I've spent the last couple of weeks working towards BCTF and have had more than a couple of moments of serious doubt about whether or not I was going to be able to pull this off successfully. My time is much shorter than it was when Bella was a baby and I first started out with TreeFall. Lily is most definitely as easy going as Bella was and is a great sleeper. But our life just isn't as focused as it was back then and I have to admit that I haven't persevered as much with teaching her to nap as I did with Bella. So I find myself with much less time and much more work.
Fortunately I also find myself with much more confidence and have learnt so much from the design/blog world that I am lucky enough to inhabit, that I surprised myself by finding a lot of the preparation quite straight forward.
In the past I've really struggled with the marketing side of business as well as the presentation of my wares as a whole. But it would appear that being surrounded by so much beauty and talent and inspiration on a daily basis whilst reading blogs and looking at flickr etc has really had an impact. Because for the first time I was not only happy with my stand but also my business cards and press pack. Something that I have to give credit to all of you for. Because I truly believe that if we didn't all take the time to create this community, where we share thoughts and suggestions as well as an amazing amount of support, then I wouldn't have found my feet quite so easily. So thank you. All.
Of course it also helps that mum and Jim had the kids!
This cushion was one of the new products that I showcased over the last few days. It's a natural linen, with the hexagon/grandmother's garden block sewn on and quilted. The back is a basic envelope opening, with natural calico, edged and bound with Amy Butler wallflower in yellow and grey.
I've been obsessed with hexagons for a long time now and have really enjoyed developing a new range that includes large totes and quilts that include them.
Hopefully I'll be adding a couple of cushions and totes to the shop in the next few days. But after being out of the home for so many days, I'm intending to take a couple of days off to spend with the kids first. Oh and I may even sleep too!