Sunday, 20 October 2013

My head is allllllll over the place.... Shop News:

 This time of year is always manic for me. 
I am always spinning a million plates and hoping desperately that the various cracks don't show.
BUT Autumn / Winter 2013 it seems like these cracks are growing. And i am unsure how to stop them from turning into deep crevices and toppling over the edge.
Once again, i find myself at a crossroads and i have been agonising over which fork to take.
In my head, its all so huge that i must sound 'vague' and 'cryptic' but i don't mean to. I am just unsure on how to MANAGE myself right now.
 I think, by writing this blog post, i am attempting to place some order in this chaos.
And also, maybe it will help make myself accountable for my actions. Help give me focus and constructive direction......
SLOWLY, The PaperFish Craft Empire will be getting smaller, and not bigger (as i had once imagined it might) I am hoping to diversify my working self by moving into the professional fitness industry. This is a passion of mine and an area i feel, maybe more comfortable IN, than i do in the Craft Community. Funny that huh? Its a career i have loved and continue to love. I LOVE being in retail. I have never made a secret of that. It appeals to so much of my creativity and personality. 

Personally: i need a change. i need to pursue a different part of me. i need to make a more reliable income for myself. i want to show my daughter a different avenue of being a mum, a woman, a person who earns their money and contributes to society. 

 Professionally: I cannot keep the shops going as they are in their current format. There are too many. They are too diverse. There is too much pressure on me to keep juggling all these parts and, for the past year, i have been 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'. I love working with my customers and i know that money has been tight GLOBALLY. i am part of this economy too. But i cannot keep battling with people who want 'more and more discount' / 'free postage' / 'items flown across the sea in 48hrs'... i do love retail, but i am spent (figuratively and actually!) I LOVE YOU PEOPLES, but i need a break.
SOOooo, blah blah, i hope that all gives some meaning?
What's happening in the shops then.....? 
(this is the current plan and very much subject to change)
1. slowly reducing the diversity of stock that i offer. So, when items are "sold out" in the shop, for many items it will mean "SOLD OUT FOREVER"
2. probably doing away with my handmade items completely. Etsy is changing and i choose not to compete with the mass produced items that are going to flood this market place. I choose to spend my time on a new and different career. One that has a greater appreciation of my skills, perhaps.
3. thinking i will be doing away with all the WOOL FELT just selling the acrylic felt.
4. there will have to be a MEGA SALE at some point?!? i have masses to get rid of....
My advice to you, if you are worried about products you buy from me? Feel free to email me with your concerns, there will still be a huge range of buttons to choose from. Buttons will be my major focus.
Watch this space, i guess!? xxx

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

FaceBook Status Update....

I am really not a person who feels the need to update The FaceBook every time i sneeze. I see its primary use as spying on people who are dishonest so you can catch them out and confront them next time they lie to you. OR to share lovliness with friends OR read actual interesting articles.... But i posted this and i am sharing it on my blog because it MATTERS TO ME :)

"The kindness of Others.... so, much of F**kbook is full of sh*t. 
This is not sh*t, its really nice: I was really upset and crying this morning. But i had to rush out my house and grab the bin as the Refuse Bin Dudes were outside. They came to help me with the bin (coz they are great like that) and Dude.1. says "hey, whats with the tears?" and i sighed and said "oh, i am dumb. i allowed myself to be used and hurt and now i feel like a worthless human being" 
----- Dude.2 is walking over and he said "no way. d'ya remember when we came to change the bins over and you an your kid came rushing out to us? that was cool, we put your kid in that wheelie bin" *we all laugh* then Truck Dude shouts over "you left us that Christmas Card on the bin and your kid made that biscuit - Davo ate it!" *we all laugh again* my dad comes outside to see whats going on (he was at my house picking up my broken life, as alllllways!) and we all stood round laughing and chatting. 
Then they left and said "you're a nice person".... Dude.2 also said "we'd all DO you" which was like an extra i didn't need, but....
HEY - you give out Love and Laughter throughout your days and somehow it will come back to you when you need it most. And that is pretty much how i see Life working"

Monday, 7 October 2013

Watch Crafty Kirsty FEEESH on video (or choose not to!)

Yep - hilarious... watch this video link below....
And see a posh bird winging her way through a totally unexpected and unprepared VIDEO interview!
 nb. of course many women are not isolated and their lives are fine but yeah, i like Cake and i like Crafting so come do it with us :) xxxx