Keira drew this picture this morning- I believe it to be her first truly 'representational' piece of work, and I was so excited. And then I asked her to tell me about it. 'It's my Very Grumpy Mama', she replied.
I had thought I'd been quite cheerful all morning. I had visions of Keira visiting a child psychologist and drawing pictures for them that reflected my bad mothering. And them forcing me to go on courses for 'Effective Parenting' or something similar.
But when I really think about it, I am often impatient and cross with K, rushing her from one activity to the next, and wishing that she would go and play quietly with her toys when i am busy. And that seems to be most of the time.
Sometimes children can be great catalysts for change though, and I think I'm ready to make a few. Over the past 6 months or so, I've been sending my work to varying design stores and baby clothing shops around the place, and above is the last parcel of this kind. I want to say a big thank you to all the retailers who have supported me - and those who have bought my things, too. I was so proud to have my stuff in those lovely shops.
And I'm also going to take an extended break from my weekly market stall, too. I will miss my fellow crafters, early morning coffee and chatting with the lovely mums who came and supported my work. Thank you if you were one of these!
And now, I'm feeling quite excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. I'm hoping to be able to concentrate on my online shop, making things for friends and family and trying out some new ideas I've had in mind for a while.
Oh, and tomorrow- finally that dress pattern I promised...