Running your own business is hard and you sometimes feel isolated. It's so good to have a fabulous network of other craftspeople and business people around, and online, as it gives you the boost to get going when you find it tough.
I was feeling very down about trying to find someone to help me sew. After spending most of yesterday talking to the Tax Office, Industrial Relations and other government bodies, I felt completely frustrated and that I cannot possibly get someone to help! There was one lovely lady at the Tax Office who helped me through their website to determine if someone casually sews for me if they would be an 'employee' or a 'contractor'.
Guess which one it is.... yes, employee. Which then makes it impossible for me to do this and no wonder most places turn overseas!
Australia does need a kick up the a$% for killing its industries twenty odd years ago. I'm so afraid it will all die out and everything will be sourced overseas. But, I am unable to do much as I am but a drop in the ocean... it makes me mad.
Anyway, back to this lady from the Tax Office. I discussed my business and what I intended to do. She was fantastic and kept saying 'good on you' and 'we need to see more young people striking it out and going for it'. This is terrific feedback, no matter how hard it all is.
I then had a long yarn to Kathleen on the phone - and again, such positivity and helpfulness! Steven came home in the evening to me laying on the couch with a very large glass of red in one hand, the other flung against my brow (very Bronte/Austen) as some sort of damsel in distress, though with a red wine joker smile. He said to me, 'So what if you don't get anyone to sew, why can't you put your head down, keep sewing, and it will come about somehow.'
And that is what I am going to do. So, there will be 2 new bags uploaded by the end of the day - I promise. No more faffing about on the phone to Work Place Relations and so forth!
This is a really fun idea that gavinandlilly had posted on flickr. These handbags are by Ashley Watson and are made from recycled leather jackets. What a fabulous idea for daggy old jackets that are no longer fashionable! Handbags! Yay!