Monday, 30 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
I'm busy doing the prep for my next trade show - finalising the new products in preparation for the new catalogue. We have so many lovely new products to share - above is a tiny sample of - yes you've guessed it, our very first Advent Calendar - I'm soooo very excited about this - not only because I insist on having my own one every year but also because I have wanted to produce one of my own for so long!
....... or the various pattern designs - each will have accompanying gift tags! We're nearly there with the wrap - we are in the process of a 'wet test' to check show through, paper quality, wrap ability etc but hopefully by the end of the month it should be all good to go!
Then there are some new card designs.....
.......and some new postcard / invitation designs. Plus many other things going on in the background.
We must be doing something right - we received this lovely review in Greetings Today magazine - worth all the hard work!
And then in between all the hard work home life still rumbles on a pace. My 11 year old daughter has just endured a week of SATS tests and successfully completed her cycling proficiency. My 8 year old son has just started hospital appointments for dental surgery in July ( hopefully after the show) and I still try to find time to complete those projects around the home that interest me - like my flea market cupboard. It's in position but still in need of a little internal TLC - all in good time!!
Saturday, 14 May 2011
My husband completely despairs of me – we have a lovely home but I’m always on the lookout for a new house, a new project (like I have loads of spare time to do up a house!)
I waste my precious evenings on a fantasy house hunt, scouring rightmove for the next new house (in my dreams)
It is ‘imaginary’ shopping as most of the houses which inspire or interest me are double, if not triple the cost of our current house.
Since we have been married (15 years this year) we have moved every 3 to 4 years – we have owned this house for 4 years – it’s been habitable for just over three so I am now embarking on projects within the house, like redecorating or tarting up bits and pieces, when really I want to be doing those things to something new. We had to do a lot to this house – rewiring, skimming ceilings, re-plastering, knocking down walls etc The above photo's show the changes.
When we bought this house, dots and spots didn’t exist, the children were a lot smaller and because we were living in boarding accommodation, the house was initially planned to be a space to escape to during weekends and holidays, so space wasn’t an issue.
Now we have lived here for 3 years you start to see the problems and you start to draw up a list of want you want/need in your next home and no matter how often and how hard I look, I don’t think that space is out there – definitely not on the budget we have.
I want 4 bedrooms or an additional reception room for a guest sofa bed.
I want private parking for at least 2 cars and a bigger garden
I want the big, live in family kitchen that fits a sofa in too
I want a bigger studio / office space
I want a lovely old fashioned wooden porch/ veranda
I want a spacious hallway
I want lovely high ceilings,
I want wooden floors preferably painted white
I want boarded walls
I want big windows that let the light in
I want, ideally space to house dots and spots in its entirety rather that as it is now, in premises
Yes I know – ‘I want, never gets!’ but if I win the lottery tonight – I know what I will do with the money I win!!