Life throws up challenges every so often. You’d noticed, obviously. How we deal with those challenges is what matters, though. Today I want to tell you a story of someone who dealt with his in the best way.
The final straw was when the meat safe broke. My son was a chef there. He went to management to check that they were happy for him to throw the meat out. They said no. They said it would be fine as long as everyone kept the door shut as much as possible. He protested. He wasn’t prepared to serve the customers meat that hadn’t been stored at the correct temperature. There had been a few such battles, with him arguing for quality and them for profit. Tempers were frayed. They ordered him to carry on using the meat. He quit.
So there he was, suddenly, out of work. His partner was having to pick up all the bills, he wasn’t having any luck finding other jobs. Things seemed bad. This was a challenge.
On a bright spring morning, we set out together. I’d arrived to stay for a few days and he’d offered to show me around the town they’d fairly recently moved to. To both of us, it felt that something good was about to happen.
“Would you like to see the museum?” he asked. “It’s pretty good.”
Obviously we’d been chatting about work and the sort of things he could turn his hand to, but it wasn’t until he paused in that museum and stared in pure delight at a gorgeously detailed model of an old city gate from the Middle Ages, complete with carts and horses, market stalls and all manner of tiny details, that the germ of a plan began to form.
“That’s what I’d really love to do,” he said, longingly. “I bet there’s only one or two people in the whole country who are commissioned to make those models, but wouldn’t it be a fantastic job?”
I laughed. “That’s exactly what I always wanted to do, when I was a kid,” I told him. “Yes, that would be the perfect job for you.”
So that’s how it begins, isn’t it? We put the idea out there. We coat it generously with positive wishes and intention. Then we wait for the Universe to start swinging into action. The Law of Attraction may sound a bit of a New Age cliché, but it works…
“Not sure where else to show you,” he said, as we came out of the museum and rain started to fall. “Oh, that building over there has just been converted into little workshops and craft outlets. Do you want to take a look?”
We went inside.
“There’s not much on the ground floor yet,” he told me. “We’re probably better going upstairs.”
But I’d noticed a sign to a dolls’ house shop, and I’ve always loved dolls’ houses…
It was shut. Reluctantly, I turned away, but at that very moment the owner arrived and opened the door. The tiny shop was crammed with all manner of miniatures and both of us were entranced. We were the only customers, so a chat to the owner was almost inevitable. We told him how we loved the things he’d made himself. We asked about who his suppliers were and how he found them. We explained my son’s predicament and I spoke of his talent for creating tiny models.
“Go to trade fairs,” he said, shortly. “Talk to stallholders. Find what they’re not making and do it.”
We thanked him and continued looking around. Eventually I chose a few minuscule treasures to take home. As I went to pay, the owner said, “Been thinking. Steampunk. No one’s doing that. It would sell.”
And so the Universe was starting to spill the beans. Matt and I looked at each other. Why not?
So that (in case you were wondering) is how my new hobby of making 1/12 size Steampunk figures came about. Matt, meanwhile, set to work creating room settings for them, filled with cogs, chains and devious devices. We toured the trade shows, scoured the internet and charity shops for interesting items to use and re-purpose. He stocked up on wood, while I bought up a selection of little porcelain dolls, and a cottage industry was born.
Today our online shop went live. A few of the figures are ready for sale. My son is busy photographing and listing the rest of the items.
I know all will be well. The synchronicities of that day made it inevitable that it would. I’ve put a photo of one of his rooms at the top of this post, and various figures appear in the last post I wrote.
Oh, and if you’d care to visit the store, or know anyone else who would, here’s the link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SteampunkDollsHouse?ref=hdr_shop_menu