So, how is everyone's first couple of weeks of the new year going?
Over here, it seems to be all about stepping outside one's comfort zone, and by that I don't just mean leaving home in the morning for the -10 outside...but more about that later.
First, let me Craft It Forward:
I will send a handmade mystery item to the first five people to comment on this post. Anyone at all can join in. If you are one of the first five, please email your full mailing address to me (you'll find my contact email in the top bar).
If you like, after you comment you can post this on your own blog and create something for others!
I've already planned for crafting this month, yet when I saw this on Suki's blog I thought I shall have even more crafting! I also like sending and receiving nice surprises in the post, so just couldn't resist... Plus, after this challenging out-of-my-comfort-zone week, crafting will be very soothing.
So, about that. I am doing my 5-day work placement, and even though I didn't get the place I really wanted, it still feels like an invaluable experience. I'm in a cosy department store for six hours a day among beautiful home furnishings... Which would be totally dreamy, just like the buttersoft frottee towels or the kaleidoscope of Scandinavian bedlinens if it wasn't for my language-learning related growing pains. Now that keeps me on my toes all day long - and keeps those toes well outside my comfort zone.
It's a great experience throughout and I feel very privileged but have to admit that being thrown into the deep end of retail in a busy foreign language environment, while being the foreigner can feel a tad bit overwhelming too. Well, patience, perseverance and positive thinking will see me through... with a good dose of quiet crafting to restore the balance!