This was taken about a month ago and while it might be obvious to you reading this and may even appear slightly pathetic; I never really gave up hope I could salvage the client work, machinery, antique furniture, patterns and bits (like my degree!!!) that will no double become part of the rubble as our city is demolished and cleared and made safe.
I was so so so grateful to have this space, even though it wasn't for very long. With a toddler on the go and every waking minute so full of her, you have no idea how much peace and inspiration this studio space gave me. I know it was silly, but every time I opened the door I would feel so grateful. I remember the good days:
|Interior as at November 2010, borrowed from here|
So to return to the real subject of today's post the creative fire has returned to my belly, and I spent the weekend dealing to niggling little family clothing repairs, finishing up orders, and loading heaps of crafty goodness onto Felt.
Those are the last two Russian Doll doorstops I will do for a while. I've been doing them for over a year now and what I have realised is that the price they sell (well) at doesn't reflect the hours spent in their creation (yeah that 'ol Chestnut).
Instead I have made available via the shop patterns or kits with quality wool melton (dressmaking fabric traditional used for tailoring) and a beautiful cream wool/cashmere for the face. If you've ever tried to source felt suitable for a softie face you will know how limited your options are - acrylic, while cheap goes all fuzzy the minute you finish the piece!
One of these girls is for me and the other one might find its way onto Felt, once I hear back yah or nah from an interested party.
The Debbie Bliss cashmerino made up into a special hat for one very special lady, who is responsible for so many in Christchurch receiving a beautiful handmade quilt. Cat you are truly one in a million, and I truly appreciate you going out of your way to support many handmade businesses in Christchurch, including my own.
Tomorrow I'll have my first real 'studio' day in ages as Lala is healthy enough to head off to kindy. Can't wait - love her to bits, but love my space.....y'know?
Hope all is well in you're world.