Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Hey Presto!

I am pleased to announce that my new Etsy shop, JumpUp, will be launching (finally!) tomorrow, the 1st of July 2010.

I am making recycled envelopes to mail some things in, out of unwanted sheet music...this music was rescued from the 'rag' box at my favourite charity shop after it had gone unsold in the shop for weeks. The charity gets a small amount for each book that is sold to the rag merchants, but I gave them a little extra than their usual price for the music book. I can't actually read music, but I love the look of it.
It has often bugged me that bubble mailers are hard to recycle and the eco friendly padded envelopes that you can get now are really quite heavy (adding to the cost of posting more than an envelope should!) I have folded over the edges and stitched the paper together in such a way to try avoid paper cuts for anyone handling them (I have a paper cut on my right index finger at the moment from a few days ago and ouch, why do such tiny cuts sting so much?!)
I didn't notice until I finished the first one that it said 'Presto' at the top of one sheet. Apparently, presto means 'soon' (as well as 'quickly', in the case of music) so it seems very apt!
The 1st of July also happens to be the birthday of a friend, who has been listening to me ramble on about my new Etsy shop for some time now...and who, as it happens, lives in a house full of people who can read music very well indeed (professional musicians!) so even more appropriate, perhaps.
I hope you like the new shop! I'll be adding things bit by bit, so please do take a look.
www.etsy.com/shop/jumpup

Monday, 28 June 2010

Talk about moving...

Hello!
Since I last blogged, a few things have happened. I had a hospital appointment to investigate the cause of my persistent sinus pain, which lead to another hospital referral - this time for allergies. I've long suspected an allergy to dust and I will find out for sure on Wednesday with a skin allergy test. I am a little anxious about it, but mainly because I fear I'll be told I'm allergic to one of my favourite foods! I'm hopeful that the doctors can finally help me cure the problem though. This is something I have put up with for years (I definitely had the sinus problem as a teenager, possibly even before then) so its a strange feeling that I might be close to a solution.
(EDIT: I've been for my allergy testing today, and it all came back negative - so the plot thickens! I think the next thing will be an investigation of my sinuses, in August - fun!)
Secondly, the main reason for my absence from blogging, was that I moved home. This was a really sudden, unexpected thing which unfolded over the space of less than 3 weeks. I had been wanting to move to a new place for a long time and had been on my landlord's waiting list for a bigger flat for 3 years. He visited me at the end of May to tell me he'd had an unexpected vacancy (a student who was going to stay here for the summer and changed her mind apparently) A few days later I viewed the flat, and then I had two days to decide if I was going to move or not.
I'm the sort of person who finds change difficult, even when I know it's a good change, so I had lengthy discussions with family and friends about the possible move. Pro and con lists were made. Then I made my choice - I was going to go for it! Here I am 3 weeks later, in my new home...early June was a blur of box packing (it is amazing how much Stuff you can accumulate...) and making notes for various people and companies to notify of my new address.

I have been in the new flat for a little over a week now, and it finally feels like home. I have found places for everything and put pictures on the walls. One thing I really love about this place is the light - it's an attic flat, with plenty of windows. My work desk is placed so I get a view of the tree outside and the street below...in my old place, the desk was in a dark corner. I still want to improve my craft supplies storage (as you can see, I have a random collection of shoe boxes, laundry bin and plastic tubs under the desk!)


The process of 'nesting' finally complete, I have got back into my Etsy work. I'm at the stage of photographing the first items for JumpUp, so I thought I would share with you (at last!) a sneak preview of what is to come...


Watch this space for more news!