It seems fitting that I return to blog on the first day of cooler weather in Toronto. I honestly don't think my brain functions properly in the heat. And it has been particularly hot and humid for the past week or so.
18 degrees today and drizzle. My kind of weather.
So, what's happening?
I spent most of the summer teaching in the Clubhouse. We made little animals, some hoop art and pompoms and a bit of summer knitting. I have really loved these crafty workshops and I believe the kids did too. I had many repeat offenders through the summer which I think is a good sign. When they're keen to come back you know you're doing something right!
You might recall that I did a little teaching last summer and we were neatly crammed into my then Workshop, the dining room. You can read more about that here. It has been a revelation to work in the basement. More kids can fit comfortably and and really spread out. I have tables set up but we most often gravitate to sitting around the coffee table on the floor. My poor old bones aren't quite used to that so the kids laugh at the old lady noises I make when I stand up again.
It's also been a nice haven from that heat. My own Poppet enjoyed camp with me for the first week but I think she struggled with it after that. Sharing her Mother's time and focus was frustrating and she obviously didn't want to sew all day every day. Maybe we're not related! But she pulled it together recently and took one of my patterns and redesigned it to create this little monster. All pretty much while my back was turned.
Maybe there's hope for her yet!
School has returned, and she's started Grade 5 very happily which is a huge relief. That means I can get serious about my sewing workload so that's exactly what I've been doing. The workshop has resumed it's function as my workspace (thought I may start running some after school sessions once the school year is running smoothly) and I have made a list of the sewing which needs to be done. It's a bit of a daunting list, so I refrain from looking at it too often. But I am happy to say that I have enlisted the help of a friend who will do some cutting and stitching for me to help boost productivity. Hooray!
Here is a photo of the workshop taken today.
Start as you mean to go on. I am ever the neat freak, it's a bit ridiculous really...
My Poppet and I had some fun last weekend doing a photo shoot with my toys. I've been meaning to work on some more lifestyle shots for a while now, so it's great to have started. I'll share some of the outtakes with you today and then you'll see the rest pop up from time to time. We had a blast!
The busy season is ahead and I have so much to share with you. Expect to see lots of lovely new products and fun ideas in the coming months. I have craft shows aplenty to attend and have very big plans for Pikelet Workshop in the new year. Stay very tuned. In fact, why not sign up for my newsletter? There's a link on the left-hand side of this post. I don't think you'll want to miss out on the news.
It will also be nice to exercise those blogging skills again. It's been a while...