Lazy? Well its all relative…

I know its been so long since I did a blog post … you probably think I’ve been sitting around at the salon like this lovely lady of leisure. I wish I had been but honestly, although I am literally the world’s laziest blogger, I am really NOT a lazy person (note the pleading tone in my voice). What follows may or may not be a very sad tirade of excuses as to why I have not been keeping my blog up to date. These are mostly aimed at my dear brother who may possibly be the only person who reads it anyway. It also serves as a little update on what I have been up to of late:

1. My “baby” started grade one this year and although my elder son survived the ordeal of starting school two years ago — the “baby” boy’s start into the world of formal education seemed a little bumpier than the first son’s. So that has been time consuming. Coupled with the fact that I seem to either get volunteered/ asked or offer to do – all sorts of things at the school. I won’t complain because I really love the school (and my children too). It does,however, take up more time than you would think! Can you believe I have even been coaching cricket and soccer this year?… Please don’t ever ask me to coach your children or even ask me about the games — I would just embarrass myself! However at Grade 1 level I am able to offer some help here and there!

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My two boys — just love them

2. My “big boy” started Grade 3 this year and that brought with it a whole new array of sports matches and busyness. Can you believe we now have to watch 3 or 4 hours of cricket at a time? I was so proud of my boy for getting onto the team and love watching his games but those really do take up a LOT of time! Ja — I know all you Moms who have boys will be looking knowingly at this and thinking that I still have MANY years ahead of me. I am thinking of starting a hobby like knitting to use up my time wisely.

3.The House of Heart Emporium at Dunrobin has been keeping me so busy this year. It has been doing very well under new management and I honestly have been keeping so busy making stock for the shop. My Dad continues to do an amazing job sourcing most of the antiques and vintage goodies for our space — I just wouldn’t have the time to do it myself. Once we choose the goodies for the week it takes me a day to wash them, price them and get them ready for the shop. Of course this is in between my “professional” coaching duties etc! I try to pop down to the shop every Friday and make sure all is stocked up and ship-shape! Surprisingly by the time I have sorted all that I pretty much have to head up the hill to fetch my children who finish school early on Fridays. Then its sports on Saturday, church on Sunday and back to school on Monday.

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Some custom-made earrings which I made from china plates for a customer.

4. I have been so fortunate to have found a few new outlets for my goodies this year as well. Rosewood in Hilton now stocks some of our jewellery, we supply some of our up-cycled pendants to the antique store at Patchwood Elephant and we have had various orders for other customers. We will also be renting some space soon at the new Dragonfire Beads Shop at 62 Main Rd Howick — so watch this space! This is so encouraging and I really enjoy getting in the extra work but it is also time consuming.

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Wykeham market day before the crowds arrived.

5. Although I have tended to avoid doing markets —  mostly because I need to spend time with my little boys over weekends — April has been a month of market madness! The Karkloof Farmers Market had a month of allowing crafters in so I was there every week for a month. I just love this market because I grew up in Howick and it is such a lovely opportunity to see all the familiar faces. For me its not only a place to sell but a chance to meet up with friends and customers — old and new. I also attended the Wykeham Collegiate market day on the 1 May and that was another wonderfully happy and busy day.

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Some market displays

I am not really sure if I have provided enough excuses for my lack of communication. I do try to stay in touch on the Facebook page with a few quick snaps every week but I know its lovely to keep more up to date with what is going on. Perhaps I will not be as bold as to promise a weekly post but perhaps I will aim for a monthly update. If I forget you can remind me :)

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