Saturday, September 24, 2011

here we go again...

..with September's update!

I really think I can just manage one blog post a month, it doesn't really matter anyway as I'm really just doing this as an online record/diary of my ideas/successes/failures; I'm always surprised (in a nice way) when someone actually comments on this!

I'm nearly at the end of my 'proper' job (on the ferry) - I think I've only got ten more working days left; in a way I'm so excited and can't wait for the break from it all (oh the weather this year!) but at the same time I always really miss it all. I know I'm so lucky to have a job that I enjoy even though this is my sixth year there.

We've had some really bad news this month - our beloved Boris has been diagnosed with FIV (like a feline version of HIV) -- the prognosis is not good at all, it's advanced and he has kidney failure and probably wont' be with us for much longer.

But for the moment he's enjoying his life - Donal from work has brought us a load of frozen filleted fish and Boris is LOVING that. It's given him a new lease on life and he is eating again, which is amazing, because he had been starting to fade away and go off tinned/dry cat food.

I thought I'd post one of my favourite photos of Boris on here to remind me of happier days :) - this was him, fast asleep in the garden and just asking to have his tummy tickled!

Back in crochet-land; I know I said I wouldn't be buying any more wool...but...I couldn't resist... A face book friend was having a clear out of some old stock and was selling it off quite cheaply so I ended up spending €37 (including postage) and bought a big bag of goodies. I'm not sure what I will do with it all (another familiar refrain here) but I couldn't resist. I got some more of that lovely bamboo/cotton mix (in turquoise and lilac) and have already made a bag with the turquoise one, though I have yet to decide on what flowers/embellishments will go on it....decisions, decisions.

Over in my Etsy shop, I'm now up to 116 sales - which is amazing! Things seem to have slowed down a bit this month though (instead of improving month on month) but I'm trying not to stress about it. I always try to think that each item goes to the 'right' person, so it's just that the right people are still out there, trying to find my items this month I guess. Hopefully next month will be better for me.

I'm still thinking about taking a stall at the Killarney Christmas market - though I need to find out how much they are asking for a table, and I also need to keep making stock as all I have in stock are the contents of my Etsy shop - only 65 items. I guess that isn't really a lot to have on display at a market (?) - I'm sure it's better to have too much rather than too few items...people like to have something to choose from.

Here are a few of the latest items I've added to my Etsy shop - I love making bags and wrist warmers most of all. I need to start making some more hats (I only have three listed!) but at the moment am kind of on a roll with the bags and wristers: you can never have too many (?)