Never underestimate the work going on in the back ground of a small business/entrepreneur/mompreneur. Much of which we are doing in our ‘free time’.
I seem to spend most of my days at the moment writing lists and working out plans for how and when I can do things. A lot of these plans are dependant on how much income I get from my businesses, and January and February have a reputation for being quiet.
I literally have no new orders at the moment, which is unusual for me, and only a couple of outstanding ones to work on. On the plus side this is giving me time to work on some new things, which is part of the bigger plan, but the quiet time does mean I can’t follow through just yet on working further on those bigger plans, like setting up my website or buying new equipment to set up my video work.
Times like this have made me feel like I should give it all up, it’s time to go out and find a ‘proper’ job which is reliable, but then I’d be more limited on what I could do with the Big, Small and Teeny girls home education, in fact that possibly wouldn’t even be an option. So as I watch my Small girl playing football, and take my Big girl swimming, and see the Teeny girl at our local messy play group, I remember this is why I have chosen this life, and I work all the more at trying to work out how I can best serve people who will support me in my businesses.
If reading this consider taking a look around my Etsy Store and picking up something that this week will help me take my kids to their various activities and maybe even move that website forward. Or if organic skin care and natural products are more your thing, be sure to check out my Neals Yard replica site
Much love and gratitude to you all
Hey all you lovely people. This is a deep and personal piece from me today, but I feel I need to share to ease the inward emotions and turmoil. You know sometimes, despite all the best intentions and inner work and self care, life has some lessons to teach you that you’re not necessarily ready for.
Last week was one of those weeks. My super supportive and enduring mum is 81 years old next month. For some time now she’s been suffering the effects of dementia, Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Over the last few weeks my dad, himself 82, has seen a deterioration in her, and last week he was concerned enough to start asking for more help.
Having to face their mortality this last week has been a lesson to me, a lesson in my own feelings towards life, and towards death. I am hoping that the medical assistance she’s been getting for a few days will alleviate some of the recent problems, infection can after all play games with the mind, especially of the elderly. However, I do have to accept that at 80 years old she is not going to live forever in this world and what does that mean for me?
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have mixed feelings about my mum. Society and association she had when I was a child, meant she did certain things she went on to regret, namely disciplining me physically and my being left as a toddler to cry myself to sleep at night. This has caused me feelings of resentment over the years. I’ve never denied her motherly love for me, or my daughterly love for her, she has just been super supportive of everything I’ve ever done, but I did feel hurt for those early years, I have to admit it.
However, a few months ago I was loaned a fabulous book You Can Heal Your Life by the late Louise Hay. In this she talked about forgiveness and how important it is to forgive those who hurt us. She talked about how children choose the parents they will born to, and how if you feel your parents did wrong by you, then you need to seek the lesson that taught you and feel forgiveness in your heart. Well, do you know what I did when I first read that? I shut the book! I shut the book, and thought ‘no, nope, I am not accepting that’. I didn’t even realise just how strong that resentment was until that moment. This idea that my soul had chosen to come and be hurt in ways that still affected me so deeply? No, I wasn’t accepting that.
So I closed the book and never planned on completing it, I didn’t think it was right for me. Over the course of the next few days those words and some other wise words I was listening too and ready in my self-help, self care journey, made me meditate deeply on those feelings that had come up, and do you know what I found? I found forgiveness! I realised that YES, I had chosen my mum to be my mum, because she needed the wild spirit that was in me to lighten and brighten her life. And me? I needed those harsh early lessons in my life to teach me a better way. So that when my children’s souls chose me as a mum, I would find a more gentle approach to my parenting.
In all of my childhood experiences my dad and one of my older sisters taught me about peace, patience and long suffering, and I found happiness and kindness. Now when I think of that elderly lady lying in her hospital bed, telling my dad over and over how much she loves him, I see the loving and caring mum who was in there being forced by society to be hard on a free spirited and strong willed little girl, and I am more determined than ever to show my girls that love, respect and compassion that is deep inside my mum.
Whatever you do and however you feel about your parents, remember without them you wouldn’t have life, and without life you wouldn’t be able to find the joy that is always there, just a breath or a thought away <3
Hey Lovelies and Happy Motivational Monday.
So, all the celebrations are over now, in the last 2 weeks two of my girlies have gotten a whole year older, and NOW I can get back into the normal routine of Home Ed, Working Mum, Housewife life. Phew!
Yeah, that means my Monday is back to getting out and working in peace in a nice local coffee shop. No clingy toddlers, no kids spellings, no ‘mum, mum, mum, look at what I drew/wrote/watched.’ My days like this are fabulous as they give me space and clarity, allow me to write and plan and focus for the week. I’ve said it before, but I LOVE MONDAY! Changing that whole negative vibe most people feel for Monday is life changing, Go on, Try It!
Anyway, towards the middle of last week I asked for some ideas of what quotes move and motivate my social media audience? I got a handful of lovely pictures back with some great ideas, plus made one or two of my own. I’ve added them through the post today to inspire you for the week ahead and to come back and check out. If you feel inspired, or have a favourite of your own, let me know in the comments below. I might just add them to my collection <3
Have a great week lovely people, Stay Motivated, Stay Happy
With much love
Hey you lovely people, Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018!
I’m just popping in really quickly to wish you all a happy new year mainly, but also to share some of the first exciting news of the new year. I have so much planned for you all, for those I2K followers, customers and freinds, for those of you who love organic skin care and health care, and for those of you keen to learn new things.
Wow, so much I need to finish writing the year plan out really, which I will when my new Goal Planning pages arrive from the lovely Natalie at Ultimate Success Planner. I’m going all out for both my businesses this year, and first up I am sharing news on Indigosky2Knit giveaways for the year over in my Facebook Group tonight. If you have missed the Live video, then it’s still there to replay and the counter is counting on who is most chatty.
Another huge thing for me this year is Self Care. I started a little last year with various things, working on my mindset, using some EFT, learning about where some of my deep seated pains came from. Is started to forgive more and more of my past, viewing all of the things that have knocked me down in the past as lessons that have brought me to this fabulous point in my life. Finally, there was starting training in aromatherapy and crystal healing, things that have interested me for a long time, but that now I want to explore and learn about more fully.
So Yeah, HUGE plans, all starting out or growing ever more. For now, thanks for being here and look out on Friday for news of another new thing <3
Much love and joy
I know it’s been a while, December is always a bit manic for me. I always have lots of orders to fulfil, not to mention enjoying the odd Secret Santa swap and of course the need to shop for and have everything ready for family fun over the holidays. Oh and to top it off I have 2 birthdays for my girls in the 2 weeks following Christmas Day. I thinks saying it’s a bit manic is, in fact, an understatement!
This year I’ve gone into more of the Winter Solstice side of the winter holidays than the Christian side, after all most Christmas traditions come from original Solstice and Yuletide celebrations. I’ve had a lovely time teaching my girls about Elen of the Ways and reflecting on the old year while we look forward to the new. It’s been our best and happiest Christmas since having children.
As always I’ve been involved in making some lovely gifts for people, it’s always such a privilege to be involved in people’s special celebrations. I’ll pop some photos below and leave you all with a wish for happy holidays and a fabulous new year to come.
I have great things coming in the new year. Some are super nerve wracking, some are going to be beautifully rewarding and some will leave me extra busy. All of them are greatly exciting.
Thank you for joining me during 2017 and I will see you all again in 2018.
Much love and happiness
It’s been a while, I know, I have no excuses, I just get caught up in the ‘Busy’.
Well I’m back and here are a few things that have kicked me up the butt, and are getting my plans, and work, back on track.
Winter is always the busiest time for Indigosky2Knit, it’s something I hope to change over the next 12 months so that my summer orders equal my winter ones, but for now, yes people surprisingly want more knitted goodness in winter. With that influx of orders comes my hibernation, my not leaving the house because I have all these lovely things to create, and Christmas is looming (along with Small and Teeny girl’s birthdays) and I want to make them all the things too. I put unnecessary pressure on myself, I curl up in my ‘Troll Cave’ and stay there for days (quite literally).
Last week I realised something had coincided with this, this year. I generally avoid eating wheat for my own well being. I feel it makes me feel sluggish, tired and not to mention the havoc it reaps on my digestion. I generally try to eat intuitively, so if I’m feeling like eating some buttery toast, like the real stuff not gluten free, then I will. And a few weeks ago I did that, and basically haven’t stopped. I’ve kept saying to myself, well I really want it, so I’ll eat it. The amount increases and before I know it I’m eating bread with every meal, nibbling the family biscuits and not really tuning in to whether I really want it, like deep down.
Five days ago, I stopped! I said no more! I started to listen to more than my instant desire for the toast and started saying no! I already feel better inside myself. I have been able to get up earlier, I have been able to focus more and I have been more productive, not just in the creative side of my work, but in the networking, promoting and being open to working out how to accomplish my new ideas. In hand with this I stop self sabotaging all the awesome progress I have made in the last 3 or 4 months and am continuing on my path forward! Of course I will still get to eat cake 😉
One more thing I am determined to achieve, and today is a good day to start, is regularly maintain my journalling. Journal writing is a great way to find focus, clarity and to move forward, past emotional, mental, spiritual or even physical obstacles. I’ve realised a few things that have stopped me wanting to do this in the past, part of it my perfectionist ego, part of it fear and worry, but a fabulous Coach and Mentor, who I happen to personally know, has started an Intuitive Journal course for the next 7 days. I’ve started on that and will find the motivation past that time to keep on.
So, I’m back, and I’m moving forward <3
Much love and happiness.
If you follow me on social media at all, or are over in my Facebook group, you’ll have heard me mention Octoberfest, an event on Facebook, more than once in recent weeks. Well very quickly today, I’m sharing my offerings over there, and one or two of my other favourites.
Three little pumpkin hats, sizes 0-36 months.
Baby and toddler bat booties.
Teen/small adult acorn headband.
Girly autumn cloche hat.
Halloween tote bag.
Do come over to Facebook on Sunday and check out the event, some of my favourite other pages over there are 4 Munchkins Crafts gorgeous charm bracelets, Eleven 01 Bebé who makes stunning CE marked dolls and Bibbity Bobbins beautiful kids clothes. And that barely scratches the surface of all the fabulous sellers featured.
The event starts here 7.30pm (BST) on October 8th 2017.
Much love And have a great weekend.
I’ve been saying I’ll speak about wool covers for cloth nappies for a while now, so it’s time to get down to it, and write something up.
Wool is one of the most popular natural fibres around the world for clothing and soft furnishings. I’m sure everyone knows that it comes from these fluffy creatures. Many sheep are primarily raised for their wool specifically. And this amazing fibre has some remarkable properties. I’m going to list some of those below, and say specifically why that makes it great as a nappy cover.
There is probably more, but these are what I’m going to talk about here. Being used as a nappy cover means it is covering over nappies that, well lets face it, get peed and pooped in. Because it is antibacterial and anti microbial it doesn’t hold on to microbes and bacteria. It literally absorbs them, but doesn’t re-emit them. This is thanks to the lanolin and keratin, natural proteins found in wool. These properties also mean when it gets damp it doesn’t hold on to those microbes that cause other things to grow mould.
As a breathable fabric, wool literally allows any moisture that touches it to evaporate, so covering over a cloth nappy allows dampness that reaches the outside of the nappy literally come out the other side and disappear. Due to repelling the damp it feels dry from the outside (assuming nappies are changed at regular intervals of btween 3 and 4 hours maximum.)
So is it only suitable for winter? Well no, it isn’t. In fact even for children and adult clothing wool is super amazing. Due to the breathability and the fact it is balancing as insulation, it literally keeps you warm in winter, by insulating you, but in warm weather it allows you stay cool. Of course if you wear a chunky wool jumper in the hottest summer you’ll still get hot, but a light wool layer doesn’t make you too warm. This makes wool clothing over nappies for babies an awesome choice to keep them covered in the sun (Oh yeah it also filter UV rays!) but they won’t overheat. It’s also worth considering the option of wool, rather than synthetic blankets, based on this.
The fact it is flame resistant is self-explanatory really. While I don’t sell nappy covers specifically for night time use, many people do use them over night, and all the clothing and cover used on a baby while sleeping should be flame resistant (a fact to think about if buying or making acrylic baby clothes and blankets. If you see how acrylic melts and stick when you burn it, you think twice about ever risking that getting stuck to your, or someone else’s baby).
Finally the sustainable nature of wool. As many sheep are kept for their wool primarily, they are sheared annually over many years to obtain the wool, the wool used last an extremely long time, many people I speak to have had wool clothing for years, 50 or more not being uncommon. When it comes to nappy covers, well of course your baby grows, but covers will last subsequent babies, longies become board shorts or crops, boardies become shorties. This is why I ensure the rise is generous on my nappy covers as that stretches for a number of months. And when they don’t need the nappies any more? Well my Teeny girl wore her longies from 2 years ago as little crops in the summer just gone now she’s no longer in nappies. And to mark the release of this blog I am setting up a brand new Facebook group premarily for all hand knitted wool nappy covers to be sold, both brand new by makers, and preloved from all makers, the only condition is hand knitted ones only. I’ll add the link below.