Yesterday I learned a lesson.
A couple of months ago I saw this beautiful image on Katie Holland's twitter stream
Katie is a talented photographer whose work I really admire and this particular shot really touched something in me - like the narcissi is looking in through an old window rather than the viewer looking out.
I noted it, thinking it would be a beautiful image to have about in the house somewhere, I may even have said something of the sort to Katie.
But I did nothing.
Yesterday I noticed Katie was asking for advice on how she could change things on her site to actually sell things, rather than just having a lot of people say lovely things.
It jogged me out of stupor - for it wasn't money (we are talking £10 here) that had stopped me from following up my admiration of the image, or that it wasn't something I wanted, and indeed have a place for.
It was simply that I didn't have a deadline - that the photo would be there later, when I had designated "treat" cash, when someone asked what I would like for my birthday, at some future date.
But of course that is foolish, there is a deadline, there is the deadline that for makers to continue making, well - they have to sell. If people like me put off buying small things . . . well you can guess the rest.
July has been a difficult month for Snapdragon. There have been masses of orders coming in but cash flow is appalling as various wholesale stockists have been somewhat tardy in paying up. I have been so grateful to retail customers for keeping us afloat - every order really makes a difference.
My beautiful photo arrived this afternoon - and I would urge you to check out Katie's website as it is even more soulful than I had hoped.