Yep, me and the kids survived with only one or two scratches to show for it 😂 The Big One is now a Primary 2 and the Little One in his pre-school year of nursery. Honestly, if I wasn’t a scientist with a strong handle on the linearity of time, I would swear that the years go by faster when kids come along.
We enjoyed trips to the library, paddling pools and bouncy castles in the back garden, trips to soft play and a holiday to Centerparcs in Whinfell Forest. The Lake District hadn’t had rain for 6 weeks when we got there, but after the heavens opened and it poured on our last night, every path through the park seemed to be covered in hundreds of tiny baby frogs – what an unbelievable sight it was! New animal friends were made, clothes were dirtied, knees were skinned and we had a fabulous time.
But it’s time to get back to the serious stuff now. More so for me, as I took the plunge this summer and decided to start my own business! It’s something I have been thinking about for a long time, and I’m constantly being told I should sell my makes. I’ve always put it off as it seemed too complicated, too risky, too much work. But the idea is always there. After a lot of thought and research, and the advice and support of a few friends and family I bit the bullet and went for it. If you would like a nosey you can find it on Etsy and on Facebook. It’s called The Lighthouse Rose because I really wanted a name that would capture a little of my English background with the fact that I live in a beautiful seaside town in Scotland. I’m a bit in love with it really, and am already thinking of lots of themed products.
It’s going to involve some extra work, some extra hassle and a big dose of patience, but you never know until you try, eh? Since like most crafters I have multiple interests, my little online shop is a bit of a mix – I have purses, bags, cute drawstring project bags, pouches and decorated crochet hooks in there at the moment. I will be adding some stitch markers, possibly some simple jewellery, and some hand dyed wool. I have been having so much fun this summer with polymer clay and wool dyes that I just can’t resist!
Since unfortunately we are approaching autumn and in this wee seaside town, that means blustery cold winds, my extra pretty hand dyed wool experiments have been earmarked for hat projects. The two red ones are specifically for the big one as he requested a red home made hat, what a sweetie pie he is! But here are a couple I made using my luscious pinks 😍
The bigger one with the button is a slouchy fit and I think I may have to keep that one for myself….. But the other will either go in my online shop or wander down the road to my local wool shop 😀
And as for polymer clay, well it’s another craft that I can share with the Big One as he has caught the bug for it – in fact he has cost me a small fortune this summer buying him his own little clay stash for his own projects. He’s so adorable, the first thing he wanted to make was earrings for me. Be still my beating heart ❤️
I’m really excited about my little shop – I have no idea how it will go but I guess I’ll find out in the coming months and years. I have to remember though that sewing is my “therapy” and if it ever becomes a chore, that’s when it is time to quit. And I must also make time to sew for myself and my boys too – in fact I’ve been doing a little selfish sewing this weekend. More on that in another post though. For now, the roast dinner is calling me 😀
Love Mrs B x