I’ve always loved the colour orange, and discovered Jessica’s blog a few years ago. I love her fabric designs, and her support of a colour which (up until this year’s trend setters), was not very popular! I have even posted some of my items in her flickr pool of orangy goodness, but I hadn’t realized how much she has influenced me until last week.
Our local youth theatre group is currently rehearsing for a production of “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” and I’m responsible for coordinating the costumes. The Lambchop family will all be featuring orange prominently in their costumes (no one else in the entire play wears this colour so that it stands out), and when I was chatting with the set designer about a colour for the kitchen tablecloth, all I could think of was “How About Orange”.
If you’re wondering about the shoes, all the “cool kids” in the show will be wearing them in different colours. I may have to get myself a pair of orange ones now.
It feels like I’ve been running on empty/low for so long that I don’t really know what a regular pace is. Since I started my business in 2009 I have lived in what feels like a constant whirlwind; juggling my own business, my family life and the lives of 3 children; making costumes for our local youth theatre company, working part-time, and attending craft shows as a vendor. This week I’ve decided to stop. For now. And just see what that feels like.
I’m not stopping everything. I have a new part-time job which I love. You would have to drag me out of the theatre world screaming. Kids and husband need to come first again. So for now I have put the craft shows on hold.
I love craft shows. I really enjoy the atmosphere, hanging around with crafty types, meeting vendors and customers face-to-face. But they are physically and emotionally exhausting. There’s all the time spent in my studio sewing things I love, in the hope that other people will love them too (and buy them). There’s the planning and preparation, set-up and tear-down of booths. And this is before putting on my happy face to meet the public. Don’t get me wrong, I REALLY enjoy meeting my customers, both old and new, but for every person who loves and buys my work, there is someone who thinks my prices are too high (they’re not) , they could make it themselves (they could, but they didn’t), or they want to haggle for a deal (they’re already getting one). There are some people who walk into my booth and just scowl. Seriously, how can pretty little girls dresses and bloomers make someone scowl?
So, I’m finally going to work on the list of household projects that I always keep meaning to get to but never do because there’s another craft show deadline approaching. Ironman needs frilly curtains in her room, Boy needs cool blinds in his room, Guy wants a bean-bag chair. I have 2 deckchairs to recover, and numerous cushions to make…for me.
This weekend I had the privilege of working with our local youth theatre group to put on the musical “Oliver”. In 15 rehearsals a show was learned, memorized, blocked and choreographed…an amazing feat in itself. My children and I have been involved with this group for 5 years now, and every year I am in awe of what this group of young people, aged 4-14 can achieve. This year was particularly sweet for me because I coordinated the costumes for 2 shows, each with a cast of around 50 kids. (Below are some of my workhouse kids, in karate gis teastained for the production).
Since September I have enjoyed getting to know both casts and so during the performances I was proud not only of my offspring, but every one of those children on stage. I’m glad it was dark backstage so they couldn’t catch me blubbing.
Last night’s Grammy ceremonies may be celebrated around the world, but these kids deserve all the awards.