If you had asked me, eight, ten years ago what my ideal Friday night was, I can guarantee you it would not have involved any of the following:
1. Sitting in front of the fire in my own house with a glass of Rioja (after finishing the next 5 points!)
2. Sitting in front of a sewing machine sewing festive bunting
3. Diligently pre-washing newly arrived fabrics to eliminate colour runs and shrinkage
4. Playing with afore-mentioned fabrics to see what colour combos work best
5. Dreaming up new ideas for Christmas decorations I could make with the Christmas fabric scraps left from the bunting
6. Being actually quite pleased my Christmas party was cancelled due to bad weather so that I could catch up on orders.
Part of me wonders how I arrived at this point from my (infinitely wilder) 20s. Back then I would have greeted any suggestion of the above with hoots of derision. After all, I didn't even do Home Ec in first year in secondary school and had never come closer to a sewing machine than passing my sister's machine occasionally in her room. But I've posted before about how crafting brings a little magic into my life and this hobby (and now growing little business) is fundamental to me now. And the busy social life doesn't seem like such a big loss these days. Maybe it's the two pre-school kids, or the lovely husband or the bite of the recession. Whatever it is, I'm more content now than ever, and having a lovely Friday night.