Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Taking stock of things !!


 I looked up the other day and thought where has Autumn gone ??  Where have the last few weeks gone ??
It's like I have been living with blinkers on , well actually my head has just constantly been bent down over  my work and I've forgot to look up !!!

 My life has turned into something I really don't  recognise !! In the pursuit of trying to create a successful creative business and live a dream that I have had for a very long time  , I have neglected some of the most important parts of my life . I have had to take stock recently as the realisation hit me that I feel I've lost myself , I think the thing that really got to me the other day was when my 12 year old told me that I don't smile anymore and he was worried about me . My children shouldn't be worrying about me I should be worrying about them . I don't think it helps that I've not had a break in a very long time ( or a family Holiday in 5 years )  and money is very very tight , as it is for soooo many families  not only in this country but abroad too . But after my next couple of events I am having a couple of weeks off to recharge my batteries and touch base with everyone and everything in my life which I feel I have neglected . Hopefully I will start smiling again and look up and notice the world around me . I need to live my life and not just exist !! I have given a lot of thought about my work life balance and getting this right is going to be my main priority in  future . I also need to learn to cut myself some slack as I do push myself very very hard .

It feels good to be blogging tonight I do so miss it when I don't get time to pop by ( this is one of the things I will be changing ) .
I'm very busy and excited at the moment as we build up to our Christmas Open Studio which takes place  this  Sunday ( 8th December) & Sunday 15th December , then that is  it I'm having a much needed break .
But if your in the Skipton area why not pop in and see us , I promise I will be smiling !! ( upstairs in Coopers cafe-bar , 6-8 Belmont st , Skipton , North Yorkshire, BD23 1QQ )  I will have my Felt Christmas Decoration kits for sale as well as other lovely handmade goodies .

Here's a peek of some of the things on offer ! 





It feels good to have popped by and now I'm off to bed for some much needed sleep as I've been working until midnight for the last couple of weeks and working weekends too ( not good I know !).

Thanks for popping by and I hope I have not depressed  you and you will pop by again .
ta ta Tracy xx

33 comments:

  1. You are so smart to recognize that you've been pushing yourself too hard. I did that for years and ended up with 2 chronic diseases and much more! But now I focus on whatever I'm doing in the moment and try to be honest with myself and others about what I will and won't do. Some have taken it hard but I am happier and healthier than ever and they'll get over it! LOL!
    I live across the pond but I wish I could be there. I love all your precious handmade items and you and Lucy are both so talented. You are amazing and glad you're taking care of yourself. Blessings to you and yours.

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  2. Awww! Hug. Glad you'll have some down time. It can be stressful to build a biz but you know what? You're taking a risk and living your dream.

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  3. Hi Tracy, Once you have recognized that life is passing you by and you're willing to do something about it, the battle is already won!!! Nice to hear from you again!!! Hope your studio days will be a great success and enjoy your break!!! Have a fab day!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  4. Hi Tracy, Everything in the studio looks lovely so best of luck with your sales, Christmas is coming so hopefully your break will give you chance to rethink and recharge. Best wishes, take care and happy stitching.

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  5. Wow, you have created such beautiful things, no wonder you've been working so hard. I hope your open days are a huge success, they certainly look like they will be. And I hope you have a wonderful break afterwards, it is certainly well deserved.

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  6. When money is very tight it gets difficult to get the 'work, life,balance' right.( I hate using buzz phrases but it seems right in these circumstances). You get focused in on one thing and neglect the important things in life but you've recognised that, which means you're halfway to putting it right. Jacqui x

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    1. Have a wonderful break. Hubby and I are chasing our dreams and the moment and the changes haven't all be positive. It's funny how we run so hard trying to grab the thing we think we want that we let go of the things we already had.

      Take care x

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  7. I love the idea of working as a artist or craft maker, but what worries me is when I hit a dry patch.i would worry when I do not sell much.i would probably get a part time job so I was under less pressure if selling was slow.your crafts are gourgrous and very well made by the way x

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  8. I hope that you do take some time for yourself and your family and that you feel happier and more relaxed very soon. xx

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  9. Hi Tracey

    You CAN get so wrapped up in creating that you just work at it all the time. But you still love it. But you love your family too and need to give them time and attention and the reward is all that love you get back. They are used to having you 100% of the time so they have to give a little too, but I'm sure you'll get the balance right in the end.

    Don't give anything up yet, just do less of one and more of the other till it balances out...

    Penny
    x

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  10. Your work is just so beautiful! It is SO easy to let the balance of life be tipped to far to one side! Thankfully you have recognized your tipping scales :o) when you finally do take that time off, I hope it is FILLED with joy and laughter :o)

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  11. Achieving a balance is such a struggle, especially when you work for yourself. Recharge your batteries over the Christmas holidays and then come back with a bang in 2014!

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  12. I hope your Studio days go well, and reap the rewards you deserve. Enjoy your break too.
    It really is so difficult to get the work / life balance right - I just find it a continual juggling act. And I guess I take comfort from the fact we tend to learn more from our mistakes! x

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  13. Beautiful handmade goodies indeed!! Wish I didn't live so far away : ( Hope you get the well deserved rest that you need!! : )

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  14. Aaaawwww Tracy you brought a tear to my eye ..... you are a lovely smiley lady and once this busy period has passed you will be back to your old self .... your work is absolutely unique and beautiful and you are an inspiration to us all ... good luck with the open studio weekends you will knock them dead .... I feel very honoured to know you and class you as a friend .... keep smiling lovely lady and take care of yourself ... xx lots of love and hugs Joy xx

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  15. take care Tracy - your creations are amazing and it sounds like your break will be very well-deserved.

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  16. Hope the weekend goes well and that you enjoy it. Recognising something needs to change is the most important step: so 'well done'. Have a great rest doing family things. x

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  17. Hope you get the balance sorted very soon and enjoy Christmas too.

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  18. Gorgeous goodies here Tracey. Its very difficult sometimes to strike a balance in life. Time whizzes by and you try to do your best but sometimes you do get bogged down in day to day life with no time to stop and appreciate things.

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  19. Your amazing Tracy in all that you do. I certainly know where you are coming from as I, too have had the feelings you wrote about. Often a bit of time away to reflect and regenerate does the creative soul good. Thank you for the creative inspiration you provide to me, a mom across the Atlantic, over praries and the Rocky Mountains and down to a seaside town in California, USA. Blessings! -Mona

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  20. Gosh, it does sound like life has been hectic recently, well done for making a plan to relax... I hope after those final events you get your mojo back. Gorgeous wares on display, I wish, like many others, that I lived closer!

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  21. I wish I lived near enough to see your studio. Your work is lovely. It is really hard starting a business, such hard work, and a huge commitment. Take it steady. X

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  22. lovely work! I just love your Christmas mice! :)

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  23. Hello from Texas, U.S.A - my first visit here... came by via Attic 24's post that had a link to your blog. (and I've fairly new reading her blog as well). I'm so happy to have found both of you via a share of A24 on Facebook. You are both such very talented ladies. And I do so love your little mouse and bunny characters!... the clothing on them as well is so cute.

    I had to wonder at your comment about losing your self, because if the 'real you' is the crafter and the business woman - then you are 'fulfilling' yourself. Maybe you are in truth losing who you 'were' - who might not have been the full, authentic "you". And the transition is "change", and change is not always a comfortable or easy thing to go through - even if it's changing into our real, authentic self. I say this as a 61 year old woman who truly did lose her "self" in 30 years marriage to the wrong person, and who got divorced 6 years ago and has had to struggle to get back in touch with the "me" buried deep inside. I had dreams as well of having my own business... dreams that are now a good 30 years old, and it's still clinging, holding on inside, still believing it can come true in some form or way.

    So, be true to your inner soul's voice and the dream it gives you. Sometimes we have to face the need to let go of something that's been a part of us our whole life, to be the person that we were created to be. And also know that nothing stays the same forever. People change as they grow and learn new things about life and about themselves - and we have to adapt to those changes. And so do the people around us who would be more comfortable if we stayed inside the mold that most fits 'their' needs. We creative-soul people cannot do that. We would die. Our soul would wilt and die. Mine very nearly did. But now, it's is alive and well and starting to thrive. We have to be true to our heart and soul. Keep aware of the need to maintain a balance. An extreme either way is not ever good for us. Wishing you much success with you sale!! And I look forward to reading more of your blog posts. God bless you!

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  24. I really hope you have a big success and your work will be greatly rewarded.No matter what you do though take good care of your health first. I'm sure you will manage, you've gone so far already. Hugs, Angie***

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  25. Hi Tracy,
    Thanks for taking time to share with us when your sooo busy. Really love all your beautiful work. You are very talented and hope all your hard work pays off. Really wishing I lived closer and could be there for your event, but enjoyed meeting you and seeing your wonderful studio you and Lucy have created when we visited for Yarndale. You had a wonderful friendly smile then so hope you find it again. I wish you a truely relaxing time with all the goodness of family, friends and just all the good things in life. You deserve it! Xx

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  26. Sorry to hear that you are so stressed out. It happens to the best of us. Just think of how much you have accomplished in the last few months: getting your studio space all fixed up, the opening day, then workshops, and now open days. No wonder you are tired. From here on out things will settle down and there won't be so much anxiety for you. People now know about you and the studio and have seen what wonderful things you have created and will come back and and bring their friends just to enjoy the space and ambience that you two have created. Things will look better in the new year when you have gotten a little breathing space. Sometimes it just takes a little time to really find you feet with a new venture.

    Victoria
    Indiana USA

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  27. That's awfully funny, Tracy... I hope I have not depressed you! Your work is beautiful. I've been reading Lucy's blog for a few years, all the way over here in in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., not too terribly far from Alicia--another of my favorites. Pretty much it's Lucy and Alicia, with the odd Scandinavian here and there. I love what you do.

    tricotbelle (Ravelry)

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  28. Hi Tracy,
    Thank you so much for the gingerbread man kit. Iona and I were very excited to receive a surprise parcel. I will write to you with some feedback as requested. However, I just want to say to your other followers that the kit is amazing. It comes beautifully packaged.The instructions are very clear and beautifully presented. I am no expert at sewing yet I managed to complete my gingerbread man (yey, I actually finished a craft project!) This makes the kit an ideal gift for a beginner sewer. The finished product is such good quality, with attention to detail and exudes the essence of patchworkchickens that this kit would make any newby or expert sewer hippity hoppity happy. I encourage you to buy this kit as a treat for yourself or/and as a lovely gift this Christmas .
    Hope you manage to find some balance Tracy.
    Caroline

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  29. Oddly enough I used to read all your blog posts, but then you sort of drifted away and I wasn't popping in to see what was happening in your world. And now I see that you've been frantically busy with your business. I'm glad for you that you recognize you need a break, and I hope you feel better about the whole thing when you go back to your work. Kids are perceptive aren't they? Here's to more smiles and living with the blinders off! Your studio looks great and I wish I was close enough to stop in for a visit and to buy some of your lovely kits. Enjoy ;) Wendy x

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  30. Hia Tracy,
    I was thinking of you recently when watching the tv program about Liberty of London and wondered why don't you try and sell your beautiful gifts to them as I know you use Liberty fabrics for some of your delightful projects? I know its a random thought and I'm not trying to increase your work load honest, but your all makes are so delightful and you would be properly paid for all your hard graft! Xx

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  31. What wonderful little woodland creatures you have created! I also found you via Attic 24! I love both of your blogs, and I love that you have found a little creative place to work on things you love to make. I agree with LauraC from Texas that you may be finding yourself instead of losing yourself! It's a struggle to get things done, especially when you're getting ready for a craft show. I love your mice and was wondering if you ship? I live in the Panhandle of Florida and would love to buy a couple things from you. Please let me know. Thanks! In everything, give thanks, GrandmaSoucie

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  32. Hi Tracy, I hope you had a great, relaxing time this Christmas. Getting the work/rest balance right is so very hard, especially if you have deadlines to meet. Your work is so lovely, and all your hard work you put into each item is so very much appreciated... do you remember my Mum buying the Angel and mouse from you at Yarndale time? Well, my daughters love them very much(and so do I!). When all their gimmicky plastic toys get cast aside and the tech toys break, just remember it's hand made lovelies like yours which will be treasured forever. You can see your bag under my Christmas tree here's the link:-
    http://amjaylou.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/crafting-christmas-cheer.html
    Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful, prosperous full of happy crafting New Year X

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