Monday, January 24, 2011

First mouse of 2011

Yay I've managed to get myself together this weekend and complete four mice and one bear! Lets hope that now I've got my mojo/momentum back I can sustain it!!!!!!!

I'm really happy with this little guy, I've had that paper hat and kite for a while and I think he looks well cute!

I can't share with you any of the others as they are for shops and special orders and their new Mummy's or Daddy's haven't seen them yet!!!!

Now I must get on with some sewing


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Unproductive January

On my work table, loads started, nothing finished :-(
My new year start on bear making has not really gone to plan, things seem to be getting in the way, Birthdays, parties, cake making, carpet fitting!!!! So this Sunday I had a whole day planned to work, thought I get a good 12 hours done, alas I ended up in hospital with a minor eye injury!!! Don't worry nothing major and I'm fine now but it did mean I spent Sunday on the sofa. This week I endeavour to get at least one bear finished, keep your fingers crossed.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Here's what my to-do list looks like today:
  • Update the Blog - a
  • Spring Clean the Studio - a
  • Do a stock check and order new supplies
  • Write and send out newsletter - a
  • Start new bears/mice
  • Clean the bathroom - a

I guess that's not bad considering I got up so late and also spent a few hours sorting out computer files which was not on my to-do list!

Today I must finish the rest of my jobs, the studio is lovely and tidy and I can't wait to start work again.

Oh and I thought it was about time I shared a few pictures of my studio with you.

I love a bit of bunting and this also provides hanging space for little clothes waiting for owners!
This doll is nearly 100 years old, she was my Grannie's and she now sits and watches me work.
I have a lot of books from my childhood and I find them very useful as reference for my work, I also have a large number of how-to books that I love to read but never have time to make anything from!
This bed is over 50 years old, it was made by my Great Uncle Charlie for my Mum when she was a child, its was handed down to me when I was little and I spent many happy hours putting my dollies to bed. Nowadays my Little Dirt Lane Doll Abbi sits there!
My pride and joy! Its so old and keeps going wrong but I just can't get on with an electric machine.
I made this pin board, its full of lovely cards, photos and pictures people have given me.
The view of one side

The view of the other

Friday, January 7, 2011

Get organised........yeah right!!!

Hiya! I have found this week tough, having three weeks off work was brilliant however its been hard getting up early and leaving for work in the dark. I only do three days a week in my other job but since moving I've added another 10 miles and half an hour onto my already long journey, doesn't sound much but for someone who's not a morning person getting up that little bit earlier is torture. So all week I've been on a go-slow, in truth I've really not done much.

I did manage to:
  • Take all the Christmas decorations down :-(

  • Plan my work schedule for the year (2011 is fully packed)

  • Order, receive and put away the Internet grocery shopping! (Okay so getting it delivered is cheating a bit, but it stops me and Lex having a "barney" in the middle of Sainsbury's!!!

So this weekend I MUST get back into gear, my plans for the day are:

  • To get up early (Already failed on that one as I slept through 3 alarms and didn't wake until 11am, terrible I know!)

  • Updated my blog (Almost a tick!)

  • Spring clean my studio (Its a pigsty in here)

  • Do a stock check and order new supplies

  • Write and send out a newsletter

  • Start new bears/mice!!!!

  • Clean the bathroom (Most important really, but we'll see)

I can't say I'm full of enthusiasm so we'll see how far I get with my jobs!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Back to work and struggling!!!!

After such a lovely couple of weeks off (that I so desperately needed) I'm struggling to get back into work mode, there's so much to do and plan for. I'm determined to plan a better work load this year, last year was fab but I didn't have the best work/home balance so I must get organised............but I am getting nowhere fast, its only Tuesday though so I'll aim to be back firing on all cylinders by the weekend!!!

While I was off I did A LOT of baking, here's just some of my many baking session pictures!

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