Sunday, 15 January 2012

Time for an explanation.....

You could all be forgiven for thinking that my New Years Resolution was....'to stop blogging altogether'....far from it.

A little while before Christmas I was presented with a teaching opportunity which I couldn't resist. Some of you may or may not know I am/was a primary school teacher. And those of you that are/were teachers will either know exactly what I'm talking about or will think I'm utterly bonkers.

Suffice it to say it's mornings only, until July, so I thought I would give it a go and see if I could maintain a burgeoning little sewing business and a teaching career at the same time. The lack of posts will tell you that the answer to that question may be a resounding NO! However I have had a lot of setting up to do and I'm hoping that sewing time which at the moment is at a premium will happily fit into a weekly routine at some stage.  I do miss it so!

Happily though, on Saturday morning I was able to sit down and sew. I'm currently working on a slipcover for an armchair and a few more kindle covers - can the world ever have enough?

I was thrilled with the way the covers sold at Christmas and some of the feedback was just lovely. It's what we need occasionally isn't it.... bit of a boost to make us think we're on the right track.

So forgive me if my posts may be a little spasmodic for a while and I know I've got a lot of catching up to do with your lovely blogs. It's fantastic that I have a couple of new followers too, welcome! Of course that takes me up to the big 100 so I shall be organising a little giveaway some time soon.

As it's Handmade Monday time those wonderful Handmaidens of the Monday variety will have been strutting their stuff again so I shall be keeping a keen eye on Wendy's blog for more gorgeous makes and useful hints and tips this week. Her business continues to go from strength to strength.

So all that remains to be said is a very belated very 'Happy New Year' to you.  Let's hope it's a good one for us all.





27 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Caroline. Well done with the teaching work and you are right (having given up teaching at the end of last August) I know how time-consuming it is. Well done with the slip covers, hope you sell lots more. Have a good week.

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  2. I wish I could write as well as you do with your freehand embroidery... it looks so neat and legible!

    Good luck with the job... I too, start a new job tomorrow :)

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  3. Hello Caroline:
    Congratulations on taking up your teaching post but we know from our own experiences jut what energy and time this work consumes. However, it is incredibly rewarding work and we are sure that you will get into a routine in due course and things will slot into place.

    We are delighted to hear that you have had excellent sales over the Christmas period. You are right, it is so good to know that one's work is appreciated. It does wonders for the self-esteem and you fully deserve the accolades. Wishing you joy and prosperity in 2012!!

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  4. Happy new year Caroline x
    Good luck with your new job, I'm sure you will sort out a routine soon x

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  5. Happy New Year Caroline and congratulations on your teaching position, that is wonderful! Hope you manage to sort out the balance between school and sewing soon xxx

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  6. I really love your makes and very jealous of your gorgeous freehand embroidery :-) good luck with the new job xx

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  7. Congrats on the job - Teaching can become all consuming! take time for yourself and your sewing. I find I can do both as long as I set myself dedicated time to sew - and stuff everything else!

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  8. Congratulations and well done on juggling the new job and still running your small business.
    Congrats. also on 100+ followers!

    Margaret

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  9. Good luck with your new job! Sounds fab!

    I would really like a Kindle cover of yours but would like one in a similar style to the gadget cases in beige linen. Would you let us know when you've fini

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  10. Looking at the photo you've posted I spy a oink one... Looks gorgeous! Xx

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  11. Good luck with your new job back in the classroom. I'm one too - teacher that is! Only 4 weeks till half term!

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  12. I had wondered where you had gone! Good luck with the new post - Mich x

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  13. Congrats on the new job and hope you manage to settle into a routine with some sewing time stitched in somewhere. I used to teach in a prison so know how time consuming the planning etc is.

    I love your work and can see why the Kindle covers were successful - they are just gorgeous.

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  14. I hope you can make it work. I love your sewing so hope that you can continue to combine the two. Have a lovely if busy week.

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  15. Happy New Year!
    Good luck with the new job & keeping up with blogging :)

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  16. Caroline, your embroidery is beautiful!! Very jealous!!!I've started making Kindle covers too, I posted the one I'd made for mine at Christmas and it would appear I wasn't the only one who received one and wanted a cover making!!
    Good luck in the new job x

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  17. Conrats on the Teaching job, I've had a crazy few weeks too and I usually use Jan/Feb to catch up on personal projects (rather than ones for sale) so I'm usually a quiet blogger then too! I've been busy organising my sewing stash so that's been great fun but has meant not much sewing so I know how you feel. Here's to a fun sewing 2012!

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  18. Congratulations on the teaching job. I'm getting a kindle this week so will need a cover for it, i'm going to have a browse now at the ones you have. x

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  19. Well done and congrats! Teaching is time consuming, but like with everything in life, if you want to juggle you can.

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  20. Lovely to see you pop up! Happy New Year and Happy New Job. As a retired school teacher (high school and for a short while 4th grade) I can say with certainty your time is now limited!) But of course you need other things to relax you so I expect we will see you on occasion. I will look forward to those times. :) You Go Girl!

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  21. Happy New Year to you too - congratulations on surpassing 100 followers and I totally agree that the feedback from customers certainly makes it all worthwhile.

    Ali x

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  22. Another Happy new Year from me too, good luck and best wishes on your new teaching post.

    Jan x

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  23. The world would be a poorer place without your beautiful designs Caroline so good luck with the juggling! Vicky x

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  24. I thought you were on an exotic holiday. Teach the children needlework by showing them you at work! I am pleased you are enjoying the job, it will rush by.

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  25. Good luck with the new job - I know too well how much time it will use, but hopefully mornings may give you some free time (laughs at own joke!!!!).
    Lovely, lovely things. Congratulations on reaching 100 followers.
    Jo x

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  26. Hi - just wanted to let you know I've given you the Liebster Blog Award - over here:


    http://15coastroad.blogspot.com/2012/01/at-end-of-last-year-it-was-on-30th.html

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