I'm here, still buried in UK Handmade and all my other jobs, but although I am missing producing my own artwork I am enjoying being busy and productive. We have recently taken the very scary step of turning UK Handmade into a Social Enterprise LTD Company. Sounds very grand doesn't it. Thankfully I share this responsibility with fellow Directors Anna Stassen and Kirsten Miller and we have taken on more core team members so things are definitely looking up.
Of course this has meant more time organising the new team and coming up with new ideas and plans for all aspects of the business - it's amazing how much of my time is spent in skype meetings and emailing! I have also taken on a part time role working as online marketing consultant for http://www.makers-online.co.uk/ where I am putting all my years of experience in retail and marketing into practice by writing articles and features for their main company blog and the community blog. It's all a lot of fun and it's giving me more incentive to get my own little business a badly needed update and to just spend a bit of time doodling.
In the meantime I will just have to console myself taking lots of new flower photos now that spring has finally taken hold. These photos are from the cherry tree in my front garden - a real charge of pink hit you every morning when stepping onto the landing and although they have gone now I have one of these photos in my studio to lift me when I'm feeling the pressure of work. Colour like this is the best kind of therapy.