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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Exciting times!

Well, what a week it's been. Time for Handmade Monday already and I've got lots to tell you!

1. Facebook wonderment!

The power of facebook never ceases to amaze me! Had the most exciting invitation this week but let's give you the background first.

I often post on local facebook advertising groups to advertise my business but also look at other people's adverts to. With moving recently I'd already thought about where I was going to get my hair cut. Happened to see an advert from a hair and nail salon and as I knew where it was and they had an offer on I thought I'd give them a go. So glad I did as the salon itself is beautiful and the people who work there are fab. They really do make you feel comfortable and for the first time in a long time, actually listened to what I wanted and gave good suggestions on what to do with my hair!

I happened to mention to the owner Karen that I make headbands and thought nothing more of it. I've decided that after biting my nails for well...ever I'm going to grow them so I enquired yesterday on the salon's facebook page about a manicure. Karen responded almost instantly and then...

Asked if I wanted to display some of my headbands in the salon!

How amazing is that? So I've sent her a link to the accessories album and said if there's anything she thinks will worth well / things that won't to let me know and when I pop in for my manicure in a few weeks I'll take a selection with me!

2. Headbands, headbands everywhere

With my biggest fair of the year now fast approaching I may have gone a bit mad on the headband front. My logic was that if it goes really well then I've got plenty of stock and if it doesn't go so well I have lots of stock ready for other fairs. As the school colours are green, I decided to make these lovely headbands. Handwrapped green ribbon headbands with checked bows and interchangeable felt flowers. I know green isn't everyone's cup of tea but I love the vibrancy of the green ribbon!

I also forgot that I'd bought these 5 colourful elastic headbands before we moved so decorated those nicely too.

Going to be making another one of my display stands for the headbands using a kitchen roll and some fabric but also ordered this fab velvet display stand from The Crafty Box who I've also bought lots of lovely ribbon and buttons from over the last few weeks. Thought it'd be something different and would be a brilliant way of showing that the different headbands have different prices :)

3. Terms of service

The lovely Sarah at Dragonfly Jersey very kindly helped me out with my new terms of service by letting me use hers as a guide.
If you want to take a look at them they're on my website here
Talking of Dragonfly Jersey, unfortunately Sarah has to change her business name so you'll see me promoting her new business once it gets the seal of approval in the next few weeks hopefully!

4. Website

I haven't got much further with my website this week because it's been a bit manic. But if you want to have a nosey you can here

5. Exercise

In 2010 I was at my heaviest and through slimming world I lost 2 stone in 6 months...but felt miserable. Yes I'd lost weight but I was constantly feeling guilty about going a syn or two over my allowance and as I'm a social creature it was so difficult to stay on plan when you're out with friends having a good time. My crunch point came when I just fancied a bourbon biscuit and found myself frantically trying to work out how many syns it was. I decided I couldn't cope with living like that and gave it up. 
Fast forward to 2012 and I'm back where I was at the beginning of 2010 and then some. We're going on our first proper holiday at the end of July and I don't want to look like a humpback whale so both me and King Neil have decided to make an effort to lose weight. I'll admit I've been rubbish this week but through sheer determination King Neil's lost half a stone in 2 weeks!
So on Saturday I did 45 minutes in the morning on Zumba Rush which I love and made me feel great for the rest of the day. I bought King Neil Star Wars for the Kinect as a bit of a treat and he finally got round to playing it on Saturday night. Turns out they have a dance off section. So at 11pm there I was dancing along to their version of Britney Spear's Stronger and loved it!
Hoping if I can cut back on the snacks and naughty stuffs and start exercising then by the end of July I'll look more like a dolphin!

6. Gardening

As you might know already, the new castle has a fabulous garden but it quickly became apparent that it needed some work. We planned to go to the new "The Range" but there was a massive queue just to get on the car park so we went to a local garden centre instead. I'll admit I didn't do most of the hard labour but had a lovely afternoon with King Neil's mum telling me all about the kinds of things we need. So here's a photo of the sweet peas and 3 kinds of tomatoes that we shall be planting in the next few weeks along with some runner beans, peas, radishes and nasturtiums :)

7. Finally...babysitting!

As you may already know, I love my godchildren to pieces so when they needed a babysitter on Thursday I jumped at the chance and took a holiday from the day job.
Arriving at 7:15am I found the girls both still in bed, so waved off parents and settled down with a cup of tea and the news. Wasn't until 8:15am when I heard movement upstairs and was lovely that the girls were both pleased to see me.
With the weather changing every 20 minutes I decided we'd stay in but took some card, finger paints,  to keep them entertained. 
As you can see, the finger painting went down very well even if it did turn into hand painting!

We had cuddles, dancing and even indoor catch. Had a lovely day but was rather tired and slept like a baby on Thursday night!

Feels like I've blabbed on for a bit now so on that note I shall bid you farewell and hope you all have a brilliant week :)



  1. The headbands look gorgeous. Green's not really my colour, but I remember my girls having a green uniform and I did buy them green headbands and stuff, so hopefully yours will go down really well at the school x

  2. Sounds like you have been very busy. Good luck with the headbands in the hairdressing salon!

  3. Wasn't until I wrote it all down that I realised how busy I'd been!

    Fingers crossed for the green, although I love green and have a few green tops and things :)

  4. What a great chance to widen your business. Hope all goes well for you. I love green by the way!

  5. Congratulations on getting the headbands into the Salon. I think local business exposure like that is so helpful. X

  6. Aw, cute kids! So nice of you to have a day off to babysit

  7. I like vibrant green rather than darker forest green Highland Monkey :)

    I hope so butterflyblossom, just really chuffed that they like them and want to display them for me :)

    They're adorable Helen, would much rather spend the day with them than go to work at the minute :)

  8. How lovely you sound to have given a day to your godchildren.
    And it looks like you gave them a lovely day!

  9. What a brilliant opportunity... let's hope it get a great response. It is always so difficult to judge how much stock you need, I plan and then panic that there will not be enough... but it seems that only the cupcakes ever sell out!

  10. Wow you've been so busy! I love the green headbands, vibrant and pretty. And well done on your display opportunity! I need to start knocking on doors to try and get my things displayed in galleries, cafes absolutely petrified of doing it though!

  11. Aww well done you one the salon front. That must have made your day!!

    Really well done.

  12. Won't be long before the little ones will be helping!
    Keep up the good work
    Anji x

  13. WOW those green headbands are STUNNING! I love how bright they are. I've just had a nosey on your website and think I make just have to treat myself to our of your gorgeous hair accessories! Congratulations on your break with the salon :D xx

  14. Thanks for all the lovely comments :)

    It did make my day especially as they approached me can't wait to leave them with a nice bright range and keep my fingers crossed!

    I love spending time with the godchildren they're already so crafty.

    Not surprised the cupcakes sell out!

    I'm the same Mrs Pink, bit too nervous to approach people as I don't cope well with rejection!

    Thanks Nicola, if you did want to order just let me know, got lots of red, white, blue, pink and cream ribbon waiting to come on some 25mm wide headbands :)

  15. Wow it sounds like you have been having a busy time, the headbands look great I'm sure they will do well in the school colours.
    Good luck with the salon, facebook can be a great business tool as well as a place to socialise.

    Jan x

  16. You have been busy! The headbands are lovely and hope you get some good sales! Keep going with the fitness - just change little things and they all add up - don't get guilty - its all about finding a way to incorporate it all into your life so that it doesn't seem like a chore all the time. Mich x