School holidays are always busy, but these winter holidays have been especially busy with the addition of a few events into our days.
The first is the addition of sunshine. The first week was terrible weather but this week we've had sun. We've also shivered the entire time we've been outside, but the sun on our backs is a great feeling, we've filled our vitamin D tanks and there isn't a space on the road outside that isn't covered in chalk drawings from Abby and her friends.
The 2nd addtion to this holidays was a trip to the movies in which I found some great lessons in bringing up children, I bawled like a baby at the end but the biggest reward was staying awake. After the movie was over, the lights came on, I said "That was awesome". Braden said "That was epic", Abby said "You were scared Mum, you held my hand" and Jacob said "No way, you didn't stay awake, did you Mum?" We watched Brave. It was a great movie. Even if I did struggle to stay awake during the fishing part in the middle.
The third edition to these holidays has been the busy hive that is created while getting ready for SENZ. SENZ is a huge NZ craft show and I have a booth this year, full of all the goodies I've been selling, (Washi, molds, kits, twine, gems, flowers etc). We're demo-ing mixed media stuff, we're making tags, we're making cute Prima necklaces, we're selling chipboard, it'll be a lot of fun.
Sometimes I don't know how I get involved in this kind of thing, I never clearly made a conscience decision to retail anything, and it's likely that after SENZ I will stop. I somehow fell into it. However it's in the genes to be a little entreprenuerial I think, I have memories of my Dad making me cut foliage off the farm shelter-belt trees, bunching it up and sending it to the city florist markets to make a dollar or two as a kid. I was amazed over and over how many people had trees and hedges on their farms and they had no clue they could be getting $45 a box for it if they just got out there, cut it and bunched it to sell.
Anyway. I've got the kids involved and they have their own bits and pieces to sell. So far we have Jacob's' Just-Tie-It' Hand dyed Binding ribbon. We have 'Braden's Borders' and 'Braden's Bit's n Bobs', and we have 'Abby's Art Pieces'.
These kids have been working on these all holidays. They have a cost per item they have to pay me and they get to keep the profit.
I'll let ya know early next week how we went, don't forget to pop by at the booth and us and see them if you are at SENZ this coming weekend!