Tigerlilly Quinn: A little catch up

Thursday, 18 April 2013

A little catch up

photo completely unrelated to post and taken when I was pregnant. See that, no eye bags, no lines! Oh pre motherhood..

I keep meaning to sit down and write a proper post, an update of all the business that's been going on of late. And then I finally sit down, and its 9pm and my back hurts and all I want to do is sink into bed or lie in the bath and switch off. Still here I am, glass of wine in hand, ten past nine and I'm going to start this little update (even if it's finished on another evening). 

Life has been busy lately! After our lovely relaxing stay at Tom's mum we came back to everyday life with a bump. I had signed up to feature my work at the pop up shop Paper Scissor Stone and although I had had months to prepare somehow it was only five days before I needed to deliver my work and I had a mountain load to do. So it was that the next few days saw me manically labelling, printing, framing, updating spreadsheets and getting lost in codes. 


Although I sell my work via my Etsy shop and through some beautiful boutiques in the UK this would be the first time I had contributed to venture like this. The way it works is that each artist contributes five hours of their time to work in the shop each week. I haven't been in a working environment for a year and a half now and the idea of getting back out there was quite daunting. 


Long story short I managed to get all my work done and set up for the launch and have since completed my first 'shift'. I am so glad I decided to get involved in this project as my first day was so much fun. I am working alongside some inspiring artists who were so welcoming and friendly. I also remembered how much I love working in a boutique, my dream of owing my own shop one day still hasn't quite left me. One day, one day..



The other bit of news I have been sitting on is that I have enrolled on the Princes Trust Enterprise programme to help me set up my own business. The opening session was last week and despite the fact I was a good ten years older than everyone else I am feeling really positive about the course. I wont be actually attending until the start of June which fits in quite well with my workload and other projects at the moment and gives me time to work out what I'm going to do re: childcare over those four days.


All in all I am feeling very excited about the future! I'll post again in more detail about both of these projects but I am aware that I've been all pictures and no real words lately and was starting to feel a little disconnected to my blog and you guys because of it. 


Thanks for reading! 

p.s if anyone has any experience of doing similar projects I'd love to hear how you found them! 

15 comments:

Jo Middleton said...

We went into Paper Scissors Stone at the weekend so I could show off your things to my daughters and say 'I know her!'. Everything looked lovely :-)

fritha strickland said...

ahh Jo! you are so sweet! xx

natalie thistlewood-cox said...

Great news Fritha, it is so inspiring to see you working towards your dreams, natalie xx
nataliejtc.blogspot.co.uk

Fran said...

That's awesome about the princes trust! Well done - and I look forward to reading about your progess

finnsforest2012 said...

We'll be in Bristol AGAIN next week viewing ANOTHER place. House hunting is tiring -.- We'll make sure to swing by Paper Scissors Stone for some goodies. This post all sounds amazing. I'd wish you luck but I really don't think you'll need it! Buzz Lightyear voice in my head saying "To infinity and beyoooooond..." Madi x

I Heart Films said...

Aww such exciting news for the future Fritha. GOOD LUCK with everything. Always inspiring to read. I too would love my own business one day. ... One day and I'm currently doing a home learning childrens book illustration course. Its taking me time to get back into it I have to be honest, such a harsh critic to myself its created artist block for the last 6 or so years. Its lovely to read your posts, your thoughts, fears and joys . XXX

Vyki said...

Hello, I am a regular reader but never posted before. I love how open and real your posts are - I am a mum of two, one who is 10 months so great to read some really frank discussions of life and parenthood!
A completely unrelated question to your post, but was just wondering what colour you dyed your hair in the photo? Am looking to cover up some sad mum greys, and that looks just the right shade for me!
Thanks, and keep blogging!

Becky said...

Oooh exciting stuff about the Princes Trust Course! Thought I would comment as I went on the Enterprise course in Jan last year and found the help, advice and mentoring invaluable. I haven't set up my business yet as I was heavily pregnant when I attended, but I have my business plan and all the bumpf and notes ready to go, and I can't wait to get cracking! If you want to know anything more about the course from someone who's done it, then give me a shout.

Becky

www.younghipandhomely.com

fritha strickland said...

Thanks so much Natalie :) xx

fritha strickland said...

Thanks Fran! I shall let you know when I blog about it! x

fritha strickland said...

Madi - Let me know when you are here! I'd love to meet you with you guys this time! Actually I'll just FB you now xx

fritha strickland said...

Thanks so much Maxine, your course sounds amazing! I did Graphic Design at uni but always wish I'd done a childrens book illustration course. I too am a harsh self critic, i think its hard not to be when your a creative person! xx

fritha strickland said...

Hi Vyki! thanks so much for commenting :) hmm well it was a while ago but I know I got it from Boots, I would say its probably a Garnier darkest brown xx

fritha strickland said...

@Becky! Thats such great news, I'm so glad you found it useful! I'm going to head over to your blog now, so nice to find someone going down a similar path :) xx

Veronica said...

Hello Fritha! I just wanted to say big congratulations on your blog and all your amazing achievements! I love how you have put it all together! I love reading about your life stories, art and ambitions. You are such an inspiring and positive lady. It is a real pleasure to be able to see in person your lovely work and the making of you! May all your dreams (which are similar to mine) come true!XXX

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