Saturday, 8 May 2010

Flower Fairies - they get everywhere!!!

My head has been in a spin for the past week - I have a lot of what I consider to be big decisions to make at the moment about my future income - do I want to go back to work at the same place with the same problems, frustrations etc etc because I am the only one bringing in an income at the moment - can I put myself through it all for another 6 years? or - is it now I throw my heart and soul into trying to start my own business making/selling the crafts and materials I have loved since I was a child?

I have finally braved e-bay to make a start and get the hang of this Internet selling - before Tuesday I had NEVER been on e-bay before! (I think I may be the last person beside my hubby to do this!) - I have sold 3 things already - not enough to cover this months bills, but it certainly gave me a boost!

I am in the process of opening a Folksy shop - and may even get a web site if I can find a cheap good website building type person - or a free course!

so - I have been busy - and it is lovely to be able to parcel my sold items up and take the dog out in the sunshine, into the village to the post office - with the camera of course!

All along 'Broad Lane' in the hedgerow are the Lords and Ladies
(also known as Wild arum, Lords and Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit, Devils and Angels, Cows and Bulls, Cuckoo-Pint, Adam and Eve, Bobbins, Naked Boys, Starch-Root and Wake Robin.)

They may look a little boring, and are easily missed but these are one of my favourite wild flowers. When I was about 5 years old my mum bought me a copy of Cicily Mary Barkers "flower fairies of the autumn"
Not only did it spark my interest in wild flowers but confirmed for me that fairies were indeed living among us - outside, but among us!

In Autumn, the lords and ladies plant produces these amazing columns of berries, that according to the poem are for lighting up the tiny paths in the hedgerows and woodlands so that the fairies could safely see their way to the dance/ball

wow - what a way to spark of a young and fertile imagination!

Above is Whalley Abbey 'School house' - this is part of the Abbey that straddles the road - I love that it is part of the village now rather than the abbey grounds and that to get into the village I can drive or walk under it - it always reminds me of the mouth of some huge wale!

and the gate way to our little station that had been closed by Beaching in the 60's and re-opened in the 90's.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with selling - I hope that you do well.xx

Cheap2Chic said...

I really enjoyed that post, thank you x

MitziMakes said...

Lovely photos :) Glad to hear you're selling - that's really good as I've waited weeks for my first sale! Good luck :)

twiggypeasticks said...

Good luck, lovely photos. I have some glorious Arum lillies in my garden that I brought home from a garden centre in Ireland a few years ago, I love them.
twiggy x

Deborah said...

What a lovely post. As with decision making about work...We are in the same boat! My head and heart are at loggerheads on this and I just dont know what to do at the moment and time is running out! Anyway hope the sales keep coming for you hun.
Best regards
Deborah {fondantkiss} x

Pooch Morning Glory said...

follow your heart. it usually knows what you really want. the head can talk itself into anything :)

Pooch Morning Glory said...

ps we definitely have fairies here too. i love the abbey arch pic


Indeed - indeed-y fairies, fairies everywhere!

Get a link to your ebay put on your blog - think 'marketing'!

I wouldn't go back to work - its making you ill, try something new if you can, lifes too short to be thouroughly miserable at that awful job.

Vicky x

Look out for your postie with your parcel!

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

i really loved the flower fairy books as a girl infact i still do :o)
briony and mallow were my favourites!

best of luck with selling - i love ebay for buying but i'm yet to try selling on there!

Jennie said...

I love flower fairies, have done since I was little. Good luck with your selling on ebay.

KC'sCourt! said...

Good luck with your selling. I loved the Flower Fairies books as a child.
Julie xxxxxxx

Bluebell said...

Good luck with eBay!

Thanks for the comment on my blog. If you like the prints, feel free to drop me an email ( as I'm more than happy to send them to you - they'll only get binned/returned to the charity shop otherwise.


Christy@WickedHappy said...

Hi Kath! I sure hope that you are able to make a go at the selling, as it sure sounds like what you'd be happiest doing. eBay is so much fun. Best of luck to you! I'm not familiar with Folksy. Maybe that's like Etsy? Love the photos by the way. Such lovely views of wild flowers and your neigborhood. Love the fairies bit too. So sweet and whimsical. Have a fabulous day!!!

Louise said...

It's a double-edged sword. I'd love to work for myself, but then again I love the security of bringing home a salary every month, especially when you have a mortgage to pay. I've done quite well in selling on ebay, but only on a small scale. Maybe the answer is to carry on dipping one's toe in the water! It's great information on the Cuckoo Pint, and you've reminded me to check in my CMB books when I need to identify one, and to remember to go back to visit the ones I saw in the Autumn. I really like that gateway to your station. x

HairyKnees said...

I love your pics :) add so much life to your blog!

I reckon start out on ebay part-time maybe? See how big of a market you are targeting and what kind of money you can make :) when I was in varsity I always learnt though, the bigger the risk, the bigger the pay off. So up to you! Great blog :D loved it!

Taz said...

Well you're one step ahead of me hon, I'm still trying to build up the courage to sell something...anywhere. (((hugs)))