Saturday, 12 January 2013

And so the New Year begins, all shiny and fresh and full of promise.

Many plans have been and are being made with a need to push my business further this year, to expand what I do and look at how to enable me to do so.

Already changes are happening in our tiny house with a new doorway through meaning I no longer have to venture outside to get to my studio. This is a major breakthrough for me and means I can continue to work when the children are home from school without being away from them. I also don't have to get wet when it rains...which it does...incessantly.

New wholesale customers are being added to my list and this excites me. A lot. I need to add more and also explore some other avenues which are presenting themselves. It's all feeling like the fates are leading me down a path and I must make sure I help them out by doing my research.

But other things have also been happening (cue usual embarrassing photos):

Walks on the beach....

A New Year's Hobbit party

With our lovely Hobbit friends (I think I will be in trouble for this)!

Dancing and good food and much laughter. Just brilliant!

The whole Christmas holiday was wonderful but already seems so long ago. Now it is time for me to move into the present and that means considering my products added back in the autumn sold well, including a lot of hand embroidered birds on little girls' bags

and journal covers 

and there are now travel journals 

Yes, it's mostly good and very busy....thank goodness.

But I must still make room for those moments such as this...

And breathe.... x


  1. Happy new year to you and yours Pip! What a stunning sunrise/set photo. I thought of you and Diana the other day when Roskilly's was on Caroline Quentin's programme.

    The Hobbit party looks like a lot of fun -little blonde hobbit boy looks particularly authentic. How I wish I knew some little girls who would appreciate one of your bags.

    Charlie is obsessed with lifeboats - The Lizard lifeboat especially -and he wants to know which one that is in the 4th picture?

    Sue x

  2. Hello Sue and Happy New Year to you too! Didn't see the programme but am already looking forwrd to a meet up at Roskilly's this year. I am seeing Diana on Tuesday so no doubt you ears will be burning!

    The little blonde boy made the most amazing Hobbit and the outfits were all made by the group of us ten years ago for a Lord of the Rings party. Can't believe it was that long ago.

    Think it must be the falmouth lifeboat though I can't see it...maybe I have seen it too often!

    Pip x

    1. I think we have mistaken the big boatshed in the picture for a lifeboat shed.

  3. A very Happy New Year to you, Pipany! It's marvelous to hear how well your business is doing...with your unique designs and expert needle work, you are creating treasures.

    How wise you are to also be taking time now to contemplate future growth while keeping some hold on the truly beautiful Cornwall life. (The new connection to your studio must be so, so welcome.)


  4. How lovely to see you blogging again. Happy New Year to you - loving the Gangnam Hobbits!!

  5. Lovely photographs of you and your family Pipany. It sounds like you have been busy the last couple of months. Your new doorway through sounds like a perfect solution! Hope 2013 will be a good year for you!

    Madelief x

  6. Lovely to have you back Pip. You definitely must leave time to 'smell the roses'. Happy New Year. Karen x

  7. Gorgeous photos... you certainly have had a fun time over Christmas. I do love the photos from your local area - we're talking about holidaying in Cornwall this summer - very tempting (if we can afford it!). Your pictures always make me smile - I think you should sell them to the tourism companies for their brochures!
    And your work is lovely - I'm so pleased for you, that the business is taking off so well.

    1. Thank you all for such lovely comments. I am really touched x

  8. It's so lovely to see pictures of the sea! It looks like you had a great time at new year. Sea-side towns seem to all have fancy dress parties, or am I imagining that? ;)
    Your beautiful pile of hand stitching is amazing, good luck for 2013!xx

  9. What a fabulous Hobbity New Year Pipany.

    Here's to 2013 and all she brings with her.

    Nina x

  10. Happy New Year! Your Hobbit party looks like great fun, and I'm sure they'd have danced Gangnam Style in The Shire given half a chance!

  11. Very pleased to know things are going well for the business - you so totally deserve it! I assume you have given up sleep to do all that you do. Have a great 2013.

  12. Happy New Year Pipany. Your party looks top fun :)
    Twiggy x

  13. It is so lovely to catch up Pipany. Love the photos of the bobbing boats and I am so pleased to hear things are going onwards and upwards in exciting ways for you. Wishing you and yours a lovely, happy year x

  14. What a wonderful image of the boats, worthy of a frame. Your embroidery is beautiful as always.