Hello everyone. What a hectic couple of weeks it's been for me. My new cushion is doing very well and I've had a few orders for it. I'm always nervous about selling my work. I hope that people will like it as much in the flesh as they do in the photos. It's always tricky with handmade too. Where do you draw the line when it comes to something that looks handmade and something that looks professional? I'm always being told when I print something that it doesn't have to look perfect. Sometimes, with block printing, there can be slight imperfections. These imperfections can give character to the cushion or bag. And I like that. It doesn't mean that I accept something that is smudged or just looks bad. Also, here I am on the Poppytalk blog!
So, I have a confession. I have not got round to printing most of my orders yet. A day after I listed my new cushion on Etsy, I realised something was wrong with me. I'd been feeling ill for a few days with what felt like a nasty tummy bug. After 3 days, it didn't go away and I joked with my husband Ben that maybe I was pregnant, seeing that it was quite similar to how I felt when I was pregnant with our daughter Jill. He laughed. We have been so exhausted eversince having Jill two and a half years ago and also with trying to have lives of our own, you wouldn't believe we had time for any jiggy stuff. So, we bought a test kit and it came out positive. After me shedding a few tears (well, lots of tears really) and feeling like it could not come at a worse timing than this (we're moving house in 2 weeks and I have just found myself a cool studio space!), we decided, it's probably a really good thing, even though I am feeling totally rubbish and sick at the moment.
So, to all those who have placed orders, please do not panic! I am working on it. ALL orders will be sent out on Monday/Tuesday the latest. My mum is on an aeroplane, on her way to me as we speak. I really need help with turning the press. I can't risk it.... I'm not going to stop printing though. It's what I love to do. It keeps me sane. It makes me happy when I have nice customers.
Here's a pic of my little one and I, last summer.