Another business update

319616It’s only a few days until I open my online business, and I’m a little apprehensive.

If anyone had told me how much work would be involved, I don’t think I would have ever begun.

There is so much to think about, and I have had so many technical difficulties, mostly due to my lack of skill in that department. I am easily overwhelmed by computers and internet that don’t work the way I need them to – you would laugh if you saw how slow I am at typing, how I shake my temperamental mouse, how impatient I am with this amazing technology that has made our lives so much easier.

One of the little ones jumped on my laptop last week and broke the screen. I didn’t even launch an investigation into finding the identity of the culprit – I just didn’t want to go through the rigmarole of “not me” or “I don’t know” or try and match up the various alibis – I am fairly sure that it was an under five who didn’t even know what they’d done. (Now – the lipstick episode is another matter entirely….)

So I have borrowed another laptop, which doesn’t run all of my programmes, but is a blessing because all of the keys are intact – one trademark of the twins is that they enjoy removing keyboard letters, a legacy they passed onto Danielle when she was old enough.

My babysitter gave me a great inspirational card – it says: “The task ahead of you is never as great as the power within you” and is based on Philippians 4:13 – ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

This has really kept me going – I keep it on the fridge and refer to it when I pass. Reading these words makes me physically relax, and I feel that I am actually giving my work over to Jesus, Who gets things done so much better than me, anyway.

I am now in the position where I have to support my family. There, I actually mentioned it in my blog.
It’s not something I want. The business was going to be a little hobby, the first thing I had ever done ‘outside the home’, so to speak. (It’s obviously ‘inside the home’, as an online business.)

Now it has come to be so much more. This is going to be a big part of the future for me and my children.

I am going to try to type the next words – I am a single mum with ten children.
Hmmm. I don’t really like the sound of that.
Your will be done, Lord.

Mary didn’t understand everything when she said ‘yes’ to God, and I certainly don’t understand what’s happening now.

There’s a fearful irony at work here – in doing something I never planned to do, in circumstances I didn’t choose, I feel that I may become the person I was always meant to be.

The Kelmscott Chaucer

You all know by now that I really admire the work of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. One their joint-greatest achievements was the printing of a fabulous edition of Chaucer’s poetry.

Burne-Jones designed the wood-cut illustrations, and Morris drew the elaborate illuminated letters and backgrounds. 452 copies of their edition were printed by Morris’ printing company, “Kelmscott”, hence the common title of their book.

I was fortunate enough to see one of the original copies at the State Library of Victoria, earlier this year. There was a great display of historical books, parchments, letters etc, arranged like a huge timeline around one floor of the building. The Kelmscott Chaucer was there, along with other great works of fact and fiction, including some illuminated manuscripts of the Holy Bible and prayer-books.

I recently made a wall-hanging for my son, Lucien, by stitching a monogram based on one of Morris’ illuminated letters, onto a background of WM fabric. Unfortunately, I took this photograph at night, so the quality isn’t very good, but it may give you some idea of the outcome of my project, as well as give you some ideas for your own.