Friday, 27 February 2009
The busts are great. A little small but some of the necklaces look amazing on them. I measured my fabric and its 9 foot by 5 foot and the stall is 10 by 4 so it's a little short but its wide enough to accommodate so boxes underneath that will give height. The I have two black acrylic hands that are great for bracelets and three Ikea jewellery trees. All of my display items are black and really show off the jewellery. I'm going to take some pictures throughout the day tomorrow and post them here on Sunday. I am a little anxious about it all, I want it to go well because I'm hoping that this could be a regular thing for me. Tomorrow the goal is to give out business cards and cover the stall and petrol costs. Obviously I'd love to make a decent profit but and it's still early in the season and the weather is still cold I'm not expecting miracles. Still fingers crossed.
Ooh, and Jimmy would you like to pick up a couple of packs of mince and some bread cakes for Saturday night burgers. (and maybe bacon and plastic cheese too?) xxx
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Tonight I'll be getting ready for the craft market on Saturday. Pricing items, pinning them to the boards packing up my display equipment. I'll try and get all that done tonight so that tomorrow I can step back, look at my stock and make some more to fill any gaps I see. I know I'm always going on about how excited I am well I'm uber excited about this! I need to have everything done tomorrow night as we have to be there for eight thirty on Saturday morning so it all has to be ready to go in the car. I'm also going to make a packed lunch and some bottled water as I don't want to be spending all my takings on refreshments.
He's going to bring them down later and I can chose which necklaces to display on them. Ooooh even more exciting!
Bye for now
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
And then... a manager in another department, one I worked in when I first joined the company, offered me a position in her department. It was crazy, I've never had a week like it which tells you how generally great my life is. Sure there are highs and less highs but no real lows, I'm a lucky girl.
And then there's Jeremy. Ahh Jeremy was a lovely little green finch who decided to fly at full throttle straight into my office window on the first floor. Seeing him fall I ran downstairs to see him lying on the floor twitching and blinking. I saw no blood or obvious injuries so I very gently picked him up and he straightened himself up and hopped onto my index finger. He didn't move, I think he was stunned poor little thing. I have to say it felt lovely to have this gorgeous little creature in my hand. I sat with him for a while and he seemed to perk up a little bit so I took him over to a little bush and popped him down under it. At first he wouldn't let go of me but I soon convinced him that he would be fine. I went back inside and cut the bottom of a plastic water cooler cup and filled it with a little water and placed it next to him, I gave him a little tickle and went home. I felt so guilty leaving him and all night I was worried. The next day I ran straight over to his bush and he was gone. I heard later that a colleague had gone to capture him and take him home and he had seen her and flew away. See me and Jeremy, we're buddies.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
In other news my dad gave us a car the other day! How great is that. It's a little runaround he uses to go to the allotment. We are picking it up on Saturday, I'm so excited! James' 2 hour bus rides to work will be cut to a 45 minute drive (in light traffic) and I'll see him more and we wont have to rely on people for lifts. I feel so happy today, funny how things can turnaround so fast.
Muchos apologies for not being around much lately, my head has been all over the place but rest assured everything will be back to normal soon.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
So anyway back to the really important stuff. I've been creating! Yay! And it's about bloody time I can tell you. I've been really slack lately and not made anything. I sent a general text to all my girlfriends on Thursday apologising for whoring myself out but asking if they new anyone who would like to have a jewellery party. It worked, my sister has got me a stall at a local pub, they are having an, ahem, Ann Summers party and she said I could pop along so I will.
Here we have some lovely Amethyst and Citrine pieces, all made with sterling Silver fittings. I have just listed them on Etsy, I'm really going to try and push that over the next few weeks.
Friday, 13 February 2009
I feel settled here. I know what I am doing and I do it right. I don't want to start again somewhere new, I love knowing what I'm doing. But, I have no choice so I'm going to take it as an opportunity for self improvement. Even though I don't feel particularly positive today I'm going to go to my friends house tonight, drink some wine and turn this into an exciting adventure. Worrying will achieve nothing I'm just going to look as hard as I can for a new job and really try with my jewellery too. I'm not going to whinge too much, people are losing their homes, families and lives at the other side of the world. My problems are tiny by comparison and I am thankful for everything I have.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Saturday, 7 February 2009
The streets are still covered with snow and there is more forecast for tomorrow. We have been lucky enough to see some sunshine yesterday and today but the snow is sticking around. Don't let the golden sun fool you it's still freezing
The day after my birthday I was very lucky to receive something really special through the post all the way from down under
I needed a case for my new camera and Camera Girl over at Light Renditions very kindly sent me one in the gorgeous fabric. She also sent me a mini version which as luck would have it fits the new I pod mini I got for my birth day perfectly.
There was also a new little friend in the package but I'll show her later.
I've been amazed by the interest in my new weight loss blog since i started it. Above all I've tried to be open and honest and that seems to work. I have a wonderful life but it still gets hard sometimes and I can be my own worst enemy. I was looking through other weight loss blogs and found some people who are really lost, trapped by their own expectations of themselves and eating disorders. People who I just want to throw my arms round and heal. If only I could.
It's bedtime soon. I want to have a great nights sleep and wake up refreshed tomorrow. It is after all another day
Friday, 6 February 2009
Thursday, 5 February 2009
I'll also post any great tips or recipes that i discover. I'm really good at making chuck it in and hope for the best soups that are both healthy and yummy so I'll post whatever I discover.
I'm lucky that my lil' brother is a fully qualified fitness instructor and nutritional genius so I have him on hand if I need advice. I might even start an "Andy's health tips" section in fact I might set him up a blog and force him to write on it! Wow, that would be great and you'd all stop by would you?!
Off to start a blog
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
The back of our house is actually the front. The kitchen overlooks a small road and the living room overlooks the garden and some allotments over the garden wall. The garden is split in two by a path that runs down the whole terrace. This year (probably may) we are hoping to patio the garden, it's very small and barely usable as it is so my plan is to pave this side of it and put some nice planters out and a table and chairs so we can have barbies in the summer. Plus then we wont be letter out immaculate gardened neighbours down anymore! The other side of the path is very small and we have a laurel bush and three largeish conifers. I'm going to build a raised bed and plant veggies. I'm also going to invest in a small water butt and compost bin. We are also hoping to rewire the whole house so I don't know how we'll manage but hey, we'll find a way. Me and my big ideas!
On a completely different note I've had to cut my blog list down somewhat as it's got over 40 blogs on it so I'm showing the 25 most recently published blogs. I do however still visit the others and you can see them all by clicking "show all"... obviously LOL.
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
1. What is the most amazing thing you have ever done in your life?
Gosh this is a difficult one. It depends on what you mean by amazing. The best thing I have ever done is marry James, our wedding day was the best day of my life and knowing I'm going to spend the rest of it with him is amazing.
When it comes to jaw dropping awe inspiring amazing I would have to say that the travelling I have done has been just that. I have seen some amazing places and had great times all over the UK and Europe. James and I have been fortunate enough to have been on two cruises and we have seen the most amazing places such as The Vatican City, Rome (obviously! We visited the Colosseum)Pompeii, Florence, Portofino, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Venice, Kefalonia, Corfu and France. As a youngster I spent time in Braunschweig, Germany and whilst there I visited Hamburg, Hanover, the Hartz mountains and Berlin. In Berlin we went to the Checkpoint Charlie museum and touched the wall. I've also visited London and Edinburgh (Despite what many foreigners believe all English people do not live in London and it is not the only city in the UK) and traveled extensively through England and Wales. Now I would love to go further afield, Canada, United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. I would also love to visit the Scandinavian countries and see the Fjords.
I also have had amazing times with amazing friends. I am very fortunate in that I have a really great group of friends who I love dearly.
2. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?
At this moment in time I would say Australia because I'm sat in a cold office looking out at snow. I'd really love to live in Canada but I think James would prefer America, California in particular which I have to admit does sound appealing but I'd prefer to live in the southern states of the US and play my country music all day wearing boots and a stetson!
There are so many places around the world that I would love to visit. I might just pack up and pitch my tent in Karisma's yard!
3. You sing like an Angel and are a very talented jewellery maker! Do you prefer one over the other?
What a lovely question, thank you very much. Most of my childhood was spent dancing and singing in my bedroom and dreaming about becoming an actress and singer so that's a passion that's been with me for a very long time. I guess I go through stages, when I was at Uni it was all I could think of (I did a Theatre Degree) or if I go to a gig I get all inspired and I go away with big ideas. Sadly I am probably one of the least motivated people you will ever know and I rarely follow an idea through so when after a few months of jewellery making I realised that I hadn't jacked it in like every other fad I'd had I realised that this was something special. My ultimate dream would be to move somewhere picturesque where there's a good but compact music scene and do small gigs now and again by night and make and sell my Jewellery by day. If I was forced to give one up forever I would chose the Jewellery because successful or not I could never totally give up the music4. We all have embarrassing moments! What was yours and did you ever live it down?
Wow, erm well thankfully I haven't had that many. When I was about 10 I had to play home on the range on the guitar in a school play and the dress rehearsal was in front of the whole school. During my performance I heard sporadic giggling from the several hundred strong audience. Afterwards a teacher came over to me and suggested that I wear thick black tights next time as the whole school could see my nickers! I was horrified LOL5. Do you plan to have children? If so how many would you like? (Be careful what you wish for! HEHE!)
No, neither myself or James want children. I realise we may change our minds and I'm open to that but I doubt it will happen. That being said I do love kids, James and I have 7 Nieces, 7 Nephews and last week we welcomed our great Nephew into this world.
Thanks Karisma, that was quite a challenging interview.
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Monday, 2 February 2009
James unfortunately could not get to work this morning as neither of his buses were running and as we don't own a car and 50K is a long way to walk in the snow he was stuck. So he is at home irritated at having to use a days holiday. He'll be fine though, his Xbox will cheer him up I'm sure :)
Earlier on I was looking at the sun (yes directly) and it was so strange. It was really bright but you could see the snow moving across it like thick fog. It was quite beautiful but it's gone. The sky is solid grey and the snow is falling thick and fast.
Ohh we had a moment of bright sunshine but another big cloud is approaching although it is a little less solid and I can't see any snow.
My baby brother has just emailed me these pictures taken at his house. Last week when we met this little fella we were sure that spring was on it's way
However today the crocus sprouts are hidden below.
Oh and it's snowing again!