I got out the ceramic paints a while back, and worked on these tea cups in black, mustard yellow, and green. A few little winter trees and some dandelions. I put them in my felt shop, which I don't think I've mentioned before, but I opened it with the intention of listing some more locally-themed work, such as native flower brooches, hot water bottle covers (since it's so darn freezing here right now, and I hear hot water bottles are rather an Antipodean thing?) and the ceramics, because they tend to cost such a lot to post overseas. International customers can still shop at felt, though- it's a bit like a NZ version of etsy.
Also today, I found these very beautiful little seed pods when I was hanging out the washing. The seeds that remain clinging inside the shells are black and sticky. I'm not sure what the name of the tree is, but there is one overhanging our washing line, which is not ideal as the seeds stick to and stain the clean clothes. I still like the shape of them though, and the pearly blackness of them.
So yesterday I mentioned that I had some changes coming up. This marks the end of an era for me, because next week I am about to begin full-time study again. I have enrolled in a post-grad journalism course, and feel excited to be embarking on this fairly new path. It's been 10 years (or more- eek!) since I finished my last year at University, and going back to learn more has always been at the back of my mind. Living here in the capital has presented the chance to really do it. Also, now that the children are a bit older, the time seems right.
If I'm really honest, I don't think I'm as creatively inspired as I once was a few years ago and I think that has been reflected here in this space. I also have a desire to be able to financially support my family on my own, should I ever need to, and I've realised that I'm no businesswoman. I have no interest in building up my own enterprise. What I have liked most over the past few years has been the writing and creative 'making.'
I have absolutely loved blogging here for the past 5 or 6 years and will miss my daily habit dearly. I've also REALLY loved making things for my job, and writing about them. I intend to continue both writing here and making things for my etsy shop, but probably more on an occasional basis. Maybe once a week or two, if time allows.
THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me, visited this blog and left messages and written emails. Thank you to all the lurkers, too. And thank you to all the wonderful friends I've met via the online world. I can't tell you how happy this life has made me.
See you back here every now and then.