Today we have “Can’t live without” for #marchmeetthemaker . So, I could list in no particular order - coffee(and tea), food (pretty much everything, except seafood), rose wine, crochet of course, my garden, my bed, sunshine....the list goes on.
But I’m going to be cheesy and say my husband. He would cringe if he knew I was writing this! 😂
He has had that unenviable role for 42 years this year, and as I’ve said before, been my business partner too for the last twenty. He gave up his secure art teaching job when my business had become too much for one person, and we took a leap of faith at a time when we had two teenagers to help through uni and a mortgage to pay.
It means we are in each other’s company 24/7, living and working together from home. Mostly we get along fine and have worked out a pretty perfect system of having our own space. Thankfully there are enough rooms in our house to do that.
We’re on to Inspiration today for #marchmeetthemaker and for me it’s all about colour. I make mental notes of interesting colour schemes I come across and hold them in my head. I seem to be quite good at that which is pretty amazing really since I can’t hold much else in my head for more than a few seconds! The colours of the buildings in Copenhagen for example stayed with me and reappeared in the recent blanket I made. And there are three random shampoo bottles on my bathroom shelf at the moment which I study every time I’m in the loo (!) because of their interesting but accidental colour grouping. I simply love and am inspired by, colour.
The other form of creativity I seek inspiration for, is the day job of course. New ideas for card designs and the quirky verses to go with them come to me in a very special place - the bathroom shower! (What is it about this bathroom of mine!!) Anyway I firmly believe it’s the effect of hot water drumming on my head which stimulates the old brain cells. Honestly, I can stand in the shower till my skin goes wrinkly and come up with all sorts of new ideas. Difficult to jot the ideas down though.
And no, there is no “swipe to see me in the shower” image. #colourcrush#lovecolour#copenhagen#lovecrochet#crochetaddict#colourpalette
Today’s #marchmeetthemaker is “customers and feedback.”
Once upon a time we had a little shop and although it was in the back of beyond, customers found us from all over the world. It was built behind our farm cottage and one morning I came into my kitchen at 8am to load the washing machine and found an American lady standing among my pile of dirty washing ,politely asking if I could open the shop! Although I was still in my dressing gown, I happily obliged!! We also had a lovely collection of local customers who supported the shop and who also stopped for a wee chat ( sometimes not so wee!)Then there were all the craft fair “groupies” who came to see us at fairs all over the country. I miss them but I don’t miss the early starts and packing the van. Nowadays our customers are all online, either on our website or our Etsy shop. I’m overwhelmed with the care some people take to make sure they leave a glowing feedback - it really makes our day. #weewishes#embroideredoriginals#scottishcards#cottageindustry#familybusiness
Today’s #marchmeetthemaker is “helper”. The only helper I have in human form is our little granddaughter who comes to share our studio three days a week. At age 3 she can be a delight and a disaster ( mostly delight). I can’t call my husband and daughter helpers as we’re all equal partners! But I’ve decided to mention crochet as my helper - it has helped me to switch off from the business, to give me something else to think about and plan for, helping me to relax and daydream while my hands are occupied. And not to mention helping me find this amazing community of fellow crochet addicts!#crochetaddict#crochetersofinstagram#lovecrochet#crochetastherapy#craftastherapy
Today’s #marchmeethemaker is “dreams and plans”, so I’m going to split it into two. The plans part I’ll allocate to our card business and it very much involves Laura, our daughter who has just been incorporated as a partner. The ultimate goal a few years down the line is for her to take over completely and allow us (her parents) to retire. Much of the forward planning is now Laura’s domain and the immediate plan is to keep on growing the business to give her the best start possible. Now the dreams part... I see that as more personal and it’s all about the time I’ll have when I retire to devote to my own work in the form of crochet and embroidery. My dream is that once Laura takes over she’ll move the business away from our house to hers and this large studio/office we built in our attic will become my craft room. It is so light and airy and I dream about large work tables, lots of storage for yarn, threads and fabric and all the time in the world to explore and develop the different textile arts which interest me. I’ll keep a little corner for my husband’s drawing board and easel too!
Today’s #marchmeetthemaker is “work clothes”. That’s pretty easy and I’ll start from the bottom up - these shoes (ancient M&S slip ons, stained but oh so comfy), jeans usually spattered with paint but in this case new ones so they might last a day or two before they get ruined. Then (not shown), a sweatshirt or jumper or t shirt and always a scarf of some sort. A comfortable shabby look! The crochet on the floor is to give a bit of interest to the otherwise boring photo and to hide the stains on the studio carpet!🤣
Good morning! Back in sunny (?) Scotland late last night, and also back to work this morning. First a quick look at #marchmeetthemaker and today it’s “postage and packing”. We’re lucky that our business is greeting cards as they pack easily and are unbreakable. We send out the individual orders from etsy and our website, in strong board backed envelopes - a pile go out every day. Then the shop orders get boxed and sent out by carrier. Some days we practically disappear under the pile! Laura is chief packer and has it down to a fine art. #www .etsy.com/embroideredoriginals #weewishes#embroideredoriginals
Remembering my own Mum on Mother’s Day. She would have been 92 next week. Thank you, Mum for your love and encouragement, for always being there to listen, for teaching me to crochet and knit when I was small, for cooking legendary meals and baking unforgettable cakes, for making us a safe and comfortable home, for loving her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in a way that makes her forever remembered with fondness. So sorry that your last year was so painful - you didn’t deserve it. With love xxx
Are we on day 11 of #marchmeetthemaker ? If so, it’s “branding”(blame my holiday head if I’ve got it wrong). Anyway I don’t have a brand for my crochet, so if by brand it means logo, this is our business one - Wee Wishes. We rebranded a few years ago from the name Embroidered Originals - bit of a mouthful - because we no longer use embroidery in our designs. So to avoid confusion we chose Wee Wishes, “wee” to show that we’re Scottish and “wishes” well that explains itself. #weewishes#embroideredoriginals#scottishcardcompany#scottishcards#funnycards