Hullo! As some of you might have noticed my Kookizu store closed a few weeks ago as I had planned and posted about at the start of this year. I had wanted to post a bit more about it as the time to close approached, at least to say a huge thanks again to anyone who ever shopped there over the years, but something happened which kind of took over a bit, and which I just realised has made a strange coincidence about the opening and closing of the shop…
But, since I am posting I can now say that huge thanks to all the Kookizu customers! I don’t know if I just got really lucky with the people that stumbled across my shop and liked the stuff I sold, but I never ever had a single difficult customer – you all made it really easy for me! In fact I had the total opposite of difficult customers , I had amazing ones who would email and tweet me after receiving the orders that they had paid for to say thank you to me!
I just made a little image of some of the products I’ve sold in the shop… I’d forgotten about some of this stuff! I wish I’d thought to keep one of every design right from the beginning. I have maybe half of the designs as keepsakes – I was looking at them the other day and I actually felt a bit sad that I wouldn’t be making them again! (my fingernails and RSI riddled wrists rejoiced though, peeling the backing off of thousands of tiny bits of acrylic and opening and closing pliers is a very painful memory for them!)
Onto the strange coincidence….
One of the reasons I started Kookizu was that a few years ago I got ill and needed to have an operation and afterwards I needed some time off work to recover, but I found myself getting so bored and restless that I decided to think about what I could do with all these little doodles and ideas I’d had in my spare time, and the idea to make acrylic jewellery was born.
So, cut to a few years and many, many customers and pieces of jewellery later and I made that decision to close the shop so I can do other stuff for a while. What I didn’t know was that a few days before I had decided to close I’d discover another health problem which would lead to me having probably the most stressful month I’ve ever had!
I basically found a lump, went along to the doctor, who sent me along to the hospital. I kind of hoped they’d just say that it wasn’t anything to worry about, but they did a scan which showed it looked pretty big and a bit dodgy and then did a biopsy straight away. Then I had a panic attack filled week or so waiting for results, which have thankfully shown that the lump is a non-cancerous tumor, but I will still need to have some operations to sort it all out so please bear with me if I’m not around too much for a bit.
I might sound like I’m being all brave and matter of fact about it, but the truth is I have a terrible, terrible phobia of hospitals/operations so I’m pretty stressy still, but I do realise that it could have been a lot worse and I’ve been far luckier than some of the other women who were sitting in the waiting room to get results that day, so I’m trying not to be too much of a big baby about it all!
You never know, maybe something good will happen if I get bored sitting around recovering from this op! I’ve already packed a sketchbook and pencil case into my little hospital bag