It's been a hectic start to the year! I'm trying to tie up loose ends and prepare for the year ahead, before I plough headlong into a very big, exciting new project. Given the timeframe, I won't have time for much else once it's underway.
Hot on the heels of completing the aforementioned project, I have Stitches and Craft Shows to attend (with stock and a display - perhaps the odd workshop or seminar? - to prepare).
Then there's a trip to Sewjourn (YIPPPPPPEEEEEE!) and the Sew it Together bloggers convention in Melbourne. I'll be hosting a Friday Night champagne-swilling-shindig thing. (We could call it a cocktail-hour soiree... but that sounds a bit fancy. I'm thinking of a more cosy, doesn't-matter-what-you-wear kind of get-together where we can talk about buttons, ironing board covers and fabric shops). More details later.
I'm also harbouring secret wishes to visit a show further afield later in the year. Fingers crossed.
In between I'll be doing family things. Trying to get out to spend time with my parents when I can. Spending quality time with my wee girl. (Gosh, I may even have time to have a conversation with the man of the house....!?). Dealing with grief - and the frazzled emotions of myself and my siblings - as we face the toughest of journeys.
My little assistant is off to kindergarten (with aftercare) this year so I have quite-possibly-unrealistic expectations about how much can be achieved without her "help" in the studio. When I think about how much was done while working around her these last four years, I feel like I can achieve anything.
There are still a few other wild-card events that may spring up and change circumstances again. Perhaps the odd spanner in the works... that's to be expected, too.
So far, I can't see the space to schedule classes or workshops until the latter half of the year. Stay tuned to the blog and join the mailing list (making sure you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your "allowed" list in your spam filter or address book!!). I'll let you know as soon as I know anything.
The photo above is of me - aged 4 - and my brother aged 3. That's my Dad underneath the family VW Combi. (He spent a lot of time there). We're somewhere on the road to (or in?) the Queensland outback. On that particular journey, the Combi had to be push-started EVERY TIME it stopped - from the Victoria-NSW border to the Gulf of Carpentaria .... and back. We persisted. We got there. And we got home. Mum, Dad and seven kids. I survived a broken leg and we all survivied a treacherous mountain drive on a dark and stormy night with a broken windscreen (and a child in the back with a broken leg).
I don't expect this year to be smooth sailing, but I feel that it'll be one of transformation in many ways. I'm taking a big breath..... and getting ready to push.