Oh September, how I look forward to your last day! The days are just blasting past so quickly, but there is still so much to do. I've finished the written part of my Peony Pattern, now I just need pictures of all the pieces. Of course, in order to have pictures of them I need to finish making them all. I'm about half-way done with that part. So it really will be coming soon! AAAHHHH!
I am also working on my final two custom orders for the year. I've already finished this mini daffodil, which was made to be an embroidery applique. It's just 2 inches wide. (I think next time I make one this small I will use size 15/0 beads.)
Right now I am making a Hydrangea stem with some fancy edged leaves. I need two more of those leaves (which have a netted edging that looks like lace) and two or three times as many flowers. I'm using blue, light blue, and white beads for the flowers.
After I've finished the Hydrangea I will be starting on a bigger order - a custom Poinsettia Garland just like this one I made last year, only with red Poinsettias. I've given myself some extra time to finish this one so I won't be as rushed.
Now, I was going to be taking a break beginning mid September, but since these custom orders will have me busy through mid October... I went ahead and closed my shop to custom orders. Once these two are done I will be dedicating my free time to new designs. There are so many flowers and ideas I've been dying to try but haven't had the time simply because I've had so many custom orders. I'm not complaining, but as an artist and a business person it's sometimes hard to balance between making what pleases and heals the soul and what my customers want. Sometimes they aren't the same. Sometimes inspiration hits and it's frustrating that I don't have time to make it, and that little inspiration bug just keeps tugging at you and digging down deeper, and then more ideas just keep building up. So, I'm taking time off for a little artistic exploration, and also because I'm going to be busier with my other responsibilities (that children's presentation I mentioned in a previous post will be at the end of the month, and then we have to do fall activities and prep for the new year in addition to the stuff we have to do every week. And you know, I also have my own family and home to take care of). I will still be producing new patterns and tutorials, and I will still be making flowers and hair pieces to sell in my shop, or to keep/ give away. With those I can work at my own pace without feeling the rush and pressure that comes from custom work. I really do need a little break. These last few months I've felt like, to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite Hobbits, "butter spread over too much bread."
I will start taking custom orders again in January, albeit at a slower pace. :)
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