Today in my creative space, I have finally found a use for some lovely bright cotton I bought while we were on holiday.
These little doily things are pretty and cute and are in one of my Japanese crochet books, I have been meaning to give them a go for while, and got around to it last night.
I have no idea what the book is called, I haver seen it in Blogland quite a lot, but you can see the cover, I bought it from etsy, so if you google Japanese Crochet books you will probably find it pretty easily.
I'm thinking that lots of these in different colour combos sewn together would make a pretty funky tablecloth for summer...hmmm, I'll see how many I make before I get sick of them.
Joining in over here today, at Our Creative Spaces, lots of other creative stuff happening there!
I also wanted to chat about something else that I am thinking about, and ask a couple of questions.
Feel free not to read on here, but I would love to hear your opinions.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about the direction of my life, my children are getting older, although they are not grown up yet, and I feel that things are changing, they are more involved in their own lives and plans, and don't need me hovering around them all the time like they did when they were little . This is good. This is a natural progression, and is one that I feel is the result of the strong, secure family environment that we still have, they are making (some) decisions about their lives without too much input from us, and seem to be making good ones.
All this leads me to the point where I feel I have time to do something else with my own life. My family is still my first priority, but they are happy for me to do something that will make me happy, and they are even interested in what I'm planning!
Plus there is the practical side that we have been predominately a one income family, and our budget could do with some extra income.
With all this in mind I have been thinking about combining things I love, crafting, yarns, colour, and setting up a shop. An empty shop has come up for lease in our town, and I am seriously trying to work out how I can open a wool and haberdashery, crafty supplies type shop. There used to be one in town when I first moved here, but the woman retired and it shut.
It is in a bit of a quiet part of town though, so I am wondering if people will make the effort to seek me out, or if the LYS is a thing of the past? Should I sell online as well?
Also I hope to offer classes and spread the yarny love with lots of inspiring gorgeous yarns and examples of what you can do with crochet and knitting. I am not trying to make a fortune, (but a little income would be nice), I really think that being creative is so good for your soul and mental health, and I want to try and create somewhere people can indulge their creative passions. There are so many gorgeous materials out there, and our closest yarn shop is 30 minutes away, so I think (hope) it could be viable.
One reason I thought this could work is the amazing community of crafters that I have found since starting this blog, I never thought there would be so much interest in yarny type things until I started blogging, I thought I was a bit weird with my creative endeavours, but then I found i was not alone!!
So, a couple of questions
Do you buy yarn from your LYS or mostly online?
Do you buy luxury yarns for a special treat?
Do you think there is still a place for a traditional haberdashery and yarn shop in todays world?
Do you think people have time/want to learn new skills like crochet nowadays?
Sorry to bombard you, and for rambling, if you stopped reading ages ago, I can understand!
So, I am off to my ponderings, and I hope you have a great creative day!