Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Going to spend all day today making websites. yeah!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Feeling out of sorts!

We're back to Monday again! Usually I have a plan for the week but my head is feeling fuzzy and I can't concentrate. I know I've got loads to do but I can't think what at the moment.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ever growing lists...

I still never finished my Monday list and after last night I have added even more stuff to todays list! I don't think I am ever going to get to the end of any of my lists - I am doomed to perpetual failure.

Just got to make the best of my day at the house because tomorrow I am out and about again.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday is surprise day


Today I am sending chain maille supplies to Australia!
And my list of things I need to achieve before the week is out is getting longer and time is getting shorter.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday is the start of the week...

It may seem obvious but when you work for yourself (and OH works Mon - Fri) then Monday morning becomes the time to plan what needs to be done in the week to come. Of course, usually I write myself a wee list on Sunday night. That's in front of me now and nowhere on that list does it say anything about updating my blog! Nor does it say anything about normal chores like feeding dogs, cats, chickens, cleaning coops, litter trays, and garden. All in all I think each day I spend approx 2 - 3 hours cleaning, feeding and exercising our pets! But that's another story.
I have a lot of Ebay parcels to go today. It seems I have stumbled on a winning product so I need to keep momentum up and stock levels high and current.
There are a number of other jobs on my list but dealing with emails is never there and I usually have at least 2 or 3 (business ones - never mind friends!) that need a reply.
However, I did have a lovely weekend, even got slightly sunburnt yesterday, we did get a few house chores done and it's another glorious day today.
So all there is left to do is just get on with it.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chain Maille galore!

Well, it seems like evryone is doing chain maille - I keep getting asked ow much is it to send rings all over the world. Today and Australian has contacted me about them! I really should get more stock in but I am trying not to layout too much cash so I am trying to order lots of little packets but economically/financially I should do it on a massive scale and try to save some pennies (for me and the customers). However, I do not want to be left with a load of stock when people decide they've had enough of chain maille (though I would probably use it myself).
Anyway, I better try to keep up with demand.

Other things seem to be picking up in popularity aswell. I think perhaps there is some Feng Shui (sp?) going on. A tidy room makes good business sense, or something.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Sometimes stunned silence is the only decent and proper response to emotional outbursts. And sometimes apologies are just too little, too late.
After last nights devastation I am left with loads to do to pick up the pieces (don't think we'll ever get the full jigsaw puzzle back) and absolutely no motivation whatsoever to do it.

Hopefully, some good will come of it all - some changes need to be made.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Job Done!

I love it when a plan comes together;-)
My spare room / work room is now finished.
I have space for all my beads, space to make jewellery, space to do chain maille, windows to gaze out of for inspiration, and even, a bed, a sofabed, some wardrobe space, a shelf and a drawer for any visitors who wish to stay the night! Wow!
I'm so pleased.
Now I just need to get some inspriartion!
OH is off for the Easter weekend so tonight feels like Friday night, and we have lots planned for his time off. We just have to organise our time to fit everything in;-)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Beady, beady, beady...

Well, BT has been here for 2 days and has cracked that whip hard! She has left me for a day and I now have to sort through things that she can't. Deciding where to put various beads, findings, unfinished projects, etc etc etc.
The room is looking great though (well, it will) and I now have a lot more space. I knew I needed to reorganise it but doing it on my own really just wasn't appealling. And she has done a great job of motivating and helping me.
As for chickens - when I checked this morning there were 2 very tin shelled and broken eggs in the house - looked like they had been laid from the perches. And one Light Sussex egg in the nest box. We think the other Light Sussex laid her first egg late yesterday afternoon. But the 2 broken ones also looked like Light Sussex, so I'm not sure what's going on there?

Monday, April 6, 2009

K is for knackered!

I got up at 4.45 this morning and I haven't stopp ed since - I'm knackered!
Just now I am waiting for Bertie to visit - we have made a deal. A trade of our time.
She is going to help me organise my workroom/spare room/stock room.
In return I am going to build her a website. We both win in this situation but just now I am not looking forward to getting started.
I will make a cup of tea and watch the chickens while I wait for her to arrive.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Getting that Friday feeling...

I have to go to the PO today as I have International parcels to send.
It seems that my Chain Maille jump rings are this seasons must have items. I am looking into getting more sizes so have ordered one larger size in a few different colours just to see how they go.
In between having to seriously think about getting proper a job (and that has sent my blood pressure high!) I am having lots of brain waves about expanding this business! The latest being that when the bedsit next door becomes available I will rename it the 'Beadsit' and that can be my new business headquarters! It certainly would be nice to get our house back but I'm not sure that the business could afford the rent:-(
It's good to dream though, apparently.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

dreary Thursday

I'm sitting here with breakfast of a banana sandwich and cup of Earl Grey.
I have made an appointment with the nurse for this afternoon and I need to go shopping this morning. Funny how the thought of a trip to Tesco can just drain me of all motivation and enthusiasm. But it still needs to be done. Perhaps in between I will get time to sit and make some jewellery.
I am beginning to feel the need to open an Etsy shop but I seriously need to increase stock levels in order to do that...Watch this space

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

first day

Well, that wasn't so bad.
The first day of the fourth season at the Crafts of Angus shop has been and gone and went quite well.
Not too many visitors through the door but at least they were spending - that always makes us happy.
I have stocked it well so now I really, really need to make more stuff (I always seem to be saying this!).