Monday, 6 October 2014

A season of change

Hello lovely folks , how are we all ?
Since I called by on the 23rd of September so much has happened !!
First of all was the wonderful weekend of The Open Studio which coincided with Yarndale , which unfortunately passed me by !
On the Friday before Yarndale I welcomed people to our creative coopers group who had travelled to Skipton ahead of the Yarndale event . We had a fun morning meeting new people and we thoroughly indulged in sharing our love for yarn .



I also opened the door to The Studio on the Friday for people to visit and take a peek and if they so wished they were able to buy some of my handmade textile pieces . It was a fantastic start to a wonderful weekend so many familiar faces popped by and new faces too. I would like to say a big heart felt thank you to all those who visited and made the open studio such a special event.






However the following week was a whirlwind of decision making and action as well as dealing with the uncertainty and worry of life as a parent  and having  unforeseen things get thrown into the melting pop of our family life .
When I first decided to start a business it was so I could make a small living working around my children and our family life and not work being more important than everything else . I've been there and done that and got the T-shirt ! and I said never again!! But over the last year there has been a steady creep of my work life and family life balance get out of kilter which culminated over the last 5/6week of me finding my self very stressed and emotionally strung out as well as being unbelievably unhappy with life .
So enough was enough I sat down and I  had to face up to some very hard business decision . As I write this post  I do it from my new Studio space at home as this is  where I now run my little business ' Handmade Over Yonder ' from . Last Thursday I  decided to move out of The Studio , in truth I had not actually worked in that space for over two and half months . So having sat my self down I started looking at the way I work and the fact that my stock , equipment and all that entails was split between two separate places making my production process very disjointed , as well as lots of time wasted packing and unpacking to transport my work between home and the studio( which also included me on a daily basis carrying a few bags full of stock and equipment to and from home to the studio and back again . ) . I have also had to look at the financial implications of having a studio and for the hours I spent there was it financially cost effective as well as viable?  I also had to consider the impact of me working and the way it was affecting my family life and I was particularly unhappy with this part of things . I like to have a clean orderly house and provide my family with wholesome home cooked food , as well as striving to be as self sufficient as our current circumstances allow but all this was slipping too .  I needed to redress the balance as I felt very disjointed and things were falling apart and  the most important work I will ever do is in these for walls of our home .
So with sad heart on Thursday  I moved out of the studio , I have had a wonder full time in the studio with my studio buddy Lucy ( she did jokingly say she might make a replica of me made out of wool to stand in the corner where my desk was ) and it has been a fabulous experience but the cold hard truth was it was no longer working for me . So with positive steps I have moved my working life in a different direction and I am enjoying my first official day at home working and I'm especially excited as I'm managing to blog in the daytime too !!
 But I have not cut all ties to Coopers Cafe-bar as I will still be attending the creative coopers groups on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning as I love these creative groups and the wonderful people who attend and I wouldn't be without my fix of yarntastic fun with friends ( as well as the great coffee and scrummy cakes ) .

So here's a little peek of my new studio spaces , its bijou but perfect ! ( sorry about the fuzzy pics the light levels are very poor today !)






Thursday was a bit of a double whammy sort of day , as well as moving out of the studio we also got medical results back for my eldest son and without going into detail he is being urgently referred to the pediatricians at our local hospital , this is a very tense and worrying time for me and Mr P . So at least now with working from home I can concentrate my energies when and where they are needed most and my family will always come first . But I do also need to make my business work where ever I am as we have finally decided after over a year of deliberation that we are going to start looking for a new home in a more rural location . We are wanting to become more self sufficient so we have decided life's too short and we need to follow are dreams and try and live a good and full life , I do so wish to have veg patches and some fruit trees and some chickens as well  .
Sorry for  waffling on I just wanted everyone to know where I was and why , but you can still find me in the same places on line as before . I will also be stocking my etsy shop very soon ( link button to shop at the top right hand side of this page ) . I will also be about in blog land  a lot more as I now have access to my computer in the day time , which is great .
Thank you for letting me share my journey of the last couple of weeks with you and thanks for popping by and ta ta for now . Tracy xx

46 comments:

  1. Your decision to move your work home Tracy makes sense on so many levels. I wish you well on your new path and applaud you for making such a tough call. Hugs!

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  2. Prayers of GOOD HEALTH and STRENGTH for your family!!!! I know all too well that feeling of seeing specialists for the children and the entire time begging-wishing we could take it all away and make well again.-- Your new studio is indeed bijou...such a jewel box with all of your amazing tools-fabrics-spools- dolls etc.

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  3. There is always a reason for the season...follow your heart....all will be well. (hugz)

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  4. Hi Tracy, I hope your son will get healthy again, health is the most important thing in life. I can imagine your worries. Your new workplace at home looks great! I think it will make the working time and home time for your family easier. Thank you for sharing all your thoughts and decisions. Good luck with everything. Greetings, Coby

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  5. Good luck with all the changes you are making, and I hope your son is on the road to recovery soon. x

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  6. Sounds like you have had a good long think about your priorities Tracy. I'm sure things will work out for the best as it sounds like you are following your heart with a wonderful target in sight. Hope everything works out alright with your son x Jane

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  7. Health and family are so important I wish you well in the decisions you have made.

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  8. It's funny how things work out - as sad as you must be to leave the Studio, it must have been a relief when you got the news about your son that you didn't have to worry about being there and splitting your time. I hope everything works out well for him and the right new home appears in your lives very soon xx

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  9. Hi Tracy so glad you have solved the dilemma you found yourself in and I am sure things will work out fine for you. Loving your work space and of course you will still be able to turn out your beautiful work. Fingers crossed you find your new house with some land to fulfil your dreams. Fingers crossed J gets sorted soon too. Thinking of you ... lots of love Joy xx

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  10. Wow! What a topsey-turvey few weeks for you! It can often be the toughest decisions that are untimatley the bravest. I hope you son is doing the best he can and that you begin to feel better and more settled in your new routine soon. Well done you for taking these new and adventurous steps to your happiness! X

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  11. I wish you the best of luck with your new working arrangements, and hope that you feel much more at ease with it all. It really is amazing how much time it takes to travel and pack and so on, even a few things to pack and a short distance to travel soon adds up to a lot of time. I hope also that all works out for your son and that you can get things resolved/under control very soon. Take care and enjoy whatever life now brings your way. xx

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  12. Best of luck for the future; for you and your family. it was lovely to meet you again in your studio and I really hope it all works out. I meant to say thank you too for your Laundry powder recipe. I've just started using it and it works a treat!

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  13. HiTracy, my what a few weeks you've had. Hoping all goes well for you and your family. Sending big hugs,
    CraftyDi x

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  14. This sounds like an excellent decision Tracy. Being able to work at home is such a good thing. As you say, no wasted time either. I love your work space, so neat and cosy. I've loved hearing your plans to move to the country. Well done you for following your dreams, and they do sound like very good dreams. I do hope all is well with your son very soon. Sending you the very best wishes for everything. CJ xx

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  15. It certainly seems like you have your focus in the right direction. My best to you and your family. Thank you for sharing this information about the struggles of studio vs. home, It is insightful for someone like me who has always dreamed of having a studio to work from. Warm wishes, Lilea

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  16. What an honest post, I can 'feel' how torn you are, but you are right, family comes first, it has to. I am so glad I found the time to pop by your studio whilst you were still in it and see it in all it's glory. Good luck with the future - I'm sure there will be lots of coopers cakes involved, the rocky road was my favourite x

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  17. Best wishes to you, it sounds like things are a bit up and down for you at the moment. I hope you son is ok. Moving to a more rural home sounds wonderfully exciting. Xxbrenda

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  18. It is a breath of fresh air to hear about someone who is so dedicated to family life and all that involves as a mother. I am so happy that you are still carrying on with all your wonderful crafts .. I LOVE your work and must say that you and Lucy were the inspiration for me to start with things too. I love your patterns and your lovely ideas. I agree that working from your home space is just so much easier on everyone, including you. I am sorry to hear that one of your children are sick and hope that things work out well . xx Good Luck Tracy. ( Love your new little sewing corner ! )

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  19. Oh my, so many decisions to be made and changes to follow. It sounds as if you thought carefully and made a good , if hard, decision. Things should work more smoothly for you with your work and supplies all in one place.

    Prayers for you son and hoping that his health condition improves so that you will have one less worry during this transition.

    For what it's worth, I think your decision was the right one for you and that things will ultimately settle down for you and your life will work more smoothly.

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  20. Hi Tracy, I know what it's like making that decision to move out of a lovely workspace. Like you I knew it just didn't make financial or time sense. It was big relief finally making the decision. Sorry to hear your son is unwell and praying for you all.
    Caroline x

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  21. It always seemed to me that although you were in the studio most and did all the 'caretaking' showing people around etc, it was often unfairly seen as your friends studio. I think you are deserving of your own space and recognition. I wouldn't like all the extra work you describe either, far better to be more comfortable at home. Saves time too. Seems to make sense. A studio is nice but not necessary really, so long as you can carve out a bit of space for your self at home. Good luck in taking your plans forward and I hope all is well for your son. You have made unselfish choices for your family. Good for you.
    Sue

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  22. Hi Tracy, I have just read Lucy's post too. We have such a limited time to get the parenting thing done in a way that feels right to us, it has to take priority over certain finacial gains and work achievement because emotional well being is priceless. Good luck with your work space, best wishes for your son and I really hope you make that move to the country if it is the right thing for you all. x

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  23. Hi Tracy,
    I commented on your blog months ago. You said you were stressed then. And you replied as well. I know you have thought this all out and always have said this is a working business for you. Nice as it is to chat to folks...the type of work you do needs concentration. You won't feel pressure to justify paying rent for the studio ...especially the times that you aren't able to be there to use it. I think you made the right decision.

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  24. Well one thing is for sure, family always comes first!!!! Hope you have a happy, creative and colorfilled space and things will just keep on getting better for you!!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxxx

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  25. Your work place in your home looks lovely and I'm sure it will be better for you and your family as well at least you will have everything there at your fingertips when you are crafting. Love Marion xx

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  26. Hi Tracy, Hope your son improves, you have to do what works for you and your family.

    Good luck. Barbara

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  27. Hi Tracy, I was one of your 'guest' knitters the first open Friday at last year's Yarndale and always read your posts. What a challenging year you have had at times and so many decisions to face and make.
    I wish you continued success with your business. love your workspace! As to the Studio: you achieved it . Sadly things don't always work out forever, or not the way we plan and dream, but you did it and that's what counts.
    Warm wishes for your son. Nothing else matters does it. Your hopes for the family future sound wonderful. Good luck. Gail

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  28. Family and home first. Sometimes we spread ourselves too thin and it does affect everything and everyone around you. Now you can concentrate on family, house hunting, and creative joy!

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  29. Tracey, i LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your exquisite needlework , Miss Mice & Mr Fox ,this is where your beautiful creative tallents lay.crochet & yarn fun & colourful though they may be are unsurpassed by the character & taste in your work, i would love a Mr Fox one day :O)
    I think it's clear to see everybody thinks it was a good idea for you to make your own creative space , im sure you would always be sold out of items on Etsy etc &im sure your children will find a greater happiness with you your hubby & the chickens in the countryside, wishing you & your family all the best. you have a special tallent , don't forget x.

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  30. I am glad you worked this out and that you are happy working at home. You are so right, family must come first because before you know it, the children have grown and moved on and you need to spend that time with them while you can. I will keep you and your son in my thoughts. Hugs, Sharon

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  31. Hola Tracy, Look after you and yours first. I'm sending happy thoughts, hugs, and healing vibes your way. Gloria x

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  32. Hello Tracy - your stitched characters are amazing - I'm keeping an eye on your etsy shop! Your home studio looks smashing and just right for working in. Hoping everything soon settles down for you :)

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  33. Hello Tracy. Maker of beautiful things. You are a kind, caring,loving and unselfish Mum who puts her family and home first, nothing is more important than that. The move from the studio is a great idea, with the winter coming and when it's wet and windy and freezing cold ,you will be able to curl up in a comfortable chair and stitch to your hearts content.I hope all goes well with your son and that you make the move one day. Thanks for all the lovely recipes,The tomato and chilli chutney is outstanding.

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  34. The road goes on. It turns and tilts and so must we. I think you've got the priorities in the right order. You two made the studio glow, no doubt about it. But time marches on. Prayers for your families, both yours and Lucy's. I like that idea of a psuedo you in the corner while Lucy crochets. Yes. A stand-in, as it were.Thanks for the lovely pictures, your lovely creations and words.

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  35. It's good to get your work/life balance back to the way you want it. I can assure you that a house in the country with vegetable beds and fruit, chickens and bees (if you can manage it) is a fantastic way to live.

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  36. I really admire your decision. And your handiwork :-)

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  37. I check into your blog occasionally and have never commented. I do feel for you having to make this decision. However, as far as family is concerned, it's no contest, they have to come first. I wish good health for your son.

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  38. Hi Tracy
    I just have to say well done to you. You have been incredibly brave and have decided to put your family first and I admire you for that. Don't let anyone make you feel bad about taking yourself away from the studio, it seems clear that you have done the right thing. You are incredibly talented and will do as well, if not better, making your beautiful things at home. Good luck to you and I really hope that your son gets better as soon as possible. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you all, but stay strong.

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  39. Family is all important & I believe you are doing the right thing. I wish your son all the best & send him lots of positive thoughts. I hope you find your country home & I know you will enjoy growing your own veg & chickens. Keep up the brilliant handiwork as it must be so satisfying, thinking of you xx

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  40. Hi Tracy, your son and family need you. I'm sure the decision was not that difficult to reach once you really thought about it because family always comes first. I'm sending best wishes to you and son. I will also keep my eye on your shop because I'm determined to get your pieces in my home in Virginia!
    Best of luck! Karen B.


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  41. Hi Tracy Best of luck with your new work arrangements and I hope your son gets well soon Holly

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  42. Dear Tracy, I am adding still another comment to your post. I would like to confirm, what echoes from all other comments, plus: stick to your values and stay genuine, you nice person! One owes this to oneself, I'm sure about that. And I must admit, I'm pretty anxious about the health of your son and how you are doing alltogether. I am thinking unusually often of you and your family, though I don't know you. I hope you don't mind.
    Those blogs are a rather monologue-ish thing, but one can escape that a bit by commenting, can't we :). I feel I would like to not only 'consume' what you share but have something in return for you and do you a little good, if possible at all. Is there something that you would like very much what I / we can give you?
    To start your wish list, may I suggest a very simple pumpkin recipe? Would you mind? I made it from leftovers - as always. Chop 1 big onion, cut 1 little Hokkaido pumpkin in cubes, cut 2 green peppers, let it roast with a tbsp of butter for a few minutes in a large frying pan, add NO salt but any herbs and spices you like. Then add approx. 2 tbsp of water, put a lid on the pan an let it cook for 5 minutes, until the Hokkaido is soft. Now add sheep cheese - as much as you like, and that's it! If you like chickpeas, they go very good with this dish. It doesn't take more than 15 minutes to make.
    Hopefully this long post is okay. (If you don't feel like answering, this is okay with me. The last thing I want is forcing you into a dialogue, Tracy.) All the best for you and your family! Ingeborg

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  43. Hey girl, you're keepin' it real. Give yourself credit for that. And hey, you tried at The Studio, yeah? And still have ties to it. I'm glad you were able to figure things out. As for this health business for your son, boo. I'm sorry you and your husband have this worry. Our children came from the depths of us. We hate seeing them suffer in any way. I hope the pediatrician will figure things out and be able to help him well. Hug.
    Oh, and can I come over and explore your studio space? It looks filled of interesting things to touch and learn about.

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  44. I love that Christmas Mouse! All your work is adorable as well. I am sorry to hear about your sons health. I will keep your family in my prayers each day.

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  45. Hi Tracy, I check in now and then to see if you have posted anything new. Hope that things are going well for you and that your son is on the mend.

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