It’s the final day of school and I’m feeling a bit stressed. There is much to do. The house is a tip, I have to pack for our holidays and C is off sick with a fever (there is a nasty cold going around, both boys have it….as of yet *touch wood* I haven’t shown any signs). I plan to spend today getting things into order, packing away school uniform and throwing anything that wont fit, come September, or is past it’s best. I’d like to go away with a clean house and a tidy garden, I suspect that wont work out, but I can try.
With all this in mind I have closed up the shop. I’ve decided to do so for the majority of the Summer holidays, in the past I’d have only dared do the minimum, ideally a few days at a time, a week at the most, I hate the idea of someone new discovering the site and being confused/annoyed by not being able to make a purchase (and, obviously, I don’t like not being there for lovely, loyal and regular customers either); but, this year I’m taking time off as we are away for a bit, and sales are always quite slow over summer anyway, so I like the idea of closing the studio up and hanging out properly with the kids.
I managed to squeeze in time to finish some yellow rose brooches that have been an open project for some time, sitting waiting for their backs to be put on and then to be packed up.
The buttercup brooches that I make are always very popular, I think it’s really partly down to the sweet little trio of flowers and the idea of the buttercup, but I do also love the colour, so I decided to make a double rose version in yellow. When it comes to yellow, I am quite fussy, I like mustard and ‘sunny’ yellow (with a mustard tint) but not green/lime/acid yellows, they just don’t rock my boat at all.
I considered many different bead colours for the centres but actually liked the amber on yellow best, even though it doesn’t stand out as much.
Before the roses can packed, they have to go through the crucial de-fluffing process, which in my case involves lots of cellotape. Tweed and wool felt creates so many little fibers, it’s quite satisfying to see them lift away, it’s also why I pack and store the brooches in cellophane bags, that way they stay pristine and fluff free.
I’ve talked about this before, but when I was packing up the flowers, it occurred to me just how much I enjoy this bit of the making process. I was the kind of kid who spend happy hours playing ‘post office’ or (my favourite) ‘library’, where I got to order and stamp books with my date stamper and pretend to do joined up writing signing the names.
This is the bit where I’d normally say they are listed ‘here’, but today, they aren’t because I forgot to list them….and the shop is closed anyway….but come late August they will be found in the Flower Brooch section.
Amongst my general need to clean, tidy and organise, I hope to catch up on reading blog posts in the next few days. I have struggled over past months to keep up to date, there are always at least 100 or so unread posts in my ‘friends’ stream and I keep missing news, but do forgive me if I don’t leave many comments over Summer as I am attempting to cut back on my on-line time as well as my sewing. Oh, and I am the only person who chose Feedly for migrating my Google Reader list to? I think so…it’s like when I opted for WordPress only to find out everyone else uses Blogger. I’d have so bought a Betamax 😉
Hope you all have a lovely Summer, back in a short while!