In between freelance projects, housework, cooking meals and general being-a-mum-stuff, I'm in the process of trying to work on some of my own projects and adding a few things to my poor negelected little shop.
I never seem to have the time to work on my own projects, and they always get relegated to the last job on the list! I'm sure this is the same for a lot of people in a similar situation and it's very frustrating. I'm currently reading a great book called 'The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood' by Rachel Power, who interviews Australian artists, filmakers, musicians and other creative women about the challeges of trying to work in a creative capacity whilst also struggling with raising a family. The impact of this is "a divided heart; a split self; the fear that to succeed at one means to fail at the other." Oh so very true! Well, I actually don't think I'm quite failing at either (yet), but my own creative projects are just taking longer and longer to come to fruition.
There are several things I'm in the process of trying to develop, but this range of tea-towels is starting to take shape and it was very exciting to receive my first set of samples last week. It would have been great to have them ready to go for Mother's Day, but at this rate I'm hoping to have them ready for Christmas instead!