Saturday, 26 January 2013

So here we go again, craft fair mayhem! After taking January off, the next craft fair is looming. And as per usual after thinking I have soooo much time to get organised, its two weeks away.
So I have taken over my dining table and am crafting like a crazed woman.
I have to admit I work better under pressure, Im just not sure my husband appreciates the two weeks of putting up with me whilst I feel that pressure.
I have some new items I am working on that I am really looking forward to sharing with you, but for now you are going to have to make do with a photo of the craziness so far ...

It looks pretty chaotic but I assure you there is order in there!
When I get around to the long awaited (by me anyway) blog make over, I am going to add an events page, you will be able to see where and when we will be showing (and hopefully selling) our wares. And perhaps even pop along and say Hi!
But in the meantime, my glue gun is calling ...

Monday, 21 January 2013

Outside is a like a frozen wonderland, other than brief bursts of excitement from the children we have been huddling in the warm.
I should of been utilising my time constructively and crafting ready for the upcoming craft fair. Instead I have been time wasting on the internet and have made a rather lovely discovery. (So I feel this justifies it all).
I stumbled across a textile artist called Mister Finch, I don't want to be too gushy, but Im not sure I can hold it in.
He is rather amazing, inspiring and pant wettingly talented!!!! *and breathe*
It doesn't happen often, but just sometimes I find an artist whose work makes my stomach do a funny little dance and I can't quite catch my breath.
This happened when I saw Mister Finch's work, he ticks all the boxes for me, ALL.
Recycled materials, muted colour, textile heaven, I could just go on and on but really you just need to go see for yourself. So I have posted a couple of his photos to give you a little taste.
But if you do nothing else on your computer today, pop on over to his website and take a little gander.

Friday, 18 January 2013

This is my sewing machine, her name is Ethel. She is a lovely old lady, in good condition and ready to go. There is one hitch. I can't figure out how she works!
She has been in my loft for (many, many) years due to this minor issue. But with my plans for my business starting to come together, I thought it time she was brought back down and for me to learn once and for all, how to use her.
So now she is sitting on my lounge floor, and I am sitting in front of her with my legs crossed. And we are looking at each other, wondering how this is going to pan out.
Thank goodness for the power of Facebook. A rather fabulous friend of mine saw my plight (a rather pathetic status update) and has volunteered to come over and give me a crash course.
I thought for a moment I actually saw Ethel breathe a small sigh of relief!
So this is it, Ethel is coming out of retirement and I am learning a new skill.
Wish us luck.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

It's been an emotional week here. It was the small girls first week in Nursery. AKA the week I have been dreading :(
The small girl is three, and beyond ready for Nursery, if the truth be known I think she has been ready for awhile.
So why the dread? Me. Its all me. The small girl is my last bambino and I have been hanging onto her with a vice like grip, I have been choking up at the mere thought of dropping her at Nursery and coming home to an empty house, (The pets don't count I'm afraid).
I banned myself from thinking about it over Christmas, but finally it was upon us.
So with a heavy heart we set off. I was uber brave and settled her in, turned to leave and made it as far as the door before having a cry, which was quite impressive, I was concerned I may break down on the spot and she would have to be removed from me whilst I hung on to her ankles.
Yes I know, its supposed to be other way round.
Needless to say, she Loved it!! And if the truth be known, she didn't even want to leave (sob).
It is a new chapter in our lives and I know I will get used to it, and no doubt even come to relish it. But for now it just gives me a heavy heart.
I have good intentions about all the things I am going to do in the couple of hours I will have free. Mostly based around crafts and getting ready for our next craft fair, I'm sure in time I will feel more excited about it!
Did you all struggle with your babies moving on to the next stage? Or did you look forward to more time to yourself?

Thursday, 10 January 2013

As you all know I am a bit of a newbie to all this blogging lark, and I am having a bit of a blog crisis!
I think I was doing OK up until Christmas, and taking a (short) break to enjoy some family time has actually done me no favours. I've lost my momentum.
I am a blog stalker and love looking at other blogs and photos and am constantly amazed at peoples creativity and ideas. But for some reason this has given me the colly wobbles and I'm not loving my own blog so very much at the moment.
So I am thinking about a new look.
Now, I'm not bad at ideas and I have a few about how I would like the blog to look. But the implementation side of things, tends to let me down.
So these changes that I talk about may take me a little while to put into place, but I figure if I put this information out there, it backs me into a corner. And I HAVE to do it, at some point!
So, to cut a long rambling blog post short, this is me, backing myself into a corner.

Friday, 4 January 2013

During last summer I took a photo of the sky, at the time I wasn't sure why I had. But now I'm glad I did, when you reach January the summer feels like a lifetime away. But I just have to look at this photo to remind myself that blue skies are just around the corner.
When I look at it, I can feel the warmth on my skin, I think I have mentioned somewhere that I am a summer and flip flops kinda girl?!
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year?
Ours was rather smashing, but now I feel the need to crack on. I have lots of ideas and am planning to go for it this year, no holding back.
That is of-course if I can shake off the Christmas lazies!
Happy New Year everyone, blue skies are just around the corner X