Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Suffice to say, I'm glad we are almost at the end of September.

It's been an utterly PANTS month on the whole.

My waters have not been calm. Not even choppy.....but what feels like HUGE tidal waves surging constantly.

The good news, is that I've been managing to ride the waves on a little surf board......carrying someone on my back, and pulling people along either side of me too. I'm mega tired, but hoping I can carry them for a fair bit longer, while they need me.

In amongst everything that is going on, I've been trying to get a good balance going. Appreciating the little things....and finding happiness in my own little world.

I've mentioned Maeve Haran's book 'Froth on the Cappuccino' before. It's my 'go to' book when I need a gentle reminder of little things that can be just so great.

A small posy of flowers......a good drink.....5 minutes of quiet.....a hearty laugh......fresh bread......clean sheets.....ticking things off a list......ripe peaches.....geranium chocolate....conkers....a chilled glass of wine.....a smile from a stranger.....new yarn....wearing a favourite scent.....pottering.....fresh air....

Just little things. Little things that put a smile on your face.


My large carousel blanket has been on hold. I needed two colours to finish it up. I didn't want to be hasty. I wanted to find the right shades. I think I have done now, so I'm happy to be able to start it again soon. Also, one of the shades I bought is one of those HUGE great big balls. Oooooh I'm thinking BIG WIDE scarf with the left overs. I love feeling enthusiastic about a yarn colour!

In the meantime, whilst my blanket has been on hold, I have made a quick make which......I can only say.....has made me a little giddy.  More about that in the week if I get time.


I'm racing around trying to catch up with housework (my break was writing a post). Bleurgh, I hate doing it, but I'm so behind it's laughable! Seriously, I'd die if someone turned up unannounced at the door at this moment in time! (which I must say, the door just knocked as I typed that....ha ha.....just Mr Postie........phew).

Right time to scoot.

Toodle Pip


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

Nights and Mornings.......

I am noticing how the evenings are getting 'cosier' earlier now.

I am noticing how the mornings are staying darker for that little bit longer. I am making breakfast in a darker kitchen now we are firmly back into a school routine again.

I am waking up to mist and fog.......which I actually rather like. There is something rather beautiful and mysterious about fog, especially morning fog. The fog has been lifting by the time I have walked back to the house from the morning school drop off, and made way for sunshine.......which has been most welcomed.

After a rather reflective August, September has kicked off with the most almighty bang. It has been full on. Whilst I spent August thinking about all the little changes happening at once, September seems to have been quite rude, and dumped a big share of stuff to deal with at my feet. Outer families needs, mean that I am wearing a lot of hats at once. Trying to juggle it all, whilst sort out the new term with my own little brood, has meant that my crafty makes have taken a back seat.

So, it's all been a bit of a manic couple of weeks. 

Whilst always wanting to be there for others, in whatever capacity is needed from me......it's sort of been a bit like buses! So, I guess if I'm honest, there has been an ever so slight frustration to my being. Having had my crafty mojo return, I have had to leave it, and have it just stare at me. I am desperate to get my large carousel blanket finished. I was really enjoying making up those little motifs. But alas, it will have to wait just that little bit longer. It will be all the sweeter though when it finally get's done.


.....to try and balance out the craziness of these past couple of weeks, I thought I'd list a few things that I'm loving and appreciating at this moment in time......

1. The routine of the morning School walk. I am loving these morning walks. Baby Bear enjoys them. We chatter non stop all the way to school, then as soon as he's in, on pop the headphones and I power walk back home. Every day I try and get a little faster up the steep hill to get the old ticker working that little bit harder. I like the feeling of getting a bit of exercise in. I am really not a runner, but fast walking is really enjoyable I find. 

2. As I said I am loving the morning fog. Things get 'dewy' and I ADORE all the visible cobwebs in the mornings.

3. My mid morning coffee. Usually a latte. It's ALWAYS tea first thing in the morning, but by 10am I hit the frothy stuff. It's always a real joy to take the first sip.

4. One of the last roses from my garden this year. I hadn't expected any more, but the weather, still being mild, has allowed a last few to fully open. I stare at it and wonder at its 'tu-tu' like appearance. Delicate and elegant.

5. A new book. I am a sucker for cook books, especially of the baking variety.

I will also lump 'The Great British Bake Off' in with this one, as I am LOVING watching it.

6. My Dresser. It's my smile maker.

So there we go. 

It all balances out.

Have a super week all


Thursday, 11 September 2014




It really is my most favourite past time.

I find it really relaxing.

I love brights. They cheer me up no end.

I have to say, I'm not at all taken with Cath's latest Autumn Range. I'm finding it all a bit 'blah' (great for the purse strings). However, I did have a soft spot for this bright little tea cosy. The only thing to make my heart flutter. Fun and cheery at the breakfast table.

I do love pastels too....as I'm sure that you know.

They are so restful.

So I alternate.


I faff. I sort. I ponder. I soak up colour. I touch it. I smile.

It's been brights for a while, so I think soft pastels for a bit.

I find they influence what I make at any one time. The Summer Loving' Blanket was made when I was surrounded by brights, the projects after that I have favoured a softer palette.

Swings and Round-abouts.

What are your favourite colours?