"Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith."
My mum helped me to style this photo. We had fun collecting foliage and flowers from around her garden. I knocked a nail into the log, hung the bag, stuck on some tape and a shop opening announcement was created! It was one of those bright end-of-summer days in the Highlands and we had to make the most of it.
Later this same day, just over 3 weeks ago now, my older brother died in a car crash. Everything stood totally still, just like people tell you it will. Suddenly, this shop seemed so irelevant, so irreverent. I fell behind on my arrangements to open it and I didn't really care.
Then I started to think about all the makers and designers and artists and painters and sculptors for whom creating is the only thing they can think about. For whom making something tangible - created with care and passion and intent - is an intrinsic part of what gets them up in the morning. They have side hustles that they juggle with full time work and family-life. many make huge sacrifices in order to create; the motivation of the makers I was stocking inspired me at a time when I felt empty. I needed to open this shop because it would be an anchor when all things around me were whirring.
To be known for the good we have done in the world, whether its creating beautiful material things or for the type of unending kindness and generosity that my brother will be remembered for, is in itself a motivating force. We all have such a lot to share, so people let's not hold back! Create, connect, tell each other things in real life and be with those you care about in person, if possible. Decorate with meaningful items. Wear clothes that make you feel good. Talk about uplifting things. Be brave and have faith that it will work out, in time.
This is simply a tiny onine shop. A contribution to our family income. Nothing much in the great turbulent sea of online businesses. However it's my little creative outlet and I have faith in it, hoping that it will be a good place to be and to shop and to support the people who craft with their hands, whom I admire so much. We will grow slowly and only sell things we truly love. I have no energy and I can't look at the screen for too long and I am so confused about how to process these emotions. I am digging deep to just function. So thank you for being in my little space and helping me to make baby steps towards making this venture a success.
Jo at Firain