Friday, February 20, 2009

What a week!

Its been half term this week. I think I might be one of the minority of parents who enjoy their children being off school so I had been looking forward to it for ages; no school run, no having to watch the clock all of the time, no grumpy, tired children. Fun! Only one quick glance around the house would suggest slightly manic too; why is there a plant pot on the bathroom window sill? Do we really need stones, shells *and* sand in the corner of the bedroom?

Our week started well. I was just about to start thinking about packing for a few days on Anglesey when I got a message on Twitter to say that one of my bags was on Plaincraft and in the top 5. I had to admit that I had never heard of Plaincraft but after some investigation, it turns out that it is an ace website to promote all things handmade, the idea being that you submit some of your items then people rate you, free advertising, a chance to see what lovely stuff people are making, everyone's a winner, baby :) so thanks to that, I had a small flurry of orders on Sunday night when I should have been packing and ended up posting some of my bags from Anglesey, rather than Lincolnshire on Monday afternoon.

Mr Nicsknots had to stay at home and work so it was just the three of us on our road trip. I woke J and L up at 5am. So funny, L woke up and wanted to know why I was waking her up in the middle of the night and J just refused to get up for 10minutes. Does it make me a bad person if I say that I got a certain amount of entertainment out of waking children up who, for the last 5yrs have been waking me up too early in the morning?

We had loads of fun in Anglesey, it was great to catch up with my friend, although work got a little bit in the way but we still managed to have catch-up chats. J, L and I spent most of our time on the beach, building sand castles...yes it is February, yes we were in Wales and yes, the locals definitely did think we were mad but the sun was shining....

We got home from our travels on Wednesday afternoon. I unpacked the car and sorted kids out (chucked them out in the back garden to get rid of all of the energy from being sat in the car for 4hrs) then checked my emails to find a mail from someone who I had made a needle roll for, thanking me and telling me that she had seen my rolls in Yarn Forward magazine!! Cue me dashing out of the house as soon as Mr Nicsknots came home to go and find a copy of the mag. Normally our Tesco stocks it but of course not this week, or the other Tesco, or Sainsburys or Asda....

Thursday morning J and L were at Yogabugs so I dropped them off then nipped to town to find a copy of the illusive magazine and found it in Whsmiths.

Look, see, in the 'Things we like' section....they like Nicsknots!!

I'm so excited!! I was a bit worried because my website looks like my 5yr old has made it at the moment but I picked J and L up from yoga then spent an hour or so making it look a bit better. Its still nothing special and I want to do more with it but at least I'm not embarrassed when someone asks what my website is. Its here.

Well everyone is back from swimming and I need to go and serve up tea, I hope you've all had a good week.


Daisy said...

Who says you can't build sand castle in February? I don't see why not! Congrats on the website and all the publicity too!

Vonnie said...

Congrats on your promotions!

I love half term too - I just feel like my kids are always so wrapped up in school, clubs, friends etc that I don't get to savour them very often. Holidays let me enjoy them lazing around in their jammies :D

Phro5gg said...

Wow! That is so exciting!

Black Rose said...

Sounds like you have had a great week - wish I was there playing in the sand! Your daughter seems to have inherited the creative streak :)
Congrats too on being featured!!

Julia Guthrie said...

Haha..building sandcastles in Feb should be compulsory! :)
And I had to laugh about you waking the kids up early as pay've got to have 'some' fun in life!:)

Congrats on the magazine article!! *cheers very loudly*