Well, the beginning of the week couldn't have been more different to the end of the week.
We started off down-in-the-dumps, having gone down with a second cold in the space of two weeks and then the children being up sick all Sunday night, which really didn't help my already fuzzy head, especially after the cheese and wine evening the night before!
I suppose the only consolation was that my normally hyperactive children were considerably subdued and I didn't have to get up to do the school run.
Luckily, the beauty of crochet, is that it can be done almost anywhere and at any time. So while my little one was sitting on my lap, sucking his thumb, I was able to get started on a new beanie design. I'd been looking forward to making this one ever since my new batch of wool which had been delivered the week before. And here's the result - cup-cake anyone?
Of course, even poorly children still want to play, so while the little one was having a nap, I got out the clay and allowed the bigger one to make his Angry Birds, which he'd been begging to do for a while now...
As the week went on, things began to pick up and I got productive with more crochet beanies...
...and finished some ceramic orders...
(oops, forgot to rotate that one before uploading it!)
...and made a quick tutorial on how to make a Union Jack clay cane...
Here you can see the basic steps for making the cane (a term used for a design that goes all the way through - like a stick of rock). I quite like the squidged-up effect, like a flying flag, but for a more even design, the clay needs to 'rest' and stiffen up more between stages, especially before being 'reduced' (stretched out). But you get the idea.
The end of the week ended nicely with a 'Mums in Business' networking meeting at Most Marvellous in Northampton. I met three new mumpreneurs, as well as Michelle from Little Enterprise, with diverse businesses in different stages of development. We discussed where we needed help with our businesses and offered each other support, ending with setting of goals to complete before the next meeting - a great way to keep the momentum going after my business course.
So who are these lovely ladies? ...
Louise Verity of Wall Envy who uses rescued books, comics and sheet music to create hand-framed wall art. Great gifts for literary people!
Helen Bailey of Helen Bailey Photography who specialises in wedding photography. And..
Julia Fuchs of The Simple Way to Health who uses Kinesiology and other alternative therapies to help clients' ailments where GPs can't.
Pop along and visit their pages to find out more.
When I got home after the meeting, I found that I had been chosen as U-Do's 'Business Of The Day' on Twitter and suddenly I am getting loads more likers and leads to my pages. Thank you U-Do! It has already generated two more orders for Hungry Caterpillar outfits and some Union Jack buttons - hurrah!
So Happy Sunday everyone. I'm off to enjoy my Sunday roast. Yum yum!
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