Do you ever feel like you need to take a step away from life and reality? Well thats how I feel about 2014 really, it was a crazy and extremely surreal year, one my husband and I sometimes wondered if we would ever get through and one where on December 31st we were sad it came to an end but also said “so that was a bit mad”. So, this is the story all about how our life got twist turned upside down and I’d like you to take a minute and just sit right there and let me tell you how I became – no – wrong song. Let me tell you about the year.
People say it isn’t a good idea to combine major life events in too short a space of time well I think we managed four in one year and have just about lived to tell the tale! Back in September 2013, Paul liked it so he put a ring on it, and we were engaged and the crazy merry-go-round of wedding planning began. Luckily my then day job consisted of a lot of events planning so I treat the wedding much like a work event for logistics and got down to business very quickly, a guest list was formed within 24 hours and within three days I had contacted nine wedding venues. My work, or rather my boss, was incredibly dictatorial about allowing me time off of work and so basically gave me two weekends from which to pick our wedding date in our chosen time of Autumn 2014. A venue was chosen and then more planning ensued as we wanted to have a handmade wedding. I wont go in to too much detail here as I have planned a blog series on having a handmade wedding but there was a LOT to do!
Alongside planning our wedding we were also in the process of selling our Cambridge flat and house hunting in St Ives. Looking back at it now I can honestly say the house buying/selling process was far more stressful than planning a wedding, and a bit more expensive too. After a long hunt, in January we found our house, and began the legal proceedings. But in typical “us” style we didn’t make it easy, nope, we bought a house that was built in 1959 and pretty much hasn’t been touched since, it is all orange or peach and needed a full rewire, new heating, the works, but we love it and it has a 98ft long garden. Over on Instagram I have a #orangehouserenovation tag if you wish to see what we’re up to!
Fast forward to April and after a few problems with the Land Registry we have moving day! Moving day was incredibly stressful and exciting all combined into one. We have a separate blog about our house and we made a little video of the moment we put the key in the door, it was all very exciting but the second we were over the threshold it felt like home. We had a little problem on moving day, our gas boiler got condemned, and so we were without heating or a cooker for rather a long time. During the mortgage survey we had a 45 page report all with negative comments, but we wanted to go ahead anyway. The problem with the boiler, and the rewire (and a chimney to come down, floors to be levelled, polystyrene ceiling tiles to come down, asbestos floor ties to come up…) meant that in mid June we had to move out to let the builders back in. We moved back in after two weeks and then could think a little about decorating and actually unpacking!
During this time Paul had also been made redundant and had to set up his own company (another of those big life events) and I had been under specialist care for a problem with my back which eventually led to me leaving my job in July under mental stress and also a wedding and house to deal with!
The decision for me to leave my job didn’t come easy, but at the time it was necessary and the best thing for me to do, I had time to work on our wedding, one that was so personal to me with all of the little handmade touches I had planned and had dreamed of since I was a young whipper snapper. However the decision was also made a little easier by Paul and I planning an almost seven week honeymoon in Australia and Dubai (photo blog coming soon) and so I would have had to leave work anyway.
Fast forward to October 18th an our wedding day. The most wonderful day of our lives, not everything went to plan and I challenge any Bride to say nothing went wrong on their day, but everything I had wanted to make I did and I think everyone liked it! And a few days later we jetted off to the warm sunshine of Australia for a few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me share some photos from our journey under my #honeymooninoz tag.
We returned to a very cold UK a little before Christmas to a still orange house, not a complete kitchen, very cold (no roof insulation), both jobless and Christmas to prepare for. But, it was an amazing year and one we will never forget for good or for bad!
So what has this story got to do with Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium? Having an extremely stressful year, one that took its toll physically and mentally, has led me to review my employment situation and what really matters to me to be happy. I can’t be one of those people who hates their job anymore and so with the amazing husband that I have, I will be looking for part time work but my main focus is to Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium and developing my online shop, new products in the pipeline and a few other secret plans. It has started with relaunching this new blog and I welcome you to share my journey with me! The new website is due to launch in “Birthday Week” towards the end of March and I am super excited! But for now I leave you with a super cute photo…..