Thursday, 12 February 2009

The little things that make me happy!

A lovely roaring fire when its snowing outside

A cheery vase of daffodils giving a glimpse of the Spring to come

A Little treat to myself - my new Cath Kidston travel purse

Lovely new catalogues to browse.

Sorry I've not been around much lately but there have been some major changes here in the Summer by the Sea household. Just after christmas I was offered a job interview out of the blue, a job related to the kind of work I used to do ages ago had come up and they thought of me - After much deliberation I decided to take the job although it would mean big changes, it is a good salary and with things as they are in the retail industry, I thought it couldn't hurt to have some of our eggs in a different basket. I am only 3 weeks in, but things are going ok so far - I am quite tired as I am still working 2 days in the shop, so Sundays are to be cherished, and hubby has had to adapt as well, now doing most of the childcare whilst trying to run the shop on his own for the 4 days I am at work. It has also meant some other changes as well, once a self confessed train virgin, I now find myself hopping on 08.11 train every morning with confidence. Evenings so far have been a blur of household jobs before falling into bed around 11pm exhausted but hopefully as the weeks go on, our new routine will start to become easier.

We have added a blog feature to our website now and seem to be moving up the google rankings, we have had quite a few orders and as soon as we find the time we have a pile of about 50 more fabrics to upload to the site.

Finally it is coming up to my one year blogiversary (on the 25th Feb) so I may do something special then, maybe a little giveaway?! Which leads me on to the Valentine swap - I am so sorry I missed out there, I typed a response to add my name to the list of participants, but it obviously never registered, and when I logged on to see who I was paired with, I wasn't there (boo hoo) I had even started making/collecting bits to pop in my parcel, so if anyone else missed out and would like to do a belated valentine swap please let me know!

Take care everyone - Natalie x


Rosesposes said...

Hi Natalie
You sound like you are a very busy bee with your new job. Hope you are managing your energy levels, lots of early nights for you. It does make a difference having an early night, sometimes its tempting to stay up and do this and that, but I always feel worse for it next day!. Its my age !
Youre fire looks gorgeous and nice and snug and cosy

lou said...

It sounds like you have been really busy, I hope the job continues too go well for you!
I have got the Joules book next to me and my wish list I love the wellies with flowers on and the showerproof Mac, and the blue dress, my list is getting bigger!
I have done the swap but I am more than happy to do another one, you might want to see if somebody has not done it and would like too, let me know if you don’t have any luck!
Love Lou xxx

Josie said...

Happy blogiversary to you too
(mine was on Feb 10th!) hasn't a year gone quickly and a belated good luck in the new job.
Josie x

jo said...

Well done on the new job! I'm sure you will all get used to the new routine, I never seem to get in to any kind of routine.

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

nice to see you back you must be busy with all that going on !!
fire looks lovely and cosy :-)

Kar said...

Thanks for stopping by my little world Natalie. :) I will surely be back to your little place for visits.

Enjoy your time off when ever that happens. Sounds like you need it. :) At least you enjoy what you do. That makes a big difference.

Happy Valentines Day!

What Kelly Did next...... said...

Congratulations on the new job, sounds like you have been very busy indeed! Take care xx

Blueberry Heart said...

Hi there,
I'm quite new to blogworld and I've not done a swap before, I've read on so many blogs recently and I'd love to take part! Let me know if you are still looking for a swap buddy!

Chocolate Cat said...

Congratulations on your new job, sure you will settle into your new routine quickly!

Ziakoko said...

Well done- you are a busy bee now arent you? I hope it all goes well- it can feel so confidence boosting to go back to work, sometimes I am so tempted but cant think who would put up with me! Families are so forgiving aren't they!