Thursday, March 17, 2011
I reckon I am almost into meltdown time - well I was this morning. Maybe I have recovered. So much to do and never enough time. I have to say that nearly all the orders are done and gone so I am really sorry if you have had to wait - we have been working as fast as we can. The vanilla beans and old roses sari ribbon is nearly all gone and the other colours are not doing a bad job of moving off to new homes as well. I have placed a new order which I hope won't take quite so long.
But more importantly - I received a lovely parcel today for OWOH - from Sharne - Hundertwasser - so wonderful - thank you so much Sharne - I am so pleased I won your draw. It put me back on the straight and narrow today and I even pulled out one of my many Hundertwasser books for a quick long look.
And a lovely card as well. I love receiving parcels I don't have to package.... (I really do like those as well though)
Our big shipment of Soy Wax arrived yesterday and I have spent ages packaging the 50 kilos. This is what I have been testing over the past few weeks - I have a wax thingy which my hairdresser gave me a long time back and it is just perfect for heating the soy wax which melts at a very low temperature and is easy to use. I am not wanting to dye at the moment so I have been painting with Dye-na-flow paints and very pleased with the results.
Apart from the many things I simply must do, like my on-line workshops and an article for Embellish, I have managed a few minutes to test some new very beautiful metallic paints but I will keep those until Ian has had time to get them on the web. I have been feeling very gripey about hands-on workshops and demos. People seem to want to pay as little as possible and expect as much as possible yet they are happy to pay other professionals a proper rate. They pester you to run a workshop and when you tell them your rate, they look at you as though you are a thief. I think I have been far more than generous over the years and I am really now wanting time to play as an artist when I am not playing as a partner in The Thread Studio. Hands-on workshops require a lot of work if one is a 'proper' teacher (and I have been since 1974) - not just the being there and giving out wise words, but there is the preparation, the gathering, the carting, the setting up,the demos, the wise words and the packing up after everyone else has finished and of course the coming back home, the unpacking, the sorting, the putting back etc. I think I will stick to the playing in the studio and the writing. Enough of that.....
Last night we went to a play in the new State Theatre - nice building. It was Boundary Street and while the idea was good, the actors did their best , James Morrison was good - the play itself was thin and convoluted. And what annoyed me more than anything else were the two large tv screens with all the words written on them. So distracting - I am not sure I want to go to another play if that is the norm.
Off to write and have a glass of wine.