There is so much going on in my life these days and it's hard to prioritise and be sure that I did it right. Along with everyone else on the planet who cares, I put my family first.
So as Lucie, my daughter, is pregnant with what may very well be our last grand-child in April I have decided that 2011 will be a year when I am not doing any fairs. It's a hard decision to make but as the Stratford fair falls at precisely the time when Lucie is going to need me around I think I want to give her that time. So apologies if you were hoping to see me in June at the Stratford fair.
However I do have plans afoot for fairs for 2012 and also I have a 'date' in October which I will reveal very soon.
Also on my list of decisions has been my dealings with shops. I have decided that I am going to supply only one shop Silly Bears in Aberdeen. I feel that I can only offer my bears to one shop as I am inundated with work and in order to maintain quality, individuallity and creativity I have to limit orders to shops. So from 2011 I will be supplying only SILLY BEARS in Aberdeen . I do feel that Julieann Bruce, the owner of Silly Bears, has the same ethos as me and I am happy to work with her. She understands me and I like her very much..so it works for both of us.
This year has been a year of plotting and planning ...2012 sees my tenth year ...yes that's TEN whole years...of bear making. I am planning a couple of things for then and 2011 will be busy getting those things sorted out. But more of that later ....