Sunday, 31 August 2008
As of tomorrow I am officially part time but because of the severe financial probs I have had to remove Savannah from my childminders on a Wednesday to save money! This will be nice cos we can have the day together but also I wanted some time for me...is that selfish or what. This is where I struggle with the working mum thing. I should be grateful to have time off with my children but having some time for me is quite important to yet I feel bad for wanting some time alone!!! I need a wide open space to scream.....
Anyway it is nearly half seven, time for a little girl to get her bath and get to bed! So I best be off
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
We went for a bike ride to Reculver reckon about 20 - 25 mile round trip along the sea shore! The photo has (from left to right) my nephew Alex, my dad holding my niece Lucy, next to them is me. Behind me is my youngest daughter sitting on my husbands lap and next to him my eldest daughter. The lady in the pink T-shirt is my youngest sister Judith and next to her her son Andrew. Lucy is hers as well! My mum was working as was my other sister and both their husbands!!
The weather was not to bad, bit windy in places but fab for riding warm but with little sunshine. We had a picnic at Reculver before riding home. Follow this link for Wiki info on Reculver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reculver
Poor Imogen (my eldest) she had never cycled that far before and really struggled about halfway and then we introduced her to the wonders of gears on the bike! She seemed to grasp it and coped very well indeed with the cycle home! I have uploaded all the photos onto facebook which hopefully you can follow from this link http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=55707&l=60f29&id=543460738
Now my ass is killing me! I ache all over and am gonna pay for it in the morning but it has been such a lovely day! Days like this make me very happy! Family are so important and I love mine to bits!
Monday, 25 August 2008
I am hoping to get a stand at The Big Bead Show in November I am waiting to see if there are any stands left for hire. Part of me really hopes so cos it would be a good experience and the other part of me thinks what the hell are you doing girl! Your beads are no way good enough to consider selling at an event like that. I really have to practise my self esteem thing and confidence. Beads are selling from my website and feedback has been positive - if you have bought beads from me please let me know what you think. I can take it honest....
Anyway, plans for the week coming are to spend some time with the family. OH has 4 days off and it is back to school and work next week, my how these last few weeks have flown by. 4 months today is Christmas Day.....and another year nearly gone. It is scary how time flies, what is even more scary is that my 11 year old says the same thing!
Right got some beads to list!! Go have a look www.aurorabeadz.co.uk or follow the link from the right hand side of this page!
Friday, 22 August 2008
Still I have got a fair bit of torch time this week already, bit of a teaser for you up there. The big hole beads at the front will hopefully be cored today (providing my silver tube arrives!) and the others are sets or part sets! The 2 red white and blue large hole beads are the ones I spoke about the other day called Chris (Hoy) and Rebecca (Adlington).
I had loads of dreams last night about beads and have some ideas today that I want to try to do. Nothing to revolutionary in fact probably been done by someone else already but the mere fact that I had an idea is pretty awesome...sometimes I get into my studio and dry up!!! The dotty thing continues, mostly cos I am having fun doing them but also they are really good practice as there is a little bit of skill involved in keeping a steady hand to place them and not burn the glass!
ah ha there is the doorbell....yipee postie has been and I got silver tube so I am off now..
Later....I am so gutted! I have just cored my 7 beads that you can see above and only 4 survived. casualties are to be expected but 3 in one go!!! 2 of the dead ones were my olympic inspired Chris and Rebecca. Gutted! I will make em again later!
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
I have just watched Usain Bolt run the 200m and wow what an athlete!
Day 6 of my financial streamlining exercise and I got my credit card bill today!! I paid off the balance on friday and guess what they have added £76 interest cos the bill was paid 5 days after the payment due date even though I made the minimum payment! Once you have a credit card you are well and truly entrenched! Lesson to the wise: don't get a credit card. They are bad news especially if you are a weak soul like me!!! Still, I have cancelled it now and paid off the interest! so clean bill - Hoorah.
Right enough boring you guys for the moment I have a house to clean so must stop procrastinating!
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Anyway, I told you I was not going to bore you so I am going to try and move away from that subject! No beading for the past couple of days but I hope to rectify that tonight! I have been watching quite a bit of the Olympic games and I have a bit of an idea for a Team GB set! (Is that sad!!!) really just following the themes of red white and blue but I thought it apt to call it Team GB or perhaps if they become individual Belita beads (silver core beads) then I may well give them individual names! Rebecca (Adlington), Chris (Hoy), Victoria (Pendleton) and Louis (Smith) spring to mind intially! Lets see what transpires! Our sportsmen and women have done outstandingly well and I believe we are on the way to having one of our most successful games!
I don't consider myself majorly patriotic but things like this are important and we need to get behind our team, they work hard to get where they are and deserve some recognition. Quite frankly I would rather support them and make personalities out of them that these "boil in the bag" celebrities like those in Big Brother! Best I don't get going on that topic eh!!!
Right "Wonderpets" is calling me, time for a bit of quiet time with my youngest daughter so I am off for my afternoon nap!! (OMG and I am only 36, having an afternoon nap already!)
Sunday, 17 August 2008
As you can see the "Dotty Mayhem" series continues! I am really enjoying practicing my dot placement and think that at last I have some dotty beads to be proud of. I have sold one of my sets so I am hopeful for the other 2 and who knows how many more will come along. It is a fab way of exploring colour combinations and very good for me to practice as I have quite shaky hands and this helps me to control it! These beads are going to be available for sale once the proper pictures are done. I will get a few more sets together so probabaly the end of the week before they go up! I went for a bike ride with my youngest yesterday and we rode along the sea shore and the sea was shades of green with a blue sky (and loads of cloud!) but hence the colour choice of periwinkle and teal. This colour combination works very well anyway so I went with it!!!
I have also managed to squeeze in some Olympics whilst I have been tootling around! I love the rowing and the cycling but have completely got into the swimming as well. Rebecca Adlington was supreme in the pool and will be worth watching in 2012.
anyway must dash!
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Glaring ommission from my list of fav books which I will rectify in a mo!!!
Its not very often I get obsessed by a book in that way but the compulsion to read it was huge...so no beads made last night. I think that Harry Potter fans may get it!!! I read loads but 10 mins here and there not hours solid to the exclusion of everything else. I will have to read it again but more slowly but I had to read it to find out what happens to Bella and Edward! excellent read and totally recommended!!!
Thursday, 14 August 2008
The bank reckon a strict year should see us sorted for the better so today is day 1!!! 363 (or is it 364 !!!) to go. I am not going to bore you with a daily countdown but I reckon the first few months will be the hardest especially with Christmas bearing down on us! and the temptation to spend like idiots!!! Still it can only be for the best and will ensure security for the girls later on!!!
Other news...I have sold another bead this week so things continue to plod along gently with my website I am tagging these posts with various ways of spelling aurorabeadz in the hope of raising my Google ratings! Lets see how that goes!! I have also got a Flickr account (not sure if I have told you this or not!!!) but the link is at the top of the blog page! Full of piccies of me beads! Not sure if I will get any bead time tonight the clock is whizzing along already be 9 before the kiln is up to temp already so maybe leave it till tomorrow night!
Anyway enough burble!!! catch ya later
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Bless him my OH has done my photos again tonight and I have fianlly got some beads listed on the website for sale!
It has been a rough day for me really and this has been quite therapeutic for me to finally spend some time sorting stock out! My youngest daughter is being quite testing at the moment and I seem to be the focus for her tantrums. It is quite stressful when you try not to lose your rag with them but they really do push you to the limits! hey ho though thats what you get when you have kids! My mum calls it finding their niche in life!
I have got an appointment with the bank manager tomorrow so hopefully that will help with the money stresses, not that I imagine we are any different to most other people in this country what with the cost of living an all that! But I am going part time in my day job in september so any little things we can do now to help will be fab!!! This also means I can spend a bit more time making my beads which quite frankly I totally love doing. They are so relaxing to make and it is a bit of "me" time. It would be even nicer if I can successfully make a small business out of it! Share my pleasure so to speak!!!
Anyway the hour groweth late and my bed is calling me