Treats that came in the post in the last few days – a set of beautiful cards by Caroline Inckle; and a copy of Alyson B. Stanfield’s I’d Rather be in the Studio – The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. I’ve read good things about this book, and although I’m not (yet) making things to sell, I think that some of the ideas will be relevant to promoting any small creative business, including web design. Marketing is not my strong point – self-effacement, that’s easy; self-promotion doesn’t come naturally at all. It’s something I very much need to change so I’m looking forward to reading and learning from Alyson’s book.

Another treat recently was going round to Tiree airport (all of half a mile from where we live) – three times – once to meet the plane and twice to see it off. For some reason I find planes very exciting and airports very interesting! I blogged about it on my other blog. This is a different view of the airport that caught my eye.

patterns at Tiree airport

I made something yesterday too – a needlefelted thingy to go on a birthday card – but I won’t post a pic till after the day. Just a little scrap of frivolity, but I’ve been feeling blocked since I packed up to move, so it was good to have a deadline to play to. My aim for this week is to make Alan some felt slippers; I’d been thinking about it anyway and I feel inspired by this tutorial posted a few weeks ago by Monika of red2white. I’ve got as far as drawing round Alan’s (size 11) feet! And shortlisted some fibres – I’ll mostly use some Hebridean roving I got at the Woolfest, which is a springy dark brown/black with some white fibres, and card it with undyed alpaca and dyed merino for softness and to enrich the colour.


treats and things

3 thoughts on “treats and things

  • December 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    You and caroline are almost neighbours now!
    I hope you are all settled in and enjoying your new life. At least you are getting the worst weather over first. Its jolly cold here so what Tiree must be like hardly bears thinking about. You might need those felt slippers.

  • December 2, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for the mention!
    I love Alyson’s book it really made me realise lots about what stage I am at, needless to say it has been put on the shelf for future reference LOL.
    It is the type of book you should not be without as an artist wanting to sell work, I hope you find it useful.
    Hey we are just about neighbours too!!
    Oh and good luck with the slippers, I have just had a washing machine/slipper disaster!! I may try the other method next time.

  • December 3, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    keep us posted with your insights about Alyson’s book said the queen of self deprecation.
    love that trait of the japanese but doesn’t seem to work on this side of the urals.

    neki desu

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