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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Stay Motivated!

I can't believe tomorrow is Friday already, can you? This week I have been training a new assistant, sampled new product ideas, trialled a new seamstress (she's brilliant), found a neighbouring company to machine-cut our fabrics (yay, no more hand-cutting), sampled new fabrics and new ink colours all while trying to keep up with printing orders and my BYW homework. I am seriously exhausted but I have never felt happier because I can see wonderful things developing and I will share them with you very soon, I promise.

I am beginning to believe in serendipity because the assistant, seamstress and cutter actually all found me, exactly when I needed them to. My planets must all be perfectly aligned or something.

I will share another secret with you; if you work hard then you deserve to play hard! To stay motivated, it is crucial to always have something special to look forward to so that you won't mind working those long hours and several weekends in a row.

So with that thought, every single month and without fail, I treat myself to a pampering facial. I love it and it's not something that I have felt comfortable publicly declaring in the past because that confession has often been met with remarks like "Oh, I've never had a facial in my life" or "Aren't you lucky". Well, why haven't you had one? I highly recommend it and no, I am not so lucky. I just work hard and know that I deserve a little down time, don't you?

So this brings me to the other big event that I am looking forward to in March - I am attending Shannon Fricke's decorating workshop in Bangalow. Even more exciting, my newest friend Julie (see previous post) has enrolled for the same class. We will have so much fun and I have decided to stay a couple of extra days in the town so if anybody has any good Bangalow tips, do suggest.

Now, I have found a couple of interesting workshops that you can attend closer to home (in Brisbane, that is). Liz DeLuca of Creative Arty Facts is teaching a 2-part felted beads workshop at Mad Monnie. Week 1 will cover wet felting techniques and Week 2 will cover beading and embellishment. Dates begin early March so visit Liz for more info and to register.

How about this for an eco-friendly class idea? You can learn 5 methods of making your own rag rug using recycled materials over 4 weekly nights beginning February 23rd. To register your interest and to find out more, visit the TAFE website. Note: It seems like this link has been removed from site. I am guessing that they didn't have enough enrolments.

If you are teaching any or know of any interesting workshops or classes outside of Brisbane, please let us know. I would also love to know any other secret indulgences that you would care to confess.

17 comments:

Julie said...

Absolutely, work hard play hard - my husband lives by this! Otherwise what is the point, right? I'm looking forward to the workshop too it will be a lot of fun!

Outbackgirl said...

Oooo I loves me a good facial. And scalp massage? The thought makes me start shaking like a pup being scratched in just the right spot....
Have fun - after such a busy time you deserve spoiling.
Bye
A

vagabond sister said...

hello...i just discovered your blog..it's really lovely. i'll be coming back. keep up the good work!

Tania said...

That's some seriously well-earned planetary alignment. Excellent stuff. Good for you on the facial downtime too (you so have things sussed!).

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh, i'm having one of those starts to the year too. Opportunities finding me. Even after 10 years in business, i am not pushy. With 4 children home for school holidays which don't finish until next Tuesday . . . i have managed to fill up my entire year with amazing plans & projects, INCLUDING a trip to Italy with my husband/ meeting my husband there as he's away practically all year.
Bring it on 2010, i'm going to have facials too. Love your work, love Posie

Creative Arty Facts said...

Thanks for posting about my forthcoming felt workshop Thea!
BTW - gotta love the motto "work hard play hard"...one of my favourite mantras!

Kylie said...

Good on you Thea! Yah! for all the wonderful things coming into fruition and I hope the workshop goes well - it sounds fantastic! K

Allison said...

oooohh ... I would like to be a fly on the wall at Shannon's workshop ... lucky you!
Seriously though Thea, I honestly don't know how you find the time to do all that and still find time to blog so consistently ... I am in awe of you ;D
Can't wait to see all your new product,
Allison

Posie Patchwork said...

Thanks lovely Thea, yes, we're doing Tuscany as we've done Venice, Florence & Rome on honeymoon some 12 years ago, so this time it's all about relaxing on war leave (like it's the 1940's) in Tuscany. AHhh, well deserved for him don't you think?? Can't wait, love Posie

theoldboathouse said...

Hey, have fun in Bangalow. You must visit Eva and Ross Heath at Heath's Old Wares. Don't forget to say I said hello to them and that I said you need VIP service, haha, cheers Katherine

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Thea said...

Thanks Katherine.

Trish Goodfield said...

Serendipity. I just love the sound of the word. It so perfectly describes that feeling.

Exquisite Accessories said...

Go Thea! All sounds so exciting good for you, why not own up to a facial you deserve it, I used to go to Pure Indulgance every month when living in Bribane for a body massage it was the best!!

Kellie Collis said...

Ohh Porters Paints... My favourite!x

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

A great reminder!

Fabulous news about your new assistants, a great assistant makes all the difference.

Catherine Lowe said...

Oww Thea how lovely!
Oww, and the workshops! Thanks for sharing these, I LOVE the sound of the decorating one, how fun! And the rag blanket, i cant access the link - will do a search on that one. Are you going?

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