Adventures of Alex O & Co

Adventures of Alex O & Co
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Warm Inside

We are experiencing our first cold snap for the year.
It is truly chilly.
 I rush home each day to my nice warm studio space.
Its at this time of year that I so love that I work with recycled blankets and felt.

The Cream Hydrangea range is coming along nicely.
Here are a few more pictures for you to see.

I have been using this wonderful cotton thread that I buy from the lovely Helene at
Happy Go Knitty
It is shades of blue and green and I feel it helps to give depth
to the Hydrangea.

Here is a picture of some of Helene's lovely threads that I use.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Range in progress:

 On Monday I started working on a new range.
The "Cream Hydrangea Range"
This idea has been floating around in my head for a while.

A friend of mine lives out in the country and she has the most beautiful
cream hydrangea plant in her garden.
In the summer time you can see these lovely flowers throughout her house.
They are so fresh and peaceful.

Next will be cushions.
What colour cushion would you like to see a Cream Hydrangea on ?

So far I have done little shades of green dots in the middle of the petals.
My friend in the country said her flowers have blue dots in the middle
so I might try that next.

Yesterday I got another new stockist.
You can now find my wares at:
in Birkenhead Point.
They even have one of my Cream Hydrangea Purses. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Right Now : I Love What I Do

Yesterday morning I woke up and it was pouring with rain.
I groaned inside as I had a market on and the thought of
loading and unloading everything in the rain was not a pleasant thought.
Then I thought of all the people I would see, the friends I have made,
the customers both new and old and my heart was filled with joy because
I love what I do.

You may remember that in September last year I took voluntary redundancy
from working for a company that I had worked for, for 19 years.
I was feeling a little lost to start with and I thought I would take my time
before I found a new part time job.
My plan was that I would focus on my craft and do all the things I had been
meaning to do but never had time to.
Then in the New Year I would look for a new job.

A week later Master O's school sent home a newsletter and at the bottom of the page the 
special needs coordinator at Master O's school had posted an advert for someone to work 
with two boys every school day from 8.30am to 9am.
When I saw this advert I thought I can do this whatever it is!
I had a little free time.
I also thought it would be nice to give back to others.
I had no idea if it paid or not.
I had a meeting with the special needs teacher only to find out that I would be
working with the school and a Developmental Optometrist helping
these two young boys do eye training exercises .

Master O struggles at times with fine and gross motor skills.
Three years ago I took Master O to see a Developmental Optometrist.
Mr O and I ended up doing  eye exercises every day with Master O for months to train him to track
with his eyes and not his head.
(Master O is now one of the top readers in his class)
Well when everyone found out that I already had some experience with Developmental Optometry
I went from having two students to having seven students and working two hours a day
in paid employment.

So 3 weeks after taking redundancy I had a new job.
Its a job that I absolutely love, it is so fulfilling and rewarding for both myself and the kids.
 It is also so very different from my last 19 years of working in many different
roles in the travel industry.

The eye training has been so successful that we are now
 the pilot school for trying this out with children in New Zealand.
We now have 4 trainers and over 20 students on the programme.
You can learn more about Developmental Optometry here

 So now I have a great part time job and time to do the things I wanted to with my craft business.
I have set up a wholesale list and approached stores about selling my wares.
Many years ago I was a Business Development manager winning business
for the travel company I worked for.
Now I am trying to win over suppliers for my business.
Its much more personal when its your own product that you are trying to promote.
There are times when I have thought life would be easier if I went back to travel and
just made my sewing a hobby not a business.
Being the creator, the marketer, the book keeper etc can be full on.

I have a new motto this year that is on the blackboard in my kitchen.
It reads:

It would be easy to go back to travel and I may one day as it is another passion of mine.

But today my passion is my little craft business that is growing daily
thanks to my new suppliers and my lovely customers.

So I do get out of bed on rainy days with joy in my heart.
Because I love what I am doing right now.
As it was the sun came out and I did not get rained on at all!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Flowers everywhere

I had a lovely week away with Master O and his best friend Miss B.
As I could not take my sewing machine with me I did quiet a bit of
hand sewing.
I have some beautiful new Fairy Sprite Crowns that will
make it into my online shop later this week.
Plus I worked on some new Hydrangea purses for a store order.
Here is a sneak peak of a few: