Well this is it… the first ever sentence, in my first ever blog, for my first ever website, to promote my first ever business!
I’m hoping in time these will become more natural to me. When I was younger I was regularly found face down in a Roald Dahl book, but as the years go on, I’ve found it harder and harder to read. Nowadays my brain is so scatty it’s all I can do to read my order list to my wool reps!
I’m hoping that this new blog will reach lots of you of who I’ve yet to have the pleasure of meeting, so I would like to take the time to introduce myself properly.
Hello, I’m Sarah! I am married to Dave and we have one son (currently aged four) called Sidney. We also have a very old, stinky, hairy little puggy called Ollie. I have written an entire essay over on About Us, so I shan’t tell you anything obvious right now, maybe just throw in some random facts, and in time you’ll learn more and more!
So off the top of my head… I have a very strange phobia of hills and moths make my skin crawl. I used to think white chocolate was the best chocolate in all the land, and don’t get me wrong a white chocolate Tobelerone is genuine heaven, but in my ageing years I’m increasingly partial to milk chocolate, especially any flavoured with mint or peanut butter. I’m a hugger. Pink is my favourite colour. When I was little I won a Little Miss Pines competition whilst holidaying on the Isle of Wight, I can’t remember why though! My geography skills are awful, despite my love of travel. I never stop talking. I love lists (can you tell). I feel really happy when I find time to clean and/or organise my home (preferably both!). I am partial to a Prosecco or two. When my husband is in my bad books he sends me photos of cute animals, and he instantly gets out of trouble…
People who are kind and make me laugh are my favourite kind of people. My dad fed me a whole chilli pepper as a child after telling me it was an Indian green bean, my mouth still burns at the thought of it! I love being cosy inside when it’s raining outside. Flip flops are the best footwear ever invented. I love my son’s crazy imagination. I used to be a big music geek, and although wool has taken over now, the Rolling Stones and Kings of Leon are probs my faves! And one final one… I’d REALLY like to drive a monster truck…. If I could get my chocolate-filled, roly poly bum into one!
So there you have it, some totally random nonsense for you to digest.
At this point in a blog, my minds usually drifting off to what job I’m doing next, so thank you a million if you are still sticking with me.
Let’s take a look back at May 2019…
We took two weeks off this month which is very rare. I worked solidly up to it so was truly exhausted and grateful for the time off and with my boys. Getting the shop ready to leave is like taking your child to their grandparents; you need to be sure everything is done. It’s hard leaving my shop as it’s such a huge part of me. I have made so many friends, I miss everyone and the wool so much, plus without wanting to sound big-headed, lots of my regulars come to chat to me so when I have time off I know my profits will suffer, but I’m back, charged and full of creative beans, so it’s all worth it.
We had one of the weeks away in Spain, and it was so tough deciding what project to take with me, I left it to the last minute. In the end I chose a Scheepjes whirl in colour way ‘sea breeze tease’, and a new crochet shawl pattern I found online called ‘my voyage shawl’ written by a designer I follow on Instagram called Barberton Daisy.
I love supporting independent businesses and I think it is important support bricks and mortar yarn shops, Having said that I do love buying patterns from the clever folk that fill my Instagram feed as they too are trying to make their mark in this creative little world we love so much.
So that’s what I chose for holiday and, for the first time in a very long time, I not only started, but finished a project during my time off! That’s what happens when you only take one project and aren’t surrounded by all the yarn…
It was really lovely having some time out of real life; drinking beer in the sunshine next to the pool is always a highlight for me, but spending quality time with my family, and some friends who we went with, made it even better. We only had a seven day holiday, so with travel it seems to fly by in a second. We went on a cable car in Benalmadena which was stunning (once at the top that is, the steep incline was a little heart racer) and we visited a wool shop (obviously!) in Fuengirola. The owner was so lovely and very talented, she could knit and and crochet to a very skilled level, and her stock was a Norwegian brand that I’d never had the pleasure of sniffing before!
The rest of the time we just, ate, drank and lazed by the pool, it was lovely.
And that was our holiday in Spain over, in the blink of an eye. We had a rubbish homeward journey; a delayed flight and a travel sick child is no fun. But like so many of us, as much as I love going away, I love coming back home, too. It was lovely to get into our own bed and see our little Puggy, who was a little chubby after his stay at the in-laws.
A week at home with no work to look forward to was a real novelty as, starting Number Four, I’ve only had time off if we had something to do. It was great being home mid-week with no real plans and, despite all getting ill (typical, right?!) it was amazing getting some time in my own craft room.
As mentioned above I love cleaning and organising my home, and that is my favourite room. Because my job and my hobby collide with one another, it easily becomes a dumping ground for my work, so it was really inspiring getting in there and reminding myself of all my crafty, wooly little treasures.
For many, that ‘back to work’ feeling is the worst, but it’s the total opposite for me. I was so excited to see everyone and get my hands on all my new WYS colour lab and Bo Peep yarn that had only arrived the day before I left for holiday!
It’s been a full-on week. Most days I’ve been in the shop till 9pm getting it all tidy and fresh for its big photo shoot that happened, this weekend. It was lovely seeing the shop more tidy and organised than it has been since opening day. I’m really excited to launch this website and, as a total technophobe, it feels like such a huge hurdle for me; the start of a fresh chapter for both me and my little shop.
It was a great excuse to do all the jobs I’d needed to do for so long that never get done, so Dave made and put up new shelves, I did some painting, and I just had to make new bunting for the window, didn’t I!? I used the WYS bo peep yarn mentioned above, and what an absolute joy it is to work with; DELICIOUS in fact.
So the shop is looking really great, even if I do say so myself.
I will have such fun messing about with my new window shelving, setting displays and making lots of pretty stuff.
Other shop news this week, had me in tears. My very first ever rep Peter came and said his goodbyes to me. He’s nearly 80 so I can understand why he’s decided to retire, but I was very teary nevertheless. He is the loveliest man, but has invited me and my boys to lunch one Sunday so luckily it’s only goodbye on a work front, not in real life. He has been with me since before I even got the keys to the shop, and he’s always so complimentary about not only my shop but also me; considering he has over 40 years in the wool industry, I take it as a huge compliment.
Peter, it has been an absolute pleasure, and you will be sorely missed. Your visits always made my day.
Wooly skills I learnt this month…
Projects completed this month…
So there you have it. My month of May. Phewf!
And Still to come…
I Look forward to sharing my second blog with you at the end June.
Thanks a million for reading.