It’s the little things

My hiatus was only little but it was enough to make me a lot happier and I was able to make a few decisions. It’s a slow process but I feel like I am more on track now.

– I finally bought earplugs. Why oh WHY did I wait so long?? Best sleep I have ever had since I met The Man And Cat Who Snore.

– A change of direction. This is the big issue that was bugging me 24/7 for a while. I wanted to make new things, learn something new, change where I was headed. I couldn’t figure out how to start the process and it drove me nuts. I’m not there yet but I am finally heading where I want to head again.

– Part of that process involved closing my etsy shop for a while and finally opening my shop here. Because it’s NZ based and the NZ$ is so rubbish right now it means much cheaper prices for overseas customers. I am still slogging through making a hobby horse my grandma paid for ummm 2 months ago but as soon as that $#&@*%! thing is finally done I will be loading the shop with new things. I was actually on the verge of giving up crafting but this new direction has made me feel great.

– We should have an appointment to see a fertility specialist within the next 3 months. I could be pregnant before I turn 31. Ok, public health system so make that 32 but still…the day is drawing nearer.

– Dave’s mother has been given 3-6 months to live. It’s nice to have a more firm time frame on that, since we were so worried she was at deaths door right now.

– The one really upsetting thing for me is Rastus has developed mental problems. He was handling everything so well for so long but it all suddenly got too much for him. A new cat downstairs, Ginga coming back, the neighbours cats picking on him so much. Between our property and the one next door there are 6 cats and something snapped in Rastus’ brain and he’s become….scary. He still has these moments of smoochy loving cuddles but then in the blink of an eye he can chjange and fly at your face. He’s growling and hissing, not just at Ginga but at us too. And the front door. He suddenly hates the front door. I did a little research and it’s all to do with losing territory. Apparently it should die down within a few months to a year but a year of having my beloved cat fly at my face….and I also worry about what having a baby would do to him. So now moving to a new house is the #1 priority to give him and Ginga equal territory with no horrible neighbour cats. Until he is better it means that putting clothes on him has to stop šŸ˜¦


– It’s not much but I decided to have a teeny tiny weeny little giveaway. I have tried to sell these buttons on Trade Me but I cannot do it. I love them that much. Selling them feels wrong. I bought them for…well I’m too embarrassed to say how much I spent on them but they are some of the most expensive buttons ever made I’m sure. So rather than have them sit there unused forever I thought that somebody might like them. So if you want them leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Tuesday eveningĀ  US time.

A teeny tiny giveaway



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13 responses to “It’s the little things

  1. Heidi

    Glad to hear you are heading in a direction you want to be in. I need to do that – take inventory of my life and get on the track I need to be on.
    Those are simply the most adorable buttons EVER. I can definitely see them being used on a button-close accent pillow in leaf green with yellow piping to show them off!


  2. Sounds like a lot going on hope the fertility works out for you. I can relate to those things. The snoring sounds funny, but I know what you mean. I cannot sleep with earplugs.
    The butttons are very pretty I love the red on yellow.

  3. Wendy

    I’m sorry about your Mother-in-law. The timing part is very hard I agree. My mom just passed 5 days ago. We were told 2-4 days and sat vigil by her bed til her last breath. Just spend this time loving on her. You’ll be glad you did.
    Good luck with all the shop changes. Sounds like you’ve thought it all through.
    The buttons are adorable but your cat in that hat is precious.

  4. Glad to hear you’ve come up with a new direction for your crafting, it can be so frustrating when things get overwhelming.
    I’m sorry to hear that your cat is having some issues, it’s hard when our pets suddenly aren’t themselves.
    I’m Very sorry to hear about your mother in law, but I’m sure it’s a relief to have a better grasp of how much time you’ll have left with her.

    I agree with the previous poster, that picture of your cat in a hat is so darn cute!
    Those buttons are lovely, are they hand painted?

  5. Glad to hear you feel you are back on track…..things can be so overwhelming sometimes. Congrats on your Felt store, everything looks lovely….good luck. xx

  6. I’m glad to read that you’re feeling happier. I’m also sorry about Dave’s mom. I hope she’s comfortable and I wish comfort for you and Dave as well during this difficult time.
    Those buttons are so pretty.

  7. crystal

    Yay for feeling happier! That’s always good. The buttons are cute and the kitty hat is cuter. I’m surprised he lets you dress him so easily! I’m sorry to hear about your mil, hope everything goes better.

  8. bookwormbethie

    What a recap of your hiatus. So sorry about your kitty, perhaps NZ has a “cat whisperer” like how the USA has Cesar Millan to solve all the doggie problems? I can totally understand how your kitty’s split personality would make you nervous about bringing a baby home—- but glad to hear you’ll have an appointment soon!

    p.s. you don’t need to enter me in the button giveaway, they are beautiful buttons though!

  9. That must have been a whirlwind of a hiatus. I’m pleased things are looking up.
    Those buttons are adorable and almost too precious to use.

  10. Hello there, your blog is amazing…your posts are so thought-provoking.

    I don’t know if you are including overseas bloggers in your giveaway, but if you are…please count me in. Your buttons are exquisite. Thank you.

    Wishing you well in everything,
    love, Tina x

  11. What a tough time in life for you right now! I’m glad you’re not giving up crafting. Having an outlet of creativity can be the saving grace when life gets hard.

    I hope your kitty gets back to normal soon. When we added our 3rd cat to our home, they all were on edge for about 6 months, hissing and fighting alllll the time. It’s been 1 1/2 years now, and I feel like they’re all finally settling into their personalities.

    The buttons are beautiful! What a treasure!!

  12. Really sorry about Dave’s mother.

    Oh, poor Rastus! I have a new puppy in the house and two of my cats are terrified; the other two tolerate her to a point. I was worried that they wouldn’t get along, but never thought about the territorial aspect of adding another family member…

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