So you've heard of loom bands right? It's a huge craze right now and the story begins with Sadie coming home from school asking me if I could buy her some. Like anything I like to search on the web first (to find the best deal) and came across this article. So I read it to the children.
The next day Charlie came home with a large amount of loom bands that he picked up off the school grounds. We counted over 100 loom bands! Even I was a bit shocked. Charlie being a huge animal lover has made it his job to pick up every loom band he finds on the ground.
Next thing I have Charlie's teacher telling me that Charlie's loom band concerns had started a debate in class. The class was divided with children like Charlie concerned for the welfare of animals and then other children who enjoyed making things from them.
Word got around and we then had the local paper asking us if they could they report on Charlie's little campaign. You can read the article here.
Don't tell Charlie, but I'm not personally against loom bands, but I feel so proud that he believes in something so passionately. So Sadie won't be getting any loom bands, but we plan to do some finger knitting instead. Will let you know how we get on.
Thought I would update you on how the cafe has been working out for us. It's hard to believe we are into our seventh month already. Three months ago I decided to resign from my library job and now I'm working with Ian during the day. You dont' get the chance to own your own cafe every day, so we thought if we were going to do it properly I had to be more involved. I'm loving it, it's been great working with Ian everyday, bouncing ideas off each other in how to improve things and perfecting our coffee making.
Going into it we wanted to put our own mark on the place immediately, but it didn't take us long to realise that it's a gradual progress that takes time and money, but we are definitely moving ahead with a solid following.
So far we have introduced a new logo designed by our friend Geoff Francis. Ian wants to introduce a good selection of gluten free cakes, cupcakes and pizza bases. We also want to try and promote a 'green' image where we try to use as much biodegradable products as possible.
I have started up 'The Makery', a place where I host craft sessions for birthday parties and school holiday programmes for children. I'm now thinking how I can do something similar for adults. Crafts and cafes seem to go hand in hand.
My Makers at Home group has also hosted a handmade goods ~ music ~ local art and food night a few weeks ago. The place was lit up with tea lights and we had a brazier burning out in the courtyard. It was a wonderful evening. It turned into a real community event.
Life hasn't changed too much for the children. We try to have a meal at the cafe together once a week which they look forward to. Charlie and Sadie love decorating the 'specials' blackboard for me with their quirky little drawings.
Thanks to those who have already popped in to say hello, it's lovely meeting you.
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~ our new signs ~
~ Ian at the coffee machine ~
~ Ian's G.F chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes ~
~ Cuckoo's marinated olives served in a vintage tea cup ~
~ me setting up the Makery for a craft afternoon ~