08 September 2010

my creative space 'handmade panic'

Greetings all,
It's that time of the quarter, where i start to panic/ pretend i am totally OK with the stock levels i have for the Handmade & Mathilda's Markets, both on this weekend in Canberra.  I do have glazed over panic in my eyes . . . the mums at school are excellent monitors of my work/ life balance - they keep asking how i am (read: Jennie looks shell shocked, distracted & unprepared for this weekend).  I have to be comfortable with what i can achieve & admit, i've done my best with working at Shop Handmade, 4 children & an absent husband all year.  Toss in P&C events i run, insurance claims from the burglary & tax.  Cracks are appearing i assure you!!
I have also been able to procrastinate about sewing for this market, for example, my washing is up to date, the fruit bowl is fresh & full, dishes done, children eating plenty of vegetables for dinner & home baked goodies in their lunch boxes.  Even the floors are clean.  Not vital for a 2-day-before-massive-market-priority, but hey, clean floors always make me feel better.
Proof i have been sewing - a couple of dozen sets of skirts & tops in my new bolts of Japanese prints.  Hmmm, must chop up FQ for the market too.
Today at Shop, Rachel let me hand sew a few dozen penny wheels between serving customers!!  How pretty are these Flower Sugar fabrics from Retro Mummy going to look on headbands & brooches with fabric covered buttons??  Should be doing them now, hmmmm . . .
This little fellow wanted to be close to me last night, so in order to not neglect him, he set up a bed next to my sewing machine.  Oh to be young & stress free & have time for sleep.
On an unrelated topic . . . today i passed a few thousand of these gorgeous National Servicemen . . . fondly called NashosThroughout the 1950's to boost our Army after WW2, Australia had a National Service, then it was reintroduced in 1965 for the Vietnam War.  They looked so proud in their suits, berets & medals.  I saw many big manly hugs in this massive 'reunion' too.  A new memorial in their honour was opened at the War Memorial.  We'll go & have a look in the school holidays (i have one child who can't bring herself to visit the War Memorial without her soldier Daddy).   
On the way home from school i also found time to swing by Revolve to pick up a cradle on a stand ($15 in fantastic condition) as you do with 4 tired children.  I might not have enough stock to actually put in it (children's clothes, or maybe cushions, or perhaps quilts - next market) i also found a cool cabinet which has all the glass & shelves missing, but would look magical lined with fabric with perspex shelves on my market table, oh filled with brooches or hair accessories.  Stay tuned, shall reveal in December.  Oh December, by then i'll have had my husband home for 2 months . . . imagine my productivity!!  Friday I'm at Shop (any Handmade Marketeers, pop by & do say hello, before 3p.m.) then i'm packing the car.  Saturday & Sunday are markets.  Deep breath!! 
Thanks for propping me up with your lovely comments, for less chaotic Creative Spaces check out the list of talent on Kootoyoo.  Love Posie

14 comments:

Tania said...

Lady, you are not going to know yourself when the bloke is back. All the manic sounds like that last push before the home straight...

Heidi said...

Drink more coffee and You will get it all done because your like me you work best under pressure, I saw your comment on bliss who knew you loved Mad Men too!!

Brenda said...

Two days of markets sounds like alot of fun, the big push before the markets doesn't.

Stacey said...

You don't do things by half, do you?? Love that new fabric on the left. I'm a sucker for anything with birds on it. Not sure why as I'm not that keen on birds in general - I just like bird prints.
My Dad was a Nasho and went to Vietnam. I'll have to make sure he sees your pictures.

moose and bird said...

Superwoman has been at it again! Now.....just remember to breath. Good luck with the markets, not that you'll need it. Have fun. xo

Market Girl said...

That is so out of control Jennie. Not long to go now and just so you know we appreciate every minute of effort!
XXXX

m.e (Cathie) said...

take a deep breath, don't panic, don't want a petrol tank incident again.
goodluck with it all ♥

gretchenmist said...

my you have coped beautifully to be still blogging :)
i'd be on the floor i think!
good luck getting it all ready. the japanese prints are gorgeous.

designed to a T said...

Deep breath Posie, you're gunna make it. How gorgeous does your little one look fast asleep. What an angel...Terese

Sally said...

yes - take lots of deep breaths!
I'm sending you lots of positive productivity vibes!!!
... and wow Revolve still exists hey. I furnish many a home from the stocks of Revolve when I lived in Canberra during my university days - you've just given me a major flash back.
Take care - and breathe!!!!

Off The Peg said...

Wow, you certainly manage to make the most of your time! You go girl!

Kylie said...

Oh honey - you can sleep after Christmas (but then I recall you only require a few hours anyway!)
Good luck at Market this weekend.

Corrie said...

just coming in to say good luck for tomorrow and sunday! man it's going to be one busy weekend and there is no way this big pregnant lady could have done it!
enjoy and I want to hear all about it

love the flower sugar yo yo's! I always wish I could make yo yo 's during church or waiting at ballet or times when I'm sitting down!

Corrie:)

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