March 27, 2012

Routines and Schedules.

I struggle so much!

With the day to day running of a house,
2 children at home full time,
a part-time husband.
Owing a house and a farm. (and two mortgage's to go with it)
Running two at home business's
and also helping with a local community project.
Let alone the children and their busy social lives.

Wow now that I have written that, I can now see why I feel so far behind.

Perhaps I should not have put it on paper!
Then I would not feel even more overwhelmed.

I just feel I am always chasing my tail.
My kids are not babies and they do a lot to help.
But with a hubby that is only home every 5th week for a few days,
means I take on a lot more because of that too I guess. (need to get him to see that)

I am always late paying my bills, the house always needs something doing.
Where does so much washing come from.

So I am looking for ways to bring it all together!

Do you have any suggestions?

Can you help me put my life into routine?
How do you schedule your life?

What do you do to make  your day's run smoothly?

All ideas are welcome and if you don't want to leave a comment email your ideas to and I will include your ideas in my next blog update.

X Gill

March 22, 2012

Totally Craft Crushing!

And so the love affair continues...

In her latest email to me the wonderful Shelley said

Oh gosh you made my day.  Thank you :)

Your fabric sounds soo perfect.  Especially the MM paisley!

Your Dappers and Luka are adorable!!

Do you flickr?  I'd love to see when you're finished!

I don't currently flickr but I'm about to,  well once I stop giggling to myself like a silly school girl!

March 19, 2012

So whose yours?

I have to admit I have a bit of what I'm calling a "craft crush"

I absolutely adore the designs of Shelly Figueroa - aka "Patterns by Figgy".  Which by looking at the latest releases over on Puppy Dogs Tails is probably no surprise! 

Anyway I purchased a paper pattern online last weekend and then yesterdy emailed to find out if it had been shipped.  I just about wet my pants when I saw Shelly herself was replying to my question, and not only that asking about the fabric I was planning to use when sewing her pattern.

Biting the bullet in my reply I directed her to my page so she could see for herself what I have been doing with her work. Still waiting to hear her response but its seriosuly like waiting for a phone call after a first date again, I get butterflies everytime I get a new email notification.

So whose your craft crush?

March 13, 2012

Vacation's over.

Many of our stores have recently had a bit of time off.
For lots of reasons,
to reflect the year gone, to enjoy some family time or just to grab their breath and
to refill the stores with beautiful new products 
for you all to enjoy.

BronzBeadz and Glass
have also had some time off recently
and is back in full swing.
In some cases people go out with a bang 
(so to speak)
But not Bron she comes back with a bang.
Bron has released a new product to her collection and it is just stunning.
You will be the envy of your neighbourhood
 with one of Bronz new Glass House numbers.
They are currently offered at a special introductory price.
So grab one now at the special price.

Another of our stores that has been hard at work

Is the lovely Tracey from My Obsession Designs.
 Tracey has been hard at work getting ready for her monthly Market here at OZ Handmade, 
Tracey hold monthly market days and has such lovely products available for sale NOW until this Friday 16th March 9am (QLD time)
~Nappy Bags & Pouches ~ Kids Back Packs ~ Tote Bags ~  Fabric Baskets ~ Pencil Cases ~ Button Push Pins & Magnets ~ Fabric Covered Note Books ~ Hair Accessories ~ Hand Knitted Baby Cardigans & Vests
The OZ Handmade Shop (affectionately called the OZ Shop)
has lots of new items in stock for 2012.
Blank Fabric Buttons.
Mollie Makes Magazine
Fold Over Elastic is about to be added to store.
As well as Ottobre Designs Magazines for both Woman and Children.
Don't forget our Facebook Page or Our website.
 Until next time Gill♥

March 5, 2012

Run for cover {Facebook is a changing!}

Ok its been a while since I posted.  And I have a confession to make - I've actually been hiding from the computer!

I recently got the new timeline on my business pages on Facebook and trying to get everything looking good again is such a time eater!  And as I am a bit of a perfectionist I can't just leave things be and do what I am supposed to be doing, instead I start tweaking and resizing and nudging left and nudging right and then before I know it my kids are awake, or asking to be feed, or the clock is telling me I am cutting it fine to make the kindy pick up on time! 

That's why I was more then a bit excited to discover that there are simple and easy to use cover picture makes popping up all over the net.  I am especially excited by the preview of what is in the works at Paint the Moon Photography and am pretty sure that once Annie's templates are ready to go I will be devoting a large portion of nap time to perfecting my cover pics. 

In the meantime I also found an online cover maker HERE which was surprisingly simple to use.  In fact the hardest thing was choosing which image I wanted to use for my background!  I also like the added feature it has of allowing you to create your profile picture from the larger image, thereby allowing them to mesh better.  

And this is what I was able to create in only a few minutes...

My Puppy Dogs Tails profile picture is long overdue for an update and considering how these images work with cover pictures just adds another dimension to an already long checklist!    Is it any wonder I've been hiding!

Please share any tips, tutorials, links etc etc you find that might help in my quest for cover perfection!

Yours (under cover)

Holly xx