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General Musings

As some of you may know, I recently ran a promotion where all proceeds from the sale of any Artisan Polymer Clay item would go directly to the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal 2011.  With your support we managed to raise and donate $350 to this worthy cause so thankyou! I had not yet sent off the money and was debating the best way to do this (cheque, credit card, etc) and this morning I decided the quickest and easiest way would...

Only 2 years after the devastating bushfires, Victoria is facing more destruction as floods wash through the state.  Queensland and NSW are also victims of these horrific floods. Help us to help those affected by the recent Floods. Any proceeds from the sale of any Artisan polymer clay item purchased up until 13th February 2011 will go directly to the Red Cross Flood Appeal. PLUS, if you're ordering one of these items, simply enter the codeword  FLOOD  during checkout and you will receive free shipping on these items...

Each year I take the time to create something small for each of the girls that I work with. I think it's a nice way to end the year, especially during that last week or so before Christmas when the time starts to drag before we all go on holidays for a week.  Most of them look forward to it and love opening their Christmas cards which have a little something extra inside them. With all thats been happening around here,...

As many of you would know, I recently exhibited at the Melbourne Bead Expo here in Victoria. Thank you to those of you who came past the stand and visited. It was lovely to see some 'old' faces and to also put new faces to names. I haven't written about the Expo before now as, silly me forgot to take photos. I didn't forget the camera - oh no, that was safely packed in my bag but unfortunately I didn't remember to get...

Last weekend was the weekend of the Lilydale Annual Spring Show.  Each year I try to enter a few pieces into their juried exhibition and this year was no exception.  This year I entered into the Advanced Beadwork category.  I decided to move away from polymer clay as this medium is not very well understood at this event (I need to do some more educating in this area!!).  Because of this, I thought it was the perfect time to challenge myself...

Business-wise, the last few months, actually most of this year, have been a whirlwind for me.  Everything seems to be happening at once. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way - this is what I've been aiming towards for 4 years - however every time another day goes by without me spending any time at my workstation 'creating', I feel a little sad too. Running a business, any business, drains so much of your time and energy and whilst I knew this when I started out,...