What a beautiful day it has been, it may have started frosty but the sun has been shining for most of the day and it has been warm. Apparently the temperature is likely to be around 18 - 19 degrees during the coming week. Oh, so very welcome and fingers and toes crossed we have mild weather and continue into a gorgeous spring and an even better summer.
A big welcome and thank you to my new blog and Twitter followers - lovely to 'see' you. thank you also to Jill & Georgie of POSH for your Friday Guest Blogger post - your jewellery is lovely and I really enjoyed your post.
The Friday Guest Blogger spot is progressing well. I am hoping to have a fellow Handmade Monday-er on 2 March, the following Friday will be a fellow blogger. Names will be revealed on the day . Don't forget that apart from taking time out to write about something you feel strongly about (craft-related of course), this is a good opportunity to promote your business.
It's been a lovely week. I had lunch with a couple of friends on Monday at pub by a lake - it looked very good in winter-time, I can only imagine how beautiful it looks in the summer when all the plants are in flower. I worked very, very hard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on my website and new ranges - under pressure really as my first event of the year is in two weeks time. I continued the de-cluttering exercise, but slightly added to the contents of the garage when I collected two spinning display stands I had bought on Ebay. On Thursday evening I went out for a meal with another group of friends - we first met around 30 years ago when we were all on an accountancy day-release course at a local college. We completed the three years of the course and all went on to do accountancy-related work; I eventually moved from 'doing' accounts (although I still do my own accounts) to teaching it. On Friday I spent the day with my sister and we indulged in a little light shopping.
I spent most of today gardening and when walking around to see how much is either still in flower or about to flower was so pleased to see lots of shrubs had survived the recent frosts - some were well protected and are fighting back to life already. The Prunus is covered in buds, some beginning to open - very early. Polyanthus, crocus and snow drops are in full bloom, and daffodils are just about ready to burst their buds. I love Helleborus Niger and have several in the garden; they flower throughout the winter and less frequently at other times during the year. They are so beautiful and this is a picture of one in flower at the moment in our garden - the colour is so gorgeous (the only downside of these beautiful flowers are that they hang face down):
In addition to spending this week working and socialising, I indulged in some television viewing too. I like antique programmes, not the every single day ones, but I have been watching the Antiques Road Trip because they do stop off at some beautiful houses. Each week a different duo of experts set off on a buying trip and last week they were touring around the South of England. On Wednesday I was interested to see one of the experts visited Farnham and even more interesting they visited Bourne Mill. Imagine my surprise when, having located items to purchase, the expert went to the reception desk and in the background my wall was clearly shown - several times. I can quite honestly say my cards have been on the television - now, I wonder if I could add to my website blurb 'as seen on the Antiques Road Trip'?
My make for Handmade Monday (yep, it's that time again and as always I am looking forward to reading some great blogs) isn't a new card,but one I made last year. It didn't sell, so I put it back into stock for my first event of this year. The main section of the embellishment is woven paper, consisting of two sheets that I cut into wavy lengths. When I had finished that section I framed the 'picture' and added different colour squares to two corners. I was quite pleased with the effect and used it on other cards since this one.
My usual Wednesday mid-week blog post is changing for this week as I am taking part in a Multi-coloured Blog Swap Carnival. I am hosting a post that is completely unrelated to crafting and the host of my spot is also non-crafty. My guest blogger's post is lovely and I am sure you will enjoy it.
That's me for this week, apart from the blog posting posting. Have a good week everyone - enjoy the sun and warmth. I am working hard this week to make up for my 'time out' last week, but having an away day with a friend on Thursday - some gym, swim, chat and lunch time.