I got an email yesterday.
I’ve been turned down by a craft fair organiser I applied to. It made me grumpy, I have to say, to read that “unfortunately your products aren’t quite what I’m looking for.”
It’s not a very helpful statement in terms of feedback, although I do understand the need for vagueness.
However, as usual, it made me over-think – my brain’s attempt to fill in that ambiguous gap in information. Not good enough? Not professional enough? Not serious enough? What?! Why not give me a clue what you are looking for!
Anyway, enough grumping.
I am quite happily working on more dolls for Sarah Campbell just now, using her lovely new fabrics for Michael Miller. More on those later. And no grumping associated there whatsoever.
However, a hidden, residual grump arising from that email obviously festered away during the day, eventually emerging in the evening in the form of embroidery. (Yay for my new reading glasses and the return of evening hand stitching!)
Dandy Lion is the result, a somewhat grumpy big cat.
His face is actually the destination at the end of a journey of tweaks.
I wasn’t happy with his eyes, his general design, or his rather bland expression at first.
So I called up my hidden well of resentment – and let him have it.
Craft fair, schmaft fair.
Dandy Lion knows exactly what he thinks about that. ♥