It’s with some sadness but also huge relief that I have closed the door on the small craft business that was ‘Cherry and Cinnamon’. (You may have noticed it’s been quiet here for a while.) It’s been a challenging experience and I’ve learned much, but perhaps the most important lessons were these:
1- I tried on craft blogging for size and it didn’t fit – it’s just not me at heart. And
2- Rather crucially I couldn’t find a way to make this work pay a living wage. Sad, but true.
My online stores are closed and I will no longer be posting to this blog. Ever Since I decided to focus specifically on textile crafts cherryandcinnamon.com came to represent me less and less, and it became a kind of candy coloured cage. I’d written myself into a corner and began to lose my sense of self. To remedy this I’ve moved my non-craft related book reviews and content over on to my new home online where I will write about whatever I fancy whenever I see fit. It will be good to have a blog that is not ‘work’ for a change. I never fell out of writing.
So what’s next? I still love embroidery and I’ll sure I will make art with it again sometime in the future. I’ll be exhibiting my textile portraits and other works at Thought Bubble this November and debuting my new personal project: a collection of short stories with accompanying images. You can read more about it here.
Thank you for being a reader or follower of this blog and thanks to all my supporters who bought artwork and patterns from me. It was a thrill every single time and I hope you will treasure the pieces I made for you, and that you stitchy folk will continue to breathe life into the patterns you bought. Perhaps some of you will join me on GeenGeenie.com to see what I get up to next. But in the meantime I bid you fond adieu!
With love and best wishes,