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The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be… It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” – C.S. Lewis

Sunrise at the beach – new dawn; new beginnings

C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors. I have read his Narnia Chronicles over and over again, and still, they resonate deep within me. The first book in the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” speaks to me of new beginnings and new opportunities. It also shows that change is okay as well as possible to manage.

Changes are in the air

As most of you have guessed from the title of this post, significant changes are afoot. I’m moving to a new home at the end of April, my daughter leaves for the European summer cricket season, and I’m relaunching my fabric dyeing business.

  • The daughter is stretching her wings

The DD and her passion for cricket

As you can imagine, it’s not easy to say good-bye to the DD (Darling Daughter); however, juxtaposing the sadness is immense pride in her achievements and her strength of character. Fortunately, online connectivity makes it much easier for families and friends to communicate no matter how scattered they are around the globe.

  • Moving homes

Secondly, while moving is stressful, I am excited at the new opportunities afforded me in the guise of a move. I’m looking forward to moving out of suburbia into a more rural setting. My new home has a front porch that runs along the entire length of the house. I’m looking forward to relaxing on the porch, watching the sun both rise and set. The house is south-facing there will be equal opportunities to experience the majestic start and end to each day.

  • Hand-dyed fabric

Unfortunately, due to the fact that my raw fabric supplier was forced into liquidation, I’ve had to relook at how to rebrand my part-time hand-dyed fabric business. I was in the fortunate position where I could get loomstate fabric that woven from cotton that was grown and processed in Southern Africa. This allowed me to market a unique product at affordable prices. Sadly, I now have to use the same 100% cotton fabric that all the other hand-dyers currently use.

Playing with ice dyeing and Shibori folding techniques

Upon further reflection, it does not make sense to copy all of the other hand-dyers’ products; therefore, I am spending the next six months having fun and playing with different techniques. Of course, the ultimate test will be whether my different samples sell or not. One of the first things one learns in marketing is never to assume that your consumers will purchase your products. Ergo; it is vital to test the market before launching a production line.

Final musings

While I’m not really looking forward to the DD leaving, nor am I looking forward to packing and moving all of my stuff from the soon-to-be old house into the new house, the future looks as though it is full of hope and promise.