Welcome to my very first blog post. It has been a while since I did anything for the very first time, so this is great. Have you noticed that when you get older, time passes faster than when you were younger? From being little, when a birthday took ages to come around, to now when I wonder where the years went. Research has shown that this is due to the fewer occasions we do something for the “first time” as we get older. So writing this “first time” blog, although a little nerve wracking, is also terribly exciting, and I believe that, yes I really do think that time has already slowed. Yeayyy!!. (only a little bit, mind you.)
So who am I and what is my blog going to be about?
Introducing……drum roll please!! Me… Ingrid! I am an online business owner, reluctant home keeper, proud parent, and wife to my long suffering husband.
My online shop, Knicknacs, is an eclectic mix of products either sourced, designed, or crafted by myself. Why?…Well, why not?
It will be easier to tell you what I am not. I am not a perfect parent, nor a domestic goddess, nor an exceptionally talented artist. Nor am I an extraordinary super human. I consider myself your normal average Joe (anna), dealing with life’s curve balls, while trying to respect those around me. That I get this wrong on occasion is a given, so this blog is going to be about my experiences and what I learned. I am curious about many things, and want to share what I discover in the hope that it will help someone else down the track.
I have lived in three different countries, and on two continents, I am currently living in the wonderful Land of Oz (Australia) and have loads of opinions on lots of topics, but am not beyond changing my mind once I learn something new about a topic.
All my adult life I worked in what I call “Logical” industries. My qualifications lie in Medical Technology. Then after leaving the UK to immigrate to Australia, I drifted into IT and Banking, again as a Technician and Problem Solver. If something is broken and needs to be fixed. Who are you going to call? A technician of course! This was not always straight forward, and improvisation, and finding logical solutions became a way of life.
Although these industries have been good to me, they were not exactly fulfilling the artistic side of me. Between working and being on call there never seemed to be time to do much else. I have always enjoyed crafts, but found I was not really suited to following the herd. I found myself looking at objects, and wondering what else I could do with them or what would happen if I did “this” to it. Sometimes with spectacular results!! I guess the Technician is always present.
A few years ago the stress and uncertainty of always being on call finally became too much, and I promptly told my husband that I was “done with it” and set off to find another source of income that was more fulfilling. I do appreciate that not everyone can do this, and I am extremely grateful to my husband for allowing me the time to do this and standing by my decision.
So what happened next? I became a Marketer. Sourcing nice things to sell and attending local markets, while bootstrapping a business along the way. This was fun, but the hankering for something more creative was always there. Then came the solution! Sell something Unique. Something I made myself. Sell online as well as locally. The feedback for my initial creations was very encouraging and my customers like the unusual media, the creativity, and the sense of fun.
As you can see under the “Handcrafted” categories on this site… it is a very diverse selection. Most are “one of a kind”, some are merely “assembled” bits and pieces, but all are made with love and with you in mind. All other products are sourced by me and selected for their quality.
This blog is going to be a mishmash of topics that takes my interest or affects me on any given day. This is not going to be an inflated, stylized, or romanticized version of my life, nor am I going to pretend to be what other people believe I should be. This is going to be a “warts and all” blog. Even in if no one ever reads this blog but me, I want it to be a true account.
As crafts and designs are my hobby and business, there will be some blogging about that. As I work online, I will be writing about trending or funny topics also. I have many different interests and never want to stop learning.
Disclaimer: I have a weird sense of humour!
I hope this will blog will make me some new friends, as well as keep old friends and family informed of my goings on. I know there will be some that disagree with my opinions, but that is all they are… my opinions. You are entitled to yours.
So there you have it, an Introduction to “Knicknacs“. I hope you enjoy the selection of items and blogs you find here. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or requests, and don’t forget to sign up for my Newsletter for Special discounts, Sales, and Coupons.
Do Drop By again soon.