So you may have (or not) noticed that I have not been taking part of any markets this year, and having a totally market free festive season.
The why? Basically just getting to the business of living life.
It has been a tough year where the biggest lesson I learnt was that my health has to come first (though you would think that I would have learnt this lesson already… with whole big C and all). It’s one thing to know something, and another thing to actually apply it.
So this year I have been saying a lot of “no I can’t do that market“, “no I can’t take on that extra extra work, I have enough on my plate“, “I’m too tired to do that“, “sorry I can’t come out to play“… and I have meant it all.
The big C,
as they say as I say, is the gift that keeps on giving (insert slightly bitter sarcastic tone there). 6 years on, I’m finally, just, off ALL the meds and I • A M • E X H A U S T E D.
So, thinking about how best to spend my energy, markets, as much as I love them, had to be one of the things I said no to, for the time being.
I did recently take part in a pretty awesome Colour Box Studio Pop Up Shop and continue to have my Etsy store stocked with some new goodies, so definitely still feather & spearing along.
And the rest of my now market-free, non feather & spear time? Long walks on the beach…well, almost.
Apart from full time non-creative bill-paying desking, I’ve been taking a bit of time out in nature, yes, taking long walks, but also getting the kind of inspiration you can only get when there’s a whole lot of oxygen and green living things. I’ve also been lucky enough to take in the odd arty-farty inspiring gallery visit and have had the chance to actually visit some markets to support my fellow hard toiling makers and shakers.
So 2017 on the very near horizon and I’m most definitely looking forward.
I hope you get to end this year in the best kind of way and remember to place a whole lot of “self lovin” gifts under the tree for yourself.
Wishing you and your loved ones all kinds of mad love, happiness and good health.
Snippet of my recent and market free activities…
Colour Box 2016
New studs up on Etsy
NGV – Victor and Rolf
NGV – Victor and Rolf
Nature walk – repping my FS studs