Monday, 30 December 2013

This year has been a strange one, in more ways than I can fathom, and as 2014 looms I've found myself feeling unsettled that a full year could pass without anything really to set it apart from any other.
 Maybe I should count my blessings in that respect, but I can't help feeling that amid the chaos of this year I have lived by knee jerk reactions, reactions that have led to me give up the things that add value to my life, in favour of the things that cause me the most anxiety. Is that middle age?

 Well, what's done is done,  and over the last few weeks I have been thinking about living a little differently. Taking things slower, pausing to consider before making decisions, big or small. Living in a way that may, possibly, add some purpose and value to the creative oases in my busy week.
( Is that the plural of oasis? Or has my poor spelling just conjured something green to stick flowers in, I'm not sure.)

 I really don't know why I didn't do this before, but I'm  going to register as self employed (no messing about just in case,) and open up a Folksy shop as an outlet for the things I create. No pressure, when I go through a manic bag making phase, or overdo the lap quilts, I will list them to sell. I've got no hopes or expectations for this venture, I'm not going to say hopefully it will mean this, or by next summer that. It just is what it is, and it makes me feel, well,  a little more hopeful. Of course, that could also just be indigestion.

Merry Christmas xxx


  1. Good luck in your new venture Kim, your quilts and bags are awesome so I have everything crossed for you xx

  2. My friend, we are indeed the same person. I could have written those first few paragraphs myself. I can't wait to see your shop, I know you will have loads of fun filling it up :-). I am in love with the HoHoHo quilt and look forward to seeing more of your creations. Sending love and ladybug hugs across the big pond to you and your family. Wishing you an amazing 2014! xoxox

  3. Go for it, I never intended to sell my work but a reader of my blog, who lives locally, found me and bought quite a bit of my makes and ordered 2 quilts. These were all made from my stash, most of which was sale price. I was considering a sales outlet but that idea can simmer for a while. I wish you all the good luck you want and look forward to browsing your shop.

  4. In my experience we have some outstanding years and others are the pits! This year, for me, has been the pits and I'm glad to see the back of it.

    Lets hope we both have more memorable 2014s!

    Happy New Year!

  5. i had not a dissimilar year ... walking away from both running and quilting in order to take care of others ... while i know I did the right thing ... in the end, it didn't make a difference and I gave up a year of my life trying ... I am far more focused on me, my husband and what matters to us this year ... good for you ... you deserve it ...