It’s been a while, but I’m back!
I was struggling for a long time with running my craft business in the midst of this horrific pandemic. I have been working at the day job throughout – initially just part-time in the office, but the last couple of weeks, I am back to fulltime. I am fortunate enough to work just a short walking distance from my house. There are only a few of us in the office, and we have a lovely large space, so can spread out nicely. Being in the building trade, we are already super conscious about Health and Safety, so I actually feel safer at work than I do going to the supermarket!
But, getting back to Athena Makes!!!! I am finally getting my ass in gear! I posted about this on my page recently, so apologies if you have already read this, but at the beginning of the year I was actually seriously considering closing Athena Makes down. I had completely lost my mojo, I wasn’t loving anything I was making, and I seriously struggle trying to sell items I don’t love myself! Sales were down, a lot of the emporiums I take part in were either postponed, cancelled, or the organisers of them just didn’t seem to be giving them the time it needed. I was feeling quite lost, and despondent, and honestly didn’t see a way forward.
Being made to stay home, and change our ways of life actually gave me the boost I needed to get creating again. I was a slow process, but my embroidery mojo has returned! It really is hard to put into words how good this made me feel. I absolutely love my jewellery making, but embroidery is what makes me feel good about myself! The therapeutic value of stabbing a needle into something cannot be valued highly enough!
I have been working on some new ranges! I have a range of floral creatures – so far a fox, elephant, narwhal and penguin, with plans to do many more.
I started a new range of quote hoops – uplifting, meaningful, or just plain funny quotes. But possibly my favourite new range is my vintage hoops. I have a huge stash of vintage fabrics, trims and embellishments that I have been collecting for years. Putting these together with modern embroidery techniques is so much fun, and I am loving the results!
I have also still been making jewellery. I have been working on new chainmaille designs, and have been raiding my gemstone stash for some new designs with sterling silver.
I am also finally getting my Etsy shop updated – I am regularly adding links to the newly listed pieces as they are uploaded. Some of these you may have seen before, but now they will all be available in one place. I have got a quite a backlog to get through, so if there is anything in particular you would like adding – just shout!
I have also launched a new scheme this month – RAOK boxes (Random Act Of Kindness). At the beginning of every month I will be putting post up on my facebook page, where people can nominate themselves, or a friend to receive a box of goodies. There will be handmade items from me (of course!), handmade goodies that I will be purchasing from other small businesses (spreading the love!) together with bits of stationery, tea, and chocolate!
I will pop the link below for this months post.
I think that’s it! If you have made your way through all that – Thank you, and well done!!!! It really does mean a lot to me when you leave a little comment, or a like on my post. And I love to answer questions!
Love and huge (socially distanced) hugs.