Year of the Pig

Wednesday sees in the Chinese New Year, with this year being a year of the Pig. The pig is the twelfth and final position in the Chinese Zodiac, which got me thinking about the year ahead.

For me, last year was a challenging but exciting year. From opening Laine on the 6th of January, to our mid year rebrand, taking part in the Artists Open Houses, beating our target donation for Brain Tumour Research and helping to raise money for Dress for Success. It seems like I almost never stopped, but after a week off for Christmas (and a slightly longer than planned pause in my blog posts) I am back and refreshed and ready for another great year!

Sometimes starting the ‘New Year, New Me’ on the 1st of January can be a little overwhelming. For me at least, I’m likely to have spent the last 10 days eating and drinking far too much, so the prospect of diving head first into my resolutions doesn’t fill me with joy. I prefer to start in earnest around the Chinese New Year, once I’m properly back into my routine.

This year my only resolution is to build on the successes of last year. I was born in the year of the Monkey, and although usually I pay no attention to horoscopes, it sounds like this year is a good year for monkeys, so I’m using that to bolster my confidence! If you’re interested in what the Chinese Zodiac says this year has in store for you then why not take a look here?

With confidence restored in the year to come, I’m focusing, as ever, on Laine. Already this year our Stitch ‘n’ Bitch on Thursday evenings has seen a great group of people visiting the shop and learning a new skill. I’ve promised to make classes and get togethers like this more accessible for everyone, including trialling this totally free evening for at least the first two months of the year.

I’m really pleased that more and more of you are letting me know what you’d like to see from us! Thanks to you all, I’ll be holding my first mending workshop in March and continuing with embroidery classes come Spring. Some of you may have noticed the audio button at the beginning of the newer blog posts, this was also a recommendation for those who might struggle to read the tiny typeface I’ve chosen! If there’s anything else you’d love to see (and think that others would too) then please don’t hesitate to get in touch - I’ve not heard a bad idea yet!

Last year I was so lucky in finding a brilliant group of makers whose work I stock in the shop. This year I’d love to take on a handful more. The criteria is very simple, you must use natural materials, live relatively locally and make by hand. If you, or someone you know fits the bill, then please send me a message. It’s nice to be able to give people just starting out a platform for their work.

That rather neatly brings my wants for the year to a close. In summary, more happy customers, more keen crafters and hopefully some shiny new guest designers! I always find that writing down my hopes for the year helps me to focus on achieving them, maybe you could try the same?