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