Happy New Year from all of us at Qing Art. x
This week brought in the calming and comforting Year of the Sheep. So, good bye to the Horse Year, and thank you for the ride, but now we would like to concentrate on things in hand, take stock of what we have and move forward slowly, enjoying the time doing so.
It really is the start of a new beginning, so not surprisingly that we call it Chinese New Year, but what we should be calling it is ‘Spring Festival’, as that’s what it is known as in China. Like our Spring it symbolises new life, new beginnings and the start of things to come. We like that here at Qing, especially after our own New Year.
And with that we say ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le!’…or Happy New Year to you. You’ll see lots of people exclaiming ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’, the Cantonese equivalent greeting, but strictly speaking this means ‘good luck’, or ‘prosper’, so you don’t hear that much in mainland China. Either way, a bit of both might be nice eh! And we sincerely hope you get some too.
Happy New Year from Anne-Marie, Simon and Mao Ping. x
There are times when I think, ‘Ooh, I must blog that’, then the time goes and before you know it and you’re onto something else. My Achillies Heel and one that I constantly tell myself off over! Then something comes along to make you think, Wow!, That’s why I should blog. This particular thing was the wonderful blog by a firm called Terry’s Blinds up in Stoke on Trent, and their designer insights feature.
Being in the interiors business it is great to follow other interior companies and specialists on Twitter and Facebook, to get ideas and share insights. So, when I was asked by Terry’s Blinds to write up my top tips for current designs, I was both delighted and inspired. There are so many things going on at the moment, we are currently being asked a lot about colour, seating and individual pieces that will mix and match in a home. How do I get all of this across in a blog post? Well, Terry’s Blinds blog does just that. A simple question and answer format, with beautiful photographs, I couldn’t have done better if I’d tried! Not only did it give me a chance to explain about Qing art, what makes us special and why we do this, I could let people know the latest trends with us and show pieces that are gaining a lot of interest. Then, on top of that, I got to look at all the other designers insights and get ideas there too! Just what I needed.
So, here I sit, at my computer, blogging and already thinking of the next thing I want to write! Thanks Terry’s Blinds, great to get to know you and I look forward to more of your posts in the future.