Thursday, May 08, 2008

Barcelona

I just received these photos from Mio, Chris's Japanese photographer girlfriend who we traveled with overseas, and had to post them. Such classic moments:


Eating freshly made xurros from a tiny old couple's shop in the back streets of Barcelona
(c) Mio Kisaca


Stone spiral staircase in the towers of La Sagrada Familia
(c) Mio Kisaca

Mio captured some fantastic moments on our trip. I can't wait to see the rest of her shots :)

This is kind of related - but it's strange when your blog no longer feels like a personal place where you can write about anything. Where you can talk not just about work successes but also the not so good bits. Like when sales are down, or when you feel creatively paralyzed and self doubt starts to creep in. When you do your quarterly BAS and think "uh oh... not a good quarter".

I write this at the tale end of a not so good week, which fortunately has passed and I'm feeling more optimistic. I have some ideas brewing, which is always a good feeling.

23 comments:

Retro Age Vintage Fabrics said...

Chin up, Master Textile Designer and Homewares Entrepeneur. Life has shit weeks and then glowing weeks, so you'll always have your ups and downs. Hopefully knowing your FABULOUS fabric arrived safe and sound and is now being cherished gives you a little grin :) Thank you so much for the parcel and fabric :) I hope your Friday goes speedily and your weekend is a blast :) - cheers, Vanessa

paisleystclaire said...

Its like a rollercoaster.

leslie said...

i love your expression in the first picture. pure delight. i am glad things are looking up. i hope that continues. i do. i do.

Corrie said...

hi there

love the pic of you enjoying that sweet treat...I think you're enjoying it

I think everyone has moments where they think uh oh what am I doing show me the money but you have amazing talent and I think things are just quiet in general at the moment...I'm noticing it....

Corrie:)

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Sorry to hear you're having a crappy week - it's difficult when you're looking to take things to another level - sometimes you just have to wait it out......
Rest assured you're on the right track - your designs rock, and so do you. In time things will pay off, and you'll have trouble keeping up with all your orders!

Take care love,

Leah xxx

picciolo said...

hello, I just wanted to say hi, I found your blog recently and really love all your fabric designs. I thought this would be a good post to say how much I like your work if you have had a bit of a down week
: )

Jhoanna said...

You all look like you are very much enjoying those xurros!

Sorry to read that you've had a bad week. At least you know that things can only get better again from now. You are such a creative and talented designer - I look forward to seeing what you create next :-)

boodely said...

Please do share when things are less than great, I think the best blogs are those that are honest without being some kind of expose. There's no such thing as all up, but I wish it to you all the same.

Sam said...

Just wanted to say that I am so inspired by your work. I can't wait to see the new things you have brewing!

Danielle said...

Wow - great photos!
Yeah I know what you mean, its so frustrating when you feel like nothing is working design wise... I think sometimes we can put too much pressure on ourselves! When that happens to me I try and simplify and stop thinking about the finished product and trying to create something 'perfect', and just try and enjoy the actual process...
Anyway glad to hear you are feeling better now and have some new ideas on the way. Your work is awesome :-)
Dan x

Heather said...

Hi, i'm a lurker of your blog, and just adore your work :) Like someone else mentioned, share away with the negatives too, it's good to get it out and a lot of times it will bring new inspiration. Sometimes when i read these crafty blogs I can't help thinking to myself, geez are these people THAT perfect?! Sharing some of the not so good stuff just makes your blog more personable, in my humble opinion :) Keep up the beautiful work, it's inspiring!

Anna said...

I can understand a stinky kind of week (having gone there myself. I'm looking for a new job!) So I suppose that you have to be optimistic and to take the time to tell yourself that you ARE a talented person! Hopefully things will pick up!I think your comment about your blog no longer being a personal space is interesting- I suppose this is an unexpected outcome of using it in conjuction with your business...
ps. thanks for sending the email on how you did your fabric- I'm going to have to look more closely at it!

pip said...

Perhaps we could all have secret blogs where we whinge and swear and stuff!

But really, I can relate to that tough week feeling... and my mantra is 'Keep Going, Keep Going'! You're good, and it will all turn out just great for you... i promise!

katiecrackernuts said...

Yeap, crap week all 'round up here. And you're right, my blog doesn't really say that. My diary would if I could get time to write in it.

bamakko said...

oh man do the quiet spells screw with you (why else would i be reading the business section of the paper...)

Tali said...

what a classic expression in the xurros pic! mmm...


hope next week is looking up!

jenweesofties said...

Hello, I have been reading your blog for a little while and love your textiles, such great patterns and use of colour. Sorry to hear you are having a down week but keep positive. Your work is really beautiful.

Leslie said...

ooh sorry to hear its been a down week...I read your blog avidly and it's good to hear the down sides too - the big picture of starting something new and getting it off the ground etc.

ooh and fun pics...

Leanne Graeff said...

"Just keep swimming"

It always looks worse just before a breakthrough.

::{J}:: said...

Just wanted to let you know that I blogged about your adorable notebook cozies-you are welcome to drop by & check it out!

p.s.-love all your stuff, good job!

Evie said...

Thank for the info! I know Kiddyland well. They update their merchandise pretty regularly, though (sad for me!). Also, Beans is SO not about that dress.

Karin said...

Heya - having brunch/lunch/dinner with your closest girlfriends always helps! I also find trying something new makes me feel a help better and more inspired.

mmmm xurros!

natascha said...

Oh yes!! Fresh and warm churros!! We always make these faces when we eat them. :)