Tea PotsI am a bad, bad woman! I am being made redundant in just five weeks' time and I am then going to give myself a few weeks to get the house decorated and the garden sorted out, and even when I do put my energies in to a business, realistically it is going to be quite some time before I get any money coming in...and even then I am not kidding myself that it will be a lot of money. The point is, I need to live as frugally as possible to make all these dreams possible. I do not need to buy more teapots! Is there a dodgy gene that makes an otherwise sane(ish) woman yearn for another teapot...when she already has...ahem...thirty? However, despite all the sensible reasons not to buy another tea pot, yesterday I did anyway. Now, before you judge me too harshly, please bear in mind that it was in a really cute shop (Charlie Boots in Bath - sells mainly local handmade items, but also has some vintage), it was reduced big time in the sale, it was vintage Bulgarian and utterly beautiful and the price I thought would have been reasonable for the tea pot was actually for the whole tea set....one tea pot, one sugar bowl, six cups and sauces and six tea plates. Now I ask you, how could I walk away???
|Bulgarian drip-glaze vintage tea set|
I do sometimes worry - well, maybe not actually worry, but certainly wonder - whether these...urges...are quite normal. I understand from women's magazines that it is more usual to lust after handbags and shoes (and pasty, young actors who, to me, look far too young, underfed, pouty and somewhat girly - give me Russell Crowe any day! But I digress.). I mean, I was just having a bit of a google to see if I could discover the age of the tea set - no luck, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know - and discovered a lovely Etsy shop, I Love Lily Belle, and I have to confess it was almost like ceramic porn! Talking of which, for weeks now I have found myself drooling over the most gorgeous teapot from Scrapiana on Etsy.com. It's a Brown Betty and I love it. I can picture myself chatting in the kitchen holding the newly warmed tea pot in my arms...phew...I have to stop now!
|Brown Betty teapot from Scrapiana at Etsy.com|
TurtlesI have made another turtle. Sadly, it is for a five year old little boy who is bravely battling cancer. It makes me so sad to think of all he is going through and all the worry his family faces, and I am really touched that when offered a gift from his granny he wanted one of my bits of sewing. His sister has an Ellen Mouse and he didn't want to be left out. The turtle will head to its new home this weekend:
When I start my business, I probably will not make many toys - or at least not many different models of toys - because of the need for a CE Mark. There is a lot of testing and documentation for each design and I am not convinced there is enough added value to make it worthwhile. Ellen Mouse has proved so popular, I will keep her in my portfolio - and I am still hopeful I can come up with a Briony Bunny variation I am happy with, that will be sufficiently similar to Ellen to make the testing and documentation a little easier, but doubt I will do more...although, maybe a rag doll?