Lessons Learned – autumn, taxes and bathrooms!

Lessons learned this week:

  • Despite a few days of glorious weather, autumn is on it’s way. On Sunday in the local park I could see the first leaves changing colour (color – just in case you think, like spell check, that I don’t know how to spell where you live!) on the trees and even the first conkers of the season too!

Are there any signs of the changing seasons in your corner of the world?

  • We received some potential plans for our bathroom (aka the room of gloom) makeover. This would be the view from above – we are considering various options, but this is our preferred one at the moment……but I reserve the right to change my mind at any moment!

  • Sometimes it is worth entering a photo competition even if it is a last minute decision. I love I Heart Faces and was delighted to come second. Sorry to regular readers here to mention it AGAIN, but I was very chuffed!

  • I love my newly purchased sign – my latest, which is destined for the cottage of course.

  • Learning about income tax, Class 2 and Class 4 national insurance contributions etc is not as scary as I thought it would be.

As part of setting up my small business, janmary designs, I attended a 4 hour seminar today on “Becoming Self-Employed” by HMRC (Her Majestys Revenue and Customs!).

Also in attendance were two moblile hairdressers, one originally from Russia and the other from Lithuania. If it was a challenge for me in English, I cannot imagine trying to follow it in another language.

  • I am attending night classes for free training in lots of areas such as marketing, financial planning, book keeping etc at our local Business Enterprise Centre. I have met some really interesting and varied people who are also starting their own businesses.

At the modules I have attended so far I have met a female tatooist, someone who makes celebration cakes, graphic designers, a couple planning to sell organic baby food, a silver smith and a wine journalist, among many others.

It is fascinating to meet all these people, having met mostly mums in the school playground and at toddler groups for the last number of years.

  • I am bringing my jewellery and digital scrapbooking along to a Pampered Chef evening a friend is hosting – now that is MUCH more scary than tax returns!

It will be great to introduce my “creations” (!) to some new people, and hopefully get some orders in the run up to Christmas.

So…..hint, hint…..if you would like me to create a bespoke bracelet, necklace or phone charm, or perhaps create your family christmas card or a custom digital picture using your photos……get in touch. I would love to help 🙂

Here are a few items to remind you of what I love to do….

For more great lessons, visit Jo-Lynne – I love to see what other lessons fellow bloggers have learned this week.

Have you learned anything? Please share.

17 thoughts on “Lessons Learned – autumn, taxes and bathrooms!”

  1. Great beach sign!

    Not too many signs of fall here yet, although the mornings and evenings are cooling down just a bit – yay!!

  2. We’re getting our first leaves changing color too! Nothing too dramatic yet, just a few yellows. I can’t wait until October though…it gets SO pretty!

    Your jewelry is lovely!!

  3. Ooh conkers, haven’t seen any of those yet but I shall keep an eye out for them now. I’ve been meaning to teach the child how to play conkers since last year (have a feeling she may be very good at it:)) and I’ve been meaning to take the HMRC course as well, but I can’t fit a four hour course into a 3 hour day yet! I wonder if they have one running over Halloween as the hubs is off work for the week. Likely not but I will ring them and check.

  4. Momma G.Love

    It’s starting to look and feel like fall here too. I can’t wait! I love the fall!

    …stopping by from SITS…

    Steph @ Stick It in the Fridge


  5. Hi! First time stopping by. I saw you on SITS, and must admit upon seeing that you were in Ireland, I knew that I must pay you a visit. (One of my goals is to get to Ireland, someday)The changing leaf pictures are gorgeous! I live in Florida, USA, so no change of season here, just going from Super hot to a little less hot! I’m going to take a look around, and I’m sure I’ll be back. Have a great day!

  6. I enjoyed your pictures of the changing season. The leaves are beautiful. It’s warm and rainy, which means humid, here in Alabama. Hope you have a great day!

  7. My goodness.. that last one if just beautiful!!!

    I LOVE how smart you are getting… you go girl with your bad self! (uh, thats a good thing… slang I guess….)

    And your autumn pictures are just precious. I have been wanting to capture the beauty around here as well… but didn’t know how to go about it. You have given me inspiration!!

    Many blessings sweet WINNER!!


  8. hi janmary!! those are some beautiful photos of autumn leaves!! may i ask what camera you are using???
    whenever i see the bracelet i bought, i feel flattered that i am wearing that same one!!
    hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!!

  9. Creative Junkie

    JanMary – how in the world did you get that photo of your bathroom? Were you spiderman in a previous life?

  10. Hi JM –

    You are a step ahead of us, the tips of the sumac are JUST turning… in a few more weeks they will blaze with ruby and garnet and I will be posting this too.

    The bathroom layout looks good – I see the drain in the middle, would make for VERY easy cleaning!

    Just popping in for a brief sec, still visiting with the folks.

    Love, Barb

  11. bentonflocke

    wow what wonderful gift ideas – love the red card with the beach picture most and the “old” family layout!

    Congrats for the second place – it´s such a relly cute picture!

    A new remodeling – now the bathroom? Sounds busy and interesting – can´t wait to see the result

  12. Favourite Vintage Finds

    Hello from Australia! It is Spring here and it’s wonderful to see the flowers blooming. The weather is just perfect. Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons.

  13. Jayne @ Misplaced City Girl

    I miss living in Chicago in the fall. The leaves don’t change quite as vibrantly here.

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