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What to do when you're on maternity leave

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Feeling at a loss on my first day of maternity.  And, relax..

So yesterday was the first day of my maternity leave and I felt a little lost!  I was pretty busy all day with home DIY projects, housework and deactivating website stock, however I kept feeling like I’d forgotten something.  I guess it will take a few days to get out of ‘selling, networking & Twitter mode’ and really relax. 

I usually spend the majority of my evenings and a couple of hours in the day in online networking hours, chatting on Twitter, marketing, checking emails, processing orders and updating my website.  I have no personal Facebook or Twitter, so when people see my eyes glued to my phone, I’m actually ‘working’!  It feels very strange to not have to pick my phone up and check for any customer queries, etc, as I’ve done this throughout the day, every day, for the past two years.

I got suddenly get rather excited when I realised I could watch Dragons Den last night (I’m usually working most of the evening and catch up in the week), only to discover it wasn’t being aired last night.  Doh!

I did manage to catch up on a couple of things I’ve wanted to do for a while.  I was able to get Bella’s scrapbook up to date as well as the baby’s.  I’m always a month or so behind, so this felt great to get on top of these before the baby arrives (then I’m sure I’ll become weeks behind again!).

I also got a little crafty!  I wanted somewhere to hang up Bella’s art work, so I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration and went for an empty picture frame idea.  It’s a fab way to display children’s pictures and the ornate frame reminds me of something you’d see in an art gallery. 

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For now I’ve filled it with family photos as I had been sticking Bella’s art creations into her scrapbook.  I’m sure it will soon quickly be filled with her masterpieces!   I found the frame in The Range and it was originally a mirror.  I removed this and added tiny screws to each side where they can’t be seen.  I weaved some sparkly celebration string around these screws.  I already had the tiny pegs (possibly also from The Range or Hobbycraft or similar).  So simple to make and I think it looks great!

Bella’s bedroom is very nearly complete now, so I’ll post some before and after pictures soon so you can see what we’ve done.  I plan on doing these posts for the whole of our new house once we have completed all of the ‘doing up’!