This week has been a mixed bag weather wise. We've had beautiful sunny days, mixed with wet weather days. I have LOVED the warm weather days. Sunshine, warm breezes, open windows and doors. Yet, the cooler, wetter days have been quite nice. It's still been mild. I have walked to school and loved the big trees against the blue skies, and I have loved the walk to school with the pitter patter of rain and the smell of wet, warm pavements.
It has been a relaxing week, yet a productive week. Things made, things put up on walls, paint colours decided upon(!), Spring cleaning done, lots of walks, and good healthy food eaten. It's a start. I will have walked 28 miles (by the end of today) for this week, so not bad.
I have been listening to the soundtrack of 'The Lakehouse' all week. Oh, I ♥︎ that film. The score is lovely and it's just been perfect to listen to on a beautiful sunny morning whilst I potter about. Somehow the daily chores don't seem to have been so 'chore-ish' this week.
I've tidied up more nerf darts than I care to count.
I've loved how a bunch of 80p tulips have radiated all week and given me so much pleasure.
I've loved seeing new growth and buds in the garden. It's pleasing to see that I'm not a total gardening loser.
I've snuggled under blankets and eiderdowns and loved every minute of crocheting.
I've squeeled (ever so slightly under my breath) at finding the peachiest pink pots with lovely grapefruit scented wax candles in.
I've loved a coffee treat, savouring it's aroma and loving every sip of it. It's been a little piece of heaven.
I've baked fudge brownie muffins.....the Bear's favourite. The aroma is gorgeous and I have had to summon up willpower not to taste one, as you do, but I have amazed myself at how mega good I am being! I even said 'no' to dipping into a big box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts that were cheekily wafted in front of me to see if I caved. Oh so tempting, as I just love those naughty treats........wow, I've SERIOUSLY been a good girl.
I have also seen a few of my favourite films this week. Happy, feel good films. 'It's Complicated' has just finished playing. I had it on in the background whilst I caught up on a few things. I think it's so funny. I love Meryl Streep in it......and her house........sigh.......
I've had company all week from a furry friend. A neighbour's cat seems to have suddenly decided that he likes our little abode. Being an outdoor cat, and never really bothering with us for 10 years, he has suddenly decided that he likes it here. I am not so much a cat person, but I have taken pity on him. He is an old chap of 21. He has bad arthritis in his hips and he seems to want more attention. In the mornings he is at our door meowing to come in, and when I come back from the school walk he is there ready and waiting to be let in for attention and a snuggle. The Bear's are fairly happy with this little arrangement.
Gaining control of some things and losing control of others.
Satisfying, yet irritating.
Taking a step forward.....taking two steps backwards.
Just that sort of week.
I have a poorly car, and a very booked up garage. It has meant walking everywhere, which isn't a bad thing for my fitness levels, but it has to have been on such a blustery and rainy week. Typical. It has NOT been a good look for me! Think long haired cat that foolishly tip toes around a fish tank and then falls in. That look when they emerge, well, I have been rocking that look all week.
Frustrations of the crafty kind. Making something for someone and not being happy with the colour choice, so ripping it all back, having a colour re-think and doing it all again.
Finally....sort of......deciding on how to decorate my living room. I have decided on furnishings, but still haven't decided on my wall shade. My favourite shade, (I had a small sample left from a rusty old tin in my shed), I tried to get colour matched. Turns out the DIY store colour match systems are fairly pants. What the gentleman described as an exact match in the store, translated to being about 20 shades far removed from what I wanted. Urgh. Annoying. I think I just need to paint my wall any old colour now and be done with it. I have spent a ridiculous amount on tester pots and all to no avail.
I am currently loving all the recent Spring magazine issues. I gave up buying magazines regularly a few years ago, and really only purchase Country Living and Country Homes and Ideas if they look really appealing. My oh My, they have been tickling the old taste buds of late. Very inspiring and full of gorgeous Spring colour. It puts my head in a little spin of glee. I'm a bit sad I admit.
I have been trying very hard to eat healthily too, (thank you for your recipe Annette,on your blog. It has become one of my lunchtime staples!). I'm trying to adopt some strategies from Deliciously Ella. The key to her routine though is organisation which she reiterates a lot throughout the book. Errrr, that's really not my strongest point, and I'm not sure ANYTHING in that book would appeal to the Bears. But, I shall persevere and see if I can make small changes. I'm really craving a Mars Bar at this point in the day though.......and a few tasty cake books are just taunting me in view as I type. *please pretty please willpower stay with me*
Don't you just love that line.......'full of the flavour of April and May flowers'.......It sold it to me. It's lovely with hot water and a dash of lemon. Good for the throat and good for the system.
Thank you for all your comments on my last post. I loved reading them. Glad I can make people chuckle!!!!!!!
I get a lot of emails asking me many a same question.
I do have a facts page on my sidebar that answers a few, but I thought that maybe I'd go through a few that I get asked over and over.
You show a lot of crochet on your blog, but I cannot find any patterns for them. Do you have them?
This blog here, is my space to record moments of my life, and makes that I have made for my home, myself, friends and family. It's quite informal......and fairly scatty. If I make something from a pattern, I will provide a link to the source. It will be in the form of an embedded link i.e 'I got this pattern from HERE'. If you hover over the word 'here' it will change colour, and you just click it and it will take you to the page where I found the pattern source. Sometimes if you cannot find anything about a pattern link, it may be because I have referenced it in a previous post when I have talked about it.
Some things I make myself. I get an idea, and I rush to start it. Usually, it's a wing it scenario, or made up as I go to fit around something. I don't write patterns. As much as I would like to, I am fairly rubbish because I have no patience, and I hate having my creativity interrupted by trying to write and re-write instructions. I get bored easily doing that, and I give up and get grumpy.
If I make something in this way, I mention this. I put it on my blog to record it for myself. Sorry, but I'm not a designer, it does nothing to float my boat. What you get on here, is as much as I can give. Whilst I struggled a while back with trying accommodate all that was being asked of me by people, I have made the decision to just please myself with this blog and not make it a pressure filled unhappy experience. This is not a technical crafty blog. You'd be disappointed if it's what you visit for.
You never seem to let us know what yarn you use in your projects. Why?
Errrr, well, simply because I'm pretty useless at the recording bit. Also, many projects are born out of using up yarn scraps. I have buckets full of odds and ends. All half used and unlabeled. I mix and match brands to get my colour palettes, and have even been known to mix and match my ply's for a vintage effect. As much as I would like to be organised I am not. It's just how I roll on this blog. Sorry. Sometimes, with smaller projects, I make a note or if I buy specifically.....but don't hold me to that, generally I'm useless and don't provide great details about finished makes.
Do you have a shop or sell your makes?
No. The thought had crossed my mind many moons ago, but, I just make for myself, friends and family. It shall remain a pleasurable hobby.
Do you do workshops?
No. I'd be useless.
Can we see more photos of your home please?
I'm very aware that I share a house with others so the space is not solely my own. I put in snippets of small corners that make me happy that day, but bigger views I keep private.
How do I go about guest posting on your blog?
I don't do guest posts. My blog is not that sort of blog. Sorry.
Can I advertise on your Blog?
I made the decision to keep this blog small and informal. Sorry, but I don't advertise.
I like your photos, do you sell them?
I love taking photos. I don't think i'm particularly great at taking them, but I love doing so, none the less. I get asked this question a lot, and at some point when I can get my act together, I might make crafty postcard packs. I'm still in the thinking about it stage though, and I am a great procrastinator, so don't hold out hope of it happening for a while!
You have a dreamy life.
Okay, not so much a question, as a statement that often get's said to me. Errrrrr, right, let's just do a reality check here to even things out a bit.
I'm a girly girl living solely with males. To compensate for all the testosterone, I try to even it all out, and my decoration is quite feminine. Luckily, the males don't have a problem with this. I cannot live without bright colours in my life, but I am a pastel girl through and through. My blog space here is about me and my thoughts, scattered with pictures of my love of these colours, but make no mistake, all is not dreamy.
This is my get-away space, and it serves to take me away from the mundane of housework (which most of you know by now is my pet hate). Three boys create a whole heap of stinky mess. I am a skivvy, a taxi service, an endless purse, a cook, a cleaner. I am forever picking up stray socks and finding plates under beds. The washing pile is never ending and soul destroying, and I wish I wouldn't tread on so much lego. I'm sick of toothpaste all around the sink, overflowing kitchen bins, only me ever stacking or unstacking the dishwasher, and no one being able to hang out washing. No one ever picks up fallen coats and leaving shoes absolutely everywhere is the norm apparantly. I have been known, when the Bear's moan about what's for tea, to open up the cereal cupboard and say 'help yourselves'.
I am stupidly doing ten things in my house at the one time and it's like a bomb site. Not pretty, and annoying. Messy boys don't help.
I lead a normal, messy life.....but it's my life, and it works for me. It's certainly not dreamy, but little moments are. We all have them though.
I think that's mainly it. The major questions are answered.