Ok. So, I may or may not have not blogged for... please cringe with me... nearly two months. And I may or may not now be too petrified to return to the world of blogging. But, fortunately for me, I am surrounded by a group of beautiful Melbourne crafters who have promised me that writing a blog post after so long will be nowhere near as scary as it seems... so here I am! Peeking out from under my little hat of blogging laziness and hoping that at least some of you will still be peeking back. 


Seeing as this is my Official Return To Blogging, it seems quite essential that I update you on all the a-happenings over the past two months! With that in mind, please sit back and enjoy a very speedy, super-succinct Top Ten Things in Two Months:

1. WE SOLD THE HOUSE!
Wee-hee! You may remember that I posted about our beautiful renovation and impending house sale, and the brilliantly exciting news is that our house sold within one week of being on the market for $100k more than it was valued at! Needless to say, we were just a little bit over the moon. 

2. HURSTBRIDGE IS OURS, ALL OURS!
That's right! We've settled on our beautiful 20-acre lot in Hurstbridge and now our heads are buried in a crazy amount of information about water tanks, septic systems, fire safety, solar panels, wind power, insurance, planning permits, and a million other things we've never dealt with before. So exciting!


3. WE HAVE SOMEWHERE TO LIVE!
Not being homeless is always such a nice feeling, and luckily for us, friends of ours have just bought a new home and are renting their old one to us whilst we build on our land! There's room for all of our pets (6 at the moment!) and even for us. 


4. I SEWED THROUGH MY FINGER!
Ok, so I don't know if that deserves an exclamation mark, as it really wasn't that exciting. But it sure was painful! In a momentary lapse of concentration whilst sewing at the highest speed, the needle managed to go right through my finger, pick up the bobbin thread, and bring it back through. I then panicked and pulled away, which resulted in the needle ripping through the entire tip of my finger. EEEWWW!


That's not my actual finger (mainly because there was so much blood I couldn't take a photo!) but that's exactly what my finger felt like!

5. THE PEPPERBERRY & CO. TEAM HAS EXPANDED!
This has got to be one of the most exciting things to have happened since I started this journey- I now have people working with me! They are a wonderful team who deserve to be introduced properly in a blog post, though, so I'm just going to leave you with that tantalising bit of information and tell you more later!


6. WE GOT A Wii!
Ok, so it's totally unrelated to craft and my business, but WOW! How much fun are Wiis? I've already pulled my shoulder muscle playing tennis, peed myself with laughter doing obstacle courses, and felt proud to be 20 years old one day and 40 the next. Seriously addictive.


7. I CAUGHT UP ON MY FINANCES... ALMOST!
Yes, this is the most boring member of the list. Bur possibly also the most important! January was a crazy month that saw me open a Business Bank Account (all growed up now!), get an EFTPOS machine (endless excitement!), finally get an accountant and call the ATO (scary!), and get my income and expenditure into order. Phew! Good luck to everyone else out there trying to do the same...


8. WE SURVIVED THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS!
Christmas itself was a delightful pleasure, but the 17 markets we did in four weeks were a little less so! Of course, meeting all the lovely crafters and crafty lovers from around Melbourne was a highlight, but working every Saturday and Sunday, getting up at 6am, packing, unpacking, keeping on top of stock... well, that was that was not quite as much of a highlight. We survived, however, and had a blast along the way. Here's to many more Christmas periods of madness!


9. POSSUMS, LIZARDS, ECHIDNAS, & PREGNANT WALLABIES...
We've seen them all! Our little possums from way back when are all grown up and almost ready to be released. We rescued a very fat lizard who had been hit by a car and she gave birth to fifteen (FIFTEEN!) babies (ouch!). Whilst walking on our block a really fluffy bush moved and it turned out to be an echidna. And then a mummy wallaby with a little bub bounced past!So much cuteness all at once.


10. I MISSED Y'ALL!
I haven't read a single blog in two months, or emailed friends, or facebooked, or tweeted... and I miss you all! I miss laughing out loud at your crazy blog posts, being involved in your crafty projects, hearing all the inspirational stories, and most of all, getting to know you better and better through back-and-forth emails. I can't wait to get back into it!


See you soon...

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Comments (34)

On February 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Ali said...

Been wondering how things are going - good to see you back, even if just for a bit.

 
On February 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM , busy lizzie said...

Yeeeha! Welcome back. Dont worry about the time lapse. I didnt blog for about 6 months once, (I dont think anyone noticed actually) and even now Im in fits and starts. Lots of great things happening in your life and good on you!!!!Looking forward to hearing more from ya!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM , Jennie said...

There's been a big Pepperberry-shaped hole in my blog reader - I kept wondering if you'd changed your blog address and I'd missed the memo! Looking forward to hearing all about your team.

 
On February 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM , Kristalee said...

Yippee! A new pepperberry post! Wow you have been so busy but wow again you and your business are just on fire! Congratulations.

(not sure if my last comment came through but my keyboard just went a little crazy and started doing things on its own, just to explain the weirdness, if it did come through)

 
On February 17, 2010 at 1:51 PM , ambette said...

Oh yay! You're back! I was wondering where you'd gotten to, and if you were ever going to come back to blog world. I see you've been super-busy and productive in your time away though. Awesome to see! :)

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:11 PM , One Flew Over said...

I was only thinking of you yesterday! You have been busy, welcome back, you have been missed!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:15 PM , Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

Good to see you back in blog land, you clearly need to learn how to schedule blog posts ...

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM , m.e (Cathie) said...

missed you..

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM , clare's craftroom said...

Great to see you again , glad all is going so well !

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM , CurlyPops said...

Welcome back Sandra - I've checked your blog a few times just to make sure that I hadn't missed you in my reader. Can't wait to hear more about what you've been up to!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM , Beky said...

Welcome back Sandra. So glad to have you back blogging to the world. Congrats on the new team and the new venture of building a house. Big changes for 2010!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM , ange_moore said...

Welcome back Sandra - sounds like a busy couple of months for you! I also haven't posted on my blog for about 4 weeks and I have absolutely no excuse - probably for the lack of having something interesting to say...

Can't wait to see what you post about next!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 3:04 PM , Kelly O. said...

I'm still here and I'm glad you are too...
was beginning to wonder... :)

 
On February 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM , Mandy said...

Welcome back :-) Great to see you at Yarraville on Saturday too.

 
On February 17, 2010 at 3:49 PM , Jodie said...

So great to see you Sandra, and all that news is so wonderful ('cept the finger bit).

 
On February 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM , beccasauras said...

Yay, welcome back, no stress, just like to hear from you when you can! I would summarise the last 2 months for you but....well, just start from now! Congrats on the house, good to see you the other day, it looked busy which is good!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 4:58 PM , one little acorn said...

Wow - no wonder you didn't get around to posting! That is an incredible list of achievements. Well done especially on the house sale and the oportunity the sale and move will bring your way.
Sounds like this year is going to be another biggie. Can't wait to see where it takes you.
Cheers Sandra and welcome back.

 
On February 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM , Henriette said...

I KNEW you'd be back :-))))

And I also knew tha t with a house on sale, and a christmasmarket-race, a reaktion was bound to come. Two months is a long time gone, but you'll soon find out, that were alle waiting and cheering because you've hit the surface again.

I haven't been so active either. A hectic and dramatic december brougt med to my knees, and even though I've been blogging, I havent had energy to read and comment very much this year..yet. It's ok to take a break sweety :-)

Welcome back and thank you for the update. I'm a little chaken up by the report on your finger, and cannot believe that its even possible to sew all the way through. It must quite a heave machine you've got there ;) Pheww

How's the finger doing now?? And what did you do when it happend?? Just thinking about it, makes me a little queesy.

Congratulations on the sale and on your new title as landowner :-)

Many hugs
Henriette ;)))

 
On February 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM , yardage girl said...

Welsome back! See you at the studio on Friday! Nic

 
On February 17, 2010 at 8:29 PM , melanie said...

yaaay!! welcome back!
ouch ouch ouch!!! I can't imagine sewing through my finger!!

 
On February 17, 2010 at 8:35 PM , Linda said...

sooo wonderful to see you back Sandra all such wonderful news too (except for the finger.....ouch)you have been busy. welcome back

 
On February 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM , djaj said...

Wahou, what a come back !
I'm not shure I exactly caught how your finger went sewn, but well, I've the impression it's better like that !
Your 2 last months have been "rich" !
And the kitten on the picture is just lovely ;o)

 
On February 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM , Polka Dot Daze said...

Hi there, welcome back! Sounds like you are very busy indeed! Exciting times ahead for you my dear.

 
On February 17, 2010 at 10:52 PM , Buttons by Lou Lou said...

We're all still here. Have been thinking about you even though you haven't been here. Glad everything has been working out so well (except the finger of course).

 
On February 18, 2010 at 5:21 AM , Bee Designs said...

Welcome back to blogland, we've all missed you while you were away. It's great to hear so much good news from you, really pleased to hear about the house sale that's fantastic.

 
On February 18, 2010 at 9:18 AM , Merry said...

Oh wow...great to hear from you and your life has been so full and exciting. Congrats on selling your house so quickly and getting extra spending money. How many adventures can you have on 20 acres....lucky. Fantastic post!

 
On February 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM , Jay @ Finki said...

yey, welcome back. any wonders we haven't seen you round though, life has seen some major events happening for you of late.
the good and the bad (ouchee) can't wait to meet the team and hear more pepper goodness xx

 
On February 18, 2010 at 9:27 PM , Thea said...

What a great comeback post! I was a bit perplexed when I saw the finger pic until I realised that you hadn't actually stopped to take a photo, lol. Good luck with it all!

 
On February 19, 2010 at 3:30 AM , treehousejukebox said...

Welcome back!!!

Wow, you have been busy! Congratulations on all the good news and OUCH on the finger news!

-Emma

 
On February 21, 2010 at 12:02 AM , robbie said...

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On February 28, 2010 at 6:19 PM , objectsofwhimsy said...

welcome back

its very hard to type posts with a fingertip injury. I still remember when my Mum did it when I was about 10 she didnt look like she enjoyed the experience either!
Good Luck with your move to Hurstbridge sounds a beautiful location.

 
On March 4, 2010 at 2:43 PM , Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

Welcome back Sandra. Sounds like your year is off to a great start (apart from the sewing incident).

 
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