We are all in the early stages of our first ‘back to school’ cold. Oh joy of joys. Along with M being away a lot with work (so I get the pleasure of early mornings all on my own, as most of you know, I’m not very good at these!) and the nights awake with one or the other of the boys, dishing out Calpol and throwing Olbas Oil around the room, I’m starting to get a bit run down. I had plans for this week, deadlines I had set myself but I’ve switched to simple short projects that keep me happy but leave lots of time for feeling sorry for myself and eating chocolate.
At the weekend we did the much avoided trip to ‘the shopping place’ (otherwise known as Bluewater to us grown-ups, soulless but practical and the boys love eating at Carluccios) to buys some new clothes for the boys. F fell in love with the above hoodie, as he is currently in a Halloween phase prompted by school. He has a party this weekend which is fancy dress and has decided he would like to go as a skeleton, who am I to argue?
I spent a fun hour yesterday making the promised mask, it is simply white cotton layered with some interfacing and appliqued with black cotton. Nice and simple and made to the same design as the above hoodie, although to different dimensions (I made a template in paper first to get the size and openings correct).
I realised half way through that I needed to make a mask for C as well and then as a final touch I gave them some gold teeth with a spot of fabric paint. Along with the super cheap skeleton pyjamas I’ve ordered for both the boys, they will be very happy. I will admit, it’s times like these I miss the idea of a little girl, I could have a field day making fairy crowns. Still, I wouldn’t swap my boys.
Also rather scarily, I have finally registered as self-employed and am now sorting receipts for my first tax return. Again, what joy. I’m way below my personal limit and wont even need to pay NI contributions but with the shop ever growing it’s time to get organised to avoid backdated tax issues and a possible fine. I know lots of us ‘crafters’ have huge dilemmas with the whole thing so I thought I would let you all know how it all goes, it will require a post all to itself I think 🙂