...that was the sound of my month of April going by... yes, it seemed to have gone by as fast as that swoosh tone you hear whenever you send a message on an iPhone! Between getting ready for Easter and our youngest daughter Nico's 10th birthday (I can't believe she's already 10!), making (and selling!!) a bunch pillowcases, greening our lake cottage property by planting trees and shrubs and throwing lots of wildflower seeds about, dealing with two separate repairs on my car (Ugh!), and on and on, I didn't even get close to blogging this month after my first post at Easter time.
So yesterday, I finally took the time to go through all the photos I took in Mexico during our spring break holiday in Baja (I was at it all day with over 1000 photos to sort through!) and came up with the mosaic above. We stayed at the stunning Hacienda Cerritos for which we found an amazing deal online (no, we didn't pay the rates shown on the hotel's website!) and which is about an hour away from Cabo San Lucas and very close to the charming village of Todos Santos. As you can see in some of the photos, the hotel is perched on a cliff, surrounded by wrap-around pools, overlooking the lovely Cerritos beach (great surfing beach!) and the Pacific Ocean (great sunsets!) and is filled with beautiful old-style Mexican charm and character eventhough it was only built a few years ago (from top to bottom, left to right in the mosaic, photos 1,2,4,5,6,7,9,11,13, 17,18,20,21,22,24,26,27,28 where all taken at the Hacienda Cerritos and its sister beach resort, Cerritos Surf Colony, while the other photos where taken in San Jose del Cabo and nearby Todos Santos.). I have to say that this family holiday gets a big 10 from me not only because the surrondings were stunning, the food delicious, the beach great, the local people lovely but, most importantly, we had a great time as a family with lots of laughter and play and I think much-needed downtime away from all our usual routines and distractions which happily allowed us to reconnect with each other... Now isn't that what a holiday is supposed to be all about?! (...and isn't that a long sentence?!)
As I mentioned before, April was a busy month as far as my pillowcases went -- I made a new batch with new styles and ended up selling a lot of these in my Etsy shop. Thank you so much to all of you who bought some and I hope that they are helping you usher in spring wherever you may be -- except of course all of you living in the southern hemisphere! (In case some of you may be wondering, I will be making more of these same styles shortly along with other brand new ones and listing them in my shop.) A big reason why my sales were so great this past April was because my pillowcases got some great promotion in print, such as being featured in Selina Lake's beautiful new book Homespun Style (I'll show you the book feature soon) which I've mentioned before and which was lauched very recently in London (for some great photos from the launch which was also a crafty market, look here and here). Thanks, Selina, and I can't believe you're already working on a new book... Wow! I've also spotted my pillowcases being mentioned in these Anknel and Burblets and The Beehive Cottage posts -- thank you for the sweet mention. And, also very exciting news for me is my pillowcases being featured in April's issue of UK's Let's Knit magazine -- how cool is that?!
With the lovely month of May upon us, I do plan on adding some more pillowcases to my shop as I mentioned before (as well as posting more often than in the month of April!), but I'd also like to start on some fresh ideas... I'm itching to start working on some form of patchwork blankets asap... 'Hope to have something new to show you soon and 'hope you'll stop by for a visit again!