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  1. Hello! Well today is another day and I feel more positive than I did this time yesterday! I woke up feeling fragile but gave myself a good talking to on the 40 minute drive to work! It did make me realise how much I love my day job when I was sitting in one of our local parks at a teddy bear's picnic, surrounded by laughing children and families all having a lovely time in the sunshine. How fab was my job today being paid to be out in the sunshine??

    I had some lovely lovely tweets and messages after yesterday's blog, all encouraging me to travel onwards and keep the faith ... it made me realise that everyone has these little wobbles but what makes us strong is being able to deal with them and move on with life.

    I spent some time researching little love quotes for a new box frame I'm designing and one of the simplest, yet most touching, for me, was this:-

    The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

    It set me to realise just how many beautiful things I have in my life - the love of a wonderful man, five beautiful healthy children & step-children, two absolutely adorable grandchildren, a lovely home, a great job, some wonderful friends and my health. How much more can anyone ask for?

    xxx

  2. Hello and here I am again apologising for not updating the blog more often! There just never seem to be enough hours in the day - I work Monday - Thursday all day in a children's centre and then try to sew and craft in the evenings after dinner and at weekends, interspersing that with all-day craft fairs on some Saturdays, seeing family and keeping the house clean and tidy. Its no wonder that sometimes I wonder if I'm doing the right thing to try to start my own business.

    I have a separate facebook "page" for Bella and the Moo, as well as my personal page and try not to overlap the two too much, but it inevitably happens that whatever I post on my business page is copied into my personal page. I had to take a step back and think today when I was messaged by someone who told me they were going to "unfriend" me because they liked to keep their facebook page for personal stuff and I was posting so much stuff that it took ages to trawl through it! (I'd actually posted 13 photos).

    It made me wonder whether posting pictures and information about my products on facebook or twitter was the way forward? I have this lovely website but I'm realistic enough to know there are many, many websites selling very similar things, and I'm sure I'm nowhere near the top of Google's lists (if I'm on them at all, as I found various instructions on how to register your website with them very confusing, so still don't know if I am!). I have no real idea how to promote my website to get it in front of people so feel completely in the dark about marketing!

    I know there are lots of people out there willing to "increase traffic to your site" but at a price, and until I'm at a certain level of income from selling my goodies I don't have the money to pay someone to do that. Its a real Catch 22 situation! I wonder how other people manage this scenario and would love to hear.

    When things like that happen it does make you question why you're doing what you're doing and whether you should continue and this is where I find myself today. I love sewing and making beautiful cards and frames and would love this hobby to at least become a profitable one, but I suppose realistically I have to give it a certain amount of time before I accept defeat and move on, or realise I can make a go of it.

    My head's in a whirl and I'm really not sure what to do next! Aaahhhhh!