Monday, March 29, 2010

UK Handmade Spring 2010

At last I have something to show you - the Spring Edition of UK Handmade Magazine is finally finished and ready to read over on the website . My deputy editor Anna has taken over fully as editor leaving me now free to concentrate on developing the website and lots of other fun projects we have planned. Maybe I can now find a bit of time to do some painting too, I really miss making a mess! Oh and I have spent the weekend building new furniture in my studio and putting up shelves etc - just got to put all my stuff back in and it might be the motivation I need to get those paint brushes out. I will post pictures when it's finished; with the weather getting sunnier I am feeling more relaxed and productive.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tick tick BOOM!

Well don't ask me where February went, I have absolutely no idea. Just after writing my last post I lit a fuse that exploded in such a way I never thought I would recover from the fallout lol - yes I'm being melodramatic and no it's nothing bad. All good, very good in fact.

2010 started with good positive vibes, I don't know why, I just had a good feeling about this year. Then I thought I really needed to ask for help with ukhandmade and take the pressure off me a little to concentrate on my new found confidence and do lots of pretty artwork for my business. What I didn't anticipate was the people who responded to my plea for help would have such energy and enthusiasm for what we are doing at ukhandmade that they have pushed us further in a short 6 weeks than we had done in the last 12 months. I can't go into details yet but it has forced me into rebuilding the website quicker than I had anticipated ready for all the new ideas and increased amount of traffic we will hopefully get as a result. Overwhelmed is not the word. I always knew we had something pretty special at ukhandmade, more than just a well designed magazine promoting the huge amount of talent we have here in the UK but also it has picked up on a wave of feeling that things need to change in our day to day lives, something that people are responding to in such a way I wasn't really prepared for. I suddenly feel humbled and honoured and scared and responsible for something a lot bigger than me but much more than that I am excited. I have butterflies in my tum on a daily basis and I haven't felt like that for years.

Hopefully things will settle down and I can find some me time soon, the ideas for chalk hill are piling up inside my head and it's all getting a bit crowded in there!