A little break

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to celebrating the new year. I’ve had the most wonderful Christmas, and have so much to be thankful for! I’m looking forward to everything 2016 will bring.

I’ve given myself a little break from creating jewellery over Christmas. I’ll get back to work early in the new year, but for now, I’m enjoying not creating.

I wasn’t sure what next year would look like for me, as I applied for a job which would make me very busy and would give me a lot less creative time, let alone family time. In the end, I missed out on the job. It’s not the end of the world, as it may have been a bit too much for me to handle anyway. Something else might come up, but I’m not too worried either way. So at this stage my job titles for 2016 are chief bead roller, jewellery designer extraordinaire, social media boss lady, baby food chef, story teller, nap enforcer and cuddle lady.

When I get back to making I’ll be discontinuing a few designs, as well as coming up with many new exciting ones. I’m still always up for creating custom designs for you too! Thank you friends for a wonderful 2015, and I’m so looking forward to an even bigger and better 2016!

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How to get stuff done with a busy baby

This is what works (or doesn’t work) for me 😉
  1. Create when your baby naps. This works really well about 50% of the time when my baby decides to nap for 2-3 hours. Sometimes she’ll only sleep for a short while, and then I’ll be halfway through rolling a tray of beads, hands dirty with clay, and I’ll have to get her up. Other times, housework wins over making. This only happens when the house actually resembles a pigsty, and I feel guilty for letting my baby crawl around in it.
  2. Give your baby a new toy to keep them occupied. Right now my baby is going through a bit of a clingy phase, so unless she’s only just woken up in the morning and isn’t hungry, this doesn’t really work for me. She needs me to be playing with the new toy with her, thus defeating its purpose.
  3. Work after your baby has gone to bed at night. This works well, but the downside to this is I miss out on spending time with my husband. But I don’t really mind if all he’s doing is watching his favourite show: COPS.
  4. Give your baby some TV time. This actually doesn’t work for me. My baby gets bored of the TV very quickly. Even when something interesting (like Play School) is on, she prefers to be crawling around, throwing blocks, reading books or standing at my chair pinching my belly.
  5. Get a babysitter. I haven’t done this yet, but my baby has two grandmothers who are both very keen to spend time with her. I’m sure if I asked, they would be happy to mind her for a couple hours so I could get some beads rolled and baked.

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How do you get stuff done with a baby (or kids in general) around?

(This post first appeared on my shop blog)