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"paints, pens and papercuts"

My Blog

What a Year!

29 December 2020

Well what can I say? It's been a very difficult year and a pretty disastrous one for many businesses mine included.  As I start working on my tax returns (yuk) it's becoming all too apparent how much I've lost in 2020 - probably more than 90% of my income. Like many small independents I am not eligible for any financial support as I am fortunate to have a part-time 'real' job as well.  This year that turned into a full time job which like many others I had to balance around home schooling and supporting other family members. So I want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who supported me this year - even if it was just liking or sharing a post on social media.  I am hoping and praying that these vaccines work and that we can all return to hugging our friends and family in the not too distant future.  

My First Blog Entry

15 July 2020

At this time of year I would normally be very busy almost every weekend attending various summer events and country fairs.  There is an awful lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to get ready for these events from thinking about how best to display everything, to getting enough stock printed, mounted and framed.  Then everything has to be priced, wrapped in protective wrapping and packed ready to go.  It usually takes me a couple of hours to set up my stand and no matter how well I think I've prepared I usually find that I've forgotten something - my flask or a charging cable. Thankfully my lovely husband is often able to come to my rescue.  

Although they are hard work I am missing my events and not just for the income they bring in.  I miss the social side of it too - the friendly banter with fellow stall holders and organisers and meeting my lovely customers. Explaining how something has been made and why and having a little chat even if they don't buy anything. I really love listening to ladies laugh at my funny greetings cards as they browse through them.  

I look forward to the day that I am able to take part in events again but for the moment I am staying very cautious. Keep safe everyone!