Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Resolutions and Plans

 I love this time of year, its that quiet time of year between Christmas and New Years when things are on 'go slow', when you have time to think about the coming year, make some plans and resolutions.

My resolutions and plans are starting to take shape, which is very exciting.  I know one of my resolutions is to loose weight.  There has been way too much crafting and computer time and not enough exercise.  I miss my old body, the one I was happy with, this time next year I don't want to look in the mirror and feel unhappy and I want to look at the mirror and feel healthy and happy.

Another resolution is to learn some new skills, it sounds really nerdy but I want to learn more about HTML coding and the power of social media so I can assit the handmade community, in particular the Handmade Cooperative.   Another resolution is to learn to sew,  I know the basics but I'd like to know more. I'd like to have a go at making some cute things for Miss H and myself.

Another great feature of this time of year is that we are usually on the road, currently we are in Gippsland area and I managed to squeeze in a visit to my online friend Tania, the owner of Chicken Ink Creative and The Contemporary Handmade Alliance.  I've managed to meet two online friends while being in Victoria, both catchups, one with Jeanie from Inspired Wish and today's visit with Tania have been fantastic!  Its so gratifying to meet online friends and walk away liking that person even more than before.  

So what have you got planned for 2012?  
Are you making some resolutions?

Friday, December 09, 2011

Seven Questions: Baby Laila

Name:   Beck Dowd
Company Name:   Baby Laila
Online storefront/s:

1.    What is your favourite Colour?  Mint green at the moment, its fresh and calming

2.    What is your favourite font?   Garton Medium

3.    Who would you like to be stuck next to on a long haul plane trip?   My Dad, I haven't been in touch with him all my life and have only had a short time getting to know him, so I would love to have that 1 on 1 time with him!

4.    Who taught you the basics of your craft?   Myself, my nana is a great sewer but lives interstate.

5.    What is your favourite item in your range?  Why?  This changes, at the moment its my plush lambies, they are so much fun to make and each of them have their own unique look.

6.    What is your best seller?  A tricky one, I would say hair accessories, mostly boutique bows and pretty hair flowers, after that would be softies.

7. If there was an academy award for handmade and you won it, to whom would you thank?   Definitely my partner, who puts up with my 'bright ideas', my never ending supplies, and the loss of our kitchen table! He is always supportive and honest and I love him for that.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

People Who Inspire: Alison Owner of SewGood,KnitToo

I haven't done one of these posts for a while, not because I haven't met anyone inspiring its just that the last couple of months has been pretty hectic both at home and with my business.

Today as I sit here in my hotel room in Sydney* I was thinking about who has inspired me of late and a name popped into my head; 'Alison'. 

Who is Alison, well she is the owner of my local wool shop in Sanctuary Point, SewGood,KnitToo, she has great knowledge on all things yarn and sewing and she was the one who approached me initially about selling my items in her shop and later about teaching crochet.  Initially she inspired me by her having faith in my abilities, in the fact that she thought my wares were worthy of being placed in her shop.

Now days she still inspires the me with the way she conducts herself professionally.  I don't want to go into details as the community I live in is small,  but lets just say that Alison has had her share of crap flung at her this year.  The people should involved should be ashamed of themselves as their actions have been most horrid and down right mean.  But during all of this Alison, who could of retaliated, and I suspect could of really given them a run for their money, has kept her head up high.  She hasn't stooped to their level, instead she stood her ground and took the high road.  I don't know how she has done it, I know I would be a wreak by now and grey.

So this month I salute Alison, a woman who has inspired me to put my faith in God and turn the other cheek.


* I'm currently in town catching up with my best mate who has lived in London for the last 4 years, who had one spare night in Sydney which he kindly share with me and I'm seeing the Ballet with my Mum later today.  Yeah!
The Christmas display at SewGood, KnitToo - you can see my Santa Beanie in the back ground of the nativity photo.