Wednesday, 28 September 2011

HMRC & other stuff

Today I have pulled my finger out to get myself registered for Self Assessment tax return online. This was painless and incredibly easy, and much better than filing paper work etc.

And I chose such a sunny day too! It's very warm in my garden office, which looks rather more like a sauna with half of the inside now lined with pine tongue and groove panels! It looks so nice though! I may add a picture when it's finished inside.

I have chosen to do out the necessary bits and bobs just now, behind the scenes stuff, like filing, tax stuff, back ups etc. It's not very exciting, although I found myself rather enjoying filing things in my new lever arch file (which is pink!)...

I am starting to think of my new designs for card making, I am debating a couple of themes with regards to characters -- it's hard to imagine now that anyone would like what I create, but I think I'll still pursue this idea nonetheless. I'm also looking to a few more projects with new clients next week! I am also going to ask permissions from existing clients with regards to add the work I've done for them to my portfolio on my website.

For now, blessings, peace & harmony to all of natures children.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

It's one of 'those' days...

Working from home as a mother is certainly a challenge, and a great one at that... however, it has it's downside - and that, just now for me, is when one is poorly. And when I say poorly, I mean the hacking cough that doesn't allow sleep, or to be able to breath without inducing some sort of coughing fit! Because, unlike some, us mothers must continue, regardless... I cough away, I feel hot and cold, head thumping and rather exhausted, but must still be a mum to my darling girl, still need to get her uniform ready, make her lunch, fix her breakfast, do the school run, attempt to tidy (failing this week at that!), get food shopping, cook dinner for everyone, etc etc..... As a mother, we don't tend to have anyone to look after us, and we can barely do that when feeling poorly, as we're too busy looking after everybody else. In my case, it's just my daughter and her father, but for many others, also mums in business, have bigger families, and are amazing women!

That part is full time and unconditional. We can't take a day off, and I don't mean to complain, as I'm not complaining at all. I would just like to get better! And every now and then, I would love to be looked after too, without having to ask for help, or say what I need.

I did get to make some birthday cards at the weekend, which are lovely, I think. Loving this colour just now! One card was made from my mum (the one with the bow) and the other one for Steve's brother.

And the bedroom was being decorated, and is now finished, though we're still roughing it in the spare room with all everything piled up! That's Steve hanging up the second length of paper and the first image shows the lovely laminate floor - it looks like floorboards, so so pleased with it!

We have our visits from the hedgehogs every evening and I wanted to share this picture, as the other night, I think it was Monday evening, there were two hogs feeding from the cats bowls! The cats usually don't pay much attention to them, but we usually only see one at a time. The following night a hedgehog smaller than both pictured, was feeding, and the night before this picture, we saw two (not together) one of which was decidedly larger, and the little one, possibly the small one from last night...

Well, I need to go make myself a honey drink and I've run out of squeezy lemon, so will try to remember to buy some when picking up my little squirt of a daughter, I can't wait to see her, she's exhausting, but a wonderful child and so amazing (of course, I'm completely biased!).

Peace & Harmony.

Friday, 16 September 2011

A good day

this day was off to a rough start, but one honey and lemon drink (homemade of course) and a slice of bread and marmite and I felt able to get through the day.
Squirt was tearful and wouldn't go in, in fact there were a few children in tears this morning. I think it's taking it's toll, being back after the holidays, and they are a little tired. The mums are too!

I had work to do, an advert to do and an story to write, and was meeting a lovely lady to talk about work, and we also caught up with talking and had a nice walk in the gallery. That's 2 days in a row going to the gallery after school! Before that we did catch up and have a spot of lunch, which was lovely.

and now I rest my weary head, I have the dreaded back to school sniffles, all my bones ache :( I'm bunged up :( and have a sore throat :( :(

I hope I have time to relax and do some crafty stuff this weekend!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

New day, new blog

So after spending yesterday afternoon eating cupcakes, drinking coffee and chatting to the lovely Caroline, sharing Photoshop tips and discussing the differences between graphic design and fabric design...we looked at blogs.... Having only just started my website, that needs work!! and adding a little blog, I felt i was very restricted on how it looked, as it was via a widget with my web host account. Seeing all the lovely blogs I just knew I had to change it....and will link after the school run....talking of which, it's time to feed squirt and get her dressed and to school. At least my hair still looks fabulous after the haircut by the talented Lucy!