Sunday, September 19, 2010

Help I need your time management hints !

Children are back at school but the time management problems still exist so this is now a forum so we can all share our tips and hints for making the most of the time you have . Someone out there must have a way to make my life more efficient and I can imagine I am not the only one trying to juggle all the roles we play on a daily basis. Drink more coffee is not an option !!!!

Each day I get up , make coffee and try and decide what is the most important and by the end of the day I often feel as though I have got it wrong. My choices are -
Option 1 -spend the day sewing to build up stock for my upcoming sales events and just ignore the computer , I keep making sea horses and they keep selling, i am so pleased about this but contrary to popular belief they do not reproduce on their own,
Option 2 - do I sit down and list new things on Etsy, (should this be done everyday) which seems to be such a time consuming business especially trying to get those photos right, and then when I have listed I have to spend time promoting the new items or what is the point listing them and then I inevitably get involved chatting with some of my fantastic etsy and FB friends . Oh and dont forget playing in the BNRs !
Option 3 - keep Facebook and twitter up to date and make sure all that love is linked and cared for, and I love seeing what everyone else has been up too , oh yes and this neglected blog needs some love.
Then there is
Option 4 - Design new things , which is always what I want to be doing but always seems to get pushed to the bottom of this list, you should see my book of ideas one of them is going to make my fortune if they ever get made.
And of course I have
Option 5 - Go and find my new fabric , which needs to be done often but the searches are always unpredictable.

And of course somehow fit in all the Mother duties.

SO how do you guys do it !!! I know that some of you have superpowers but surely not all of you so I need your help to get through the build up to this holiday season.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Neglected Blog and Lavender Hearts

I want to say two things , firstly I am sorry that I have not been writing anything on this blog lately , I am not sure if anyone is at all bothered about my lack of blogging but I did say i was going to try and write often and secondly where on earth do you fantastic bloggers find the time to do all the great writing.
My life is not that interesting but it is just too busy and blogging gets put to the bottom of the list.
For all you mums out there with younger kids let me warn you that the summer holidays are a disaster when you have teenagers and teenagers friends. I presumed that now my kids are older (12.15.17) I would have lots of time to myself to sew,blog and generally be creative but No, these teenagers are a demanding race, they want food all the time and they enter your kitchen like a swarm of locusts and just devour everything they see, I would not have believed the amount of time I have spent in the supermarket this holiday. They want lifts everywhere and as I encouraged them to get jobs and do swim camps etc I suppose I have to help get them there and back, so when I am not in the supermarket I am playing taxi driver. And when I am actually allowed to be in the house with time to work there are so many comings and going it is just impossible to get things done so role on september and the new term and hopefully back to creativity !!!!

Now I have finished making excuses for my lack of communication let me show you what i have been up too, i have started creating this great little lavender hearts with adorable charms on them.
They started when i wanted to jazz up a present i was giving to a special friend and I did not have a card or a gift tag so i thought I would make one of these . They really are cute and you can use them for so many things, I fill them with organic lavender and flax seed and I get the charms from Cards and Craft on Esty. I love this shop.
Have a browse through my shop and if you cant find a heart in a color you like just let me know and I will make one for you .

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eco Owls.

Just a quickie to let you know about a new arrival in Revivals shop. Since the creation of Revival my daughter has been saying "make owls mum " and "everyone loves owls mum" so after being on my 'to do 'list for nearly a year I have made some. I have to agree with her they are cute and lovable and totally eco friendly. Each one is made with a combination of recycled fabrics and there is vintage fabric is there too. I can make custom owls if you have a favorite color combination so just let me know what you like. Any feedback would be welcome because at the moment I am relying on a 12 year girl for my critiques.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Prom, teenage hormones and lack of focus

Despite all my good intentions this blog has been neglected and so much has happened since I wrote about my puppies.
The main event in the Shepherd household was that my son went to the Prom with his girlfriend, this might be normal in most US households at this time of year but remember we a Brits and prom is a foreign concept. So somehow the girlfriend got him into a suit and tie for the first time in his life, my son is the casual sort of guy, so all credit goes to the power of the girlfriend. It was my job to get him shoes and he seemed to think that I was being unreasonable to request his presence on this shopping trip, but he soon realized I expected him to try them on and so he appreciated me needing his feet at least to be in the shop. Shoes bought and tux on, he looked amazing even if I am biased and his girlfriend looked great too.
The other things going on in the Shepherd household is school holidays have arrived and so there is no peace in the house as teenagers are always in packs and never travel alone and the cupboards are always bare. I am unsure how Revival will fare during the vacation as my focus seems to be dominated by teenager girls in skimpy bikinis and teenage boys just being loud.
So watch this space for the updates from hormone city and hopefully there will be the occasional new Revival item too.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Puppies ready for adoption !!!!

Today was the day that saw the arrival of my two new puppies and the old revamped one.
The first two are named Bill and Ben after two childrens characters in the UK , they were not dogs but flowerpot men and I am not going to try and explain that any further, I think it is a case of you have to have see it. But back to Bill and Ben they are a pair of lovely pink and purple Scottie dogs and are ready for adoption, no paperwork required except for a click of a paypal button. They are low maintenance and fully house trained, they can be rehomed together or separately with out any emotional damage occurring to anyone.
The next revamped puppy is not for sale , she is Charli my Golden Retriever and she had her first haircut today as she was driving our pool filter insane. After a traumatic session at the groomers , I think she mourned the loss of her long golden locks, she looks like our puppy again and is enjoying all the attention, but she is a bit quiet for Charli and my husband thinks she is still in a mood with me for not consulting with her about her new image.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

You all see the great tempting give aways on everyones blogs these days , well guess what ! I WON,
The blog was , she is a fantastic photographer and the prize was one of her prints and you could choose which one you wanted, I fell in love with the London Eye at Dusk as it reminded me of one of my routes home in London, and now I have it, and it is amazing and evokes so many memories of sitting in traffic on the North bank of the Thames. Please visit her shop and see all the great prints she has, the travel prints are just one of the sections and check out the blog you could be the next winner.

Her etsy shop is

And keep entering those giveaways you never know when you could be as lucky as me.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fantastic weekend !!!!

Ok Guys I am not being very good at this blogging business but I am trying, I need at least one extra day in the week just for computer stuff. But it is Monday and it is my new weeks resolution that i will blog today. I had a great weekend and it was all Revival related , on Saturday I was selling at the Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA), a great French school that was having an international day and it was great fun, there were dancers from around the world, everyone was wearing national costumes and my fav was food from around the world, I ate all day starting with crepes for breakfast and ending with french pastries on the way home in the car. The lovely children of the french school exhibited their great taste by loving my Revival Animals so it was a good day all round.
Then on Sunday I travelled south to meet a fellow etsian to wander around the swap meet at Irvine college and I scored. loads of great vintage fabric and just good stuff. You will see the results very soon. It was a great swap meet I had never been before, well worth a visit if you are a SoCal person, prices were good and lots of choice.
So Monday morning arrived and with it a herd of giraffes, my husband says they are doing the conga and he claims that is the only dance the British can do !!!!! I am deeply offended by this remark and can only think he spent too many holidays at Butlins Holiday camps as a child and he has memories that are not normal for the British population , what do you think !!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hello and Welcome

The first thing I must do on this blog is thank a very talented friend of mine for making it for me, she is not only a great blogger but a fantastic artisan so before you read further check out her shop and you will see what I mean, and she has a great BOGO Memorial sale going on, so this is the time to visit and shop.

Now I would like to say welcome and hello all you great people who have made the time to drop by, I am so pleased to have found another way to share my Revival world with you, and I can imagine as I find out how this works I can share all sorts of things with you. So please comment with your advice and suggestions of what you would like to see on this blog and I will do my best.

Thank you for dropping by and have a great holiday weekend !!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Revival Vintage Design

All my items are eco friendly and handmade
from vintage and recycled fabric.
My environmentally friendly gifts save the
beauty from the past and makes it into
something to treasure for the future.
Please browse through my Etsy shop
and you will find eco friendly animals,
decorative pillows, adorable baby presents
and accessories. You can find green gifts for
the young,old and newborns and especially
for yourself. If you do not see the the gift you
are looking for here, please contact me
and I will try my best to help.