Returneth I have. Wandered? Not so much (save the obligatory one mile stroll into the village on New Years Day). What is it about the Christmas holidays that renders anything other than cooking, changing bedding, and mediating between offspring, pretty much impossible. Okay; so ‘impossible’ might be a slight exaggeration. To say that chaos reigned king for a month, however, was pretty much reality; a reality which promised to lead me down the path of certain insanity unless something in life got left behind. When it came down to it, the only contenders were work or sleep, so in the interest of self-preservation, I clung on to the latter.
Still, complain I mustn’t; the turkey didn’t poison anyone, no life-altering injuries were sustained, and we actually have some half-decent drinking material leftover. And as if that weren’t enough, my ‘beautiful mugs’ collection has tripled in size (thanks to family and friends), I was introduced to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (#howdidIneverknowaboutit??!), and I got to watch my niece perform in (an actually half decent) panto. Oh, and my one and only Christmas event – The Christmas Fair – actually wasn’t a disaster!
Yes. I survived The Fair. More than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even made a few sales to boot, the first of which was hands down my most memorable to date; from a complete stranger who took one look at my one cushion design, said it would look fabulous in her lounge, asked if she could reserve one for later, and “I’m happy to pay for it now.” I admit I did try to play it cool, but success on this score is debatable; in my rather excitable new designer head I was screaming “I don’t care about the money! You like my stuff!! A complete stranger actually likes my stuff!!! I love you I love you I love you!!!!”
Conversely, when one of my dearest friends came to buy a cushion of the same design, my immediate reaction went something along the lines of: “Really? Are you sure?? You know you really don’t have to, honestly….. really???” Needless to say I have yet to find my happy sales banter middle-ground ….. or at least that of a normal person.
On the plus side, I made a steady stream of sales from my tea towels, and have been left with roughly a third of my stock, which was better than I’d anticipated. The giftwrap gamble didn’t quite pay off. With the amount left over, I had no need to look elsewhere for my giftware requirements; here’s what was positioned under our own tree!
That said, it was absolutely worth doing from a design experience point of view. Plus, it’s one less thing for Santa to have to think about in our house next year ….. or should I say this year?! Holy Moly ….
Finally, before I crack on with what I hope will be an exciting, fun-packed, learning filled 2018 for Cat Christopherson Design, I want to say a big THANKYOU to all the wonderful people – friends, family, even strangers! – who have helped me get this far since I set up last September. I am so very lucky to have such a supportive network of positive people around me. Your support means the world to me.