning.... I have a friend who also has her own business and we have decided to coach each other to achieve some goals we have set for three months time. She has a business up and running, but wants to reach a new level, and I want to resuscitate mine :)

So, I now have a three month plan. Broad goals. Nothing too specific as far as products go as I have found in the past that if I get too dictatorial and plan too much, my artist freedom fighter within starts to rebel and the only thing I don't want to do is the task I have set myself. If the plan says make a cushion, I'll want to make cards or paint. So, I have plans around time, social media posts, numbers of products in my …

Some more hessian placemats...

Now that I've worked out how I want to make them I need to make some stock to sell in my shop. So that will be my next challenge.  I'm quite excited with the way they have turned out.
I've also been thinking lately about setting up a stall at some of the local Auckland markets. If anyone reading this knows of some good ones in the area, please let me know which ones you enjoy the most.  I would need them to have an indoor area, out of the wind and rain. I remember years ago doing an outdoor market in Devonport and on the first day of a two day market the heavens opened! I was selling lots of t-shirts at the time and overnight had to wash dry and press about 30 t-shirts ready for the next day. Never again! :) 

Hope you're enjoying your weekend! Jill xx

Printing on hessian...

Here's a few samples of  the new placemats and coasters I've been developing over the past couple of weeks.
The designs are printed on hessian and the edges zig-zagged  to stop fraying. They're fun to make and I have a few more designs too that I'll show you in a day or two as I complete them.
These ones have a nice, relaxed summer vibe. I hope you like them. 

So, now that I've figured out the designs it won't be long till I have some in my online shop.
Jill xx

I'm back ...on track...

Hello, it's been a while!
Life got a bit hectic there for a while, caring for elderly parents, one of whom is very ill. So of course it still is really busy, but new routines have emerged to cope with it all.
And I have taken a few days off during the past month and being rested helps a lot too. I got a bit too tired toward the end of last year and that wasn't much fun. But sometimes those bad times can instigate some good changes. It certainly has this time. I feel like I have strengthened my boundaries regarding my social life and prioritized eating well and getting enough sleep. Already I am feeling huge benefits. The challenge will be to keep these good things going! But I'm feeling determined and optimistic.
As part of an effort to bring more balance to my life I am now trying to limit my gardening business to mornings only. That means I have more flexibility to help my parents. And when I'm not required I'm going to use the time to put more time and energy i…

Hydrangea design...

Last week I had a session printing my hydrangea design. So, more greeting cards coming soon.  The hydrangea design has been printed in creamy yellow on various colours of poplin. I'm loving these pretty spring colours at the moment.

Have a wonderful week! Jill xx

100 days project, Day 89...

Painting finished at last!

Jill xx