Saturday, February 21, 2009

self employment insanity

The question of the day is: Can self employment, motherhood and sanity co exist? In the realm of my mind they haven't met yet, but it must be possible. People do it all the time right? Honestly, if anybody out there has found a way to balance it all and breathes easy at the end of the day please let me know. One of my greatest challenges is that my day never ends. There is always something that needs to be done. I fantasize about getting a job at Tim Horton's (that's like Dunkin Donuts for my american friends) just so that I can punch out when my shift is over. Although a prouder person would not post a photo of their chaotic studio. I am doing so because it clearly illustrates the state of my brain. I've never been good at lists. I always forget where I put them. I'm trying again, though, because my self employed mother friend, Katja, told me how good it feels to cross things off. Today I did write a list and it did feel good to cross things off, but for every item I managed to cross off I found one more thing to add. I was so impressed when I found this great clothes designer on etsy who in her shop policies stated that she did not work on Sundays. All e-mails would be answered on Monday. What a concept. I'm going to try that tomorrow. I'm running away to look at the ocean with Dusty and Tony. I won't allow myself back in the house until 6 p.m. I don't care how cold it is. Even Tony and Dusty have been forced to think about hats. For the past few weeks Dusty has been creating these Lego hats. I only made the connection today to his creations and the fact that his mother eats, breathes and sleeps hats. Poor kid. So, don't forget to send me your advice. I'm off to cross BLOG off my list. Happy Hatting. Anna

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I am now busy filling summer orders. Unlike sewing polar fleece in the middle of summer, making straw hats and delicate flowers in the dead of winter is really fun. It's the closest I will get to going south this year. I'm starting to get with the program and I am realizing that I need to start thinking of next fall's hats. Lamenting this fact to Tony one evening , he kindly offered his assistance. As you can see, designing is a family affair around here. What was once a mere table napkin has now been transformed into a thing of mystique and beauty. I am also posting photos of one of the beautiful hankies that I am working with and the flowers that they are being turned into. This is the most fun I've had in a while. Part of the reality of production is making the same thing over and over and over again. Now I get to make the same thing over and over, but each one is a surprise. It's always the little things that make me happy.