Is it true what everyone says, that once you hit 21 the years rush by just a bit too fast? 21 was quite a few years ago for me, and I can truly say that the weeks/months/years do whizz by. Is it because life is so busy or that I (like lots of people) set myself targets which I don't achieve and therefore feel time is rushing by? A friend of mine completes a Tasks Done list each day - the main reason is to see what she has done with her day, but how nice it must be to be able to tick everything off as finished.
Still on days whizzing by, I left my count-down to Christmas clock on my blog and it caught my eye today and I was very surprised to see it is only 177 days to Christmas! Best get a move on making Christmas cards and get the decorations down from the loft!
Have you read my Guest Post from Friday? Alix Beech of Big Blue Bed wrote about becoming the person she is happy to be. It proved a very popular post and I recommend you read it if you haven't had the chance to do so yet. Thank you Alix - love the picture of you in the Snowy the Dog hat.
I completed a quirky card order this week and yet again forgot to photograph it. So much for my proposed check-list! The card was for a cat-loving, blonde-haired, poolside lounger who liked to drink Rioja. Trying to incorporate all of these was the usual challenge - I hope she likes her card. A first for me, but I received an order for a Congratulations on your Divorce card - I know there are some cards out their bearing this salutation and perhaps I should make a few for stock when I make up this order. It did make me think that I should carry a stock of perhaps blank cards (no greetings that is) and decorate them accordingly either for an order or at events.
I saw an advertisement recently that Moonpig are now offering video cards for Smart phones; it may be something they have been doing for a while. How does a 'paper' card-maker compete? This article from the Greetings Card Association makes interesting reading about the UK and their greetings cards 'habit' - hopefully the 'real' greetings card still has plenty of life left in it. I hope so as it is a major part of my business.
I thought I hadn't any makes to post for Handmade Monday this week - work-in-progress, etc - then I realised that this week I have spent a couple of evenings non-stop making my mini-cards. I now have 2 ranges: 3" x 3" and 4" x 4". Some time ago I purchased quite a few packets of paper flowers with the intention of doing flower-pot displays. I did some but decided against adding it as a permanent range to my business. I have lots left over and think they are ideal for decorating cards. These are photographs of 3 of the larger style:
I had expected it to be a dry, occasionally sunny day today - sadly, it has been raining for about 2 hours. 1 July? Perhaps I have looked at the wrong month on the calendar. I can see Wimbledon tipping over into a third week.
Have a great week everyone, enjoy the other blogs taking part in Handmade Monday and while there do read Wendy's piece about Increasing Customer Confidence in your Small Craft Business - a great piece of work and lots of reminders about things that we tend to forget. Do get in touch if you would like to join in my Friday Guest Blog spot (email@example.com).