Sweeping the nation!

Over here at Gizmo and Stitch Towers (well, my parent’s two storey house in Kent) things are going great! I have received two orders for Blue Hippos, and they are being sent to Liverpool and Sheffield! Thats like, far! That’s like the whole other end of the country! The Gizmo and Stitch name is being carried further a field  which is hugely exciting for me. My sewing machine is busy giving birth to the Hippos, and I know they will be excited to have such a big adventure.

I’ve also noticed that more and more people are stopping by to read my blog, and to you peeps I’d like to say welcome, it’s lovely to have you here. Feel free to come by anytime you like, it’s always lovely to have guests.


Last week I hit a creative brick wall, I had ‘meh’ moment and a little wobble. I had been doing so well at staying positive, motivated and inspired, and then ‘meh’. I even felt a bit down about everything. I suddenly and irrationally felt as though I wasn’t good enough and that what I was trying to create wasn’t good enough. I think I had just been putting too much pressure on myself, forcing myself to make stuff when I wasn’t feeling inspired or creative because I felt I should fill my online shop immediately if not sooner so I can start to make a living because I haven’t made much money from all my long hours of creating yet and if I don’t then I might as well get a real job that gives me a regular predictable wage but not much job satisfaction and it was all a bit much *sharp intake of breath*!! However, some encouraging words from my very good friends, the launching of my fan page on facebook, and the sale of a commision piece gave me a rather pleasant kick up the backside and all is well again, hurrah! However, I haven’t actually made anything since my ‘meh’ moment…. But I’m filled with lots more enthusiasm which is a good start! The trouble is, when you are working for yourself from home, it’s hard to know when to take a break or day off and I think I had worn myself out, physically and creatively. I took a couple of days off from designing and making things and in an attempt to revive myself, I spent the past few days moving my sewing laboratory from my parents dining room to the spare room which has felt very theraputic. I now have my own space to create rather than feeling like I’m gatecrashing someone elses space. It also gave me an excuse to go to Ikea and buy lots of amusingly named shiznit that I don’t really need but simply must have and that’s justification enough for me. Sooooo, in my new happy place formally plainly known as the spare room, I shall set about making something lovely, well, just as soon as I drag my procrastinating bottom out of bed in the morning/ afternoon (all that moving of stuff has left me a tad worn out). Night night folks, I need my creative beauty sleep, sweet dreams, mwah! Xxx

Labels, yay!

I love getting post, I don’t get much of it these days what with emails and what not, but this morning the jolly postman (he really is jolly) bought me a very exciting parcel. My labels for Gizmo and Stitch have finally arrived and I think they look great! Now I can start branding my creations ready to be sold, woo hoo!

Well, this is all a bit exciting!

Well hello there, come on in, get yourself comfy and I will begin. Welcome to my blog, it may not be much to look at yet, but I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the different options and settings at the moment; hopefully I will figure it all out soon enough so that I can make it all a bit more homely and pretty here. It looks as though I have a lot to learn to make this blog look half decent. The reason I’m starting this blog is not because I think I have such an amazingly interesting life that the whole world needs to read about it, but because I am starting a journey as such and I wanted a way to document it all and make links with other people who may be interested in what it is I do. I’m attempting to set up my own business, and it’s quite a daunting task. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I am determined to give it my very best shot. I may fail miserably, but I’d rather try and fail than always wonder what if. It is my dream to make handmade clothes, toys, gifts and accessories, as I’m at my most content when creating something. My happy place is in my sewing room, plotting, designing, figuring out and creating things. I’ve quit my full time job, well admittedly I did that to go traveling, but now that I’m back I want to see if I can make this dream of mine a reality before my savings run out and I have to hold my hands up, admit defeat and go back to working for the man *shudder*!