Sunday, 12 January 2014

Summer Holidays

I think this is week 18 now, of the shop in Bayside Emporium. The holiday period seems especially busy in Huskisson this year with lots of visitors rolling through the doors. Business is quite different when the volume of customers is so greatly increased - more staff are needed in the store and the opportunity to replace quickly depleting handmade stock reduces significantly! I've managed by keeping up stock of pretty finds from garage sales and op shops, and Em has helped with some clever jewellery selections we've bought in. There have been some really lovely comments from customers that have totally humbled me!

We spent a few hot days travelling up north - Newcastle  & Lake Cattie - and I took my wire and pliers and created some cute earrings on the road, so to speak. Some chandeliery kind of ones and some with spirals and loops with beads dripping off of them. I should have taken photos but was in too much of a hurry to get them in the store. Andy made a clever earring stand to display them.

We've increased our chicken family with two shy little girls who Em insists are to be called Cluck and Berry. 
I bought some beautiful printed linen and stitched them into souvenir teatowels. Nice big ones too, no skimping on fabric, and I used my hand-carved stamp and some empty cereal boxes from Nicky (of From Nepal) to package them. 
Now with community care work on hold, I'm catching up on the pre-christmas design and commission to-do list while the kids languish into the end of January, punctuating the days with swims and bush walks in deafening cicada din. I do love summer!

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