I'm taking some days off work.
Nothing exciting, just a few days to break up the monotony of account deadlines and business reviews. I'm very grateful that I have a job and one that I enjoy. Too often these days I see 'closing down sale' posters in the window of the shops where I live. Apparently the recession in England is coming to an end yet I see no evidence of it.
Hobby stores are often the first to go. In the last month, a local dollhouse supplier and model shop have closed their doors for good. It's sad. Behind every padlocked shutter lies the story of yet more people struggling to make rent or mortgage payments.
The world wide web is a double edge sword, no?
Family run businesses can't compete with chain stores. Chain stores buckle under the pressure of online retailers. A vicious circle that devours anyone who won't adapt to the ebb and flow of market trends .
And yet, the internet allows me to peer into a world that I would otherwise never see. I 'speak' to dear friends across the globe. With the click of a button I can purchase goods from every corner of the world. I try to restrict my online spending to things I can't get in England. I try to support my local businesses, though right now this seems as helpful as a band aid to a heart attack victim.
Is bartering the way to go? A time of post-currency? I utilize my skills to make something you need and you reciprocate in kind. I don't know. If I knew the answers I would likely be serving my country as a member of Parliament.
So to brighter thoughts. Speaking of frugality, I have been saving my pennies for a very long time with a view to purchasing an addition to my tool arsenal. I knew that if I could deny myself new clothes/shoes and work like a Trojan that it would prove how much I wanted my new equipment and that I would have earned it. Two weeks ago the monster arrived. I say monster because I thought irrationally that a desktop anything would fit nicely onto...well a desk top. Not, as it is, taking up a whole desk.
Behold 'Monty' the laser cutter/engraver
I'm still getting to grips with the software. It's a huge learning curve considering I'm an old fashioned Tenon saw and Mortise chisel type of gal. I hope that this machine will allow me to make better miniatures but I still want to retain the individuality of each piece.
This morning I pulled together a scene with a few laser cut items. I'm pleased how they turned out. Even happier that it worked and I didn't burn my retinas from watching the laser. It's hard not to imagine James Bond baddies and world domination when operating one of these machines. *evil laughter*
I suppose I should emerge from my workroom and make some lunch. Hubby has been extremely supportive of my hobbies up to now. I think starving him might send him over the edge.
Oh, before I go I just wanted to give a shout out to missing friends. I try to read everyone's blogs as often as I can and I'm always conscious when a blogger hasn't posted in a while.
So... Margaret Loves - Pubdolls - Minima - H.Bean and new Mum Annina Hope everything is okay in your neck of the woods. We miss ya =0)
Have a great day