Sunday, 19 September 2010

I always feel sorry when i don't get a chance to update my blog regularly, i'm still having problems uploading photos, but it's my own fault apparently, i've been taking them in too high a resolution for Blogger!!! ...or so the "clever one" informs me, so now i've been shown how to lower the res on the camera things shoul be easier...sorry, i'm just a teeny bit of a technophobe when it comes to this sort of stuff!

I've had a really bad migraine for the last few days, practically bedridden, i'd taken some tablets and they'd left me feeling really drained and unwell so i haven't been able to do much. We've had loads of visitors of the last few weeks, they've all gone now, but we had a trade show to go to in Birmingham, and Gav had two concerts to film in Swansea - so we've been busy.

We've also been going to sales and auctions looking for gorgeous vintage bargains, it's so difficult to part with some of the things we buy. These are two gorgeous pictures we recently picked up for £1 at Tuffins market, they're adorable, quite heavy and on wood, i love them so much i've decided to keep them for the house...not sure where i'm going to put them yet, but they'll look fab wherever they go.

This one is a bit darker and smaller but it's really unusual.I was so pleased to find the time to do some creating recently, i wanted to have a go at needle felting and made these lovely brooches, twenty five of them, i put them in the shop and sold six of them in a week (sorry can't seem to get these photos to come out the right way!!!, but you get the gist).And i got a chance to work on these lovely collages, they're not finished yet. I found a pile of old patterned paper bags i'd saved years ago and used them as backgrounds, added some acrylic colours and 3d flowers. The patterns were made using doilly stencils. They'll go in the shop when i've finished them, these smaller collages seem to sell quite well.The shop has been quiet these last two weeks, since the childrens summer holidays ended, i guess people are recovering financially from their summer holidays and getting ready for christmas...well..hopefully. Gav and i thought it might be a good time to take a well earned break! So we're shutting the shop and heading off up into the mountains for three days, we've found a gorgeous hotel with a four poster bed, a jacuzzi and breakfast and evening meals thrown in. We're planning nothing except chilling out big time, loads of magazines, books, some walking and relaxing baths in the jacuzzi....bliss.

Then it'll be back to madness and mayhem as we're expecting massess of deliveries over the next two weeks (christmas stock), so there'll be stock taking, re-stocking and a bit of refurbishment in order to make room, all very enjoyable, if hard work.

"We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper" - James Caroll