Sunday, 29 April 2012
ISN'T IT A LOVELY DAY TO BE CAUGHT IN THE RAIN???
No, it definitely isn't a lovely day to be caught in the rain. I have a sneaky feeling it hasn't stopped raining for at least two days and more on the way. I know we need it, but as I understand it is the wrong sort of rain (not wet enough?) what's on the way will be welcomed. Unfortunately, the end of our garden is already under water, so perhaps a little less rain please.
Most of my week was taken up with the card orders I have received recently - mainly because of the promotion of a good friend and a friend of hers. They have both placed orders with me for several cards and have passed details on to their friends and family. Word of mouth and personal recommendation is so very welcome.
The brief for Jonathan's card was that he went to Cambridge University, back-packed across America, plays Lacrosse, loves rowing and is an Economist. Boy, the person who ordered this one loves to set me a challenge. I made the card to look like a notice board, which turned out to be a good choice as apparently he had a notice board in his University digs that was covered in pics, etc.
The brief for this card was that Sophie was a party-animal, loved fashion, gymnastics and her Dutch rabbit. She went to a school with Forest in the name (I thought the last thing she would want would be a picture of her school on her birthday card, so I added a pic of a forest). I placed mirror-card on to the bare card, I added a smaller sized piece of pink glitter card which I had covered in lacey thin paper. I wanted it to be a little quirky so mounted each embellishment again on glitter card, placed them so that the right-hand ones overlapped the edge which I had trimmed back by approximately half an inch. My customer was very pleased with the card and I hope Sophie was too.
We went for a meal with a friend yesterday evening to celebrate her cat's 21st birthday. Yes, I know that may seem an unusual reason for a celebration, but I love a celebration. Our friend's cat is getting a little doddery (think I would at over 100), but everything else is functioning well, so here's to her 22nd birthday celebration next year. Perhaps it will have stopped raining by then!
I have a mix of orders for cards to make this week: wedding, thank you and birthday cards. Most of them are just as challenging as the ones above. Looks like it could be an interesting week.
My pottery course is going well - I am really enjoying doing a course that doesn't require intense revision, loads of homework and a gruelling exam at the end. I did the basics of my first 'creation' on Thursday: a candle holder on the lines of a slab pot, but not a slab-pot. Confusing? When it has been finished to complete and absolute perfection (about 40 - 50 years time??) I will post some pics on here. Still amazed at some of the lovely work people on the course are producing - so very creative. My minds eye sees my finished item as very good, but my hands don't seem to managed to translate that to what I am working on. All good fun though.
It's that time of the week for Handmade Monday, so don't forget to nip over there and read through the great blogs posts of everyone who has taken part.
I hope you have had a chance to read my Friday Guest Blogger post? Thank you Loretta and good luck with the Team Hannah Fund-raising event. Don't forget if you want to join in, please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you stay dry and the rain doesn't cause any problems - I will be back on Wednesday my mid-week post.