Busy, busy, busy….

This post is kind of dedicated to my husband, although I doubt if he will ever end up reading it.  I am currently off work with stress and depression.  Long story and I won’t bore you with the details.  However, I would like to ask a question – how on EARTH does any one EVER find the time to do a full time job?!?!?!

I used to leave the house with kids in tow no later than 7.30 every week day morning, drop them at the childminders, and go off to school.  I would put in a full day there, pick the kids up around 5, come home and cook dinner, do the packed lunches, go to the gym, do the washing, bath and put the kids to bed and then at around 9 settle down for 2 hours of planning and marking.  No wonder I kinda went off the rails a bit.  Anyway, now I am ‘sitting around on my arse all day doing nothing’ my lovely husband keeps finding me things to ‘keep me busy’!  So thoughtful of him.  He works away and only comes home for about 10 days at a time.  We were lucky enough for him to be home over Christmas and New Year.  But as always when he left he also left a trail of destruction through the house like a tornado!  The day before he left he decided to wax all my wooden worktops in the kitchen.  This was how my kitchen looked the morning he left for work  and this is how it is meant to look  Not content with making the kitchen impossible to work in he also decided that I needed to do some tidying up after him in the bedroom too 

My days are still filled with the normal house and kids stuff, but now that I am off work I have just a small amount of time for myself.  I took up knitting again because I found it relaxing and I hadn’t had much of that recently.  I also started learning new skills, making things with felt and on the sewing machine.  I love it.  But since opening my shop, All Needles Great and Small on Etsy, all this crafting is kinda turning into a day job.  So when I am in the middle of networking on the Craftbritannia forum, or Twitter I see this as a serious use of my time.  Buying supplies is time consuming too but well worth it because I want to make sure I am spending what little money I have on good things.

One item I have bought recently is felt.  I have enjoyed making a couple of little bits with it before and decided to try my hand at bigger things.  I bought some gorgeous felt squares from Lupin, http://www.etsy.com/shop/lupin and have made some gorgeous items with it already.  These are two of my favourites  This red cushion is in my shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/90028867/red-and-white-valentines-ring-cushion and has been included in an amazing 3 treasuries 🙂

Also this week I was able to list a pink version   in my shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/90364450/pink-and-white-valentines-heart-shaped 

Both of these deserve a big thank you to Lupin for the quality of her gorgeous felt 🙂

I have been busy making a fairy for our Craftbritannia Sales Fairy swap.  Sorry, no pictures yet as she is not allowed to be revealed until after the big event.  I made my first ever cushion cover on the sewing machine, nothing amazing I know but a big event for me.

However, I would have to say that the highlight of my week was receiving a special order card from Storey shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/Storeyshop for my husband for our anniversary/valentines.  A few years back there was an advert on the TV for some frozen chips and two girls were eating them and comparing two things and saying which they liked best.  As one girl asked the other “Daddy or chips” the Dad pinched a chip off her plate and so she replied “chips”.  Now you may or may not remember the advert but it is a bit of a longstanding joke in our house that my husband’s passion for golf comes first on the list way above the kids or me.  So I asked Helen to make me a card with the line I often ask him “Wifey or Golf” on the front.  And here it is  Thank you so much Helen, I will let you know his reaction when it finally arrives with him in the Middle East 🙂

So as I contemplate a return to the day job I would like to ask – how do you organise your time?


5 thoughts on “Busy, busy, busy….

  1. averilpam says:

    My goodness, I’m exhausted just reading your post! I’m not very organised but as I’m retired and live alone (except for my cat Monty) it’s not a huge problem. However as I have a tiny house I have to be fairly tidy which I find quite difficult.
    I love the card, and remember the ad 🙂

  2. Joy says:

    Hehe I know what you mean Emma. Time is a rare commodity. I only work 5 hrs a day but it is a juggling act and the answer is I dont organise it. It happens when i have time and if I set too many goals it all bocomes too stressful. I prioritise and do the bare minimum at times and then have bursts of energy and do absolutely loads. My way is probably the worst and prob best not copied but thought you would like to know that not everyone is organised and it still works (mostly). Love the cushions hunny, they are lovely.

  3. Craft Britannia says:

    I loved this post Emma. I have a similar schedule to Joy except I am a commuter. My bf helps with housework and some of the techie stuff and I craft whenever I can. If I do a little something each day I sleep better but will often do the Wonder Woman marathon crafting session at times too.

    Now I have my iPhone things are easier and if I have something I need to finish I will work on it over lunch too. This often helps me zone out and relax more so perhaps when you do get back to school you can knit at lunch. 🙂

    During the week we do a level of housework that creates comfort, so we can sit and relax without any mess bugging us. Then when we have more time in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday we get the other jobs done then.

    We don’t have a TV and this creates a lot more time. We watch some of our favourites series on iPlayer and films on LoveFilm. The difference being that if nothing good is available my laptop will be better used for Etsy things. 🙂

    • allneedlesgreat says:

      Unfortunately no time to knit at lunch when I go back to school. We have to teach til 12.20, then we can get them packed away, toileted and coats on, collect packed lunches etc. We then have to walk them out of the school to the dinner nannies and can finally go to the staffroom. Its usually gone 12.30 by this time and we have to be back on the playground to collect the children by 12.55. With all the teachers and TAs in the kitchen at the same time even getting a cuppa and a sandwich is a miracle. And then we also have to get the classroom ready for the afternoon session. Definitely the most stressful time of the whole day 😦

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