Late this Spring, the Elderflowers were out in abundance. I decided it was time to try making Elderflower Cordial - something I love, but had never made before. There are many recipes on the internet, but I decided on this one. In my search, I also came across a number of recipes for Elderflower Bubbly, or Fizz, or Champagne. Thought I had to try it and used this recipe. Then, armed with a large plastic bag, I went out one morning raiding the Elderflower trees which can be found all along my regular cycling route.
Back home, I had a lovely, huge pile of the beautiful, star-like flowers and I took a bunch of photos. Unfortunately, in an attempt to clean up my computer's desktop...I sort of deleted them. Hmmm.
Well, here's what some of them looked like at the bottom of a pot.
Both concoctions turned out really well. The home made cordial is so, so much better than any I've ever bought in a store - and it's dead easy to make. A whole different world and you really get the essence of this enchanting flower.
The bubbly has a cloudy appearance, which - according to what I've read - is natural.
The other new things lately are my Website and Etsy shop.
I actually opened the Etsy shop back in December, put a couple of collages up, and didn't tell a soul about it. Hmmm. Again. (Self-promotion is not a strong suite of mine.) There are now a few different collages on it and hopefully more to come soon.
And the Website is finished. That was a difficult birth, but my husband did a great job putting it together. (He's a singer, not a computer guy, so it was all new to him.) I'll put links here if anyone wishes to take a gander: Website & Etsy.
This whole process of getting the Website and the Etsy shop together has been interesting and has raised a number of questions for me about the marketing end of an artist's reality. I think it's fair to say that many of us who create have a bit of a difficult time promoting our creations. Part of the problem might be captured in the expression I used above: self-promotion. We aren't really promoting ourselves, we're promoting our work - yet as an artist - whatever manner of art it happens to be - the work is an integral part of ourselves, and comes from those deep and often private places within us. (Guess that explains the squiggly, uncomfortable feeling in my belly.)
The other interesting thing was how much the stress of putting the Website together took me out of a creative groove. I was so focussed on the various things that needed to be done - the decisions to be made; the inevitable crises in the form of computer glitches as well as entire batches of photos that needed to be retaken and endlessly tinkered with to look anything close to realistic - that I was in no shape for creating anything: very little painting, collage, or writing got done in the past week and a half. (Which might be another contributor to the squiggly, uncomfortable feeling in my belly.)
But now I'm ready for this. To get back to work. It feels almost like entering a new phase. And I'm quite looking forward to it.