Tuesday, 26 January 2010

one of those months...

I don't know about you but I'm really struggling to get properly motivated this month. I mean look at my blog......this is only my 3rd posting of the year and the 1st one doesn't even count, it was a bit of a lazy token posting of one solitary picture.

Anyway, this week I'm trying to make more of an effort. So, what have I done so far? Well, I've been working on my other blog, More Than A Mama, giving it a bit of a mini-makeover, although it's me that really feels in need of one of those.

I've updated my listings in both my etsy and folksy shops, that took a lot of effort on my part and whilst I was doing that my darling youngest daughter was also very busy, busy painting her finger nails with scarlet nail polish that is, oh and painting the cream carpet in eldest daughter's bedroom. I had thought at the time that she'd gone a bit quiet and hadn't demanded something to eat or drink for about 30 mins, a bit of a record in her short 3 and a half years on this planet.
I googled how to remove BRIGHT red nail polish from a (once) beautiful cream carpet and everywhere is said to use nail polish remover. Well, that might be ok for a lighter shade but now the stain on our carpet has changed to a lovely shade of shocking pink which is very fetching.
I thought it wise to explain to darling eldest daughter that a small accident had occurred in her bedroom whilst she was at school. It has been known for her to have quite the 'drama fit' upon returning to her bedroom, after a hard day of mostly drawing, to find Barbie sitting next to Troy instead of Derek. Well, she took it very well, and stated "not to worry mummy, I've put a rug over it", she is definitely her mother's daughter that's for sure!

Apart from 'nail polish-gate' I've been very busy avoiding doing my tax returns, I'm almost there and will HAVE to have it finished by the final day on 31st Jan. I tell myself I work so much better under pressure and leave it till the very last possible moment, but I'm almost there with that (there I go again, 'putting a rug on it').

I have been making a few new items though AND I've been getting on with my orders like a good girl. I had Valentine's Day in mind when I made these dotty hearts.......

and a couple of new little banners.....

a few little love letters.......

some heart brooches.....

and a Love Bunny, with a ridiculously silly tail that made me giggle as I was making it.....

Orders-wise, I've been making new Toothy Monsters, a birthday cupcake garland and a few more exciting customer orders that are still in the making process......

So, you see, I have been 'doing', just not blogging. My clever friend from Nevie-Pie Cakes made me a new blog button too, although not strictly me 'doing', more her 'doing', but I did add it to my blog.

If you happen to fancy adding my button to your own site, you can find the code over in the left hand column of my blog, be sure to let me know if you do and I will reciprocate, it would be rude not to!

Finally, I was the winner of a gorgeously made heart which arrived today from Carla's blog and it's so lovely. I have hung it in our family room which happens to be green with touches of pink. Actually, calling it a family room sounds rather grand, it's more of a toy room at the moment, but I'm getting there and this pretty heart certainly makes the room lovelier. Thank you Carla, your work is fab.

So there you are, you wait all month for a posting and end up with a whopper of a one, lets hope I can now keep updating my blog at least once a week, here's hoping.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Snow Day

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that I haven't blogged for some time. Well, I took a blog break so I could concentrate on getting my Christmas orders made plus we were snowed in for 5 days before Christmas and I spent lots of time with my girls, it's been lovely, but I guess now I need to get off my butt and get to work again. My making has slowed down a tad over the festive period but I've had a few orders to keep me busy and I've been working on lots of new things, so watch this space. In the meantime, we are snowed in again, it's day 2 and the girls are sick of it too. They are very reluctant to go out in it so yesterday we watched 3 movies on the sofa under a duvet and today they've made a different kind of snowman, one that doesn't involve getting cold and wet..................................I've seen these on the family craft sites and decided we should give it a go too.
All we needed were some large white marshmallows, silver balls and some sprinkles and we were well away. I made up some white icing to use as 'glue' to stick the marshmallows together and stick their 'buttons' etc. onto them. Being snowed in we didn't have all the right ingredients to hand but they tasted great nonetheless.
We used dried spaghetti for the arms but you could use pretzels, chocolate matchmakers (yum). I've seen orange tic tacs used as noses before which looks fab and instead of white icing glue you could try melted chocolate. Now for the fun bit...........scoff scoff!

Enjoy the snow!