You may have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet here over the past few months as I’ve been spending more time with my family and less on my little business. I’ve decided to slim things down a bit and simplify Basement Studio. This slimmed down version of Basement Studio will allow me to dedicate my time to the family while spending a couple of days a week in the studio creating without pressure. I love doing what I do so I won’t be going anywhere in a hurry.
This means I am having a big clearance sale of many craft items, some from past workshops but most of it is craft materials which I have left on the shelves.
SALE LASTS UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH
To make things easier I’ve bundled lots of items together in art boxes and packages. These offer amazing value with at least half price savings on many craft products.
I’ve also decided to include a few mystery boxes. For only 20€ these boxes will give you amazing value for money as well as a fantastic surprise on the doorstep. You can’t choose a box or its contents but if you’re willing to take the chance I guarantee you’ll be getting at least 50% off most items. In fact by the time I’ve finished putting things in the box its value will be even more!
Everything has to go so don’t miss out on a fantastic bargain!
The clearance will last until December so not long really.
We all experience them at one time or another. It’s like a wall of fatigue which stands in the way of anything creative allowing self doubt to creep in along with a general can’t be bothered attitude. I know because I’m in the middle of one right now. I want to sit on the sofa in pj’s and stare out of the window, the place which usually gives me so much inspiration, and eat crisps. I haven’t sketched anything for ages or made anything either, I’ve no inclination to go into my basement and do anything yet in a strange way my hands and my brain are itching to do something creative. The question is what?
Over the past few months I’ve spent quite a bit of money on online courses from urban sketching and watercolour to digital painting in the hope it’ll kick-start some crafty cogs into working again, and while I’ve learned a lot I just don’t seem to be happy with anything I’ve done.
I suppose at this time of year I’d be spending much more time outside in the garden dead heading and weeding which keeps me busy but with the intense dryness this year my garden is looking more like scrubland with a few crispy plant stalks sticking out to add emphasis to its sorry state. This is my haven, my inspiration, place of joy. I know it’ll come back next year, hopefully, but right now it’s not helping my mood.
I did have a sort out and got rid of a few things which I didn’t use. This made me feel better for a while. It was quite satisfying to clear out hoarded papers and old neglected stamps. I moved other things around to fill the spaces so I wouldn’t be tempted to just buy more. It’s much less chaotic now helping me to move forward and hopefully I’ve made someone’s day with the bits I’ve taken to the recycling shop.
I’ve asked around and it seems that focussing on something completely different is the key. Where I would normally be gardening, I’ve taken out the crochet again and I think it’s working. It’s giving my hands something creative to do and while I’m concentrating I’m not thinking about anything else. This morning I picked up one of those on-line courses again to finish it off and decided to give it another go.
Happy day – the fog is lifting all be it slowly. Maybe I just need to wait it out.
I don’t usually write here on a Monday but I thought I’d just say a big thank you to all those people who came to KUKI and visited my stand. Whether you bought something or not the support was welcome.
Weather wise it was a mixed bag. It ranged from warm and sunny to absolutely freezing cold with my body shaking at one point. A massive storm right at the end managed to blow past us which was a huge relief to me and the stalls around me and the only rain was felt as we were packing up, so I think we were very lucky on the whole.
It’s been a few years since the last fair so the anticipation was high. I had a great spot right at the top where everything was going on. The years before I’ve been way down the side street and missed the opening ceremony.
The ribbon was almost cut in my tent. Good for publicity and even better for official photos.
There were all kinds of wonderful things to see and hear from bands and theatre to Viennese costumes. The art on display was amazing too.
Today I’m unpacking and sorting my stock for the next one which is on Sunday in Bushdorf. I have a spot on the main street, number 38 if you want to come over and visit.
I’ll be back later in the week but for now I’ll get on with sorting the stock out.