So it’s now Tuesday – and I am only just getting over the big event that was my birthday *slash* Leaving-my-Dayjob-Celebration (more on that in a moment) party on Friday.
I had a wonderful day – starting out with breakfast at home with my husband and son, having a relaxed time and getting great books and also photo equipment to play with!
It was followed up by the entire school singing for me at morning assembly, then my first graders singing, my coworkers having put out flags (Very important part of Danish birthdays – I think I talked about it in this episode of the podcast) and then gifting me with lovely – very lovely – Quivit yarn. (and this wasn’t even a big birthday – I’m now 37 – but I think because I’m leaving soon, they thought they’d do something special)
Back home, I opened more gifts and then got everything ready for the guests to arrive – including (but not limited to) harvesting enormous amounts of mint for making mojitos!
The party was great. There were family and friends, speeches, more gifts, an impromptu concert by my husband and fellow musicians, mojitos, nice food, rosé win and dancing.
Of craft related gifts I got very nice eggplant Debbie Bliss yarn (what to make, what to make), an elastic guide presser foot for my overlocker (it’s so clever, it almost sews the elastic on by itself!), some great stud prints to iron on to t-shirts (I have to make a bunch and get started. I love all the prints!) and the skein of oh-so-soft-and-warm quivit yarn – imported from Greenland by one of my coworkers.
Now. About the Leaving-my-Dayjob thing.. I have mentioned it in the interviews I did with iMake and Sew Busy Lizzy, but I haven’t really talked about it here: I have decided to leave my full time teaching job (which is never just full time, parents call in the evening, you always have to prepare for lessons etc.) to focus more on my pattern making and my shop.
I have been a elementary school teacher for almost 10 years, and needless to say, this decision has not been easy. But I need to do this for myself now. I will still be working part time for other people – but will finally be able to have my dream job making and selling patterns!
It’s been a while since we had a parting pic. For my party, my father brought me a new rooster (he’s still only a cockerel, actually). The old one (you might remember Hugo) became very territorial and attacked people, so we ate him this spring. Here’s hoping that Hans will last longer…
Congratulations on your huge decision! Happy birthday – so glad you are over the hangover now. What I love most… The casual BTW we ate Hugo. I’m still laughing.
Hee hee. Yep, But once he had attacked me, it was just a matter of finding someone to help me (he was huge! No way I could hold him, and husband doesn’t do outdoorsy things) and finding the ax. The meat had to cook for 3 hours, but it was a great stew!
Congratulations on making such a big decision. Wishing you every success as you move into your pattern store full time!
Thank you, Ruth.
I am looking forward to it. I will be working part time in a fabric store and the rest of the time for myself. Good mix, I hope:-)
Here’s to new beginnings!!! Congratulations and goodluck!
Thank you, thank you. :-)
Happiest of birthdays to you, and BRAVO on following your dream!! Those are some marvelous goodies, especially the yarn and gorillapod (we have one and I love it!)
Thank you! And thank you :-) I’m still at my teaching job for another month, and even though I can now count the days (and I do) it’s still very surreal. I wonder when I will realize that it is actually happening. Maybe the first Monday I don’t have to drive to the school…
Wowee, I am so excited for you!! I’m sorry I’ve only just popped over to find the reason for the hangover, but by my reckoning it was totally worth it!! Good going you, congratulations and all the very best. Btw love your rooster…