I made a pact a few years ago not to say ‘no’ to new opportunities just on auto pilot. Self made ruts can be very deep and then become destructive. Being ‘safe’ isn’t always safe. When things go wrong there is always comfort eating (indulgence), hillwalking (exertion) or attacking the garden with sharp implements (aggression).
This is why I said yes, cautiously at first, to the approach made by Susan Weeks to ‘appear ‘ on her stitchery stories podcast.
I hadn’t come across Susan’s work or site before, well worth a look/listen, the interviews are fascinating ( go very well with a coffee and bourbon creams).
I hate the sound of my own voice, cringe at the pompous vocab left over from the formality of the education world, and generally like to change my mind and opinions every time the wind blows from the west. So, yes, an obvious thing not to do. The last interview I did was for local TV news when doing costumes for the York Mystery Plays – seriously embarrassing – even my specialist doctor saw it and commented on it several months later!
So said yes and did it – over the internet, so not even properly face to face! Feel the terror at giving up control! Susan was very good, easy to talk to and completely professional in her approach and preparation – unlike me. Thank you to her for the opportunity and outcome! It was broadcast last week.
Not yet decided if this was a masterstroke or not , so I am viciously cutting back several huge buddleia bushes ( with a bow saw!) and indulging in pre-emptive comfort eating, again.
In the mean time – don’t forget – I will be selling bits and pieces at Askham Bryam next Sunday, have only the Twisting Tree stitchy workshop day left before Christmas, still have work up in Art in the Mill, Knaresborough, work is for sale on the website ( nowhere near all is listed so just ask for availability/ price etc) and don’t forget the offer of gift vouchers to use against workshops, purchases or commissions, and the new ‘stitchiness’ group on facebook ……
For some reason I don’t feel busy!