Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Where has January Gone?

2012 seems to be rocketing past and I still don't seem to have got myself organised yet! I woke up this weekend and thought "enough is enough" time to start getting back on track. So I started with a studio shuffle to try and improve my working area and writing lots of lists of all the things I want to do and achieve within the next week or so.
I also decided that since I had put a few pounds on over Christmas I was going to start going for walks and leaving the house at least once a day so I checked my list of things I needed to buy and headed out to the craft shop over on the industrial estate. I've never really walked there before but I figured since it took hardly anytime to get the in the car it could be too far so I zipped up my boots and headed off.

Half way there big clouds rolled over and the whole of Scarborough seemed to be shrouded in mist... I began to get a little down as it seemed a lot further than I remembered and there was drizzle working it's way thru my coat (tempremental British weather!) but really it only took 20mins.

I got my craft supplies and sheltered in the door way till the rain passed over then headed back off. On the way back the clouds parted and I got some spectacular views of Scarborough when the mist blew away. When the sun came out so did the birds and I was delighted too find that for a few minutes I had a small flock of long tailed tits followed me along the hedgerow... I have never seen them before except in books so I was really happy and I'm pretty sure they had never seen a slightly soggy felter dragging a giant foam pad along with them!

Feeling much better and suitably inspired I cut my foam into manageable pieces and picked up my bird books and felting needles and got to work. I'm really chuffed with the out come... these guys are so cute!I read in one of my books that they travel in little groups of six or so along hedgerows and fly across gaps a couple at the time to make sure it's safe!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Hello felty fans!!!

Well yes we are halfway thru January right now but after Christmas this feltmaker kinda crashed and was beset by lergi and post Christmas blah so I never had a chacne to wish you a Happy New Year!!! Since this is the start of a brand new year and the very first blog post of the year let's start with some new year's resolutions. I don't generally make them because I usually break them pretty soon but I thought we'd have some more realistic ones for a change.

1. Make new friends!
I found that when I quit my job I was free to pursue things that I must admit terrified me like supplying some shops and galleries, I made some lovely new contacts last year with Me & Mrs Fisher in York, Lazyhill Gallery in Dorset and Cambridge Contemporary Crafts in, well Cambridge! I also had a little exhibition at Eatme Art Space in Scarborough and found out that talking to real people is actually quite good fun! SO this year I am hoping to make some more new friends and supply some more shops... I've made a start with a lovely shop called Pippin Gifts in Edinburgh and am currently felting like crazy to get some birds to them very soon!
EatMe Art Space
2. Get out more
The worst part of my job is that I can go days without talking to anyone except for my boyfriend so I am going to hopefully be spending some time working in the Eatme Artspace and hopefully meeting some nice people in the process!

3. Be more creative... yep, ok so I spend every day making but it's easy just to get stuck doing the same things so I will be making sure to keep learning new things with ceramics classes and making new designs... gotta keep changing it up to keep interested folks!
And really that's it... except for the main one which is to be more awesome this year then I was last year and not go back to a tempy job for Christmas! I'll also be consolidation my blogs and places so you'll be seeing Inkmeup posts here as well because I can't keep up with 3 blogs... what was I thinking! I hope you all manage to keep your resolutions and will try very hard to keep mine!