Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
So another year, another birthday - presents seem harder to buy, the longer we are together - of course I can't tell you what I have bought because that would spoil the surprise! Hopefully next year, they will all be wrapped in dots and spots wrapping paper!!
I do want to take this opportunity to also say a huge thank you to him - without his help and support, there would be no dots and spots!!
He did an open university course to be able to code our own website and keep it updated, he does all the invoicing, book keeping, VAT etc - well he is a maths teacher and Deputy Head. In the evenings he books out all the parcels with the courier and Royal Mail and is always being asked to give his 'honest' opinion on everything I thrust his way!
So a huge THANK YOU for ALL you do - it really is very much appreciated.
Friday, 25 March 2011
Thank you for all your kind comments in my last post - I did it - yesterday I went to the Country Living Fair in London.
I'm so glad I went - it would have been far too easy to have decided not to go - but now I have been, there will be no stopping me!
I went to a Christmas Fair 10 years ago, so knew what to expect but it was sooooo busy - I'd go as far as too busy.
This was the most spacious area!
The flowers looked and smelt beautiful!
The real reason I went was to support my 'twitter friend' Gabs Buckingham, who was exhibiting for the very first time. She has been so quiet in twitterland prior to the show as she has been painting, painting, painting!
Her stand looked absolutely amazing! I can't show you what I bought as they're Easter pressies but I could have come away with a lot more if I could have carried it all home.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
I am feeling very brave as I have never been to London on my own, never been on a tube by myself - that is the scariest bit. My husband went to University in London, so when ever we go I just follow, taking little or no interest in where we are going.
But I really want to go to the Country Living Spring Fair - so I have to go it alone!
It will be an inspirational feast of loveliness and creativity!
I am hoping to see Gabs of 'Moobaacluck' fame and all her fabulous work on display - and maybe one or two other tweeter's whilst I'm there.
Of course I will let you know how I get on - am thinking of taking a cash limit with me and leaving the credit card at home - otherwise it could be a very dangerous day out!
Monday, 21 March 2011
Catching up on personalised
I have made the decision to have a little rest from doing the embellished and personalised prints soon. They will not feature in our next catalogue, so will either stop then, in late June or when our current stock of mounts, frames etc comes to an end - which ever happens first.
I love designing but really don't enjoy producing a design, time after time, after time. I take my hat off to those that can produce 10, 50, 200 of the same thing but I have come to realise that, that is not me!
Of course do email me if you wanted a print for a special occasion, doing one now again might be a nice change.
Of course these changes won't happen straight away but if they suddenly disappear from our website - you know why!
Keep your eyes peeled in our seconds shop - some samples and extra prints may well appear at a reduced price in the coming months!
Saturday, 19 March 2011
This is where our lovely, little garden comes into it's own.
The first load of washing is out on the line.
The sun is beginning to weave it's way into the garden.
Have a lovely weekend.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
.... and of course, I managed to find some red and white spotty cupcake cases and a red and white spotty tray to put them on!
The outfits are ready - spotty of course!
Excited? Now what made you think that?
I will be teaching tomorrow so I doubt, very much, that anything too important will get achieved! I will of course be adding a little bit of extra spottiness to my outfit!
Sunday, 13 March 2011
...... and designing.
You can easily get bogged down with the orders and paperwork and updating the computer etc, etc and lose sight of what was important in the beginning and for me messing about with paper is the best bit.
They are only my thank you for shopping postcards, that get sent out with every order. I am running extremely low - well I only have 10 left so it was a case of having to get them done for the printers but never the less, it's given me the taste of it again and I can't wait to get on with a new Christmas product in the next few days!
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Time is so not on my side - the balance between work and family life is always there, pulling you one way or the other! There just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. It all caught up with me over half term when I caught the bug the children had endured and had been 'under the weather' for a good 3 weeks.
I would say, only just, that my energy levels are fully restored and I'm raring to go on all the design projects I want/need to do! I need to just find a pocket of quiet, uninterrupted time to start.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
When I was a student, I spent a whole summer working in a pancake restaurant in Ambleside, Cumbria. Hundreds and hundreds of sweet and savoury pancakes were made every day - by me! I had 6 pans on the go at once - so making enough for 4 is easy!
Every time I make them, it shocks me just how many my 8 year old can consume but he gets away with it every time, when he says
"Mummy, you are the BEST pancake maker in the whole, wide world!"
Lemon and sugar, chocolate sauce, maple syrup - which ever is your favourite - enjoy!
Happy Pancake Day!
Of course, that means Lent and giving something up, hmmmmmm haven't given that too much thought yet!