Friday, 21 February 2014

change is good

Today, as you read this blog post, I'll be preparing to embark on a new chapter in my life. Before I get to that I want to tell you a little bit about the back story and a brief history of my journey to today (cue cheesy music).

I fell into this world of quilting, literally tripped and ended up here. Not for one minute did I think anything would ever come of it, that I'd be anything more than a hobbyist and a stay at home mama looking after the house and the kids. That's always been my job, and it will always be my job. Anything else has had to fit in around Monkey Towers and the obligations I have to my family. I've been blogging, making quilts, being part of the community for about 6 or so years now and in that time I've had some amazing experiences, met some amazing people and done things that I will always treasure.

(this is that waterlogue app - turns photos into watercolours, it's awesome & you need it)

Somehow, and it's not been a deliberate effort, I've absorbed ridiculous amounts of information and people have continued to find what I say interesting. I think this surprises me the most - when I get classified as a 'popular' blogger...and then the questions that arise about how do you get to become 'popular'...I don't know. I'm in no way fishing for compliments here, and I don't have a secret. I don't court popularity, I don't even like to use that term, it makes me uncomfortable. You can't make people like you, you can't pretend to be something you're not and get followers. I am who I am and what you see is what you get - I try to teach my kids that treating others in the way you wish to be treated is the best way to get through life. Be nice, work hard - whatever that work is, even if it's just doing the housework, do it to the best of your ability. So that's what I try to do within the community, because sometimes my voice can be louder than someone else's and if I can help someone out I'll do that.
But I'm not perfect and I make mistakes. I am lousy at returning emails, and I'm forgetful. But I do my best.
Last year was hellish for my family in all kinds of ways. I shared a little on my blog, but not all of it, because some things are private and I want here to be somewhere that I can go to escape to some extent. I thought long and hard about packing all of this in and just walking away but that wouldn't have made me happy. So I've taken on less obligations, I've said no to a ton of things that I would normally have done but didn't really want to and my new year's resolution was to continue doing just that.



And then I got an email, which at first I ignored (don't tell my new boss) because I thought it'd be one of those 'will you make a quilt for a magazine' emails and I was up to my eyeballs in obligated sewing and figured I could do with taking on less.

But then I replied, because it's rude not to and I was a little intrigued.



The email turned into a phone call and went something along the lines of 'we're launching a new magazine and wondered if you'd be interested in working for us?' At this point I'm still thinking this involves sewing from my house, maybe writing a column, something like that. The phone call goes on... I'm already really liking the person I'm talking to because
A; he's Northern and I like Northerners. I married one, I gave birth to 2
B; he's funny, and
C; he hasn't got a clue about sewing or quilts and is being completely honest about this.
Would I go for a meeting and chat a bit more about it all?
Yes I would.
And so I did.
The meeting was actually an interview with 3 strange men staring at me. I was not overly prepared, I'll be honest, I winged it. They asked me questions, I answered them to the best of my ability and with honesty. I wasn't nervous because at no point did I think they'd actually offer me a job (they already mentioned I wasn't the only person they were speaking to). It was a nice trip out, and when you spend all day at home it's a treat to get out and see real people every now and then.



They said thank you very much, asked if I had any questions (I remembered from school that it's always good to ask questions at the end of an interview, I have no idea what I asked except I did think it'd be a good idea to ask about salary...I've been paid in fabric and pats on the back for a long time, I know how this industry works). I tried very hard not to look shocked and excited at the idea of real money being exchanged for my work (I think I pulled it off by looking serious and frowning a bit)

And then I went home.

A week later I got another phone call from that funny Northern man (he's the MD of the company, much younger and far funnier than how I'd expect a company MD to be) offering me the job. I squealed at this point and I remember saying 'reallllllly?' because I wasn't sure I'd heard him right.



And there we have it. I start Monday. For 3 days of each week I'll be at my desk in the Practical Publishing offices just outside of Manchester (my family still come first, I couldn't commit to 5 days, I have quilt monkey, a getting better but still sickly husbeast, and 2 kids that need me. I'm squeezing 5 days work into 3...that's going to be intense. Possibly insane)




So the moral of this tale is this - work hard and be nice. Absorb all of the information, be friendly, be interested in the industry we're part of, go to the shows, talk to all of the people all of the time, engage on social media, love what you do and do it with love (cheesy I know, but hey - it's true), be gracious, be humble and don't be whiny or bitter. It's not attractive, ever. And, most importantly, don't give up. Because just at that point when you think you might, because you're working your ass off and you have to check how much money is available in your bank every time you do a grocery shop, and calculate exactly how much you're spending as you put things in the cart because you can't go over the set budget, that's when you might get a breakthrough. It might not be a huge breakthrough, but it'll be something and once you have that something to boost your confidence, you can soar.

Please bear with me because I might go a bit quiet over the next few weeks as I settle in. I haven't had an office job since...ummm...ever, so I know it's going to be a case of juggling home stuff and making sure the kids and the husbeast have food and clean clothes and we all get into our new routine (with the assistance of my new chore chart stuck onto the fridge door). And I'll have a commute of just over an hour each way (that's without rush hour traffic...it's likely to be much longer) so I need to get used to that too. I may be slightly zombie like for a little while, but it's well worth it.



And, yes, I am looking for commissions for projects - quilts, home decor, sewn garments, accessories and everything else. ALL OF THE THINGS!!! You know where to find me. Email me! ImAGingerMonkey@gmail.com and keep a look out for Love Sewing coming in April.

(I sprinkled this post with photos of quilts. Because it looked a bit boring without them)

(and finally - this would never have happened if it hadn't been for Fiona at Sizzix, who I now owe big time. Fiona - you're absolutely brilliant)

136 comments:

cat and vee xoxo said...

that's really wonderful, awesome news Katy, congratulations! You will be fabulous in your new role - Mr Northerner can recognise true talent when he sees it, even if he doesn't know much about sewing and quilting! Here's to a lovely, relaxing weekend as you gear up for Monday. Cat xx

Elisabeth said...

Congratulations on the new job, that is fantastic! You well deserve it. The quilting community is so open, warm and inviting and I can't imagine anyone not being happy for you. You have worked so hard.
This blog post has made me think about how I got into quilting. The funny thing is, it was a picture from Sacrewell farm on your blog. I recognised it as I had been a few times and it made me curious. I had been avoiding quilting blogs so far as I really wasn't interested in quilting. However, I started following your blog and it sort of snowballed from there, starting with following other quilting blogs to your tumbler cushion class I took at Patch Fabrics (and where my daughter called you silly). Hooked! I absolutely love the quilting community and have made so many friends and it's all thanks to your blog and you. So a big thank you and good luck with the new job. I'm sure you'll be as inspiring to others as you have been to me.

Marly said...

Congratulations Katy. You're sure to make a go of it; you know so much about sewing, suppliers and sewers. Good luck balancing home and outside work. I look forward to buying "Love Sewing" when I'm next in the UK, probably at Easter.

Siobhán said...

It's so nice to see good things happen to good people. Well done. Congratulations!

Kate said...

Great story, such a great ending!! Congratulations and good luck!

Penny said...

Congratulations on the new and exciting job Katy! I am sure you will do brilliantly :)

trash said...

Go, go, go you good thing.

Nicky said...

It just keeps getting better and better (I hope) at Monkey Towers! Bit like a fairytale come true! Good on you Katy you've worked hard you deserve it!

Florence (Flossie Teacakes) said...

Congratulations, Katy!

Kristi said...

So, so cool. What's the phrase..."I'm right chuffed for you!" ;) you're going to be awesome at this!

Claire said...

Congratulations! This is really exciting news and I know you will smash it all and I can't wait to see what you do. Well done and well deserved!

Jo Robertson (thejoyofthehousetomyself) said...

Exciting stuff! Well done !

quilthexle said...

Congratulations ! I wish you all the energy you'll need - and I'm sure you are going to soar !! Keep us posted ;-))

HillyFilly said...

Congratulations Katy... Funny what paths life takes us down... Enjoy & stay grounded..... x

margaret said...

big congrats, fingers crossed this is a quilting magazine they are about to launch.

Jodi said...

How awesome! Congratulations!

Catherine said...

What fabulous news Katy, and so well deserved. Good things happen to good people. Cant wait to hear all about it.

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

That's brilliant! Congratulations Katy!

Jo Jo said...

There are quite a few things you said in your post that I'm sure resonate with so many of us, the home, poorly family, looking after everyone else…. Now it's your time and how lovely to be paid for it - finally! I'm wishing you the best of luck for Monday, even if it's just to get through the rush hour traffic :)

Lynz said...

Fabulous, missus!!!

"Work hard and be nice" - if that's not needed on a tee then I don't know what is. I remember the grocery counting and am so pleased things are looking up for you. Being a working mum is a massive juggling act but totally doable. Don't panic the first few weeks as you hit your stride, it will all be brilliant!

Muriel said...

So wonderful, Katy!! Congratulations!

Sew HappyNess said...

Congratulations! Well deserved I'm sure.

Lisa said...

Massive congratulations Katy. Lovely post and not too cheesy at all. You'll be a blast. X

salamanda said...

Congratulations and continue to roll with life.

pennydog said...

I have the hour commute each way each day and it's not that bad, it gets easier. Many congratulations Katy, I've sent you an email :)

mascanlon said...

I am so happy for you Katy! It's so lovely when good things happen for hard working sweet people. You have always been so open, honest and gracious, I know those things will serve you well in this new adventure. Nice does matter, always! And talent helps too. Hugs !

Charlotte said...

hooray! I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!

Judith, Belfast said...

What a journey! There are no highs without some lows! Hang in there and best of luck in the new job! You'll be great! More than happy to contribute to the magazine. Give me a shout. jxo

Laura Jane said...

SO much love to you xxx

Kelly said...

Congratulations Katy, so we'll deserved.

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

Congratulations, Katy! Well deserved kudos for all that you've accomplished! If your commute is via train, I suspect we'll be seeing some more beautiful EPP's coming. Can hardly wait to see Love Sewing! :-) Big hugs from Switzerland!

Gunilla said...

Congrats, I am so happy foe you! I'm sure you'll do a great job- you already are!!!

Isisjem said...

Congratulations! How exciting!

Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse said...

oh my gosh Katy! Ahh that sounds SO FUN! Wow, well deserved to you. :D enjoy the adventure! x

Rachel said...

Congratulations!

Corinnea said...

Congrats. I think you will do very well! Just don't forget to take care of yourself too while you are all getting used to this new chapter.

Canadian Abroad said...

Good things can happen to good people. This is proof. Enjoy the whole adventure.

Beth said...

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

heart of charnwood said...

Congratulations it sounds likje an absolutely fantastic opportunity, enjoy! :o)

Biff said...

Congratulations, sounds like a really exciting time ahead :) Good luck!

Heather B said...

Congrats Katy!! Do you know if the magazine will be available in the US? You know we love you across the pond and cannot wait to see what you come up with next!

Jana said...

Congratulations and Good Luck. Remember the hardest part of the juggling home and work will be the first couple of weeks. Don't despair, it'll get better and you'll fall into a wonderful rhythm.

Chris said...

Best of luck in this new phase of your creative life. Please post at least occasionally so we can keep up with the antics of all the "monkeys". I always enjoy your posts wether funny or more serious. All my warmest wishes to husbeast on his road to recovery.

Karen LePage said...

Congratulations to the magazine for snagging you! I hope you love it, and that it involves travel to Ann Arbor ;)

sharpie (sarah @ {no} hats) said...

Beautiful post -- congratulations!!

Emily said...

I love your story Katy! Real, and fabulous!

poppyinstitches said...

how exciting, a whole new adventure - best of luck!!!!

Darcy said...

KATY! This makes me so happy! I love it when good things happen to good people and after watching how difficult your life has been the past year, it seems you've been long overdue for some good thing to balance out the hard. Love your message also "be nice, work hard" seems like it sums up everything I'd like to be and teach my own kid :-)

DeborahGun said...

brilliant news. Many congratulations - so excited for you :-)

Kris said...

That is fabulous news and so exciting! I am excited for you and the journey could just beginning. Congratulations.

Twins Squared said...

Yay! Congratulations Katy!

alobsiger said...

Congratulations, boss lady! You'll be brilliant! Wait, you already are!

Lina said...

Congratulations Katy!!!!������✨������. Best of luck! ��

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Actually crying real tears here! So pleased for you! :) xxx

Sara said...

Congrats!! Congrats, Congrats Katy!!! My favorite part about this post is your honesty (as always) and the line where you said "be gracious, be humble and don't be whiny or bitter." Love that! Sometimes very hard to do,but oh so worth it in the long run!

I hope you get settled into your new job smoothly and your family adjusts accordingly as well. Good Luck with this next chapter in your life Katy!!

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Auntie Pami said...

Big squeal of delight! I've been following you forever and just love your cheekiness. I'm so happy for you to have a job it's so hard to find a job, especially one you love. I am pretty sure you will kick some major bootie! Big hugs,

Taya@TypeB said...

Congratulations!! You deserve it. All the very best as you and your family transition to this exciting new adventure!

Marit said...

This is very good news and I am so happy for you!
; )

Blueberry Park said...

fantastic Katy! well done...you deserve it x

Jana Machado said...

So nice of you sharing it! Loved to read about your journey. Certainly it will make people admire you even more. Congratulations for the job!

eva said...

This is a lovely story and I wish you all luck!!!

QuiltCandy said...

Brilliant news Katy! I hope it goes well and that you get used to the juggling!!

Lucky said...

Hi Kay! Congrats on the new job! I just received your second book, I am going to begin on the journey of making my Katy Jones sampler quilt! I have read through it once already and will start on blocks soon. Good Luck with the new position.

moira said...

fin, noggin, duuuuude x

Helen Lay said...

Congratulations Katy, I'm so pleased for you. I often sit at my desk job, sneak a look at blogs, twitter, instagram etc and wish I was at home watching tv & sewing binding down on quilts etc! but at the end of the month when my salary appears in my bank account I know I'm doing the right thing. Lovely blog post too - very well deserved.

Lee said...

Wow, congrats, Katy! : ) Your success is so well-deserved. And I'm so encouraged to hear that hard work CAN actually lead to someone paying you cash money for all that hard work. LOL.

Debbie said...

Wow. Congrats! Wishing you the best in your new venture!

Betsy Grey Crafts said...

congratulations I'm so pleased for you. Looking forward to another sewing magazine!
and well done to Fiona, Fiona's are the best ;-)

verykerryberry said...

The big secret is there is no secret, whatever your goal, you get there if you are prepared to work- Oprah.
True words from a wise lady. Well deserved, there's been a lot of handwork along the way x

Rose Smith said...

Congratulations!! From following your blog & IG feed, you seem a lovely person, and I'm really pleased for you :-) Looking forward to reading the new magazine xx

PamKittyMorning said...

Super excited for you! Congratulations!

Della said...

I am so happy for you, Katy! I look forward to the first issue of the magazine. All the best, Della @dellakap

Fabric HQ said...

Nice one Ladeeeey! Great to finally meet you on Sunday and I'm so excited for you - you're gonna rock that mag!!!! Will be thinking of you on Monday morning. ; ) xxxx

Katherine said...

Awesome! So excited for you, Katy and wishing you lots of fun with this new chapter. Brilliant advice, just the pep talk I needed this morning. Can't wait to see the first issue and will be cheering you on. xKatherine

diane said...

To do what you love and get paid for it is awesome. You have been such an inspiration to me and now you are opening yourself up through another social media. I can't wait to see the magazine. Well deserved. Congratulations! You have always been so grounded in all your values and this is your reward.

sophie said...

wow congrats:) really happy for you!

Helen in the UK said...

HUGE CONGRATS to you!!! I'm sure it will take A LOT of adjustment, but I hope you really enjoy it. Look forward to hearing more about the magazine as you settle in :)

Ramona said...

Congratulations on your new adventure! I will be pulling for you and your success. I will have to watch for this magazine, just because it's yours. ;-)
(Will it even be offered in the US?? or online version?)
Remember to Have Fun!
Ramona
Louisiana, USA

Heidi Staples said...

What a great fit for your talents! Enjoy the change!

John said...

You know how much I love you, right??

Sigrun said...

Fantastic news, congratulations!

Yvonne@Nellie's Niceties said...

Amazing news Katy and totally honestly couldn't happen to a nicer person. Looking forward to seeing your adventures in the magazine, it's bound to be fun and interesting. There will be lots of us shouting for you on the sidelines. :-) Xxx

Fran said...

Wonderful news! Enjoy your job.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Congrats Katy!! So happy for you and I pray that it won't take you too long to settle into a nice routine. You deserve this and will knock their socks off I'm sure!

Cheryl said...

aww you made me get all teary. congrats. you deserve it, being so nice and all!

Catherine Pritchard said...

well done you!

Nana-Bob said...

Congratulations and good for you! I am so happy for you!

Andi said...

So excited for you Katy!! But not for that commute ... I know that drive (Leeds to Manchester) all too well. Bleurgh!! ;-)
I know you are going to bring a breath of fresh crafty air to that office. Get in there!! Do awesome stuff!!!
Andi xxxxx
PS What will you actually be doing?

Trudi said...

Awesomeness! Congratulations, you deserve it! Xx

sonia said...

Congratulations!!! You surely deserve this and much more. Best of lucks!!

Flying Blind... said...

Total karma; well done bird xxx

Heather said...

Katy, this is just all around awesome. Congratulations!

Pennie said...

That's the thing about us Northerners - we know a good thing when we see it! Huge congratulations, Katy, it couldn't happen to a nicer or more deserving person. (Bit bummed it'll mean no classes at Village Haberdashery for a while though ;-). )

jeanne e. said...

wowsers! congratulations! can't wait to see what you help to create! :)

jodie said...

Awesome...so very awesome!

Sophie Belle Designs said...

Katy I'm so happy for you. 'Believe you can and you're halfway there' - Teddy Roosevelt (and you can x)

nattygai said...

congratulations katy. you really are awesome

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, congrats, not at all surprised they hired you!

liniecat said...

Many congratulations!
Enjoy lol

Harrysmum said...

Congrats on your new job - I'm sure you'll settle into your new routine just fine, and as i always say, housework is overrated. (or train the kids to do it)
We've done a fair bit of flitting across the pennines over the years, and the one thing you can be sure of is that the weather's always different ont'other side ;-)
Can't wait to see the fruits of your new venture!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! How awesome. You seen like one of the nicest quilters out there, and I so enjoy reading your blog and following you on Instagram. Best of luck and can't wait to hear and see more of this new adventure.

Ella said...

Congrats! So awesome to see good things come!

dolores said...

Proud of you kiddo. Bet they liked the tats!;) hahaa!!:)

Always told my kids...live by the Golden Rule and you can't go wrong!:)
xo

cuckooblue said...

What brilliant news! Congratulations, so well deserved. Your work is lovely, I always enjoy reading your blog and you're obviously properly nice - you're made for this job! Hope you love it. Aw, your uplifting post has made me smile!

Poppyprint said...

This is really most excellent news. Being able to say you are earning a living from your passion is truly rare. Well done Katy and all the best for your first week!!

Kay said...

Wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, you so deserve this. I hope there is celebration with cake and fabric. xxx

Gillian said...

Huge congratulations - what a lovely, uplifting post. I've been a blog-follower for ages and you seem like such a nice person. Wishing you all the best for this new chapter.

Michele said...

Congrats. I'm sure you are excited for this new chapter in your life. While my work isn't as exciting as your new position, one bit of home that makes my life so much easier is my cleaning lady. She comes twice a month and cleans the whole house. I haven't scrubbed a toilet in months and for the time and stress it saves my it is well worth it. It might be something you'd want to consider to make your life easier now. Best of luck.

Elsa said...

How exciting for you! Looking forward to hearing more on your new adventure!!!

Eva said...

Congratulations! All the best for your start at your new job!!! And thank you for sharing your journey!

Leanne said...

Wow, I am so happy for you!!! Audio books, and pod casts are great for the commute. I sure hope you love it, you will be great at this. I would love to contribute, I will email you an idea, in case contributions from Canada are ok.

Anita said...

Congrats on your new job! How exciting :) I'm sure you're going to be fabulous! Hugs from across the pond :)

Irenbjor said...

Katy Jones, I knew you would be a big success as I saw you blossoming through the years , as I watched you sew on your blog..Congratulations deary !!! Ill tell you what makes you a success as well as your bright personality. You may not remember me , however that you took the time to answer an email with kindness and true interest is what makes people remember who you are. Thanks, Izzy from NJ USA

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

What a wonderful story! Congratulations Katy on this new adventure! I couldn't be happier for you! Can't wait to see what comes from this next stage!

CitricSugar said...

That's hella-awesome, K! And a great motto - work hard and be nice. Best of luck, success, and most of all, happiness!

Karen said...

Yes!! Amazingly kind and nice plus talented and look what happens :). I am so happy for you!

amandajean said...

That's so awesome, Katy! A great big congratulations to you!!!

susan718 said...

congratulations! Great news.

Jeanna said...

I found you today through Aunt Polly's Porch, she talked about the app you used on pictures... I read you post and thought, wow, that's great! So I looked at your tutorials, and although you have tons of comments on this post, and you may never even read this - I thought I would ask. I have a blogspot blog, and I have a tutorial list, but you have to scroll through the whole post to get to the next tutorial, and I was just wondering if you could tell me how you get it to show a thumbnail picture with a title and then link. If you could even point me in the right direction I would be so grateful!! becauseisaysew.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Delighted to hear your exciting news! Good luck with the new job, the commute ( at least you have the Spring and Summer ahead to get used to the travelling) and working out a routine with the family. They must be thrilled too. Hope your first day goes well.

Kate at M is for make said...

Amazing Katy, congratulations, and enjoy your exciting new chapter :)

LJ said...

this couldnt have happened o a more wonderful person!! I'm thrilled for you!! I love you!!

Sylvie - Madame Créative said...

Congratulations Katy! Enjoy this change in your life!

Quilt Fabric Pizazz said...

I am happy for you if you are happy with this arrangement. I too started off doing "stuff" during the budding on the rachel ashwell, shabby chic era and was hired on part time to design & make product - hire others etc. and it started off as part time and slowly inch by inch as things took off ended up being a 24 hour - 7 day a week job with one thing and another. It is exciting to start but 5 years in, it was totally exhausting......and then it all went bust in thelead up to 2008 financial crisis and now I am back to designing and making items for two shop only in Vancouver and Jasper upper end shops for infants and throw size. Happy again now....best to you and your family.

Sylvia Anderson said...

I just discovered your blog today, totally by accident. Aunt Polly's Porch had a link to your site in reference to a new app (Waterloque”) from ITunes that you must have talked about. I am so happy so happy to be here at a time in your life when all is going well, and you are embarking on a new journey down life's many roads that we travel during our lifetime.
I'm looking forward to perusing your blog, when I have more time, as I am working on some table runners that I need for birthday gifts, and I am in CRUNCH time, which is nothing new. Good luck tomorrow and congratulations.

Claire E Poppins said...

Many congratulations xxx

Jennifer Fullerton said...

Congrats on this new phase of your life! Good luck to you!

Archie the wonder dog said...

This is such wonderful news and I'm looking forward to hearing more about the magazine. Hope your first day went smoothly and congratulations once again!

leanne said...

phew - congratulations on your new job and good luck with all the changes - hopefully you can catch a train so you can sew to and from work !

myBearpaw said...

Fantastic news Katy. As a permanently self-employed person I can only imagine how exciting it must be to get paid by someone else every month!! And how wonderful you get to take your passion to whole new audience! I have had dealigns with Practical Publishing and they seem like a great company, they are constantly sending me free mags and had told me about a new quilting one coming soon. I would be very keen to send you a submission or 2. My life is changing soon too and that should give me more time for this sort of thing. Looking forward to hearing how it's all going!

Heather said...

Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for this opportunity for your talent and skills to shine!

Celine said...

I am late reading your great news Katy but CONGRATULATIONS, I am sure you will be brilliant! Well done. hope you enjoy your new job and you find a new routine quickly, I hope the commute isn't too bad and I will look out for your new magazine in April. Best of luck!

Chris {frecklemama} said...

Well done!! You deserve it and I hope they know how lucky they are. Good luck with the transition period and go easy on yourself. We all love you and are so happy for you to continue on this path of yours!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! Having a paid job is so good for the soul. Makes you feel valued in ways your family can't, I think. Good luck with the juggling act that is work and family life. I know about that juggling. I work four days, and come home to three kids and husband. After a few weeks of teething problems we worked out that everyone needed to start sharing the jobs that Mummy used to do herself...the unnoticed stuff like putting washing away, unpacking the dishwasher, the grocery shopping.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Congratulations, this is wonderful. Hope it all works out even better than yo have hoped.
I have just bought Waterlogue - love it, thank you.

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