Friday, 5 April 2013

A catch up...

Well Ive been missing from blogland a little while now....3 years to be exact....I suppose I should catch you up on a few things!

I turned my back on crafting for a little while...I just lost the heart for it....simple as that really....It became a struggle and I decided to have a little break from it which actually turned out to be longer than expected!!

I became a respite carer for my friends little boy whom Ive known from birth...he has Williams syndrome hes nearly 9 yrs old and caring for him makes me a better person....then into my life...along came another little boy on the school run in his buggy with his mummy...much younger but with the same beautiful elfin features and big broad smile Id seen before....before you know it I'm caring for 2 little boys with Williams!! Ive been caring for them nearly 2 years now and they light up my life I love them like they're my own...They were sent to me to make me smile x

My own Little man Aidy is nearly 9 now! still gorgeous and still drives me nuts but wouldn't swap him for the world!! ha ha
this is him on the right with Justin the Eldest boy I care for.

Then there's me....I went through a bit of a transformation due to health reasons...(I have the Diabetes gene chasing me) I lost 4.5 stones with Paul Mckennas book I can make you thin....going from a size 24-26 to a size 18....I'll never be a skinny Minnie...but I'm happy 

I also celebrated 10 years of marriage September 2012......
...and celebrate 20 years of  being a couple this November x 
My Childhood sweetheart xx

So that's a few onto the business,.....Why did I decide to come back to crafting?
Well I was starting to miss it..but thought I could live without it.....but then little things kept happening.. Little signs...making a present for a friends baby shower and my friend being so touched with what I made for her princess it made me really emotional...and the new friends I had made since not even knowing I could craft full stop was eye opening, that used to be one of the first thing they associated with 'Annie'!!
Then one day me and Aidy were talking about a subject they were discussing at school...( what gifts has God given us) he turned around to me and asked me outright....Mum why don't you craft anymore? I tried to fob him off in all honesty...because I just couldn't answer the question......then the smarty pants came up with well your gift is that you make everything nice.....that's when it spiralled!!

I had left my Fb business page open and abandoned to be honest and decided one evening in January to post a test message to see if anyone was still there?......The response I got was many encouraging comments asking if I'm coming back to crafting etc.......then a good talking to from my nearest and dearest friends encouraging me not to waste my skills was the final straw!!!!! I had no more reasons not to!!
I relaunched in January with just over 400 likers and now a short while later i have over 700 likers and had an AMAZING response!!! 

Unfortunately my old hard drive with all my old designs such as the 4 seasons blocks  has been corrupted so I took it as an opportunity to start from scratch! New logo new designs new beginnings!!!

Back soon

Annie x


Rachael Millar-Zivic said...

Welcome back to craft-land.
XXXRach In Australia.

Rachael Millar-Zivic said...

Welcome back to craft-land Annie.

XXX Rach in Australia

Tracy said...

It's lovely to see you and your designs back here in blogland, your son sounds a very clever boy, sometimes we just need to be reminded of our talents and yours definitely shouldn't be hidden! xx

Amanda said...

where did that time go? Well done for the weight loss, thats my main line of work so I know how hard it is.

Annie Vaughan said...

Hi Tracy and Amanda...yes its been a while..lovely to see your blogs again...ive got a lot to catch up on...thanks for your lovely comments and for stopping by xxx
Annie xx

Florence and Mary said...

Good to have you back too but it seems like life has treated you well since you've been away.

Well done on the weight loss, would love to hear more about how you did it!

Victoria xx

Leann said...

you look fantastic! So glad to hear from you again. sounds like your life is on a great track! Congrats on your milestones.